Macquarie Business School professor named University Teacher of the Year

John Croucher, Professor of Management at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM), received the Prime Minister’s Award for University Teacher of the Year at a national ceremony recently.

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Study business at Macquarie (Photo credit: FJ Gaylor)

The award, which has a value of $50,000, is the premier university teaching award in Australia. It is made to an academic with “an exceptional record of advancing student learning, educational leadership and scholarly contribution to teaching and learning.”

For over 35 years Professor Croucher has been a leading statistician and educator. Embracing a philosophy of making statistics relevant and transformative, he is a national and international multi-award winner for his superior learning, innovation, teaching skills, community outreach and research.

Professor Croucher is also a prolific author and much of his work is directed to the improvement of learning and teaching at all levels. He was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award from Macquarie University for bringing scientific methods, not only to thousands of students, but also to over one million readers of his weekly newspaper column, Number Crunch.

In 2009 he voluntarily instigated a community outreach program for the Indigenous students in Papua New Guinea where he designed and lectured in a creative pioneer MBA degree. For his outstanding achievements Croucher was made a Visiting Professor and awarded an honorary PhD for his “outstanding contribution to the development of humanity.”

Professor Croucher is the only academic across Australia to have won four National Teaching Awards, in 2006, 2007, 2012 and 2013.

The Hon Christopher Pyne MP said of the award, “John has an international reputation for his innovations in teaching and has inspired students from all walks of life to understand the importance of numeracy skills to their future professions and everyday lives.”

Established as part of Macquarie University in 1969, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, is the longest continuously operating business school in New South Wales, Australia.

With campuses in Macquarie Park in North Ryde, Sydney CBD, Singapore, and Hong Kong, the Macquarie Business School has earned an enviable reputation over the years as one of Australia’s leading centres of excellence in management education. The Business School is ranked No. 1 in Asia and Australia and No. 40 in the world for its full-time MBA program.

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