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19.02.20 | ICHM News

Futures Thinking

Congratulations to Program Coordinator Dr Sumi Ingerson, the first recipient of the Dr Ian Whyte Teaching and Learning award.

It is fitting that an award that celebrates teaching achievement and excellence was conferred at the Course Commencement Ceremony, which traditionally celebrates student achievement and excellence. 

The Dr Ian Whyte Teaching and Learning award for Semester 1, 2020 went to ICHM Program Coordinator Dr Sumi Ingerson, who also received $1500 to ‘further her professional development in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and share her experiences with fellow lecturers’. 

Dr Ian Whyte was on hand to confer the award in his name at Course Commencement, held at the Stamford Grand Glenelg on 31 January.

Dr Ingerson now also sits on the panel to assist in assessing this semester’s applicants, with applications to open in early March.

Dr Ian Whyte, who is chair of the assessment panel, started as ICHM’s inaugural Principal 27 years ago, and directed the college with enthusiasm and distinction through its early years. He left to take up another position in tertiary education in 2000, returning to ICHM as Principal in 2011. He stepped down in 2018.

Dr Ingerson, before joining ICHM in 2018, had been a tutor and lecturer at the University of South Australia, where she taught a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate tourism and hospitality subjects. 

‘It is an honour to be the first recipient of this award, which recognises not only excellence in teaching and learning, but also it demonstrates to students that ICHM is at the forefront of hospitality education.

‘ICHM provides ample opportunities for me to develop my knowledge and skills so that I may continue to be a valuable member of this community. 

‘I would like to use the award funding to offer other staff the opportunity to participate in teaching-related professional development, such as hosting workshops on rubric writing, assessment design and innovative practices in teaching.

‘I believe that the team should benefit from this award, as they have been key players in helping me improve my approaches to teaching. 

‘I also hope that this award inspires other ICHM staff to apply in the future in recognition of their hard work and innovation in teaching and learning. I would also like to acknowledge all of the great students who challenged me in the classroom and have helped make me the lecturer I am today.  I will continue to search for innovative practices in teaching to ensure that both I and ICHM remain at the forefront of hospitality education.’

Principal Dr George Brown said he was delighted to announce this award, which has been established to constantly improve ICHM’s standards for the benefit of students.

‘Dr Ingerson is passionate about teaching and continually seeks out new methods for developing student learning making her a highly worthy first recipient’, he said. 

Photo: Dr Sumi Ingerson and Dr Ian Whyte