News story 11th Dec 2015

Associate Professor named Australian University Teacher of the Year

Associate Professor Kevin Tant from Monash Business School was honoured on Tuesday evening with the 2015 Australian University Teacher of the Year award.

Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, praised Kevin Tant's outstanding efforts and his "engaging and imaginative approach to teaching".

Associate Professor Kevin Tant

Associate Professor Kevin Tant has made significant and imaginative contributions to teaching excellence and student learning in the field of finance. He led the software and hardware design and build of the Simulated Teaching and Research Laboratory (STARLab) which simulates the professional market trading system. The STARLab has been a vital contributor to maintaining Monash Business School's international accreditations and students describe Associate Professor Tant's lessons as inspiring and mind-blowing.

He is a passionate and effective communicator and has worked closely with colleagues to introduce software in subjects such as business and corporate finance, derivatives, equity markets, financial management, investments and portfolio management, and the management of financial institutions. 

These immerse students in active simulated contexts where the relevance of learning is demonstrable and students are highly motivated and engaged. Associate Professor Tant mentors and works with colleagues as they adapt their own teaching practices to the potential offered by his innovations.

"Associate Professor Tant is recognised for his contribution to teaching excellence and student learning in the field of finance, including immersing his students into the virtual world financial markets and testing ideas via realistic simulations before going out to market," Minister Birmingham said.

Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AO said the award was recognition of the innovative approaches to learning and teaching undertaken at the University.

"Associate Professor Tant has made an invaluable contribution to the future of student learning, both in Australia and the Asia Pacific region," Professor Gardner said.

"I congratulate Associate Professor Tant on his truly outstanding achievement."

This article was originally published in Monash News.