The president of GMIT, Dr Fergal Barry, presented four outstanding GMIT academics with the GMIT President’s Award for Teaching Excellence at this year’s GMIT conferring ceremonies, attended by their families, friends and colleagues.
The recipients were Lucia Cloonan, lecturer in multimedia, visual design and marketing in the School of Business; Paul Leamy, programme chair (and lecturer ) of the Bachelor of Science (honours ) in furniture and wood technology programme in the Letterfrack campus; Dr Paul O’Dowd, lecturer in mechanical and industrial engineering in the School of Engineering; and Dr Cormac Quigley, lecturer in chemistry and forensic science in the School of Science and Computing.
Lucia Cloonan from Sallins in Co Kildare, now living in Claregalway, has been a lecturer in GMIT since 1992. She has also lectured at Saxion University, Deventer, The Netherlands. She has a BA in hotel and catering management, an MBS in tourism and travel management, an MA in interactive media, and a postgraduate diploma in teaching, learning and assessment. She is currently completing a research study on integrating a blended learning approach into a multimedia applications module as part of an MA in teaching and learning at GMIT.
Paul Leamy, originally from Derrymore, Roscrea, Co Tipperary, and now living near Letterfrack, has been a lecturer in GMIT Letterfrack since 1999 and is currently the programme chair of the BSc (honours ) in furniture and wood technology programme.
Dr Paul O’Dowd, from Galway, has been a lecturer in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department since 1998, and has taught and supported undergraduate and postgraduate students at all levels from Certificate to PhD.
Dr Cormac Quigley from Rathmines, Dublin, is a lecturer in the new Department of Natural Sciences in the School of Science and Computing, having joined GMIT from AIT in 2014.