Prof David Rossiter Awarded Michael G Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching
Prof David Rossiter received the Michael G Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching from President Prof Tony F Chan at the University's Congregation on November 16, 2017. [Download Photo]
Prof David Rossiter, Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), has won the prestigious Michael G Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching in 2017. The honor was established by the University Council in 1994 and is awarded to the faculty member who best exemplifies the continued pursuit of excellence, devotion to teaching and the ability to inspire and motivate others. It is presented annually to one outstanding faculty member from across all Schools at HKUST.
Prof Rossiter’s expertise is in software technologies and his research interests include multimedia, internet technologies, computer graphics, computer sound and music, as well as human-computer interaction. He joined HKUST in 1996 and is currently Associate Professor of Engineering Education in the CSE Department.
Prof Rossiter’s success as a teacher is demonstrated by the astonishing list of teaching awards he has earned including the HKUST School of Engineering’s Teaching Excellence on six occasions, the Best Instructor for the Master’s Degree in Information Technology on five occasions, and the Best Ten Lecturers award. He plays a key role in new curriculum design and course development, and was heavily involved in the creation of several new introductory first-year computing courses, that form the computing course requirement for all HKUST undergraduate students. He has also adopted flipped classroom pedagogy in teaching and designed learning projects to encourage student active engagement – his innovative and creative pedagogical approach is both an example and a lead to faculty across the institution.
Prof Rossiter has always been an active user of IT in teaching. He believes that the curriculum and its contents, as well as the systems that he develops and are released as open source projects (e.g. Gong and NanoGong systems for language learning, Programs and Courses Outcomes System for outcome-based education information), need to evolve continually. By repeatedly questioning and revising his own approach and drawing on his educational experience, he has been able both to maintain and to enhance the quality of his teaching.