Here is some feedback on my teaching ability from colleagues and students at AUT circa 2007:
Peter's ability to engage audiences with varied academic achievements and experiences, while maximising learning experiences is absolutely outstanding. Peter's charisma, enthusiasm, innovation and passion for education were definitely catalysts that promoted my desire to pursue a career in tertiary education. He is dedicated and committed to his work and to assisting others. He continually strives for excellence. I see Peter as a grounded, charismatic role model, who possesses honesty and integrity, and commits himself to extraordinary work with enthusiasm and passion, for the improvement of those he comes in contact with.
Robert Hogg, former student, now lecturer and colleague, AUT University
Peter was exceptional in his efforts to help his students with their understanding and was always using new approaches to help us learn, recall, understand and apply important sport science knowledge. Peter's door was always open, whether it was for further assistance on the sliding filament theory, additional study notes or just a general student chat session. Be lucky Pete Mellow - know that you have touched many lives and created many dreams.
Melanie Longdill, former student, ASPIRE Academy for Sports Excellence, Doha- Qatar
Student appraisal highlighted Peter's exceptional enthusiasm and energy for teaching, his helpfulness to students and colleagues, and his ability to meet learners' needs using "an impressive repertoire of strategies." Two students' comments sum up Peter: "This lecturer is passionate about what he teaches" ... and "Pete is the most impressive lecturer I have come across ... he has helped me to decide to continue on to do my masters and become a lecturer myself".
Lorraine K. Parker, Director, Centre for Educational & Professional Development, AUT University
I have been privileged to observe Pete teaching on many occasions. His true passion is teaching and empowering students. He is continually looking at new initiatives to help the students with their learning, e.g. on-line course information and tests, creating interactive CD-ROMs for the students' use, which has added depth to the student learning. He sets the standards for other lecturers to follow. He constantly delivers excellence in education to our students. The energy he gives our courses, his full-time job and family commitments show that Pete is truly a remarkable person. He is a consummate professional teacher.
Carol Sommerville, Short Course Manager, Division of Sport and Recreation, AUT University
NZCA Letter 2007