Teaching & Learning

Vice Chancellor’s Medal for Sustained Commitment to Teaching Excellence

Overview

The Vice Chancellor's Medal for Sustained Commitment to Teaching Excellence aims to recognise the continued commitment to good teaching practice by the institution's most outstanding teachers. Winners of this award will have demonstrated a sustained contribution to the learning and teaching culture at UTAS and have evidence of their continued positive impact on student learning outcomes throughout their career.

Winners of the Vice Chancellor's Medal for Sustained Commitment to Teaching Excellence will receive $10,000. A maximum of one Vice Chancellor's Medal is offered each year.

Eligibility

All members of academic staff, including pro bono staff, are eligible to apply for the Vice Chancellor's Medal for Sustained Commitment to Teaching Excellence.

Individual and team applications are accepted.

Winners of VC's Awards for Teaching Excellence are eligible to apply for a Vice Chancellor's Medal for Sustained Commitment to Teaching Excellence five years following their VC's Award for Teaching Excellence.

Winners of a Vice Chancellor's Medal for Sustained Commitment to Teaching Excellence are ineligible to reapply for this award.

Previously unsuccessful applicants are immediately eligible to reapply in the following year.

Selection Criteria

Applicants for the Vice Chancellor's Medal for Sustained Commitment to Teaching Excellence are required to respond to each of the following four criteria. The text below each criterion is indicative of the ways in which the criteria might be demonstrated. Applicants should not feel limited by these illustrative examples. Each criterion will be given equal weighting.

  1. Approaches to teaching and the support of learning that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn. This may include fostering student development by stimulating curiosity and independence in learning; participating in effective and empathetic guidance and advice for students; assisting students from equity and other demographic subgroups to participate and achieve success in their courses; encouraging student engagement through the enthusiasm shown for learning and teaching; inspiring and motivating students through effective communication, presentation and interpersonal skills; enabling others to enhance their approaches to learning and teaching; and developing and/or integrating assessment strategies to enhance student learning. 
  2. Development of curricula, resources or services that reflect a command of the field. This may include developing and presenting coherent and imaginative resources for student learning; implementing research-led approaches to learning and teaching; demonstrating up-to-date knowledge of the field of study in the design of the curriculum and the creation of resources for learning; communicating clear objectives and expectations for student learning; providing support to those involved in the development of curricula and resources; and contributing professional expertise to enhance curriculum or resources. 
  3. Evaluation practices that bring about improvements in teaching and learning. Evaluation comprises making judgements about the quality of programs and activities that are part of the academic, cultural and social experience of higher education. This may include showing advanced skills in evaluation and reflective practice; using a variety of evaluation strategies to bring about change; adapting evaluation methods to different contexts and diverse student needs and learning styles; contributing professional expertise to the field of evaluation in order to improve program design and delivery; and the dissemination and embedding of good practice identified through evaluation. 
  4. Innovation, leadership or scholarship that has influenced and enhanced learning and teaching and/or the student experience. This may include participating in and contributing to professional activities related to learning and teaching; innovations in service and support for students; coordination, management and leadership of courses and student learning; conducting and publishing research related to teaching; demonstrating leadership through activities that have broad influence on the profession; providing innovative learning and teaching for different contexts, including technology enhanced environments, for large and small class sizes and/or to meet the needs of a diverse student cohort; and influencing the overall academic, social and cultural experience of higher education.

Nomination, Application and Selection Procedures


Application Format

The Vice Chancellor's Medal for Sustained Commitment to Teaching Excellence application is comprised of:

  • Application cover sheet (Word 46.0KB) (1 page)
  • Written statement (8  pages)
  • Curriculum vitae (3 pages with one additional page for each team member)
  • References (2 references of one page each)
  • Supporting materials (see information below)

Paper must be A4 and plain white. Margins must be at least 2cm with clear definition between paragraphs. Font must be a minimum of 11 point. Individual pages that do not meet the requirements, for instance by exceeding the pages limits, will be removed.

Written Statement

The core element of the application is a written statement in which applicants describe their continued commitment to teaching excellence at the institution. Claims and evidence provided for this application must show distinct growth in teaching practice and impact on student learning from the time the applicant's last award was received.  It is essential that applicants address each of the selection criteria, and provide a broad range of evidence in the written statement to support their claims in line with these criteria. The written statement is limited to eight (8) A4 pages in total and should include all information that might be referred to in the submission.

The written statement should be presented in order, under the following headings:

1)    Overview
Should summarise the applicant's teaching context, experience, methods, and research/teaching interests. This is also an area to include the applicant's teaching philosophy and beliefs, situating these within an integrated summary of the claims relating to the selection criteria.

2)    Selection criteria
A statement addressing each of the four criteria below in turn:
 
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. 

A broad range of evidence in support of the claims against these criteria must be provided. The views of students, collaborators and/or colleagues should be woven into this statement as appropriate, as they will be a key element in the assessment of applications.

3)    Summary statement
Outlining the ways in which the applicant's has continued to: influence student learning, engagement and/or the overall student experience; sustain this commitment over time; and continued to be recognised by fellow staff, the institution, and/or the broader community.

Curriculum Vitae

The Curriculum Vitae should outline the applicant's educational qualifications, employment history, teaching positions held, teaching experience and list of relevant publications. The Curriculum Vitae is limited to (3) three A4 (minimum 11 point font) pages for applications from individuals. Teams may allow for one additional page per team member i.e., a team of three may have five pages (three + two). Pages in excess of this limit will be removed.

References

Two references of no more than one A4 page each must be provided by people who are able to comment on the applicant's continued commitment to teaching excellence against the nominated selection criteria. One of the referees MUST be from the Head of School, Faculty or Department, unless otherwise negotiated with the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students & Education). If the application is from a team, the references should refer to the team.

Supporting Materials

Applicants must include additional materials supporting claims against the selection criteria. The relevance of the materials must be made clear in the written statement. Applicants can choose to submit two of the following support materials:

  • A three minute video (which could include footage of the nominee talking about their teaching, their teaching philosophy or interviews with students;
  • A website
  • 10 pages of teaching materials in one PDF file format