C1 – Outstanding Sessional Teaching Award, Higher Education


This award recognises the outstanding achievement of an individual academic or teacher or team who has enhanced student learning in higher education programs through exemplary teaching practice.

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 2016 award will be allocated money in 2017 and must be expended in 2017.


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

  • HE sessional staff who teach a full semester and sequential semesters per year
  • HE sessional staff who teach one semester per year, but not necessarily sequential semesters
  • HE sessional staff who teach at least 6/13 weeks per semester (subject to staff being able to provide sufficient evidence for the selection criteria)
  • HE sessional staff in leadership roles (such as course coordinators)
  • HE sessional staff in tutoring roles

Selection criteria

Applicants are required to address two of the following selection criteria:

Criteria 1- 3 will be given equal consideration by the selection panel. If addressed, criterion 4 will be assessed according to how much capacity a sessional staff member may have to engage in scholarly activities:

  1. Approaches to the support of learning and teaching 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; and developing and/or integrating assessment strategies to enhance student learning.
  2. Development of curricula, resources and 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; and 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; and the 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; and influencing the overall academic, social and cultural experience of higher education.


Applications must consist of: