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Carolyn Hendriks, Reneé McKibbin, and Steven Cork

Crawford teachers win top prizes

03 November 2017

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Renée Fry-McKibbin is a Professor in the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA) at Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University. She is the Co-Director of the Finance and Macroeconomy Research Program, the Commodities and the Macroeconomy Research Program and the COVID-19 and the Macroeconomy Research Program within CAMA. She is a Research Associate of the Research Project in Forecasting at George Washington University, the Norwegian Centre for Macroeconomic and Petroleum Analysis (CAMP), and formerly at the Cambridge Finance and Policy (CFAP) at the University of Cambridge (2008-2012). In 2018 she was elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Editorial responsibilities include Editor of the Economic Record and Associate Editor at the International Review of Economics and Finance and Finance Research Letters. She has been a visiting scholar or consultant to the European Central Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the International Monetary Fund, the Bank of England, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Federal Treasury, AUSAID, the New Zealand Treasury and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. In 2014-2018 she was Associate Dean (Research) in the ANU’s College of Asia and the Pacific. She completed her Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Melbourne in 2002.

Renée has published widely in econometrics, mainly focusing on developing statistical frameworks or tests to model international financial market and macroeconomic linkages. She focuses on the transmission of financial market crises, the effects of international shocks, often originating in the commodities sector and improving macroeconomic modeling using structural vector auto-regression models. Her key publications are in the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics and the Journal of Economic Literature. She was awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Project to examine Australia’s resilience to Recession in 2020.

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Crawford scholars Carolyn Hendriks, Reneé McKibbin, and Steven Cork have been recognised for excellence through the College of Asia and the Pacific 2017 Awards for Excellence in Education.

Associate Professor Hendriks won the award for teaching excellence, while Professor McKibbin scooped the prize for excellence in supervision, and Associate Professor Cork was cited for an outstanding contribution to student learning.

“Associate Professor Hendriks is recognised as a committed and highly-valued educator for the strong pedagogical framework that underpins her teaching,” read the citation. “The committee highly valued the way that Carolyn articulated her teaching philosophy – the ‘what’, ‘when’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ of her practice – and how that feeds into an effective mix of strategies, that she constantly reviews, in all the different courses that she teaches.”

Professor McKibbin’s citation recognised her as “an outstanding supervisor and exceptional role model of excellence in supervision. The committee highly valued Renee’s compassionate and meticulous support to a large number of students in the economics program.”

Associate Professor Cork was cited for an approach to teaching and the support of learning that influences, motivates, and inspires students to learn.

“[He] is recognised for his sophisticated and sustained efforts in teaching, particularly for the rich set of tools that he uses to engage his students in the Environmental Policy and Communications MA program,” read the citation.

Crawford School Director Professor Helen Sullivan congratulated the winners and said the awards recognised the very high standard of teaching at Crawford School.

“I’m delighted for Carolyn, Reneé, and Steven – they are all exceptional teachers, and these awards rightly recognise that,” she said.

“The three of them, like all their Crawford colleagues, are passionate about giving their students a very high-quality education, and in doing so give them the skills and knowledge they need for a career as a leader in public policy. I’m thrilled to see them win these awards, and I know their students will be too.”

Dean of the College of Asia and the Pacific Professor Michael Wesley added: “I warmly congratulate all these award recipients as well those who were nominated for awards. The standard of applications was very strong and reflected the high standard of teaching at our college.”

The awards will be handed out at a ceremony on Friday 24 November.

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