Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies and Statistics,
ANU College of Business & Economics
VICE-CHANCELLOR’S AWARD FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE
Dr Gen Nowak is a Senior Lecturer in Statistics. He brings a wealth of teaching and research experience gained through his work at ANU and at leading universities overseas. Gen is passionate about teaching and committed to developing globally competitive graduates who have the skills and confidence to apply statistics across broad-ranging areas of economics, finance and scientific research. Gen received the ANU College of Business and Economics Award for Teaching Excellence in 2019.
What originally inspired you to become a teacher/educator?
I was fortunate to have been taught by some amazing teachers, including lecturers who specialised in statistics. Their teaching inspired me to engage further in the study of statistics, which in turn was instrumental in my career choice as an academic in this field.
Knowing the impact great teachers can have has driven my desire to inspire future students in the same way that I once was.
What motivates and inspires you now, in your current teaching?
Data is playing an increasingly large role in many decision-making processes across broad ranging fields in both the private and public sectors. This has really highlighted the value of having a sound understanding of statistical concepts, together with solid skills in statistical analysis. I strive to impart the real-world importance of statistics in my teaching and I am motivated in knowing that I play a part in developing the statistical expertise of future decision makers.
Tell us about the impact you have had on your students learning?
My goal when teaching is to impart students with an understanding of the real-world relevance of statistics and to ensure that they attain the skills to undertake appropriate statistical analyses in their chosen fields.
Some of the most rewarding experiences in my teaching career have been the occasions where previous students have contacted me to tell me about how they are applying statistics in their work and how much they value all the knowledge and skills gained as part of their statistical learning.
“I believe that the role of a university educator is to provide a learning environment where students gain the knowledge and skills to confidently take their next steps in their chosen field.”Dr Gen Nowak
“My teaching philosophy centres on teaching students ‘how to think’ so that they can confidently approach any given statistical problem and arrive at methodologies for reaching a solution.”Dr Gen Nowak