SOUTHERN Cross University lecturer Dr Baden Offord has been awarded a distinguished State award for excellence in teaching at a ceremony at Government House in Sydney.
Dr Offord was presented with the NSW Minister for Education and Training and Australian College of Educators Quality Teaching Award for 2004, a highly competitive award presented to selected teachers across all sectors of education.
It is the first major external competitive award given to SCU for teaching.
Dr Offord, who has convened and taught Cultural Studies in the School of Arts since 1999, said he was very honoured to receive the award.
"This award is extremely valuable as it validates my teaching philosophy and practice, and the passion I have for teaching and learning. It is great to be recognised at state level," Dr Offord said.
"It's also recognition of the fact that the Cultural Studies program is distinctive, regionally and internationally engaged, and cutting edge in its focus."
Dr Offord has successfully combined his passion for teaching with research in fields including human rights, sexuality, identity and belonging, and Australian and Asian culture.
He is also Chair of the Human Research Ethics Committee.