AAUT Awards for Teaching Excellence

The Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) were established in 1997 by the Australian Government to celebrate and reward excellence in university teaching. Since then, with an honour roll that includes many highly respected and celebrated members of the sector, the Australian Awards for University Teaching have become a valued form of recognition for university educators Australia wide. The Awards recognise the impact that educators have on the learning and teaching experiences and outcomes of university students. They celebrate and reward programs that support students and enhance learning. They promote excellence in learning and teaching in all aspects of higher education. Recipients, with the support of their institutions, contribute to systemic change in learning and teaching through the ongoing sharing and dissemination of knowledge.

The AAUT Awards for Teaching Excellence recognise Australia’s most outstanding university teachers who have demonstrated excellent leadership through sustained commitment to innovation, delivery of quality teaching and sustained dedication to improving the student experience and learning outcomes in higher education.

See our previous AAUT award applicants and recipients talk about their teaching.

Eligibility

Eligibility

All nominations must relate to teaching activities in higher education and must be supported by the nominating institution. Nomination is open to individuals and teams with current teaching or teaching/research appointments (full-time or fractional, continuing or contract).

Teams

Team nominations can only include members with a contribution of 10 per cent or higher. This means the maximum number of team members is 10 either from the same institution or collaborating institutions. All members of the team must be employed by an eligible institution.

Past recipients

Past recipients of a Teaching or Program Award (including Carrick Award, ALTC Award or OLT Award) can only renominate if they form part of a team nomination and are not the lead nominee. The new nomination should not substantially replicate the original nomination.Early Career Teaching Award recipients are eligible for renomination in a different category five years after receiving the Early Career Award. Nomination or receipt of a Citation does not affect eligibility for a Teaching Award.

Nomination

Nominations

ANU may submit up to three Teaching Award nominations across all categories.

Nominees may be included in only one Teaching Award nomination in any year, except if a nominee forms part of a team nomination and is not the lead nominee.

Categories

Nominees must select the relevant teaching category below. The Teaching Award categories are:

  1. Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies - including Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Medical Sciences and Nursing
  2. Early Career - for teachers with no more than five years' cumulative experience teaching in higher education institutions.
  3. Humanities and the Arts
  4. Law, Economics, Business and Related Studies
  5. Neville Bonner Award for Indigenous Education -  individuals must demonstrate their contribution to Indigenous education. Indigenous and non- Indigenous teachers may nominate.
  6. Physical Sciences and Related Studies - including Architecture, Building and Planning, Engineering, Computing and Information Science
  7. Social and Behavioural Sciences - including Psychology and Education

It is anticipated that Teaching Awards will be distributed across the seven categories, although the pattern of distribution will ultimately be determined by the quality of nominations.

Maximum Submissions

  • Eligible institutions can submit a maximum of three submissions made up of any combination of individual and team submissions with a maximum of two nominations in any category.
  • Nominees may be included in only one Teaching Award nomination in any year, except if a nominee forms part of a team nomination and is not the lead nominee.

Application

Applications

  1. Nomination form
  2. Claims against Assessment Criteria, plus Synopsis, Overview, and References (8 pages)
  3. Curriculum Vitae (3 pages for individuals)
  4. Team Statement of contribution (1 page)
  5. Two Letters of Reference (1 page each)
  6. Supporting Materials (Up to 10 pages)
  7. Photograph

1. Nomination form

The nomination form reports administrative information and includes a declaration from the nominee and institution. The form acts as a cover sheet for the nomination. The completed nomination must be signed by the Vice-Chancellor / Chief Executive Officer or their nominated delegate.

2. Claims against assessment criteria

This component is limited to eight A4 pages and describes the nominee’s teaching activities and achievements and must address all four assessment criteria, providing evidence to support claims. It should comprise the following elements presented in order:

Synopsis

Up to 200 words, which including a description of the nominee’s teaching area or discipline, teaching experience and teaching focus and methods. The synopsis must:

  • be written in the third person
  • avoid jargon and use plain English
  • should inform the broadest possible audience about the nominee’s teaching.

Overview

An overview of the nominee's teaching and its context.

Statement

Statement addressing the assessment criteria, include criterion headings, providing supporting evidence including impact on student learning.

1. Approaches to teaching and the support of learning that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn.

 

This may include:

  • Fostering student development by stimulating curiosity and independence in learning.
  • Participating in effective and empathetic guidance and advice for students.
  • Assisting students from equity and other demographic subgroups to participate and achieve success in their courses.
  • Encouraging student engagement through the enthusiasm shown for learning and teaching.
  • Inspiring and motivating students through effective communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Enabling others to enhance their approaches to learning and teaching.
  • Developing and/or integrating assessment strategies to enhance student learning.

2. Development of curricula, resources or services that reflect a command of the field.

 

This may include

  • Developing and presenting coherent and imaginative resources for student learning.
  • Implementing research-led approaches to learning and teaching.
  • Demonstrating up-to-date knowledge of the field of study in the design of the curriculum and the creation of resources for learning.
  • Communicating clear objectives and expectations for student learning.
  • Providing support to those involved in the development of curricula and resources.
  • Contributing professional expertise to enhance curriculum or resources.

3. Evaluation practices that bring about improvements in teaching and learning.

 

Evaluation comprises making judgements about the quality of programs and activities that are part of the academic, cultural and social experience of higher education. This may include:

  • Showing advanced skills in evaluation and reflective practice.
  • Using a variety of evaluation strategies to bring about change.
  • Adapting evaluation methods to different contexts and diverse student needs and learning styles.
  • Contributing professional expertise to the field of evaluation in order to improve program design and delivery.
  • Dissemination and embedding of good practice identified through evaluation.

*Please note that evaluation practices do not include student assessment.

 

4. Innovation, leadership or scholarship that has influenced and enhanced learning and teaching and/or the student experience.

This may include:

  • Participating in and contributing to professional activities related to learning and teaching.
  • Innovations in service and support for students; coordination, management and leadership of courses and studentlearning.
  • Conducting and publishing research related toteaching.
  • Demonstrating leadership through activities that have broad influence on the profession.
  • Providing innovative learning and teaching for different contexts, including technology enhanced environments, for large and small class sizes and/or to meet the needs of a diverse student cohort.
  • Influencing the overall academic, social and cultural experience of higher education.

    Evidencing your contribution

    • All nominations will be assessed on the evidence provided in response to the assessment criteria. Assessment will also be based on the extent to which nominees show evidence that their contribution has:

    • Influenced student learning, student engagement or the overall student experience
    • Gained recognition from fellow staff, the institution, and/or the broader community
    • Been sustained for a period of no less than three years, not including time taken for development or trial of anyactivity.
    • Claims for excellence that are supported by formal and informal evaluation
    • Shown creativity, imagination or innovation, irrespective of whether the approach involves traditional learning environments or technology-based developments
    • Information contained in student data or institutional student surveys, references, and selected teaching materials submitted by the nominee

    Reference list

    Nominees should use their preferred recognised reference style throughout and include a reference list within the eight pages. Links to reference lists online will not be reviewed by assessors.

     

    3. Curriculum Vitae

    The curriculum vitae should outline the nominee’s educational qualifications, employment history, teaching positions and teaching experience. For individual nominations the curriculum vitae should be no longer than three A4 pages.

     

    For team nominations:

    • The team leader’s curriculum vitae should be no longer than three A4 pages.
    • Curriculum vitae’s up to one A4 page in length can be included for each team member. This means a team of three may have up to five pages (three + one + one).

    4. Statement of contribution (for team nominations)

    Team nominations must complete one A4 page that consists of the following:

    • Name and indication of the percentage contribution of each team members (in order from highest to lowest). Note that team members are required to have a contribution of 10 per cent or higher.
    • An explanation of the role of each team member
    • Maximum number of team members is 10 either from the same institution or different institutions.

    Team nomination requirements are as follows:

    • A team lead for the purposes of the nomination is to be identified
    • Team must have a team name as listed in the nomination form
    • For publication purposes, titles and names stated in the team statement must be the same as listed on the nomination form
    • If the team consists of members from different institutions, clearly state the representative institution on the nomination form and the Team lead’s institution will submit the entire nomination on behalf of the team.

    5. Letters of reference

    Two letters of reference, of no more than one A4 page each, are to be provided by referees able to comment on the contribution to student learning against the assessment criteria. References should demonstrate familiarity with the contribution and context, providing endorsement of the claims and additional evidence relating to context, merit and impact on students. Where possible, at least one referee should be qualified to comment on the broader impact of nominee’s contribution based on relevant professional or personal expertise and standing.

     

    References should:

    • Include one referee who is the head of the Team Leader’s faculty, department, school or administrative unit or higher level.
    • For team nominations, apply to the team not individual team members
    • Include a statement acknowledging the referee’s acceptance of the Privacy Notice in the nomination form, e.g.‘I accept the Privacy Notice provided by the nominee.’
    • Be signed – electronic signatures are accepted
    • Be on institutional letterhead
    • Body text – Font must be Arial or Calibri regular 11 (narrow fonts must not be used)

     

    6. Supporting materials

    Supporting materials should illustrate and provide evidence of claims made against the selection criteria. Please do not include any additional information or use as an extension of the page limit.

     

    Nominees can choose to submit up to two of the following supporting materials:

    • A three-minute video (which could include footage of the program in action, team members talking about the program and its vision or interviews with students)
    • Website (URL)
    • 10 pages of supporting material in PDF format.

    The relevance of all material must be made clear in the written component. Supporting materials should be clearly labelled and are the last component of the combined nomination file.

     

    Supporting materials (including websites) should remain accessible throughout the assessment process, beyond the submission date. Supporting materials should not include a login and password to access the material.

     

    7. Digital photograph

    A formal digital photograph of the individual nominee or team must be submitted with each nomination, in line with the following specifications:

    • colour photo with a white background
    • image resolution of 300 dpi (at least 1 MB)
    • JPEG file.

    If the nomination is successful, digital photographs are used for publication purposes, including the awards booklets, the department’s website and other promotional materials. The photographs should therefore be of the best possible quality and include all members of a team nomination. Low quality photographs will not be accepted. Where possible, the Promoting Excellence team will arrange for the photo to be taken by ANU Photography.

     

    Submission

    Applications will be submitted to the Awards Portal by the AAUT Institutional Contact Officer in ANU by 10 December 2018.

     

     

    Assessment

    Assessment

    All nominations will be assessed on the evidence provided in response to these assessment criteria:

    1. Approaches to teaching and the support of learning that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn.
    2. Development of curricula, resources or services that reflect a command of the field of study.
    3. Evaluation practices that bring about improvements in teaching and learning.
    4. Innovation, leadership or scholarship that has influenced and enhanced learning and teaching and/or the student experience.

    Assessment will also be based on the extent to which nominees show evidence that their contribution has:

    • Influenced student learning, student engagement or the overall student experience
    • Gained recognition from fellow staff, the institution, and/or the broader community
    • Been sustained for a period of no less than three years, not including time taken for development or trial of any activity.
    • Claims for excellence that are supported by formal and informal evaluation
    • Shown creativity, imagination or innovation, irrespective of whether the approach involves traditional learning environments or technology-based developments
    • Information contained in student data or institutional student surveys, references, and selected teaching materials submitted by the nominee

     

    Conditions

    Awards money

    The Award monies are granted and disbursed to the recipient’s institution to be spent within three years to:

    • provide resources to support the award recipient’s teaching or activities related to the award
    • assist the individual or team to disseminate and embed good practice in learning and teaching within their institution and across the sector more broadly.

    The award money is intended to be used to build on the success of the work that the recipient has been recognised for. The expenditure should contribute to improving the teaching and learning outcomes in Australian higher education.