Australian Award for University Teaching - Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
Research School of Psychology
ANU College of Health and Medicine
Timothy Hatfield believes that learning and thinking are driven by questions rather than answers. He integrates this scholastic ideology into his teaching through the implementation of interactive resources and collaborative techniques that encourage students to explore complex ideas, igniting their passion for and engagement with psychology, and prompting them to see themselves as fellow explorers. He encourages students to discover answers for themselves, by skillfully facilitating reflective and collaborative discussions within a productive and safe learning environment. The deep satisfaction that manifests following an audible "Aha!" of student comprehension, is the most gratifying part of tutoring for Timothy, and he aspires to facilitate these precious moments of excitement and mastery in all students by questioning effectively.
Since first taking on a tutoring position at ANU in 2014, Timothy has taught into four different courses. He has played a vital role in the redesign of the Health Psychology course, and stamped his own mark on classes by independently implementing his own creative teaching techniques. He was recognised with a 2016 ANU Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Tutoring or Demonstrating, which followed his 2015 ANU College of Science Award for Excellence in Tutoring or Demonstrating.