National Awards for Teaching Excellence

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National Awards for Teaching Excellence

Nominations for the 2017 award round close on Friday, 19 May 2017.

Awards for Teaching Excellence, presented by the Department of Education and Training (DET), celebrate a group of the nation’s most outstanding university teachers in their fields. Teaching Awards give recognition to teachers (individuals and teams) renowned for the excellence of their teaching, and who have made a broad and deep contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education

Up to 16 Awards, each with a value of $25,000, will be granted across the seven categories in 2017.

Teaching Award categories for 2017 are:

  1. Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies (including Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Medical Sciences and Nursing)
  2. Early Career
  3. Humanities and the Arts
  4. Law, Economics, Business and Related Studies
  5. Neville Bonner Award for Indigenous Education
  6. Physical Sciences and Related Studies (including Architecture, Building and Planning, Engineering, Computing and Information Science)
  7. Social and Behavioural Sciences (including Psychology and Education)

Further, one academic with an exceptional record of advancing student learning, educational leadership, and scholarly contribution to learning and teaching will be awarded the Australian University Teacher of the Year, with a value of $50,000. View the assessment criteria for this award in the 2017 Australian Awards for University Teaching program information and nomination instructions.

Application Process

Initial applications are to be made through the Directorate of Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement. Institutions may submit only one (1) nomination in each category. Please email to register your intention to nominate.

Staff who wish to apply for this award should work through the following application stages:

1 - Review the criteria and requirements

2 - Register your interest

  • Register and Expression of Interest with
  • Expressions of interest should be received by Thursday, 6 April 2017.

3 - Review and research

4 - Gather your evidence

  • Collate your evidence, use a range of data to support your nomination.

Some useful resources to consider include:

  • "Data-led strategies for improving learning and teaching outcomes" by Associate Professor Phil Morgan, University of Newcastle (Download PDF)
  • "Top 5 ways to find out about your students and their university experience" by JCU Teaching and Learning Development (Download PDF)

5 - Prepare and lodge your application

  • Prepare your application, ensuring compliance with criteria and all requirements.
  • Applications which do not conform to the formatting required by the OLT will not be reviewed.
  • Complete the Application Checklist before submitting your application.
  • Email your application to by the internal due date, Friday, 19 May 2017.
  • Late applications will not be considered.

Closing Date

Nominations close on Friday, 19 May 2017