Clonoulty Rossmore Man in Running for Prestigious Award

Clonoulty Rossmore native and NUI Galway Lecturer in Geography, Dr John Morrissey, is among fifteen higher education staff representing six different institutions recognised as exemplifying excellence in research and teaching at the annual National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL) awards.

Clonoulty Rossmore native and NUI Galway Lecturer in Geography, Dr John Morrissey, is among fifteen higher education staff representing six different institutions recognised as exemplifying excellence in research and teaching at the annual National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL) awards.

The awards will be presented by Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn, at a special ceremony in Dublin Castle in September.

Now in its fifth year, the NAIRTL awards recognise higher education teachers who demonstrate outstanding dedication to their teaching and have made an exceptional impact on student learning. This year’s winners are no exception and were chosen from thirty-one detailed submissions from fourteen different Higher Education Institutions across Ireland. The 2012 winners represent disciplines as diverse as Business, Chemistry, Geography, the Humanities, Paediatrics, and Physical Sciences, and were nominated by senior staff in their institution to go forward for the highly competitive award.

Dr Morrissey is a Lecturer in Geography and Director of the MA in Environment, Society and Development at NUI Galway. He is a past pupil of Rossmore NS and Thurles CBS in Co. Tipperary, and did his degrees at Trinity College Dublin and the University of Exeter. His research interests are in geopolitics and post-conflict development, which he has published on widely. He was an Irish Research Council Fellow in 2007/2008, and has had visiting scholarships at City University of New York, University of Cambridge, University College Cork and Virginia Tech in recent years. His teaching is driven by a passion for engaging his students and he is a keen advocate of both field-based learning and technology-enhanced learning. In 2011, Dr Morrissey won NUI Galway’s President’s Award for Teaching Excellence and in 2012 he completed an MA in Academic Practice at NUI Galway.

Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway, said: “It is great news that Dr Morrissey has been recognised by NAIRTL as an exemplary teacher. NUI Galway has a successful record at the NAIRTL awards, with awards being presented to our lecturers each year since the formation of NAIRTL. This is a huge achievement and a testament to the quality of nominations put forward by this University. Dr Morrissey was a recipient of our internal awards for teaching excellence in 2010-11. This scheme recognises the outstanding efforts academic staff make to ensure NUI Galway students receive the highest quality learning experience. We look forward to continued collaboration with NAIRTL and to further success in the national awards scheme in 2013.”