ACAP recognises outstanding teaching with the Andrew Little teaching award

Madeline Neeson
By Madeline Neeson
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Dr Vincent Mancini was awarded ACAP’s most recent Andrew Little Teaching Excellence Award for his approach to teaching that influences, motivates, and inspires students to learn.

The Andrew Little Teaching Excellence Award recognises, encourages and rewards excellence in teaching. The award aims to identify and disseminate examples of best practice within the ACAP teaching community.

Craig Ellis, Dean – Director of Academic Services, said: “Dr Mancini’s passion for teaching and dedication to his students makes him a worthy recipient of the 2019 Andrew Little Teaching Award.”

“Dr Mancini is a lecturer at our new Perth Campus, and we have received amazing feedback from his students. His students not only value him as a teacher but also a mentor as he is a leader within the Psychological Sciences field.”

“It’s great to see our students inspired by his work, so on behalf of ACAP, we would like to thank Dr Mancini for his contribution to our ACAP community.”

Dr Mancini

Based at the ACAP Perth Campus, Dr Mancini is a Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer in Psychological Sciences. He has clinical experience treating a range of conditions, including eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety and depression.

Dr Mancini said: “It is a privilege to have received this award. As a teacher on a new campus, the support I have received from my colleagues across ACAP Australia-wide have allowed me to thrive, and to provide my students with a fantastic learning experience. I would also like to acknowledge the many fantastic students at our new Perth campus who have provided me with the opportunity to share my knowledge. Their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn makes them a pleasure to teach.”

He is currently undertaking research in perceptions of pill testing as a harm-reduction measure, in partnership with colleagues at Curtin University. The project will involve consulting with healthcare professionals who work in the music festival setting to gain insight into their perspectives as frontline health providers.

Andrew Little

The Andrew Little Teaching Award was established in recognition of Andrew Little who was the Principal Executive Officer at ACAP from 2006 until his death in 2016.

Andrew worked in tertiary education with a focus on counselling and psychology professional education and was active in professional counselling associations in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region for several years. Prior to working in counselling education, Andrew worked in a range of community service organisations, mostly in the areas of counselling and family support, for 15 years.

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