Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Teaching Excellence

The Teaching Excellence Award celebrates outstanding teachers at Federation University Australia. Up to 1 award is granted annually.  

This Award gives recognition to teachers (individuals and teams) renowned for the excellence of their teaching, who who have demonstrated excellent leadership though sustained commitment to innovation, delivery of quality teaching, and sustained dedication to improving the student experience and learning outcomes in higher education
The application process is based on the instructions as detailed in the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Awards. The awards process runs from May – November annually and involves five main steps. Apart from Stage one (1), the VC’s L&T awards process operates via FedUni’s LMS, moodle

Stage 1. Recognition phase

Senior managers with a School / Department are invited to nominate  staff / teams who they consider demonstrate an outstanding contribution to student service via direct email correspondence from CLIPP.

Stage 2. Nomination phase

Staff /teams nominated by senior management are invited to submit an expression of interest form. This form indicates that the staff member / team accepts the nomination and wishes to apply for an award in the same year. The expression of interest phase is open for two (2) weeks in June.

Eligibility for application

  1. All applications must relate to contributions to student learning, student engagement, and/or the overall student experience at the University.
  2. Applications are 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 applications are encouraged. Teams may be of any size. If a team is larger than five members, a team name must be provided.
  4. Applicants can be included in only one applications in any year. Individual award recipients are not eligible for reapplication within seven (7) years of receiving an award.
  5. Previously unsuccessful applications for citation / awards are eligible to apply. An applicant may only submit an applications for either a Citation or a Teaching Award in any one year.
  6. Applicants must have a minimum seven (7) years teaching experience in a tertiary setting, and previously been awarded a Citation for Student Service / Learning

Stage 3. Eligibility Check  phase


After expression of interest forms are submitted, CLIPP will review to assess, in particular the evidence supplied within, and determine eligibility for application.

Stage 4. Application phase

During the application phase of the VC’s L&T award  process, applicants will learn how to write a strong written statement, how  to use your referee letter(s) advantageously, craft strong supportive documentation,and receive feedback on two drafts of your written statement via mentor partnerships.

Applications for this award must demonstrate:

  • Approaches to teaching and the support of learning that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn.
  • Development of curricula, resources or services that reflect a command of the field.
  • Evaluation practices that bring about improvements in teaching and learning.
  • Innovation, leadership or scholarship that has influenced and enhanced learning and teaching and/or the student experience.

Applications for this award include: 

  • A eight(8)-page written statement
  • Two referee(s), one internal and one external
  • A three(3)-page academic CV
  • Two of the following three pieces of supplementary resources:
    • 3-minute video
    • 10 pages of teaching materials
    • URL to personal blog / website

Stage 5. Evaluation phase

Selection panel for all awards

Applications for Citations and Awards are considered by a Selection Committee. This is made up of (where possible):

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

The panel will assess Teaching Excellence applications based on the degree to which the applicant has convincingly argued they have:

  • influenced student learning, student engagement or the overall student experience
  • integrated evidence of both formal and informal data
  • received recognition from fellow staff, the institution, and/or the broader community
  • sustained practice for a period of no less than seven years (three years for early career)
  • demonstrated creativity, imagination, or innovation, irrespective of delivery-mode / discipline

Awards presentation

A framed certificate, signed by the Vice-Chancellor, will be presented to Award winners at a ceremony in November.


Essential resources and forms

Additional resources


Further information

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