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UniSA Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

UniSA Citations for Outstanding Contributions recognize and reward 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 2.5 years or more. Each recipient (individual or team) receives $5,000.

Video interviews with recipients of UniSA and national Citations are available for professional development purposes.

Eligibility

  • Open to academic, professional and sessional staff
  • Both team and individual applications are encouraged
  • Teams may be of any size. However, applications may name no more than five members
  • Applicants, whether as a team or individuals, may not apply concurrently for a Citation and another UniSA Teaching Award
  • Early Career applications are usually characterised by evidence of a broadening contribution to teaching and learning that, as well as evidencing outstanding 'classroom teaching', also includes committee and/or panel and/or industry involvement, and/or recognition by peers and/or the institution or external organisations. Note that for UniSA teaching awards, the University follows the AAUT definition of 'early career', that is, “Nominees with no more than five years’ experience teaching in a higher education institution. The five years can be non-sequential and must be counted on a semester basis. This includes all tutoring and part-time teaching” 
  • Recipients of a Citation 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 

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

Applications are made by an individual or as a team.

Applicants are required to identify their specific contribution (the ‘proposed citation’) and to select one of the four citation criteria for assessment, as appropriate for their particular contribution. Applications will be assessed on the evidence provided in relation to the selected criterion.

Potential areas of contribution

Citations are awarded for a wide range of contributions to student learning and provide an opportunity for distinctive values and priorities in learning and teaching to be recognised. Citations reflect the diversity of ways in which University staff and associates contribute to excellent learning and teaching in higher education.

Each citation describes the unique and distinctive contribution of the applicant(s) articulated in a concise statement (up to 25 words).

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

  • "for an outstanding contribution to the leadership of a unit-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"

Categories

Applicants must select one of the following categories, as appropriate for their particular contribution. Applications will be assessed on the evidence provided in relation to the selected category:

1. Approaches to teaching and/or the support of learning that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn

Claims for contribution 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
  • provision of support services that improve the student experience and enable learning
  • evaluating the quality of programs and activities including consideration of past and current student feedback to support student learning

2. Development of curricula, resources or services that reflect a command of the field

Claims for contribution may include:

  • developing and presenting coherent and imaginative resources for 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
  • evaluating the quality of curriculum, resources or services

3. Effective assessment practices that bring about improvements in student learning, may have a focus on academic integrity or digital solutions, or any assessment strategies that bring about change

Claims for contribution may include:

  • showing advanced skills in assessment/alternative assessment practices
  • using a variety of assessment strategies to bring about change
  • adapting assessment methods to different contexts and diverse student needs and learning styles
  • contributing professional expertise to the field of assessment in order to improve program design and delivery
  • dissemination and embedding of good practice identified through evaluation
  • evaluating the quality of the assessment practices

4. Innovation, leadership or scholarship that has influenced and enhanced learning and teaching and/or student experience 

Claims for contribution 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
  • evaluating the feasibility of the innovation or the quality of leadership that enhances learning and teaching and/or influence student experience

Assessment criteria

The category chosen by applicants should be determined by the nature of their contribution to student learning.

With a focus on their chosen category, applicants are required to make a case that they have:

  1. Positively impacted on student learning, student engagement or the overall student experience for a period of no less than 2.5 years (two years for early career), not including time taken for development or trial of any activity.
  2. Gained recognition from colleagues, the institution, and/or the broader community;
  3. Shown creativity, imagination or innovation, irrespective of whether the approach involves involves traditional learning environments or technology-based developments; AND
  4. Drawn on the scholarly literature on teaching and learning to inform the development of initiatives, programs and/or practice.

Evidencing your contribution

This case should come out clearly in the 4-page written statement.

The case needs to be strongly supported by a diverse range of evidence. It is recommended that the qualitative and quantitative data are from an extensive range of formal and informal sources, including nominee’s self-reflection, student learning, student experience and evidence of institutional, peer and stakeholders’ interactions

Student voices, through examples and quotations, can convey a cogent account of their experiences.

Each criterion is weighted evenly.

In assessing the evidence supporting Early Career nominations, consideration will be given to the career stage of the nominee.

Essential documentation

The following items, in support of the application:

  1. Application cover sheet: UniSA Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning: application cover sheet (Word 45kb - opens in a new window)
  2. Written statement (4 pages): 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.
  3. Letters of reference (2): Two references of no more than one A4 page each are 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 Dean of Programs (or equivalent) or Head of institute, administration or unit. If the nomination is from a team, the references should apply to the team.

Note that the written statement should have three components, presented under the following headings, 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/or 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. Effective assessment practices that bring about improvements in student learning, may focus on academic integrity or digital solutions, or any assessment strategies that bring about change
    4. Innovation, leadership or scholarship that has influenced and enhanced learning and teaching and/or student experience

How to apply

Upload the Essential Documentation above via this UniSA Citations Online Form by the application deadline 9am Tuesday 4 October 2022.

You can submit your application as a single compiled document (preferred) with components in the order above,  or up to 4 separate files (word or pdf).

Title your file: NAME_2022_Citation.docx or .pdf, where NAME is your family name or the team name. Append a number if submitting multiple files (eg NAME_2022_Citation_1.pdf)

You can preview a copy of the online form (166 kb PDF, opens in a new window).

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