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Yaitya Tirka (Aboriginal Learning) Award

The Yaitya Tirka (Aboriginal Learning*) Award (previously named ‘UniSA Indigenous Education Award) gives recognition to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal academic staff who have made a significant contribution towards the development of teaching methods and materials that give UniSA students the knowledge of Aboriginal cultures and Aboriginal knowledges that they require for culturally competent professional practice.

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

* Permission to use Yaitya Tirka (Aboriginal Learning) as the name for the award was provided by Kaurna Warra Karrpanthi (KWK) on 30 Aug 2019. KWK is the leading group dedicated to Kaurna language revitalisation and maintenance.

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Eligibility

  • The prize is open to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal 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 other UniSA Awards or Citations.
  • Winners of the Yaitya Tirka (Aboriginal Learning) Award are eligible to apply again in later years, only if they can demonstrate significantly different achievements in later years.
  • Unsuccessful applicants for the Yaitya Tirka (Aboriginal Learning) Award are eligible to apply again in later years.

Applications

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

Selection criteria

Applicants for Yaitya Tirka (Aboriginal Learning) Award will be assessed on the evidence they provide with regards to two of the following: criterion A and either criterion B or C.

Criterion A: The further development of teaching methods and materials that give students knowledge of the Aboriginal cultures and Aboriginal 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

Criterion B: Scholarly activities that have influenced and enhanced learning and teaching of Aboriginal 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 Aboriginal cultural competency
  • demonstrating leadership through activities that have broad influence on the profession

Criterion C: High levels of student satisfaction or performance in courses with high levels of teaching methods and materials that give students knowledge of Aboriginal 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)

Essential documentation

The following items must be submitted in support of the application:

  1. Application cover sheet: Yaitya Tirka (Aboriginal Learning) Award: application cover sheet (Word 386kb - opens in a new window).
  2. Written statement: The core element of an application for an Yaitya Tirka (Aboriginal Learning) 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.
  3. Letters of reference: 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 selection criterion. Each referee report should be signed and on a letterhead. One of the referees must be either the applicant's Dean of Programs (or equivalent), Head of institute, administration or unit. If the application is for a team, the references should apply to the team.

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

  • Overview
  • Selection criterion A: The further development of teaching methods and materials that give students knowledge of the Aboriginal cultures and Aboriginal knowledges that they require for culturally competent professional practice, AND either
  • Selection criterion B: Scholarly activities that have influenced and enhanced learning and teaching of Aboriginal cultural competency at UniSA, OR
  • 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 Aboriginal cultural competency required for professional practice.

How to apply

Upload the Essential Documentation above via this UniSA Yaitya Tirka Award 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_YaityaTirka.docx or .pdf, where NAME is your family name or the team name. Append a number if submitting multiple files (eg NAME_2022_YaityaTIrka_1.pdf)

You can preview a copy of the online form (170 kb PDF, opens in a new window).

 

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