Dr Carol Mutch of Greendale with her award winning book.

Prestigious Academic Award

25.10.2018

Greendale’s Dr Carol Mutch was the recent recipient of a 2018 Copyright Licensing Education Award, when they were announced at the uLearn18 conference held at Sky City Convention Centre in Auckland on October 11th.

The awards recognise the success of New Zealand resource providers in the education market and the winners this year were a mix of digital resources alongside traditional texts – a reflection of the range of materials that teachers are using in today’s classrooms.

Carol is an associate professor and head of school in the School of Critical Studies in Education, in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland, as well as UNESCO Commissioner for Education in New Zealand, and commutes from Greendale each week to undertake these roles.

Her book, ‘Optimising your academic career: Advice for early career scholars’ (NZCER Press) was the winner of a 2018 Copyright Licensing Education Award in the ‘Best Teacher Resource’ category.
Teachers from around the country joined the official panel of education experts and cast their votes to add their choice of best resources to the judge’s selections.

Beginning a new career as an academic is a daunting task. Carol’s award winning book aims to demystify the process by providing new and intending academics with an insight in what to expect. Her advice is based on over thirty years in New Zealand’s tertiary sector in a range of teaching and leadership positions.

Carol comments that life as an academic has its challenges, but it also has its advantages and responsibilities. “As an academic you can use your position to make difference to those around you and to wider society.”

Carol is the author of many books, book chapters and articles on educational research, evaluation, policy and practice. Recently, she has focussed her research and writing on the role of schools in disaster response and recovery following the Canterbury earthquakes and has been the recipient of awards for her research, teaching and wider contributions to education.

Carol has lived in Greendale for two years, but before that she and her husband were in Rolleston and since the earthquakes commuted to Auckland from there too.

Carol was based in the Education Review office in Christchurch until the quakes damaged the building. She was offered an alternative position (and one which she much enjoys), but based in Auckland.

“My current employer accommodates my life and my research which is based around a School’s role in disaster recovery. To continue with this, living in Canterbury is a plus,” Carol commented.

“I love living in Greendale; it rejuvenates me on my return to it and I feel I have the very best of both worlds,” she concluded.