Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Teaching Excellence

The Teaching Excellence Award celebrates outstanding teachers at Federation University Australia. In 2017 there will be 1 award available in this category.

This Award gives recognition to teachers (individuals and teams) renowned for the excellence of their teaching, who have outstanding presentation skills and who have made a broad and deep contribution to the quality of learning and teaching at the University. The application process is based on the instructions as detailed in the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Awards. There are five main steps in the awards process. Please ensure to follow the CLIPP schedule calendar (timeline) and supporting documents throughout the award process.

Step 1. Recognition phase

All students and staff are asked to identify staff who they consider demonstrate teaching excellence. Recognition can be from a student, peer, and or manager or by self-recognition, this information is collected via a lime survey.

Step 2. Nomination phase

The Nomination phase is open on 13th June 2017, via the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Learning and Teaching Moodle site.

Eligibility for nomination

  1. All nominations must relate to contributions to student learning, student engagement and/or the overall student experience at the University.
  2. Nomination is open to academic staff, teaching staff, professional staff, technical staff, sessional staff and institutional associates (full-time or fractional, continuing or contract).
  3. Both team and individual nominations are encouraged. Teams may be of any size. If a team is larger than five members a team name must be provided.
  4. Nominee/s can be included in only one nomination in any year.
  5. Individual citation recipients are not eligible for renomination within five years of receiving a citation.
  6. Previously unsuccessful nominees for citations are eligible to apply.
  7. An applicant may only submit a nomination for either a Citation or a Teaching Award in any one year.

Step 3. Mentoring phase

Mentors will be available to guide and provide support throughout the application phase. The role of mentor in this context is to assist the nominee in developing their written statement and provide feedback on two drafts of the written statement. Both nominees and mentors will be supported through the process via the use of a Moodle site.

Step 4. Application phase

During the application phase of the 2017 Vice-Chancellor's award process you will learn how to write a strong written statement for your award application. You will also learn how to use your referee letter(s) to your advantage, craft strong supportive documentation (Teaching Excellence only) and receive feedback on two drafts of your written statement.

Step 5. Evaluation phase

Selection panel for all awards

Nominations for Citations and Teaching Awards are considered by a Selection Committee which is made up of (where possible):

  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Quality) or nominee
  • Director, Centre for Learning Innovation and Professional Practice (CLIPP) or nominee
  • One Associate Dean Learning and Teaching
  • One national winner equivalent to the AAUT and/or predecessors (ie ALTC, OLT)
  • One previous Vice-Chancellors Award winner
  • One student representative

Awards presentation


A framed certificate will be presented to the Award winner signed by the Vice-Chancellor at a ceremony at the end of the year.

Award guidelines

Staff who intend on applying for a VC Teaching Excellence award, should follow this step-by-step process:

  1. Read the 2017 Program Information and Nomination Instructions as detailed in the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Awards and refer to the appropriate section within the instructions; There is one section which is particularly relevant for Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Applicants need to address one selection criteria in a 4 page application).
  2. Complete the online eligibility for nomination via Moodle.
  3. Seek advice from CLIPP staff and/faculty ADLT and awards mentors. CLIPP will assist with appointing appropriate mentors.
  4. Complete the Federation University Nomination Form (Docx, 222kb) for Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.
  5. Comply with the CLIPP Calendar Schedule regarding timelines for institutional submission.

Essential resources and forms

Additional Resources


Further information

Enquiries to be directed to clipp@federation.edu.au or phone (03) 5327 6151.