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 are now open, submissions close 10th December 2018.


Applicant Information

The key component of a nomination is a 4 page written statement addressing one of the selection criteria below. 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 one of 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 chosen criteria, the Committee will take into account the:

    • extent to which the claims for excellence are supported by formal and informal evaluation, including peer and student evaluations of teaching;
    • extent of creativity, imagination or innovation, irrespective of whether the approach involves traditional learning environments or technology-based developments; and
    • evidence of the impact of the work as outlined in the statement and the references


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.


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

Should you require advice on how to apply, or to lodge your application directly, email

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.