UniSA Teaching Awards

The University of South Australia's Teaching Awards recognise and reward excellence in university teaching. These competitive, annual awards are provided across four categories.

Information Sheet 2017 UniSA Teaching Awards

UniSA Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

This Citation recognises the many and diverse contributions that individuals and teams make to the creation of effective learning environments and to the quality of student learning. Citations are awarded annually to academic and professional staff who have made a significant contribution to student learning in a specific area of responsibility, over a sustained period of time.

Each Citation recipient (individual or team) receives $5,000.

UniSA Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Digital Learning

This new category of Citation specifically focuses on UniSA's Digital Learning Strategy 2015-2020 (opens in a new window), with recognition and reward for outstanding contributions to digital learning. While the application format for this Citation conforms with the general Citation requirements, the claim must strongly evidence one or more strategic priorities of the Digital Learning Strategy (PDF 845kb - opens in new window).

Each Citation recipient (individual or team) receives $5,000

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UniSA Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning / Digital Learning

 
UniSA Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Digital Learning recognise the many and diverse contributions that individuals and teams make to the creation of effective learning environments and to the quality of student learning.

Citations are awarded to academic and professional staff who have made a significant contribution to student learning in a specific area of responsibility, over a sustained period of time. Each recipient (individual or team) receives $5,000.

Potential areas of contribution

Both types of Citations provide an opportunity for distinctive values and priorities in learning and teaching to be recognised. Citations are awarded for a wide range of contributions to student learning.

A concise citation will describe the distinctive contribution of the applicant(s). The individual citations are unique and reflect the diversity of ways in which University staff and associates contribute to excellent learning and teaching in higher education.

Listed below (for illustrative purposes only) are examples of possible citations:

  • "for an outstanding contribution to the leadership of a School-wide transition program for first year students"
  • "for sustained commitment to personalised administrative support for undergraduate students that has enhanced the overall student experience"
  • "for the creation of innovative and imaginative resources that engage engineering students in current disciplinary issues and develop critical thinking skills"
  • "for specialist expertise in the design and implementation of practical classes leading to enhanced student engagement"
  • "for the provision of state-of-the-art programs in learning support for international students over a five year period"
  • "for a decade of exemplary supervision and support of postgraduate research students in the field of social work"
  • "for institutional leadership in the design and implementation of a department-based program of peer feedback for academic staff to enhance teaching skills"
  • "for the strategic promotion of information literacy programs tailored to specific disciplines and the needs of specific student groups"
  • "for the rigorous planning and evaluation of innovative teaching resources for health studies that are culturally-appropriate and raise awareness of cultural diversity among students"

Eligibility

  • Both team and individual applications are encouraged
  • Teams may be of any size. However, applications may name no more than five members
  • Open to academic, professional and sessional staff
  • Applicants, whether as a team or individuals, may not apply concurrently for a Citation and another UniSA Teaching Award
  • Winners of Citations can apply for subsequent Citations for different achievements in later years only if they can demonstrate significantly different achievements
  • Unsuccessful applicants for Citations can apply in later years

Applications and selection criteria

Applicants must seek agreement from their Head of School (or equivalent) to apply for a Citation. The Head of School's (or equivalent) signature on the application form indicates their endorsement.

Applicants for Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student and Digital Learning are invited to select one of the following criteria for assessment, as appropriate for their particular contribution. Applications will be assessed on the evidence provided in relation to the selected criterion:

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • influencing the overall academic, social and cultural experience of higher education

The criterion chosen by applicants should be determined by the nature of their contribution to student learning. The selection of winners of Citations will be based on the extent to which applicants show evidence that their contribution has:

  • influenced student learning, student engagement or the overall student experience
  • gained recognition from fellow staff, the University, and/or the broader community
  • been sustained for a period of no less than three years (two years for early career), not including time taken for development or trial of any activity

In addition to the selection criteria above, Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Digital Learning must strongly evidence one or more strategic priorities of the Digital Learning Strategy 2015-2020 to contextualise the contribution to digital learning. This should come out clearly in the 4-page written statement:

  1. Delivering an engaging and digitally enhanced curriculum
  2. Supporting our students to become productive professionals in a digital age
  3. Expanding flexible learning arrangements
  4. Developing our academics as leaders in the digital learning experience
  5. Inspiring and supporting life-long learning

Essential documentation

The following items, in support of the application, must be submitted no later than 5:00pm, Friday 15 September 2017.

All submissions to be emailed as attachments to: teaching.awards.grants@unisa.edu.au

Application: UniSA Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning: application document (Word 43kb - opens in a new window)

Written statement: The core element of an application for a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning is a written statement in which applicants describe their contribution to student learning. It is vital that applicants specifically address one of the selection criteria, and provide evidence to support their claims against the specific criterion.

The written statement is limited to four A4 pages in total (11 point type in Arial or Calibri, margins at a minimum of 2cm). Material in excess of this limit will not be considered by the Selection Panel. The use of a column (newspaper) format is unacceptable.

It should have three components, presented in this order:

  1. The proposed citation (maximum of 25 words) describing the distinctive contribution of the applicant. Avoid jargon and include the discipline or field of work and the distinctive contribution of the nominee or team; the citation should inform the broadest possible audience about the work of the applicant.
  2. Summary of particular contribution and its specific context.
  3. A statement addressing one criterion from among the following:
    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

The statement should identify the ways in which the contribution has:

  • influenced student learning, engagement and/or the overall student experience
  • been recognised by fellow staff, the University, and/or the broader community
  • been sustained over time (generally no less than three years)

Referee reports: Two referee reports of no more than one A4 page each, to be provided by people who are able to comment on the applicant's contribution to student learning against the nominated selection criterion. Each reference should be signed and on letterhead. One of the referees must be either the applicant's Head of School, Institute or administration unit, or the divisional Dean: Academic or equivalent. If the nomination is from a team, the references should apply to the team.

Recipients of UniSA Citations are encouraged to contest the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT).

Unsuccessful applicants will normally remain in the pool of applicants for a period of up to three years. During this time they can access support to further develop their evidence and materials. The support can include mentoring by award winners. At the conclusion of their three year period, applicants need to be renominated by their Head of School (or equivalent) if they are to contest the competitive Citations.

 

 

 

 

 

Recipients of UniSA Teaching Awards

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UniSA Indigenous Education Teaching Awards

Recognising academic staff who have made a significant contribution towards the development of teaching methods and materials that give UniSA students knowledge of the Indigenous cultures and knowledge they require for culturally competent professional practice. Awards for Indigenous Education are available on an annual basis.

Each recipient (individual or team) receives $5,000.

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UniSA Indigenous Education Teaching Award

The UniSA Indigenous Education Teaching Award gives recognition to Indigenous and non-Indigenous academic staff who have made a significant contribution towards the development of teaching methods and materials that give UniSA students the knowledge of Indigenous cultures and Indigenous knowledges that they require for culturally competent professional practice.

Award recipients (individuals and teams) receive $5,000.

Eligibility

  • The prize is open to Indigenous and non-Indigenous academic staff with teaching or teaching/research appointments (full time or fractional; continuing or fixed term appointments)
  • Teams of teaching staff can apply, however one member of the team must be identified to address the criteria
  • Applicants, whether as a team or individuals, may not apply concurrently for the UniSA Award or Citation
  • Winners of the Indigenous Education Teaching Award are eligible to apply again in later years, only if they can demonstrate significantly different achievements in later years.
  • Unsuccessful applicants for the Indigenous Education Teaching Award are eligible to apply again in later years

Applications

Staff are eligible to apply as an individual or as a team. Prizes for teams will be allocated pro-rata amongst the team members.

To apply, staff will be required to provide a written statement that responds to the above criteria. Applications are to be made through the relevant Head of School (or equivalent).

Unsuccessful applicants normally will remain in the pool of applicants for a period of up to three years.

UniSA will provide award winners with support should they wish to proceed to the Australian Awards for University teaching (AAUT). 

Selection criteria

Applicants for Indigenous Education Teaching Awards will be assessed on the evidence they provide with regards to the following criteria. Applicants will be required to address criterion A and either criterion B or C:

A. The further development of teaching methods and materials that give students knowledge of the Indigenous cultures and Indigenous knowledges that they require for culturally competent professional practice. Examples may include:

  • fostering student development by stimulating curiosity and independence in learning
  • contributing to the development of students' critical thinking skills, analytical skills and scholarly values
  • encouraging student engagement through the enthusiasm shown for learning and teaching
  • inspiring and motivating students through high-level communication, presentation and interpersonal skills
  • practice-based learning opportunities
  • developing and/or integrating assessment strategies to enhance student learning
  • 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

B. Scholarly activities that have influenced and enhanced learning and teaching of Indigenous cultural competency at UniSA. Examples may include:

  • showing advanced skills in evaluation and reflective practice
  • participating in and contributing to professional activities related to learning and teaching
  • coordination, management and leadership of courses and student learning
  • conducting and publishing research related to teaching Indigenous cultural competency
  • demonstrating leadership through activities that have broad influence on the profession

C. High levels of student satisfaction or performance in courses with high levels of teaching methods and materials that give students knowledge of Indigenous cultural competency required for professional practice. Evidence may include:

  • outcomes of the Student Evaluations of Teaching (SETs) and Course Evaluation Instruments (CEIs)
  • student retention
  • progression and achievement rates
  • relative benchmarking of performance

The criterion chosen by applicants should be determined by the nature of their contribution to student learning. The selection of award recipients will be based on the extent to which applicants show evidence that their contribution has:

  • influenced student learning, student engagement or the overall student experience
  • gained recognition from fellow staff, the University, and/or the broader community
  • been sustained for a period of no less than three years (two years for early career)

Selection panel

Applications will be assessed by the University's Grants and Awards Panel (GAP) which will include the Dean: Aboriginal Engagement & Strategic Projects (or nominee) for the assessment of these particular awards. The GAP will provide recommendations to the Provost and Chief Academic Officer who will determine the award recipients.

Recognition

Winners will be publically announced by the Provost and Chief Academic Officer. Recipients will receive a certificate to commemorate their award.

Winners will be supported through the Teaching Innovation Unit to develop their application into a submission for the national awards offered through the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT).

Essential documentation

The following items, in support of the application, must be submitted no later than 5:00pm, Friday 15 September 2017.

All submissions to be emailed as attachments to: teaching.awards.grants@unisa.edu.au

Application: UniSA Indigenous Education Teaching Award: application document (Word 40kb - opens in a new window).

Written statement: The core element of an application for an Indigenous Education Teaching Award is a written statement in which the applicants describe their teaching activities and achievements, and specifically address two of the three selection criteria.

The written statement is limited to eight A4 pages in total (11 point type in Arial or Calibri, margins at a minimum of 2cm). Material in excess of this limit will not be considered by the Selection Panel. The use of a column (newspaper) format is unacceptable.

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

  1. Overview.
  2. Selection criterion A: The further development of teaching methods and materials that give students knowledge of the Indigenous cultures and Indigenous knowledges that they require for culturally competent professional practice, AND either
  3. Selection criterion B: Scholarly activities that have influenced and enhanced learning and teaching of Indigenous cultural competency at UniSA, OR
  4. Selection criterion C: High levels of student satisfaction or performance in courses with high levels of teaching methods and materials that give students knowledge of Indigenous cultural competency required for professional practice.

Referee reports

Two referee reports of no more than one A4 page each, to be provided by people who are able to comment on the applicant's contribution to student learning against the selection criterion. Each referee report should be signed and on a letterhead. One of the referees must be either the applicant's Head of School, Institute or administration unit, or divisional Dean: Academic (or equivalent). If the application is for a team, the references should apply to the team.

UniSA Awards for Teaching Excellence

Recognising educators (individual and teams) renowned for the excellence of their teaching, who have outstanding presentation skills and who have made a broad and deep contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching at UniSA. Awards for Teaching Excellence are available on an annual basis.

Each recipient (individual or team) receives $5,000.

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UniSA Awards for Teaching Excellence

The UniSA Awards for Teaching Excellence recognise educators renowned for the excellence of their teaching, who have outstanding presentation skills and who have made a broad and deep contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching at the University of South Australia.

Awards for Teaching Excellence are available on an annual basis and recipients (individuals and teams) receive $5,000.

Categories

There are three categories of UniSA Awards for Teaching Excellence:

  1. Division based
  2. Early career
  3. Digital learning*

* Applications based on excellence in digital learning should speak strongly to one or more of the strategic priorities of the University's Digital Learning Strategy 2015-2020 (opens in a new window):

  • Delivering an engaging and digitally enriched curriculum
  • Supporting our students to become productive professionals in a digital age
  • Expanding our flexible learning arrangements
  • Developing our academics as leaders in the digital learning experience
  • Inspiring and supporting life-long learning.

Eligibility

  • Open to all staff with teaching or teaching/research appointments (full-time or fractional; continuing or fixed-term contract)
  • Where the application is for a Team, at least one member of the team must fulfil the criterion above
  • Teams may be of any size
  • Applicants, whether as a team or individuals, may not apply concurrently for the Awards for Teaching Excellence and another UniSA Teaching Award (e.g. Citation)
  • The Early Career category is open to staff with no more than five years of experience teaching in a higher education setting. The five years can be non-sequential and must be counted on a 'semester basis'. This includes all tutoring and part-time teaching
  • Winners of the Award for Teaching Excellence can reapply for the Awards for Teaching Excellence in later years, only if they can demonstrate significantly different achievements in later years
  • Unsuccessful applicants for the Awards for Teaching Excellence can reapply in later years

Applications

Applicants must seek agreement from their Head of School (or equivalent) to apply for an Award for Teaching Excellence. The Head of School's (or equivalent) signature on the application form indicates their endorsement.

Applications are made by individual staff members or teams.

Applicants normally will remain in the pool of applicants for a period of up to three years during which they can further develop their materials.

UniSA will provide successful applicants with support for up to three years should they wish to proceed to the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT).

Selection criteria

Applicants for Awards for Teaching Excellence will be assessed on evidence they provide in relation to each of the following four criteria:

1. Approaches to teaching and the support of learning that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn, which 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 ethnic 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
  • developing and/or integrating assessment strategies to enhance student learning

2. Development of curricula, resources or services that reflect a command of the field, which 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
  • 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
  • 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, which 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
  • influencing the overall academic, social and cultural experience of higher education

In assessing applications against the four selection criteria, the Grants and Awards Panel will take into account:

  • 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
  • the information contained in Student Evaluations of Teaching (SETs) and Course Evaluation Instruments (CEIs) and/or myCourseExperience data, and the references submitted by the nominee

The Grants and Awards Panel may contact applicants and/or referees for clarification or further information.

The four selection criteria will be given equal consideration by the Grants and Awards Panel. In assessing applications in the Early Career category against criteria 2 and 4 the Grants and Awards Panel will take into consideration the career stage of applicants.

Essential documentation

The following items, in support of the application, must be submitted no later than 5:00pm, Friday 15 September 2017.

All submissions to be emailed as attachments to: teaching.awards.grants@unisa.edu.au

Application

UniSA Awards for Teaching Excellence: application document (Word 42kb - opens in a new window)

Written statement

The core element of an application for an Award for Teaching Excellence is a written statement in which applicants describe their teaching activities and achievements, and specifically address each of the five selection criteria.

The written statement is limited to eight A4 pages in total (11 point type in Arial or Calibri, margins at a minimum of 2cm). Material in excess of this limit will not be considered by the Selection Panel. The use of a column (newspaper) format is unacceptable.

It should have three components, presented in this order:

  1. Synopsis (150-200 words written in the third person) which must cover the applicant's teaching area or discipline, teaching experience, the particular focus of their teaching, teaching methods, and their research/teaching interests.
  2. Overview (generally 1 to 1.5 pages).
  3. A statement addressing each selection criterion:
    • 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.

The overview provides the opportunity for applicants to commence the written statement with a focus on the specific character of their teaching and achievements. It is recommended that the overview be no more than one page and include the applicant's educational philosophy and beliefs, a description of the teaching context and an integrated summary of the claims relating to the selection criteria. The majority of the written statement should be devoted to addressing each of the four criteria in turn. Applicants must provide evidence in support of their claims against these criteria.

Supporting Teaching materials

Selection is based primarily on the written statement addressing the selection criteria. However, selected teaching materials supporting claims made against the selection criteria must be included. The relevance of any such material must be made clear in the written statement.

Supporting teaching materials are limited to a maximum of two of:

  • Website (with URL included)
  • Audio, video or other media files in commonly accessible formats (e.g. .WAV, .AIF, .MP3, .MID, .MPG, .MOV,. WMV, .RM)
  • The equivalent of 10 pages of printed materials in PDF (additional pages will be removed)

Curriculum Vitae

The curriculum vitae should outline the applicant's educational qualifications, employment history, teaching positions held and teaching experience. The curriculum vitae should be no longer than three A4 pages for individual applications. Teams may allow for one additional page per team member, that is a team of three may have five pages (three plus two). Pages in excess of this limit will be removed. The font must be either 11 pt Arial or 11 pt Calibri.

Referee reports

The following criteria applies:

  1. Two referee reports of no more than one A4 page each, to be provided by those able to comment on the applicant's teaching performance against the selection criterion.
  2. One of the referees must be either the applicant's Head of School, Institute or administration unit, or the divisional Dean: Academic (or equivalent).
  3. Applicants are encouraged to provide a referee external to UniSA, and who can comment on the wider impact of the program.
  4. If the application is from a team, the references should apply to the team.
  5. Referee reports must be on letterhead and signed by the referee. Electronic signatures are acceptable.

 

Deadline for submission of all award materials

Applications for UniSA Citations, Teaching Excellence, and Indigenous Education Teaching Awards, as per the guidelines outlined on the respective award information pages, must be lodged by 5:00pm Friday 15 September 2017.

All submissions to be emailed as attachments to: teaching.awards.grants@unisa.edu.au

Resources

Strategies for Success: Writing for UniSA Teaching Awards (PDF 621kb - opens in new window) UniSA staff access only.

Contact

For further information and assistance contact your local Academic Developer for assistance or Dr Gavin Sanderson, Chair of the UniSA Grants and Awards Panel.