The annual Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching recognise exceptional teaching practice by individuals and teams across the University.

The Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching serve to:

  • recognise and reward teaching excellence;
  • encourage teaching excellence through this recognition;
  • promote to both the Flinders and outside community that we are proud of our academic staff and that they perform to national and international standards.

These awards are made to teams of staff (headed by an academic) and/or to individual academic staff. 

Each winner (either individual or team) is presented with a Certificate and receives a prize of $5000.

Applications open mid-year.


Examples of Evidence

Recent Successes

All Recipients 1993 - 2015

Support for Applications

Anna Smith
Project Officer, Learning and Teaching
Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT)
T: (08) 8201 5552


Applicant Information

The key component of a nomination is an 8 page written statement addressing the selection criteria. Present your statement under the following headings:

Citation (max 40 words):  include the discipline or field of work and the distinctive contribution of the nominee or team.

Context/Summary: describe the landscape in which you teach and what you bring to the picture.

Statement addressing criteria: nominees will be assessed on the evidence they provide in relation to the following four 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.
  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.

The four criteria are given equal consideration by the Selection Committee. In assessing nominations against the four criteria, the Committee will take into account the:

    • extent to which the claims for excellence are supported by formal and informal evaluation;
    • extent of creativity, imagination or innovation, irrespective of whether the approach involves traditional learning environments or technology-based developments; and
    • information contained in student and peer feedback, references and selected teaching materials submitted by the nominee.


Curriculum Vitae - three pages. Include any previous awards or recognition for teaching.

References - two references, of no more than one page each. One reference must be from the nominee’s Teaching Program Director (or similar). If the nomination relates to a team, the reference should apply to the team.

Supporting teaching material - supporting material may include printed material up to 10 pages, online resources, audio, video or other media files. The relevance of the supporting material needs to be made clear in the written statement.


Read the guidelines carefully for eligibility requirements and information about the awards.

Should you require advice on how to apply, please contact

Lodge your application directly via email to by the deadline.

Successful applicants will be formally notified.                  

Recipients of the Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching are expected to contribute to educational development within the University by communicating their skills to academic staff. The specific nature of that contribution is negotiated with each winner. Some applicants identified through the University's internal selection process will be asked to consider applying for national teaching awards.