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STEMM Educator of the Year – University or Registered Training Organisation

Congratulations to the 2023 STEMM Educator of the Year (University or Registered Training Organisation) finalists

Ms Jill Bauer 

The University of Adelaide

With a diverse 25-year career in the wine industry, Ms Jill Bauer brings a passion for wine science and building community and culture to her teaching. Her innovative approaches combine contemporary teaching and technologies, including equipment and software new to the Australian wine landscape. Ms Bauer thrives on catalysing connections between students and industry, and initiated the Vintage Conversations series, which invites professionals to share their stories on career pathways, mentors, and exposing gender biases.

Ms Bauer creates a positive learning environment where students of all backgrounds are challenged to succeed. She created a series of videos, transcribed into Mandarin, to level the playing field for students without experience in a semi-industrial setting, which have resulted in improved student confidence, and were invaluable when remote teaching was introduced.


Dr Viythia Katharesan

The University of Adelaide

Dr Viythia Katharesan has created her ideal nexus between her research in neuroscience and pedagogies and her passion for teaching anatomy and pathology. She has a strong commitment to share and develop best-practice, active-learning approaches.

When COVID-19 lockdown measures resulted in a shift to remote teaching, she promptly created authentic pathology eResources using organ specimens, which she then curated into interactive eTutorial modules to replace in-person sessions that would typically have depended on students being hands-on with cadaveric specimens.

While face-to-face tutorial sessions have slowly returned to campus, Dr Katharesan’s eTutorials have scaled up to a range of courses and are still being deployed in a blended learning approach to encourage visuo-spatial learning.

Associate Professor Adam Montagu 

The University of Adelaide

Associate Professor Adam Montagu boasts more than 15 years of experience in critical care, management and education, and is currently the Associate Professor and Director of one of the most clinically and technologically advanced health care simulation centres in Australia.

Associate Professor Montagu leads a diverse multidisciplinary team of health professionals and technicians to provide a modern teaching, learning and assessment experience to undergraduate and postgraduate students from medicine, nursing, allied health, and health sciences.

Health care simulation ensures our future health professionals are exposed to low frequency, high consequence clinical situations, improving patient safety outcomes and addressing learning outcomes at an individual level.

Under Associate Professor Montagu’s leadership, Adelaide Health Simulation is the leading healthcare simulation facility in the Asia Pacific region and is sought as a reference centre of excellence within South Australia, nationally and internationally.


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