University Awards
Recognising Excellence
  • Science fiction and fantasy
  • Utopias and dystopias
  • Critical reading
  • Coordinates the Department's undergraduate, honours as well as exchange programmes, contributing significantly to shaping and enhancing students' learning and development needs
  • Presents thought-provoking and carefully crafted questions widely acknowledged by students as having helped them delve deep, think critically and develop a strong voice and mind
  • Receives consistently high ratings and glowing reviews from freshmen to seniors across modules of different content and demands
  • Challenges students to question critically rather than unquestioningly accept concepts, perspectives and theories
  • Possesses a knack for drawing examples from everyday life to illustrate the significance, value and relevance of literature regardless of content as well as class size and format
  • Makes topics come to life through carefully and vividly illustrated multimedia materials, including creating from scratch iBooks that offer a seamless collection of texts, videos, webpages as well as supplementary materials
  • Goes the extra mile to serve the best interests of her students, from increasing the tutorial sessions to keep class size small, organising additional learning programmes beyond the classroom to critiquing unsolicited essays
  • Demonstrates an outstanding ability in teaching a wide variety of modules to students from different disciplines and backgrounds
  • Author, The Master of the Rings: Inside the World of JRR Tolkien published by Icon Books (2002)
  • Author, The Widening World of Children's Literature published by Palgrave Macmillan (2000)
  • Author of various entries in The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English published by Cambridge University Press
  • Author of various articles on Geoffrey Hill, Peter Ackroyd, Diana Wynne Jones and Louis MacNeice
  • Presented at international conferences and symposia, including two invited papers, one a keynote addres
  • Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (2013, 2000, 1999, 1997)
  • Honour Roll, Annual Teaching Excellence Award, NUS (2008)
  • Annual Teaching Excellence Award, NUS (2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003)
  • Faculty Excellent Teacher Award, NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (2006, 2005, 2004, 2003)
  • NUS Excellent Teachers (2002)
  • Staff Achievement Award (Teaching), NUS (1999)
" To produce students with moral and intellectual courage, who are able to take on difficulties with creativity and without fear, and who are capable of taking fire from ideas and using their own enlightenment to then light the way for others."