UWS law professor named the best legal mentor in Australasia

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by University of Western Sydney Media Unit
09/07/2010

Inspirational law educator, Professor Michael Adams, Head of the School of Law at the University of Western Sydney has been awarded the 'Mentor of Teaching Excellence' title at the LexisNexis-ALTA Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Law.

Professor Adams was presented with the award for his dedication to mentoring early career academics and staff to achieve teaching excellence, and for his significant scholarly contributions to the field of Corporations Law.

Professor Adams was very honoured to receive the news that he had won the prestigious award.

"I strongly believe in mentoring and it is a key responsibility of the professoriate to mentor our junior colleagues. It's a role which I enjoy immensely, "says Professor Adams.

"I believe in a whole-of-person approach from career development to research outcomes, involvement with the community and enhancing the teaching and learning experience."

An extensive law career has led Professor Adams to become an internationally recognised specialist in corporate law, governance, securities markets regulation, and legal education - especially e-learning - and he has been writing, teaching and regularly presenting on all these topics for over 20 years.

"My commitment to a socially just and professional practice that supports and challenges graduates to serve their communities with the same commitment has been a long-term education goal of mine," says Professor Adams.

"My mission for the law school is to be a place that excels in education and research and values its students and staff, and being awarded the 'Mentor of Teaching Excellence' title acknowledges what I set out to achieve."

Now in its third year, the LexisNexis-ALTA Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Law showcases some of the best teaching being undertaken in law faculties across the region. The criteria nominees had to meet considered performance in the following areas:

* Demonstrate teaching approaches that inspire learning * Approaches to assessment and feedback that encourage independent learning and respect and support * Development of curricula that reflect teaching innovation and leadership * Scholarly work that enhances your learning and teaching activities

For more information about the UWS School of Law visit: http://uwslaw.com.au/


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