Teaching & Learning

Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Teaching

Overview

The Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Teaching celebrate the University's outstanding teachers in their respective fields. These awards give recognition to teachers acclaimed for their teaching practice, who have demonstrated outstanding teaching outcomes and who have made a broad and deep contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching at UTAS.

Winners of VC's Awards for Teaching will receive $5,000 each. A maximum of two Awards will be offered each year to teams or individuals.

Eligibility

  • All members of academic staff, including pro bono staff, are eligible to apply
  • Winners are ineligible to reapply for the same award.
  • Winners are eligible to apply for the Vice Chancellor's Medal for Sustained Commitment to Teaching Excellence five years following their Teaching Award
  • Winners may immediately submit an application for a different VC's award (e.g. Program or Medal) but must demonstrate significantly different achievements than those for which the initial award was received.
  • Previously unsuccessful applicants in any category 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

Category

Teaching Award applications may be:

  • Individual
  • Team
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

The core element of the application is a written statement in which applicants describe their contribution to teaching excellence at the institution. Applicants must address each of the selection criteria, and provide evidence to support their claims in line with each criteria. The written statement is limited to two (2) A4 pages in total.

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

Selection criteria

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.

In assessing applications, the assessment panel will consider the relative levels of achievement against each selection criteria, according to the academic level an applicant holds. Thus, from Academic Level A to Level E the assessment panel will expect increasing demonstrated levels of achievement, excellence and leadership in teaching. In addition, the following will be taken into consideration:

  • the extent to which the claims for excellence are supported by formal and informal evaluation;
  • the extent of creativity, imagination or innovation, irrespective of whether the approach involves traditional learning environments or technology-based developments; and
  • the extent to which the application demonstrates evidence of sustained effectiveness over time.

A 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.

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.

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 outstanding contribution to teaching excellence against the nominated selection criterion/a. 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

    Applicants may choose to include additional materials supporting claims against the selection criteria, but these will not be circulated to the sub-committee prior to the meeting.  The sub-committee will be provided one copy of these materials at the assessment meeting.