The Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) offers annual national awards which recognise and celebrate quality and excellence in university teaching and learning (whether by individuals or teams).
2014 OLT Awards
In 2014 the Australian Government's Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) will be administering the following suite of national teaching awards, which are normally relevant to staff who have attained an institutional teaching award or similar:
Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning ($10,000 prize) - OLT deadline date TBA (likely to be early May as in 2013).
Citations "recognise and reward the diverse contributions that individuals and teams make to the quality of student learning. Open to academic staff, general staff, sessional staff and institutional associates (full-time or factional, continuing or contract) who have made significant contributions to student learning in a specific area of responsibility over a sustained period (at least three years)."
Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning ($25,000 prize) - OLT deadline date TBA (likely to be early July as in 2013).
Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning "recognise learning and teaching support programs and services that make an outstanding contribution to the quality of student learning and the quality of the student experience of higher education."
Awards for Teaching Excellence ($25,000 prize) - OLT deadline date TBA (likely to be early July as in 2013).
Awards for Teaching Excellence "give recognition to teachers (individuals and teams) renowned for the excellence of their teaching, who have outstanding presentation skills and who have made a broad contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education."
The Prime Minister's Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year "is selected from the recipients of Teaching Awards. It is given to one academic with an exceptional record of advancing student learning, educational leadership and scholarly contributions to learning and teaching."
Currently, the OLT have released no deadlines or guidelines documentation for 2014; please continue to consult the relevant webpages of the Centre for University Teaching (CUT) for updates and details
Internal Support Process for AwardsIf you are interested in applying for any of these awards, then please note that there is a deadline for registering your interest/intention to apply. All potential applicants need to contact Peter Moss in CUT (E: firstname.lastname@example.org; T: 08 8201 5552) by Tuesday 4th February 2014 to register.
All applicants will then have available to them a new internal review process of peer review and support, in which a panel of staff drawn from the College of Distinguished Educators and/or senior staff involved in teaching and learning activities will review first drafts and provide feedback in meetings organised by CUT. This feedback will assist applicants to develop a second draft for a final review meeting, ensuring that the nomination is ready for submission.