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STEMM Educator of the Year – University or Registered Training Organisation

Congratulations to the 2020 STEMM Educator of the Year (University or Registered Training Organisation) Finalists.

Dr Wayne Boardman     

The University of Adelaide

Dr Boardman is a wildlife veterinarian, conservationist, researcher, academic and teacher.


While working as zoo veterinarian at Auckland Zoo, he developed student training programs and taught students part time at Unitec. Dr Boardman also developed training programs and health systems for endangered species. He spent three years in Uganda building the capacity for the Jane Goodall Institute and the World Bank by training wildlife veterinarians.


He was Head Vet at Zoos South Australia, before joining the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at University of Adelaide as Lecturer in Wildlife and Ecosystem Health. In 2014, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer and diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine in Wildlife Population Health and a European Registered Veterinary Specialist in Zoological Medicine.

As Senior Lecturer in Wildlife, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health & Veterinary Biosecurity he is a passionate advocate for evidence based veterinary science, strives to improve student wellbeing and encourages and inspires science students on campus, during wildlife field research in Australia and on wildlife electives in South Africa. In 2019, he received the University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor’s Outstanding Achievement Award for his commitment to student well-being, education and lifelong learning.


Associate Professor Maurizio Costabile

University of South Australia

Associate Professor Maurizio Costabile teaches Biochemistry and Immunology, a Research Degree co-ordinator and Teaching research group co-leader.


Maurizio uses innovative strategies to stimulate, motivate and improve student learning, adapting his teaching to meet the needs of students. His methods have been disseminated and adopted by colleagues worldwide.


Further, he developed the Scholarship Excellence Network (SCENE) to mentor staff in teaching. Maurizio has received numerous recognitions for his outstanding teaching, including a national citation for excellence in educating undergraduate immunology students as well as an international award for digital learning.

Professor Kerry Wilkinson

The University of Adelaide

Professor Kerry Wilkinson is an innovative wine educator who led the development of Wine101x, an award-winning Massive Open Online Course that spans the grape-to-wine value chain. To date, this course has engaged more than 80,000 learners from around the world in the art and science of winemaking.


Her leadership of Communities of Practice and scholarly research have enhanced learning and teaching practices at the University of Adelaide and in the higher education sector more broadly; while her involvement in science communication and outreach have promoted an understanding of the importance of STEMM in food and wine production.


She champions online learning, demonstrating creative ways in which digital technologies can be used to enrich the learning experience.

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