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Senior lecturer and author, Dr.Tomayess Issa, has been recognised by Curtin students with an award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Excellence for the 2017 academic year. The annual awards are coordinated by the Curtin Student Guild.

This is the third time that Dr Issa has featured in the Excellence in Teaching Award line-up. Last year she won the Postgraduate Coursework Lecturer/Tutor category and the year prior she received an Honourable Mention as a Postgraduate Research Supervisor.

“It is very important to me to be recognised by students based on the support I provide and my teaching style,” said Dr Issa.

“The recognition motivates me to assist more students now and in the future.”

In fact many students request Dr Issa as their supervisor during their post graduate studies something that Dr Issa describes as an astonishing journey where she can share her knowledge and techniques.

Dr Issa joined Curtin University in 2001 and since then has supervised 79 Master (Coursework) thesis candidates to success. Many of her students have had their research published.

The Faculty of Business and Law academic is passionate about sustainability and green IT - an area of increasing importance. She has written one book Sustainable Design HCI, Usability and Environmental Concerns and edited another Sustainability, Green IT and Education Strategies in the 21st Century and is preparing to edit Sustainability Awareness and Green Information Technologies.

“There is no Plan B for the earth therefore we have to take care of it. We need to act swiftly to eliminate current and future problems,” she said.

As well as project management, Dr Issa teaches Knowledge Management and Intelligent Systems which is fast becoming an indispensable business tool. “Basically it is how we effectively capture data, organise it and analyse it to help make business decisions,” she said.

Dr Issa says Curtin’s teaching style is different from other universities and provides students with an edge. “We are not just teaching them the unit knowledge but how to apply it and take it to the workforce in the future,” she said.

Curtin Student Guild President Liam O’Neill said that the Excellence in Teaching Awards were established 18 years ago and were unique in that they focussed on how teacher communication and engagement met the needs of students.

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Dr Tomayess Issa
Senior Lecturer / Office of the Provost / School of Management
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Liam O’Neill
Curtin Student Guild President
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