June 16, 2016

Excellence in Teaching Award goes to Lecturer from the Centre for Social Impact

University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia Lecturer, Dr Fanny Salignac has been awarded the UNSW Business School award for UN PRME Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Salignac designed and teaches Creating Social Change: From Innovation to Impact, an undergraduate course available to all UNSW students. Since introducing the course in semester 1, 2014, the course has increased its intake of students by a remarkable 759% (from 22 to 189) in just three years. She also undertakes research with the Centre for Social Impact.

Creating Social Change: From Innovation to Impact is the vision of UNSW Australia Chancellor, David Gonski, that all UNSW students undertake learning in the field of social impact as part of their university education. Dr. Salignac was presented with the 2016 UN PRME Excellence in Teaching Award at the UNSW Business School Staff Excellence Award presentation ceremony.

The course content aims to: 

‘strengthen your capacity to make a meaningful contribution to create better social outcomes. Using in-depth case studies, and examining complex social issues from real life that leaders from business, government and civil society grapple with on an everyday basis, we will explore models for social change using tools such as cross-sectoral collaboration, social entrepreneurship, social innovation, and much more. As a result of the learning strategies drawn upon throughout the course, you will complete the course with a broad understanding of the social purpose system and, be able to strategically identify the keys to initiating and sustaining positive social change.’

“It has been a wonderful opportunity and achievement to develop and teach a course that introduces students to creating social change,” said Dr Salignac. “The course focuses on real life case studies and how the business, government, and not-for-profit sectors can work together to address complex social issues such as place-based disadvantage, mental health, obesity, homelessness and poverty to name a few”.

“It is truly inspiring to witness the students’ learning journey through the semester and their developing interest with regards to creating social change and addressing some of the country’s most entrenched social issues – I am proud to have taught the social change agents of tomorrow,” Dr Salignac said.

Dr Salignac is strongly engaged in self-reflective teaching practices. She has developed an assessment structure within the course that:

  • supports the scaffolding of student learning
  • develops student reflective processes on ethical practice and engagement
  • encourages teacher learning and reflection on student development and learning

“Dr. Salignac has held primary responsibility for CSI’s first undergraduate course: Creating Social Change: From Innovation to Impact since 2014 and she is an exceptional teacher,” said Professor Kristy Muir, the Centre for Social Impact’s Research Director. “She is deserving of the UN PRME award and I am proud to have the opportunity to nominate her.”

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