Award for Teaching Excellence

The Vice-Chancellor Award for Teaching Excellence recognise Federation University’s most outstanding university teachers who have demonstrated excellent leadership through sustained commitment to innovation, delivery of quality teaching and sustained dedication to improving the student experience and learning outcomes in higher education, in a specific area of responsibility over a sustained period.

Award Max no. of awards Prize money
Award: Teaching Excellence 1 $3,000 each

Eligibility criteria

The following eligibility criteria needs to be met to nominate for this award:

  • Open to academic teaching staff with current teaching or teaching/research appointments (full-time or fractional | continuing, contract or sessional).
  • All nominations must relate to teaching activities in tertiary education.
  • Able to demonstrate claims through evidence across a range of stakeholders (eg: students, peers, industry), over a sustained period of no less than seven (7) years [three (3) years for Early Career]
  • Previously been awarded a Vice-Chancellor Citation for Student Learning or Student Service (or equivalent).
  • Nominees can be included in only one application in any year. ie: a nominee may only submit an application for either a Citation or a Teaching Award in any one year.

Note:

  • Teams: Team nominations can only include members with a contribution of 10 per cent or higher. This means that the maximum number of team members is 10 either from the same institution or collaborating institutions. If a team is larger than five (5) members, a team name must be provided.
  • Early Career Citations: Nominees with no more than five (5) years’ experience teaching in a higher education institution may apply for an Early Career Citation. The five (5) years can be non-sequential and must be counted on a semester basis. This includes all tutoring and part-time teaching
  • Past Nominations: Previously unsuccessful nominations for a Teaching Award are eligible to apply.
  • Past Recipients: Past recipients of a Teaching Award can only renominate if they form part of a team nomination and are not the lead nominee. The new nomination should not substantially replicate the original individual nomination.  Early Career Teaching Award recipients are eligible for renomination in a different category five years after receiving the Early Career Award.

Key information

Applications: This award includes the following elements:

  • Expression of Interest Form – 5 pages
  • Written Statement – 8 pages
  • Curriculum Vitae – 3 pages
  • Letter of Reference – 1 page
  • Supporting Materials – Two of the following:  (i) 3 minute video, (ii) 10 pages of teaching materials, or (iii) URL to personal blog/website

Time commitment: It is anticipated that nominees should allocate between 20 – 35 hours for the development of a quality application.

Progression: The application criteria and process is similar to that of the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) to streamline the preparation from institutional to national recognition.

Step-by-step process

The following outlines the schedule, steps, resources, expectations and time commitment associated with each phase of the process.

Preparation phase (April)

The Preparation phase enables Institute leadership teams, line managers, peers and individual staff to identify potential nominees, determine eligibility and understand the expectations required, prior to submitting an Expression of Interest.

Time Commitment: It is anticipated that prospective nominees should allocate approximately 3 – 5 hours to explore the information available, determine eligibility, and complete an Expression of Interest form.

Schedule:

MonthPhaseActivitiesLead
AprilPreparationResources: Webinars | Online resources | Online learning modulesNominee

Key Documents: Download the following documents

Key Resources: Engage with the following support resources

Key Steps: This phase consists of the following four (4) steps

  • Step 1 - Identifying eligible nominees. Anyone can identify who excels in their role beyond standard practice. This includes Institute leadership teams, Dean, Learning and Teaching, line managers, peers and self.
  • Step 2 - Understanding expectations. Prospective nominees should (a) download the VCALT Teaching Excellence Award Nomination Instructions (see Key Documents) that outlines the specific components and expectations, and (b) complete the professional learning module – PLM911 Applying for an institutional teaching award (see Key Resources). This will ensure a full understanding of the value, eligibility criteria, process. expectations and time commitment.
  • Step 3 - Addressing assessment criteria. Nominees are asked to address ALL FOUR of the assessment criteria, as set out in Section 2 of the Award Nomination Instructions. Having already received a VCALT and/or AAUT Citation for Student Learning or Student Service (or equivalent), nominees may have already addressed one or more of these criteria. To help nominees build upon this, and identify their breadth of evidence to address the remaining criteria, complete  Appendix 7.2 of the Citation Nomination Instructions for each of the four criteria to map your impact and available evidence.
  • Step 4 - Preparing an Expression of Interest form. Download the VCALT Teaching Excellence Expression of Interest Form (see Key Documents). Regardless of how nominees are identified, an endorsement from the Institute Executive Dean is a requirement for the submission of an Expression of Interest. This is to ensure (a) nominees meet the eligibility criteria, and (b) the time commitment required is supported for successful nominees to create a quality application.

Submission Portal: Access the following link for the submission of the EOI, as per schedule.

Nomination phase (May)

The Nomination phase starts with nominees submitting an Expression of Interest, those EOI’s being assessed, and nominees notified if their nomination is sufficient to progress, or is currently not ready. Approved nominees will commence planning for the Application phase.

Time Commitment: It is anticipated that approved nominees should allocate approximately 6 – 8 hours to collate the necessary evidence to support the application phase, liaise with their allocated mentor(s), and commence the first draft of their application.

Schedule:

MonthPhaseActivitiesLead
MayNominationExpressions of Interest due Monday 09 May 2022Nominee
Nominees notified of EOI approval/denial on Monday 16 May 2022CAD
Mentor(ds) allocated by  Monday 23 May 2022CAD/Nominee
Approved nominees create an application planNominee

Key Resources: Engage with the following support resources

Key Steps: This phase consists of the following three (3) steps

  • Step 1: Submit the completed EOI via the submission portal below. Expressions of Interest are reviewed by the Dean, Learning & Teaching (or proxy) within two weeks of submission. This is to determine if the nominee meets the eligibility criteria, and has access to sufficient evidence over a sustained period of time to generate a quality application. Approved nominees  will be invited to progress to the application phase. Nominees considered not suitable at this time will be provided with feedback for future attempts. All nominees will be notified of approval/denial via email as per schedule above.  Approved nominees  are encouraged to notify their line managers, and explore any internal provisions available to support the process of creating a quality application.
  • Step 2: Allocating mentor(s). Nominees are provided with two mentors – one within CAD, and another within their academic or professional portfolio. Mentors are allocated depending on expertise to support nominees through the process by providing advice, critical feedback and recommendations for writing a strong award application.
  • Step 3: Developing a plan. Before commencing any writing, it is recommended that nominees create a plan, in consultation with their mentor. This ensures a clear narrative to your claims individually and collectively, and ensures they are adequately and evenly supported by evidence, recognition and scholarly literature. See Appendix 7.3 of the Award Nomination Instructions.

Submission Portal: Access the following link to submit the Expressions of Interest, as per schedule

Application phase (June-July)

The Application phase is the process where applicants develop, enhance and refine three draft applications, utilising the feedback received from their allocated mentors.

Time Commitment:  It is anticipated that applicants should allocate approximately 6 – 8 hours for the development of each draft (ie: 18 – 24 hours), and 3 hours collectively to liaise with their mentor(s) to discuss feedback.

Schedule:

MonthPhaseActivitiesLead
JuneApplication

DRAFT 1 due Monday 06 June 2022

Nominee
Mentor feedback due Monday 20 June 2022Mentor(s)
JulyApplicationDRAFT 2 due Monday 04 July 2022Nominee
Mentor feedback due Monday 18 July 2022Mentor(s)
DRAFT 3 due Monday 01 August 2022Nominee

Key Document: Download the following documents

Key Resources: Engage with the following support resources

The following external resources can also support the development of a quality application:

Key Steps: This phase consists of the following three (3) steps

  • Step 1 - Completing and submitting Draft 1. The focus for Draft 1 should be on drafting the Written Statement using the template (see Key Documents) – as set out in Section 4 of the Award Nomination Instructions. Submit Draft 1 in the submission portal below as per schedule
  • Step 2 - Completing and submitting Draft 2. Allocated mentor(s) will provide written feedback within two weeks of submitting Draft 1, via the Moodle site. Nominees are encouraged to liaise with mentor(s) regarding any questions on the feedback received, or how to use the feedback to enhance the next draft. Nominees are reminded to utilise the external resources listed in the Key Resources. Focus for Draft 2 should be on further development of the Written Statement, and commence the drafting of the Support Materials using the template (see Key Documents) – as set out in Section 4 of the Award Nomination Instructions. Submit Draft 2 in the submission portal below as per schedule
  • Step 3 - Completing and submitting Draft 3. Continue to liaise with allocated mentor(s) around the feedback provided for Draft 2 and utilise the resources outlined in Key Resources. Focus for Draft 3 should be on further development of the Written Statement, further development of the Supporting Materials, commence the drafting of the Curriculum Vitae and liaising with the referee for the development of a Letter of Reference using the template (see Key Documents) – as set out in the Award Nomination Instructions. Submit Draft 3 in the submission portal below as per schedule.

Submission Portal: Access the following link for submission of all drafts, as per schedule.

Submission phase (August)

The Submission phase completes the awards process for nominees, with the final submission of applications at the end of the month.

Time Commitment: It is anticipated that nominees should allocate approximately 6 – 8 hours for the development of the final version of the Written Statement, Supporting Materials, Curriculum Vitae and Letter of Reference, and 2 hours to liaise with their mentor(s) to make any last minute refinements.

Schedule:

MonthPhaseActivitiesLead
AugustSubmissionMentor feedback due Monday 15 August 2022Mentor(s)
  FINAL SUBMISSION due Monday 29 August 2022Nominee

Key Steps: This phase consists of the following four (4) steps

  • Step 1 - Finalising the support documents. Finalise the Curriculum Vitae and Reference Letter from your referee to accompany the application – as set out in Section 4 of the Award Nomination Instructions.
  • Step 2 - Finalising the supporting materials. Finalise the Supporting Materials – as set out in Section 4 of the Award Nomination Instructions. 
  • Step 3 -Finalising the written statement. Last chance to liaise with mentor(s) to seek their guidance and last minute tips for the written statement of claims against the assessment criteria – as set out in Section 4 of the Award Nomination Instructions.
  • Step 4 - Submitting your VCALT Award application. Use the final checklist in Appendix 7.5 of the Award Nomination Instructions to ensure all components of the submission are completed. It is important to remember that all elements have strict guidelines on the components to be addressed, page limits and formatting. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this.The full application contains all components, collated as ONE (1) single PDF file. Incomplete applications will not be assessed. .

Submission Portal: Access the following link to upload the final submission, as per schedule. There are NO EXTENSIONS to this date

Further information

Contact Tulsa Andrews on t.andrews@federation.edu.au or phone: +61 3 5327 9654.