Awards and achievements

Deakin fosters an environment in which teaching and research excellence is recognised and celebrated. We regularly do well in the Australian Awards for University Teaching, and our researchers are recognised nationally and internationally for their innovative work.

2016 Award winners

Citations for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

Deakin Interprofessional Education Team, Mrs Sherryn Evans, Mrs Catherine Ward and Ms Nicole Shaw
For developing, implementing and sustaining a globally unique, wholly online, interprofessional education unit for students from seven different health professions.

Dr Glenn Wadley
For leadership in implementing a suite of innovative active-learning approaches that have enhanced student learning in undergraduate physiology and in Honours research training.

Awards for Teaching Excellence

Dr Jaclyn Broadbent
Jaclyn is an early career academic who is recognised nationally and internationally for her sustained and innovative leadership in delivering engaging, accessible and authentic curricula to students in large first year classes. To give students the optimum learning experience, she uses various technologies to provide timely, high quality, and meticulously moderated feedback. 

Her work in this area is informed by the rigorous application of scholarly theory and ongoing evaluation. Initially, Jaclyn applied this approach to her own large cohorts of 2000+ first-year students, however, her expertise has been recognised outside Deakin and her approaches have been adopted by tertiary institutions across Australia. She is recognised globally as a leader in the use of the Brightspace Learning Management System (LMS) and its embedded affordances, and continues to provide feedback to international providers to improve the use of intelligent agents and feedback for sustained student engagement in learning. 

Jaclyn’s influence and work have been recognised by numerous teaching and learning awards at Deakin 2008-2013, nationally (a 2012 OLT Citation) and internationally (a 2014 Desire2Learn International Teaching Impact Award).

Dr Tony Joel
Dr Tony Joel excels in creating and sharing high support/high challenge learning environments that are constructively aligned to enhance students’ learning experiences and outcomes. Through a rich blend of authentic learning activities Tony motivates and inspires History students to use their naturally inquisitive minds to better develop their knowledge and understanding of how the past continues to shape the world in which we live. 

Tony arranges imaginative and indeed confrontational learning opportunities that invite students to engage with the “living past,” such as the annual weekend seminar he conducts at Melbourne’s Jewish Holocaust Centre where his students become historical custodians through meeting with survivors. An exponent of the teaching-­‐research nexus, Tony draws on his discipline expertise, international field research, and advanced interactive media strategies to build curricula and resources that foster enquiry-­‐based learning. His inventive assessments encourage students to learn and apply transferable skills directly linked to the University’s designated graduate learning outcomes. 

Tony has represented Deakin in national projects, and through leadership roles as Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning) and Course Director of the Bachelor of Arts his impact on enhancing students’ learning experiences and outcomes has extended well beyond his discipline.

2015 Award winners

International recognition

  • QS Wharton Reimagine Education global awards – innovative higher education pedagogies enhancing learning and employability
  • Gold Global prize for ICT Support and Services for The Deakin Watson initiative
  • Bronze Oceania award for Deakin Anywhere

Awards for Teaching Excellence

Dr Gery Karantzas, Faculty of Health

Dr Gery Karantzas has enhanced the learning outcomes of over 10,000 undergraduate students in the discipline of psychology. Gery’s teaching reflects innovative, cutting-edge practice that has established him as a national leader in teaching and learning. He has created rich, immersive, inquiry-based learning experiences that enhance student motivation for learning, resulting in demonstrable improvements in students’ development of psychology graduate attributes.

Dr Mike Weston, Faculty of Science Engineering and Built Environment

Dr Mike Weston draws upon almost two decades of industry experience in environmental science to inspire and motivate students, and to create learning experiences that are authentic and topical. As Course Director, Mike leads the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology), a popular and growing course with high levels of student satisfaction and innovation.

Citations for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

Norma Barrett, Faculty of Health

For excellence in developing coherent and imaginative digital learning resources that transform how thousands of students critically assess and interpret health information and statistics.

Dr Jade Sheen, Dr Clint Gurtman, Professor Jane McGillivray, Faculty of Health

The Deakin Psychiatric Simulation Program created by this team uses simulation-based teaching and authentic assessment methods to enhance mental health education.

Other awards in 2015

Governor of Victoria Export Awards

Deakin University was named Education and Training Provider of the Year in 2015.

World-class research

Advances in research have been a hallmark of Deakin's success in recent years, with impressive growth in quality, impact and income. Our researchers are making a positive impact on the lives and wellbeing of communities in Australia and around the world, supported by four research institutes and 13 strategic research centres.

Excellence in Research for Australia

Excellence in Research for Australia is a comprehensive quality evaluation of all research produced in Australian universities against national and international benchmarks.

Deakin’s ERA 2015 results show a significant improvement over the 2010 and 2012 results, with the numbers of fields of research rated at or above world standard increasing from 47% in 2010 to 89% in 2015.

Ranking by subject

By subject, in the Excellence in Research for Australia national assessment Deakin received the top ranking of 5, defined as well above world standards, in:

  • macromolecular and materials chemistry
  • environmental science and management
  • zoology
  • materials engineering
  • human movement and sports science
  • medical microbiology
  • neurosciences
  • nutrition and dietetics
  • pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
  • medical physiology.

Leading researchers at Deakin

  • The title of Alfred Deakin Professor is the highest honour Deakin can bestow on its academics, with Professor Mirko Bagaric (Business and Law), Professor Neil Barnett (Science, Engineering and Built Environment), Professor Colin Barrow (Science, Engineering and Built Environment) and Professor Ian Chen (Science, Engineering and Built Environment) honoured in 2015. 
  • Australian Laureate Fellow Professor Maria Forsyth was elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 2015.
  • Professor David Lowe, Chair in Contemporary History, was elected to the Australian Academy of Social Sciences in 2015.
  • Professor Michael Berk was awarded the 2015 Brain and Behaviour Research Foundation Colvin Prize for Bipolar Mood Disorder Research and the 2015 Founders Medal by the Society for Mental Health Research.
  • Professor Paresh Narayan,was awarded the Mahalanobis Memorial Medal (International) for the year 2014. This award is issued once every four years and acknowledges an outstanding contribution to economics.
  • Ecologist Dr Emily Nicholson from the School of Life and Environmental Sciences is an inaugural VESKI Inspiring Women Fellow, a program acknowledging outstanding women in science and innovative technology.
  • Five Deakin researchers (Professor David Crawford, Professor Kylie Ball, Professor Jo Salmon, Professor Michael Berk and Professor Anna Timperio) were identified in the Thomson Reuters 2015 list of Highly Cited Researchers.

Apply for a staff learning award

The following annual awards are offered: 

  • Vice Chancellor's Award for Teacher of the Year or Teaching Team of the Year (open to individual or team, one award per year)
  • WJC Banks Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning (individual or team, one award per year) 
  • Jim and Alison Leslie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching and Learning (individual or team, one award per year) 
  • Deakin Award for Teaching Excellence (individual or team, up to nine awards per year).

Who can apply?

All Deakin University academic and general staff are eligible to apply. Please note that only academic staff will proceed to the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teacher of the Year.