Sarah Wright - Teaching Awards Winner - Learning and Teaching - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Dr Sarah Wright- UC Teaching Award Winner 2016

Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship

Nominated by Dr Sanna Malinen, Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship

Sarah’s Head of Department describes her as “one of the quiet achievers in teaching who is making a real difference to the lives of students, which not only helps shape them as individuals, but also better prepares them for their future careers.” Sarah’s teaching philosophy promotes complete learner exploration of the subject matter and relies on students taking an active role in their learning.  She says that managers who possess a balance of self-insight and perspective are inherently more effective at managing organisations, so sees her job as an educator as helping students learn how to possess these attributes so they can become effective contributors in organisations.

Sarah strongly believes in the power of experiential learning and the transformative influence it can have on students’ learning and development into an effective professional. She has been particularly effective in leveraging the Erskine programme and experts from overseas to continually strive for new ways to engage students in the classroom. The panel felt that this award would acknowledge the work she has put into her courses and to improve the experience of PhD students to align with the University’s values on student-centric learning and creating work-ready graduates.

Dr Sarah Wright's staff profile (Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship website)

Dr Sarah Wright's Research profile (UC SPARK website)