Teaching & Learning

Vice-Chancellor’s Medal for Sustained Commitment to Teaching Excellence


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.


  • All members of academic staff, including pro bono staff, are eligible to apply
  • Individual and team applications are accepted
  • Winners are eligible to apply for the Medal five years or more after receiving a VC's Teaching Award
  • Winners of this award are ineligible to reapply
  • Previously unsuccessful applicants are immediately eligible to reapply

Nomination, Application and Selection Procedures

Application Format

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 Arial or Calibri. Individual pages that do not meet the requirements, for instance by exceeding the pages limits, will be removed.

The application is comprised of:

Application Cover Sheet

Teaching Award applications may be:

  • Team
  • Individual

Team applications should be submitted under the name of the lead applicant with team members and their percentage contribution listed.

Synopsis (250 words maximum, written in the third person)

The synopsis 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.

Written Statement

Selection criteria

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 in turn (include headings), and provide evidence to support their claims in line with these criteria. The written statement is limited to two (2) A4 pages in total.

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.

Curriculum Vitae

The Curriculum Vitae should outline the following in order:

  1. Name of applicant
  2. Name of School/Division/College/Institute
  3. Description of employment status - i.e. continuing, contract, teaching/research percentage
  4. Employment history in reverse order (dates, title of appointment and institution)
  5. Qualifications in reverse order (dates, name of qualification and awarding institution)
  6. Awards, prizes and recognition received for Learning and Teaching
  7. List of publications relating to the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching
  8. Invitations to deliver keynotes on learning and Teaching in your discipline area
  9. eVALUate scores

For teams, the lead applicant should provide a detailed Curriculum Vitae as outlined above and team members may submit one additional page each.


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