C2 – Outstanding Sessional Teaching Award, Vocational Education


This award recognises the outstanding achievement of an individual teacher/trainer or team who has enhanced student learning and/or industry training through exemplary teaching practice while teaching in a sessional capacity in Vocational Education.

Value of the award

The award consists of a grant of $3,000 which can be used by the recipient/s to:

  • advance the career/s of the recipient/s
  • provide additional resources to support their teaching or activities related to the award
  • assist the individual/team to disseminate and embed good practice in learning and teaching.

Award monies must be spent within the year the funds are allocated and cannot be rolled over into the future years i.e. a November 2015 award will be allocated money in 2016 and must be expended in 2016.


This award category is for sessional staff who teach at RMIT University in the Vocational Education sector under one or more of the following circumstances:

  • Vocational Education sessional staff who teach a full semester
  • Vocational Education sessional staff who teach one semester per year, but not necessarily sequential semesters
  • Vocational Education sessional staff who teach at least 9/18 weeks per semester (subject to staff being able to provide sufficient evidence for the selection criteria).

Selection criteria

All five criteria will be given equal consideration by the award selection panel.

As a nominee you will be assessed on the basis of the depth of evidence that supports your claims against the criteria:

  1. Individual or team teaching and learning skills
    This may include a team teaching role and how what you teach fits into the team’s approach, experience of different roles, the facilitation of learning in students, engagement with other professionals, contributions to professional knowledge and skill and pedagogical practice sharing and re-evaluation of teaching practice.
  2. Level of personal commitment to vocational education teaching and learning
    This may include participating in vocational education networks (where applicable), contribution to the maintenance of particular initiatives that support teaching and learning ( e.g.; online learning, WIL, industry link project), acting as a mentor/guide for other staff, enhanced student learning, professional development activities related to teaching (where possible).
  3. Standards of professionalism
    This may include maintaining ethical standards, involvement in moderation and validation, body of expertise / knowledge and industry links.
  4. Positive outcomes achieved by students, attributed to the nominees contribution
    This may include student feedback, inspiring students to further learning, support for students with learning difficulties (disabled, disadvantaged etc), industry feedback (where possible).
  5. Knowledge and standing in relation to the industry or community covered by their area of expertise
    This may include industry teacher testimonials, other teacher testimonials, building relationships with external groups, exhibitions and workshops, membership of professional associations.


Applications must consist of: