FoA L&T Awards

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The Faculty of Arts Learning and Teaching Awards highlight and reward individuals and teams who make outstanding contributions to learning and teaching in the Faculty of Arts. Award categories focus on learning and teaching which improves the quality of student engagement, experience and learning outcomes at the student, unit and/or course level and recognise excellence across the Faculty.

Awards Application Workshop

Learn how to write a winning application at this workshop run by Sonia Saddiqui, a Senior Learning Designing in the Faculty of Arts Learning Design and Production Team.

This workshop will cover the award categories, the application process and the required structure of a FoA Award application. It will also outline how to create a clear narrative in an application and select the best evidence to support the criteria.

A follow up Help Session is available at which you can receive one-on-one support and feedback on your application. Book online for a Help Session slot on 20th October.

Award Categories and Criteria

Four categories are open to both academic and professional staff. Award recipients, individual and/or team, will receive a certificate and the prize for each category of award.

FoA Award Categories

Application Length

No. of Awards

2022 Prize

Early Career 

500 words 

Maximum 2 

$500 

Learning Innovation  

1000 words 

Maximum 2 

$1500 

Teaching Excellence 

1000 words 

Maximum 2 

$1500 

Educational Leader  

1000 words 

Maximum 2 

$1500 

Further Information

Assessment also considers: 

  • Contribution to positive student learning, student engagement or overall student experience.
  • Recognition from fellow staff, the institution, and/or the broader community.
  • Evidence of sustainability and impact for a period of no less than two consecutive years (one year for early career), not including time taken for development or trial of any activity.
  • Support from formal and informal evaluation.
  • Shown creativity, imagination, or innovation.
  • Teaching which fosters the Faculty objectives as outlined in the Faculty of Arts Strategic Plan.
  • Incorporated information contained in student data or institutional student surveys and references.
  • Award winners and shortlisted entries are eligible to be nominated for a Vice Chancellor’s award in any following year.

Application 

The link to the application portal will be available on this page at midday 10th October.

Application Process

Date

Workshop

5th October

Award applications open  

10th October

Help session

20th October

Award applications close 

2nd November  

Assessment process 

2nd November - 2nd December 

L&T Forum  

9th November 

Award ceremony (Christmas Party) 

9th December  

Compulsory Documentation  

  1. Online application form 
  2. Written statement  
      • Addressing the selected criteria for the award category.  
      • Text only, no weblinks or images.  
      • Must include word count (500 words maximum for Early Career, 1000 words maximum for Learning Innovation Award; Teaching Excellence Award; Educational Leader Award).
  3. Supporting Documentation to support the written statement
      • Maximum three A4 pages.  
      • No weblinks.  
      • A three-minute (max) video may be submitted in lieu of three-page document for the following award categories: Learning Innovation Award; Teaching Excellence Award; Educational Leader Award.  
      • Supporting evidence includes student feedback; references; evaluation results; any related media etc. 

Format

  • A4 page size 
  • Use selected criteria as subheading (mandatory)  
  • Fonts - Arial /Calibri regular 11 point for body text; 9 point for the rest of application 
  • Header - Full name of nominee at the top right  
  • Footer - Title of the document on the bottom left; page numbers at the bottom right 
  • Margin - at least 2 cm with clear definition between paragraphs, and no columns should be used  
  • Paragraph line spacing - single line

Terms

The Faculty Assessment Panel reserves the right not to grant any categories of the awards should it judge the selection criteria not to have been met to a sufficiently high standard. 

Award prizes may be used to provide additional resources: for professional learning/capability enhancement to support teaching enhancement activities and to disseminate best practice(s) in learning and teaching.

Award winners will be required to: 

  • Contribute to systemic change in learning and teaching by presenting a paper and/or workshop based on their award-winning practice at Faculty learning and teaching event/s 
  • Support their colleagues to develop competitive award nominations, e.g., by making their winning application available to future applicants 
  • Demonstrate educational leadership and to promote their innovation(s) to other staff through peer-review, mentoring and other relevant communities of practice. 

Eligibility

  • Nominations can be for individuals or teams including academic and professional staff and sessional staff. Team nominations can include a maximum of ten staff. 
  • Nominees may be full time, part time, casual, fixed-term, continuing or adjunct staff. 
  • Individual applicants must have sustained service of no less than one year teaching related employment at the University. A nominated team may include members without one year of teaching-related employment at the University. 
  • The definition of “Early Career” for the Early Career Award category is defined as “within five years (full time equivalent) of first appointment.” 
  • All award categories will take into consideration any periods of significant career interruption. 
  • Duplicate written statements across multiple award categories will not be accepted. 
  • Individual Award recipients (winners only) are not eligible for Learning and Teaching renomination within the same category within two years of receiving a Learning and Teaching Award (i.e. if a recipient wins in 2022, they are not eligible to reapply in the same category until 2025). Please note individual award recipients can only re-nominate if they form part of a team application and are not the team lead. 
  • Team award recipients from previous years are eligible to apply for a team award on an annual basis. 
  • The categories of Educational Leadership and Teaching Excellence awards are distinct and therefore nomination for, or receipt of, one award type does not affect eligibility for nomination of the other.  
  • Any award recipient who is no longer employed by the Faculty of Arts at the time of an announcement of the awards will not be entitled to an award prize. 

Previous Winners