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 close: 20 October 2017

VC Awards Checklist 2017 (PDF 188KB)


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


Submitting an Application

Suggested Application Schedule

First draft & feedback 14 July - 28 July 2017
Second draft & feedback  11 August  - 1 September 2017
Finalise application 1 September - 20 October 2017
Deadline 20 October 2017


Advice for Applicants

Support and advice, including feedback on draft written statements, is available from the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching.

All nominees for the Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching 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:

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

Supporting material of up to 10 pages may include printed material, online resources, audio, video or other media files. Applicants are advised to ensure the relevance of the supporting material is made clear in the written statement.

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.