Teaching and learning awards

Excellence in teaching is recognised through both the Deakin University Learning Awards and the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Awards for University Teaching.

Vice-Chancellor's prizes and awards - staff

The Deakin University Learning Awards recognise and celebrate learning and teaching at Deakin University and the elaboration and implementation of Deakin's LIVE the future agenda. In addition, the awards assist the University to develop nominations for the (Office for Learning and Teaching) Australian Awards for University Teaching.

The following annual awards are offered: 

  • Vice Chancellor's Award for Teacher of the Year (individual only, 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 9 awards per year).

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.

  • Individual and team applications are welcome, teams may be of any size.
  • Recipients of a Deakin Learning Award are ineligible to apply for the subsequent two years.

If you have any questions please call 03 5247 9111 or email the Learning Research and Evaluation Team.

2015 award details will be made available here closer to the award application round.

Kathryn von Treuer

Associate Professor Kathryn Von Treuer, winner of the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teacher of the Year, 2014

Australian Awards for University Teaching

The Office for Learning and Teaching offer the following annual awards:

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

'Citations recognise and reward the diversity of contributions made by individuals and teams to the quality of student learning. Citations are awarded to academic, general and sessional staff, and institutional associates who have made significant contributions to student learning in a specific area of responsibility over a sustained period of no less than 3 years' (Australian Awards for University Teaching, Nomination Instructions and Supporting Information).

Up to 160 Citations may be allocated, each with a prize value of $10,000.

Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning

'Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning recognise learning and teaching support programs and services that make an outstanding contribution to the quality of student learning and the quality of the student experience of higher education. The programs and services that receive program awards must have demonstrated their effectiveness through rigorous evaluation and will set benchmarks for similar activities in other institutions. (Australian Awards for University Teaching, Nomination Instructions and Supporting Information).

Up to 12 awards may be allocated, across 8 categories, each with a prize value of $25,000.

Awards for Teaching Excellence

'Awards for Teaching Excellence celebrate a group of the nation's most outstanding university teachers in their fields. Awards for Teaching Excellence recognise teachers (individuals and teams) renowned for excellence in teaching. Recipients will have outstanding presentation skills and will have made a significant contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education.' (Australian Awards for University Teaching, Nomination Instructions and Supporting Information).

Up to 16 awards may be allocated, across 8 categories, each with a prize value of $25,000.

Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year

'The Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year is the premier university teaching award. The OLT's Strategic Advisory Committee will select one recipient for the Award from the recipients of Teaching Awards. The Award is given to an academic with an exceptional record of advancing student learning, educational leadership and scholarly contribution to learning and teaching.' (Australian Awards for University Teaching, Nomination Instructions and Supporting Information).

One award may be allocated to a recipient of an Award for Teaching Excellence, with a prize value of $50,000.

Career Achievement Award

'From time-to-time a Career Achievement Award will be awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to learning and teaching that is recognised across the higher education sector. The Career Achievement Award is given to individuals whose career achievements in learning and teaching in higher education have had a major influence and left an enduring legacy. Members of the OLT's Strategic Advisory Committee put forward nominations to the Minister for this Award.' (Australian Awards for University Teaching, Nomination Instructions and Supporting Information).

One award may be allocated. No prize value provided.

To be eligible to apply for an Office for Learning and Teaching Citation, Teaching Excellence or Program Award you must be nominated from a pool which includes nominations from Associate Deans (Teaching and Learning), Heads of School, Directors of Divisions and other senior staff across the university. Teaching and Program award nominees will be invited to provide an Expression of Interest which are then reviewed and sent to the DVC (E) for endorsement, the nominee is then invited to continue with the application.

The Learning Research and Evaluation team within Deakin Learning Futures provides assistance at every stage of the awards process, including; providing a mentor, peer review of the written statement, proof reading, timely advice regarding milestones and deadlines, final document formatting, upload to OLT and other general support to make the process as streamlined as possible. For any queries please email the Learning Research and Evaluation team or telephone 5247 9111.

2014/2013 Teaching Excellence and Citation winners

2012 Citation winners

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