Cathy Farrell has been a Lecturer in Media and Communications at Swinburne University of Technology since 2002. During this time, she has won a number of significant awards for curriculum development and teaching:
Cathy was awarded a 2009 Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation for outstanding contributions to student learning:
“For innovative incorporation of emerging technologies and social media into the classroom, providing relevant and engaging real-world learning opportunities for students.”
She was also announced as a recipient of the 2008 Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award (Higher Education) for:
“Her much valued contribution to educational programs at Swinburne – engaging students in a positive and productive learning experience; developing a number of ‘real world’ projects, many embedded in community and industry.”
Cathy was awarded the 2003 Swinburne University Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Incentive Award in recognition of all-round professional excellence in the teaching of Media Studies.
In 2011, Cathy was invited to be part of the start-up team at Swinburne Online (12 month secondment). She was a valued member of the Academic Leadership Team and was Program Director for the Bachelor of Communication and the Bachelor of Social Science programs. The role required her to manage a number of programs and to work with a team to develop appropriate and innovative ways to deliver a wide range of university units online.
Upon her return to Swinburne University, Cathy was offered the role of Academic Projects Coordinator in the Learning Transformations Department (12 month secondment). This role included working with the University Professor of Education Quality and Innovation and LTU Team to develop and deliver an online Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching.
Cathy has now returned to the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design as a Lecturer. She is also Chair of the Teaching Innovations Committee (Media and Communications Department).