Awards for Excellence in Teaching
Policy and Guidelines
University Excellence in Teaching Awards serve the purposes of:
- recognising and rewarding teaching excellence
- encouraging teaching excellence through this recognition
- ensuring staff development activities relating to teaching
- and promoting to both the Flinders and outside community that this university is proud of its academic staff and that they perform at national and international standards.
The Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law Awards for Excellence in Teaching are designed to reward staff for excellence in teaching within the faculty, and to encourage winners to apply for the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching later in the year and possibly the Australian Awards for University Teaching (now administered by the Office for Learning and Teaching and previously administered by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council) in the next year.
Up to three faculty awards will be made each year. These awards will be made to teams of staff (headed by an academic) and/or to individual academic staff. Award winners will receive a certificate of Excellence in Teaching and a prize of $3000 (shared in the case of teams) which may be used for such purposes as conference attendance, purchase of resources to assist in preparation and delivery of teaching and learning materials, or purchase of books, journals etc.
Team Applications: Teams should consist of at least two members and be headed by an academic member of staff (defined as tenured or on contract of greater than 12 months duration, with full-time equivalence of at least 0.4). Teams may include casual or part-time academic staff, and non-academic and support staff. Team applicants will be responsible for a project, achievement, change or development in a module, strand, topic, year level program, or course judged to be outstanding. Applications will require the signed endorsement of the Dean(s) of the School(s) in which the team members are located.
Individual Applications: Individual awards will be presented to academic staff judged to be outstanding teachers. Where possible, one of the individual awards may be made to an academic staff member with no more than seven years experience teaching in a higher education setting. [This should be interpreted as seven calendar years and includes all tutoring, part-time teaching, and teaching at other higher education institutions]. All members of the academic staff, tenured or on contract of greater than 12 months duration, with full-time equivalence of at least 0.4, are eligible for an individual award. Recipients must have been employed in a teaching post for at least three years within the University. Applications will require the signed endorsement of the applicant's Dean of School.
Staff from Yunggorendi First Nations Centre for Higher Education and Research are eligible to apply on the basis of their teaching within Education and Australian Studies. The application will need to be endorsed by the Dean of Education and / or Humanities depending on the topics referred to in the application.
Award winners will not be eligible to appy again within the same category for three years.
Applicants must make a case which addresses two of the following five criteria. This section of the application, together with a Citation, Biography and Contextual Statement, should not exceed four pages in total (see presentation guidelines below).
- Approaches to teaching that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn
This may include, but is not limited to: fostering student development by stimulating curiosity and independence in learning; contribution to the development of students’ critical thinking skills, analytical skills and scholarly values; encouraging student engagement through the enthusiasm shown for learning and teaching; inspiring and motivating students through high-level communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
- Development of curricula and resources that reflect a command of the field
This may include, but is not limited to: 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 innovative and flexible approaches to learning and teaching.
- Approaches to assessment and feedback that foster independent learning
This may include, but is not limited to: integrating assessment strategies with the specific aims and objectives for student learning; providing timely, worthwhile feedback to students on their learning; using a variety of assessment and feedback strategies; implementing both formative and summative assessment; adapting assessment methods to different contexts and diverse student needs.
- Respect and support for the development of students as individuals
This may include, but is not limited to: participating in the effective and empathetic guidance and advising of students; assisting students from equity and other demographic subgroups to participate and achieve success in their courses; influencing the overall academic, social and cultural experience of higher education.
- Scholarly activities that have influenced and/or enhanced learning and teaching
This may include, but is not limited to: showing advanced skills in evaluation and reflective practice; participating in and contributing to professional activities related to learning and teaching; coordination, management and leadership of courses and student learning; conducting and publishing research related to teaching; demonstrating leadership through activities that have broad influence on the profession; examples of particular teaching challenges that you confronted during the year and the way in which you chose to tackle these challenges.
Application Content and Presentation Guidelines
1. Compose an Application of no more than a total of four pages (A4, single spaced, minimum 11 point font Arial or Helvetica, 2.5 cm margin all around) containing the following
- A 25 word citation that summarises their claim to excellence
- A brief personal biography. This will be used to promote the teaching success of the winners of the Awards within the Faculty, and should be written accordingly
- A short contextual statement that provides a summary of their teaching and learning relevant to the application (e.g., courses and topics taught, student numbers, modes of delivery), and
- A detailed statement addressing two of the selection criteria. Applicants need to provide evidence to support their claims against these criteria.
- A signed endorsement from their Dean of School.
2. Attach a relevant summary of mean teaching scores from student evaluations of teaching and topics (limited to two pages – see Attachment 3 from Form C, Application for Promotion).
Other Supporting Material
Applicants may send one copy of materials labelled as Supportive Teaching Material that provide evidence to support claims against the selection criteria, e.g., These may include, but are not limited to, materials such as evidence of contributions to curriculum or program design, student evaluation of teaching scores, material prepared for students such as audiovisual material, CD ROMs, course handouts and study guides.study guides, learning guides. Such Supporting Material is to be limited to a maximum of 1 CD ROM and/or one video or audio tape and/or 5 pages of printed material.
Assessment of Applications
Applications will be assessed by a sub-committee of the Faculty Teaching and Learning Committee. Where possible, this sub-committee will include representation from each school and one of the two student representatives.
Submission of Applications
The University is planning to implement an online submission scheme for awards and grants. It is hoped that the Faculty awards can be incorporated within that online submission process. If everything is in place in time, instructions on how to utilise the online system will be posted here. In the interim, the default position will be for applications to be submitted electronically to the Executive Officer, EHL Teaching and Learning Committee, (Olga.Pinto@flinders.edu.au ), by Friday 26 July 2013.
Attachments can be downloaded