The Faculty of Arts Teaching and Learning Awards and Citations (Staff)

Each year, the Faculty of Arts will recognise outstanding teaching achievements by offering Teaching and Learning Awards and Citations.

Award Categories

Staff can apply for the following awards:

  • Faculty Awards for Teaching Excellence
  • Faculty Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • Faculty Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning
  • Faculty Award for Excellence in Honours Supervision

It is expected that winners of faculty awards will be well-placed to nominate for the Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Awards and National Awards for Teaching Excellence in the following years. Previous winners will provide mentoring to future applicants.

Nomination for, or receipt of, a Citation does not affect eligibility for a Teaching Award, but recipients of a Teaching Award are not eligible for nomination for a Citation. Previous recipients of Citations are eligible to renominate if they are a member of a team and not the lead nominee; the team nomination should be for teaching or programs that do not substantially replicate the original Citation or program.

 Early Career – Citation and Teaching Excellence:

Nominees with no more than 5 years’ experience teaching in a higher education institution, including tutoring and part time teaching, may apply for an Early Career Citation. The 5 years can be non- sequential and must be counted on a semester basis.

Honours Supervision:

Nominees must be members of academic staff, tenured or contract, and have at least three (3) years of current and continuous experience at the University supervising Honours students, at the time of nomination.

For staff whose supervision activity has been interrupted (eg maternity leave, secondments out, outside studies programs) while still being continuously employed by Monash, ‘continuous’ can be taken to mean a minimum total of three years supervision experience at the University.

Previous winners are not eligible.

How to apply

  • Nominations for these awards close on Friday, 30 October 2015
  • Nomination forms are available on the faculty website (as listed above) and are required for all applications. Details about each award are listed below. Please adhere to page and word limits and ensure you provide all necessary documentation.
  • For further enquiries and submission of your application, kindly contact Ms Anne-Maree Lennox at anne-maree.lennox@monash.edu.

Eligibility for applying

Nominees must have worked for at least one year at Monash University at the time of their nomination. Applications are open to continuing, fixed term and sessional contract staff.

Selection Committee

Nominations will be assessed by the selection committee appointed by the Dean in consultation with the Associate Dean (Education).

Resources       

The information on this current page is available in audio and Powerpoint formats:

Application tips and advice can also be found on the Vice Chancellor’s Program Awards Resources Page

 

Faculty Awards for Teaching Excellence

Two awards and one Early Career award are available for teaching excellence by individuals or teams. Each award consists of a grant of $3,000 to be used at the discretion of the award winner to further their teaching career.

Applications for this award must address all four (4) selection criteria below:

  • Approaches to 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.

  • Development of curricula and resources that reflect a command of the field

 

Which 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.

  • Evaluation practices that bring about improvements in teaching and learning.

 

Evaluation comprises making judgments 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.

  • 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.

Lodgement information

Essential documentation for faculty awards

The following essential documentation is required to complete the application:

  • Nomination Form 2015
  • Written statement (synopsis and statement addressing the selection criteria)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two references

Nominees’ written statement includes:

  • Up to 150word synopsis written in the third person covering the nominee’s teaching area or discipline, teaching experience, the particular focus of their teaching, teaching methods, and their research/teaching interests.
  • An overview of application.

The remainder of the written statement should address the category of the nomination and each of the selection criteria. The Award Panel will be looking for a teaching narrative that includes not only WHAT you have done, but HOW and WHY, and how you ascertained if student learning improved as a result. In assessing nominations against the five criteria, the Committee will take into account the:

  1. extent to which the claims for excellence are supported by formal and informal evidence of impact on student learning including recognition of that impact
  2. extent of creativity, imagination or innovation, irrespective of whether the approach involves traditional learning environments or technology-based developments
  3. information contained in references.

Written statement should not be longer than eight (8) A4 pages, 11 point font, with single line spacing and margins of 25mm all around.

Curriculum vitae

Should outline the nominee’s educational qualifications, employment history, teaching positions held and teaching experience. The curriculum vitae is limited to three (3) A4 pages (minimum 11 point font) per individual. Teams may allow for one additional page per team member, i.e. a team of three may have five pages (three+two).

References

  • Two references, limited to one (1) A4 page each must be provided by colleagues who are able to comment on the nominee’s claims against the selection criteria. One of the referees must be the head of the nominee’s faculty, department or school.
  • If the nomination is from a team, the references should refer to the team as a whole.
  • References must be signed by the referee (electronic signatures supplied by the referee to the nominee are acceptable).

 

Faculty Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

Up to two citation and one Early Career citation of $1,000 each may be awarded to nominees who demonstrate superior performance. The title of the citation (twenty-five words maximum) for each nominee must be proposed as part of the nomination process.

Nominations are encouraged from academic staff, professional staff, sessional staff and institutional associates.

Nominees are required to select one (1) of the following selection criteria, determined by the nature of their contribution to student learning. The nomination will be judged on the quality of the support for the criterion and the extent to which evidence is shown in the written statement to support the application.

The selection criteria from which to choose are:

  • Approaches to the support of learning and teaching that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn.
  • Development of curricula, resources and services that reflect a command of the field.
  • Evaluation practices that bring about improvements in teaching and learning.
  • Innovation, leadership or scholarship that has influenced and enhanced learning and teaching and/or the student experience.

 

The chosen criterion will be determined by the nature of the specific contribution to student learning. The Award Panel will be looking for a teaching narrative that includes not only WHAT you have done, but HOW and WHY, and how you ascertained if student learning improved as a result. In assessing nominations against the four criteria, the Committee will take into account the:

    1. extent to which the claims for excellence are supported by formal and informal evidence of impact on student learning including recognition of that impact
    2. extent of creativity, imagination or innovation, irrespective of whether the approach involves traditional learning environments or technology-based developments

 

Lodgement information

Essential documentation for Faculty Citations

The following essential documentation is required to complete the application:

  • Nomination Form 2015
  • Written statement (citation wording, synopsis and statement addressing on of the selection criterion).

The written statement must include the citation title (max 25 words) and a synopsis written in the third person (max 100 words).The remainder of the written statement should address the chosen criterion with evidence of the ways in which the contribution has: influenced student learning, engagement and/or the overall student experience; been recognised by fellow staff, the institution, and/or the broader community; and been sustained over at least two years..

The written statement should not be longer than four (4) A4 pages 11 point font, single line spacing and margins of 25mm all around.

 

Faculty Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning

One award to the value of $2,000 may be made for programs which enhance student learning. In line with the Vice-Chancellor’s Programs Award, this award recognises 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. The programs and services that receive this Award must have demonstrated their effectiveness through rigorous evaluation that will set future benchmarks for similar activities at Monash University. Both individuals and teams, whether they are academic and/or professional staff, or a mix of both, are encouraged to apply. Teams may be of any size. If a team is larger than five members, a team name should be given.

It is intended that eligible programs are broader than one or two subjects or a limited service that involves only a few students. Program award nominees often derive from teams of academic and professional staff working collaboratively, or the program may cut across year levels, or across units at one level, or be offered across the University. For example, programs may involve a service or program provided at the institutional, faculty or school level, a program of study across a year or number of years, or a service or program directed at particular groups of students.

Categories

There are six program award categories:

  1. Widening participation, encompassing approaches to learning and teaching, and/or student experience which enhance student access, widen participation, and support progression.
  2. Educational partnerships and collaborations with other organisations, encompassing partnerships between universities, and universities and other organisations – such as schools, private higher education providers, registered training organisations, professional bodies, businesses and industries in collaborative approaches to learning and teaching.
  3. Innovation and flexibility in curricula, learning and teaching, encompassing approaches to learning and teaching that afford flexibility in time, place and/or mode of learning and innovations that encourage novel approaches to learning and teaching, innovations that align assessment with curriculum design, innovations that encourage or support multi-disciplinary, research-based learning and teaching approaches, innovations that utilise the potential of new and/or emerging technologies.
  4. Postgraduate education encompassing programs and other activities that focus on postgraduate students, postgraduate coursework teaching and learning, postgraduate research supervision and research higher degree candidature, and postgraduate learning support.
  5. Student experiences and services supporting learning, development and growth in higher education, encompassing services directly related to student learning such as services for specific groups of students, information access, course advising, language and learning support, counselling and disability support. Quality of learning engagement and other learning and teaching experiences within large student groups to sustain and retain students, student enhancement, whole personal development learning and the quality of the first-year student experience.
  6. Global citizenship and internationalisation, including valuing and enhancing the international student experience, student exchange, international recruitment, transition programs for international students and internationalising the curriculum.

Selection criteria

Applications for this award must address all four (4) selection criteria below:

  • Distinctiveness, coherence and clarity of purpose Extent to which the program has clear objectives and systematic approaches to coordination, implementation and evaluation
  • Influence on student learning and student engagement Extent to which the program targets identified needs and directly or indirectly enhances student learning, student engagement and/or the overall student experience of higher education
  • Breadth of impact Extent to which the program has led to widespread benefits for students, staff, the institution, and/or other institutions, consistent with the purpose of the program
  • Addressing for equity and diversity Extent to which the program promotes and supports equity and inclusiveness by improving access, participation and outcomes for diverse student groups

In assessing nominations against the four selection criteria, the Selection Committee will take into account:

  • Evidence of the impact of the program in formal and informal evaluation
  • The degree of creativity, imagination or innovation
  • Evidence of the sustained effectiveness of the program

 

Lodgement information

Essential documentation

The following essential documentation is required to complete the application:

  • Nomination Form 2015
  • Written statement (synopsis and statement addressing the selection criteria)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two references

Nominees’ written statement includes:

  • A 150-200 word synopsis written in the third person providing a description of the program and its teaching areas, the program’s contribution to student learning and engagement and the program’s impact on students.
  • The remainder of the written statement should address the category of the nomination and each of the selection criteria. Evidence to support the claims must be provided. The views of students, collaborators and/or colleagues, as appropriate, will be a key element in the assessment of nominations.

The written statement should be no longer than nine (9) A4 pages, 11 point font, with single line spacing and margins of 25mm all around.

Curriculum vitae

Should outline the nominees’ educational qualifications, employment history, teaching positions held and teaching experience. The curriculum vitae is limited to three (3) A4 pages (11 point font) for nominations from each individual. Teams may allow for one additional page per team member, i.e. a team of three may have five pages (three+two).

References

  • Two references, limited to one (1) A4 page each must be provided by colleagues who are able to comment on the nominee’s claims against the selection criteria. One of the referees must be the head of the nominee’s faculty, department or school. . It is encouraged that one referee be external to the nominee’s institution who can comment on the wider impact of the program.
  • If the nomination is from a team, the references should refer to the team as a whole.
  • References must be signed by the referee (electronic signatures supplied by the referee to the nominee are acceptable).

 

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Honours Supervision

One award to the value of $5,000, which consists of a medallion, a permanent citation on the Records and Archives website, may be awarded for Excellence in Honours Supervision. Certificates of Special Commendation may be awarded to other nominated honours supervisors who demonstrate superior performance in supervision but who are not award winners.

Eligibility

The nominee must:

  • be members of academic staff, tenured or contract, and
  • have at least four (4) years of current and continuous experience at the University supervising
  • Honours students, and three years of data on their impact, at the time of nomination.

For staff whose supervision activity has been interrupted (eg maternity leave, secondments out, outside studies programs) while still being continuously employed by Monash, ‘continuous’ can be taken to mean a minimum total of three years supervision experience at the University.

Previous award winners are not eligible to apply.

Nominations

Nominations can be from a variety of sources, either by honours students, academic colleagues or the panel has no objection to faculties approaching supervisors for nomination. Staff may also nominate themselves. Regardless of how nomination is made the nominee is responsible for completing the nomination form. All nominees must have sought endorsement from their faculty and provided details of three referees at the time of nomination. Each faculty is restricted to a maximum of two nominees per faculty.

Selection Criterion

The award nominee is responsible for the preparation of the written statement. The application should address how the nominee demonstrates excellence in relation to each criterion. The content should be clearly structured into four sections, each relating to one of the four defined criteria, and should be written in the first person.

In the written statement, the nominee must address all four (4) selection criteria below. The application should address how the nominee demonstrates excellence in relation to each criterion. The content should be clearly structured into four sections, each relating to one of the four defined criteria, and should be written in the first person. 

  1. The supervisor as a teacher which may encompass: their context or background in their current academic position; their philosophy of honours supervision; the development of the student as a researcher and an academic; encouragement of student supervision in project planning and development; development of academic skills; the practicalities or ‘how to’ of effective supervision; provision of timely and constructive feedback; problem management; developing student independence; the underpinning of honours supervision by engaging in education-based research and/or professional development.
  2. The supervisor as a mentor which may include: support and encouragement given to students; assisting students to establish and use networks with other students and academics in their field of study; assisting the student to access specialist expertise (eg statistics, computing, language); availability to students; provision of a sympathetic atmosphere; knowledge and communication of the University’s administrative processes relating to supervision; advice to students on further study and career pathways.
  3. The supervisor as a model which may include: evidence of the nominee’s research quality and impact; publications record, especially jointly with research students; the supervisor’s record of finding support for her/his scholarship and research; peer recognition as indicated by journal editing; speaking invitations, invited chapters or articles; invitations to be an external examiner; evidence of collegiality and teamwork; evidence of open-mindedness about the knowledge interpretations of others.
  4. Supervisor’s track recordNominees should include a tabulated summary of their honours supervision outcomes in the past five years only, as in the examples shown below:
Number of honours students supervised, benchmarked against faculty average
Honours completion rate

 

No Student name Cohort year Supervision role (main/co) Grade % of students in cohort with H1 (or equiv) for the year Or average cohort mark for the year Award? Destination Publication Presentation
1 2010 Main Eg H1 Top student in Genetic Honours Eg PhD 2011,Global Change Biol Oral presentation at AIMB
2 2012 Co
Eg Research position, private sector
Submitted, conference proceedings
Lodgement information

Essential documentation for VC’s Honours Supervision Award

The following essential documentation is required to complete the application:

  1. Nomination Form 2015
  2. Written statement (synopsis and statement addressing the selection criteria)
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. Six references

Nominees’ written statement includes:

  1. Up to 150 word synopsis written in the third person covering the nominee’s area or discipline, their honours supervision experience, its focus and impact on students, and their research/supervision interests.
  2. The remainder of the written statement should address each of the four selection criteria. Evidence to support the claims must be provided. The views of students, co-supervisors, collaborators and/or colleagues as appropriate, will be a key element in the assessment of nominations.

 

Written statement should not be longer than eight (8) A4 pages,11 point font, with single line spacing and margins of 25mm all around.

Curriculum vitae

Should outline the nominee’s educational qualifications, employment history, teaching positions held and teaching and supervision experience, and publications in the past 5 years. The curriculum vitae is limited to seven (7) A4 pages using a minimum 11 point font.

References

All references will be sought by the Monash Education Academy team on behalf of the nominated supervisor and will be included with the application forwarded to the Monash Teaching Awards Panel. References will be strictly limited to two (2) A4 pages each.  They will be provided by:

  1. Two current students supervised by the nominated supervisor;
  2. Two past or current students supervised by the nominated supervisor;Current and past students should include in their reference an answer to the following questions:
    1. What are the exceptional qualities of this person as a supervisor?
    2. What is your personal experience of the supervisor
  3. A senior academic colleague who has at least seven years of supervision experience and who is able to comment on the nominee’s claims against the selection criteria. The academic referee will need to supply the following information about themselves: number of years of supervision experience, total number of supervisions, the number of first class honours awarded to those students.
  4. A reference from the nominee’s Head of Department or School or Associate Dean of the faculty.

 

Previous Award Winners