Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Award for Teaching Innovation


This award recognises excellence and innovation in teaching at the University level.

Criteria for this award category are aligned with the Australian Awards for University Teaching Award for Teaching Excellence (Higher Education).

Value of the award

The award consists of a grant of $5,000 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 by the end of the second year following their announcement i.e. a November 2018 award will be allocated money in 2019 and must be expended before the end of 2020.


This category is open to both Higher Education and Vocational Education teaching staff.

Both team and individual nominations are encouraged and teams may be of any size. If a team is larger than five members a team name should be provided.


Applicants must respond to all of the following 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.
    • Developing and/or integrating assessment strategies to enhance student learning.
  1. Development of curricula, resources or services that reflect a command of the field of study
  • 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.

Additional considerations

  • 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.
  • Information contained in student data or institutional student surveys, references, and selected teaching materials submitted by the nominee.

Application requirements

Applicants must respond to all of the following criteria:

  1. Written statement in response to all criteria
  • This needs to describe the applicant’s teaching activities and achievements in no more than 8 x A4 pages using Calibri/Arial 11 point font, minimum 2 cm margins.
  • This statement needs to include a synopsis of up to 200 words which describes the applicant’s teaching area or discipline, teaching experience and teaching focus and methods, written in the third person, and an overview of the applicant’s teaching and its context.
  • Evidence must be provided to support claims.
  1. Reference list
  • Nominees should use their preferred recognised reference style throughout and include a reference list within the 8 page statement.
  • Note: Assessors will not review links to online reference lists.
  1. Supporting materials using any two of these three options:
  • A three-minute video (which could include footage of the nominee talking about their teaching, their teaching philosophy and interviews with students). Please include the web address.
  • A website (URL). Please include the web address.
  • 10 pages of teaching materials in PDF format. The relevance of all material must be made clear in the written component. Supporting materials should be clearly labelled.
  1. Curriculum vitae outlining the applicant’s educational qualifications, employment history, teaching positions and teaching experience
  • Individual nominations: the curriculum vitae should be no longer than three A4 pages.
  • Team nominations: the team leader’s curriculum vitae should be no longer than three A4 pages. Curriculum vitae of up to one A4 page in length can be included for each subsequent team member. This means a team of three may have up to five pages (three + one + one).
  1. Statement of contribution (for team applications only)
  • Comprising a single A4 page statement of contribution identifying the contribution of each team member, with that contribution represented as a percentage of 10% or more.
  1. References
  • Two references, of no more than one A4 page each, are to be provided by referees able to comment on the applicant’s contribution to student learning against the selected criterion.
  • One referee must be the head of the applicant’s faculty, department, school or administrative unit or higher level.
  • For team applications, references must apply to the team not individual team members. References must be signed – electronic signatures are accepted.
  1. Current peer evaluation reports x 2
  • To be current these must apply to the year before the application or to the year of the application itself.

For any enquiries, please contact your college teaching awards coordinator.


  • Application form for the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Award for Teaching Innovation
  • Application guide for the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Award for Teaching Innovation