The Worshipful Company of Educators recognized former Defence Academy (DefAc) educator, Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Chris Dobson of the Intermediate Command and Staff Course (ICSC) as the Best Educator last week (27 November).
Lt Col Chris Dobson won this distinguished award for redesigning course curriculum for ICSC, challenging long-held practices and enhancing learning experience for British Army and Royal Marine majors. He was instrumental in moving the course into the divisional level of warfighting and did so with a focus on the needs and starting ability of the student.
Under his leadership, course content was contemporary and aligned with the mission as he voluntarily reached out to the Front Line Commands to seek real-time problem sets for the course.
Lt Col Dobson regularly contributes articles and commentary to professional military publications. He achieved an outstanding second place in the annual Royal United Services Institute International Essay competition and is published in the journal 'British Army Review'.
“This potent mix when combined with his affable and approachable nature and depth of subject matter expertise ensures he is the epitome of that which should be sought in instructors at the Defence Academy", quoted from citation.
The Defence Academy was well represented with notable nominations for the Worshipful Company of Educators' awards, including David Tandy who was runner up, showing the excellent level of directing/technical staff and curricula we have here at the Defence Academy to deliver world leading military education.