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

Guidelines and Procedures

Each year, the Faculty of Arts 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 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.

How to apply

  • Nominations for these awards close on Friday, 31st October, 2014
  • Nomination forms are available below 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 staff, as well as to staff on fixed term contracts and sessional staff.

Selection Committee

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

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 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 five (5) selection criteria below:

1. Approaches to teaching that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn

Which may include: fostering student development by stimulating curiosity and independence in learning; contributing to the development of students’ critical thinking skills, analytical skills and scholarly values; encouraging student engagement through the enthusiasm shown for learning and teaching; inspiring and motivating students through high-level communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.

2. 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.

3. Approaches to assessment and feedback that foster independent learning
Which may include: integrating assessment strategies with the specific aims and objectives for student learning; providing timely, worthwhile feedback to students on their learning; using a variety of assessment and feedback strategies; implementing both formative and summative assessment; adapting assessment methods to different contexts and diverse student needs.

4. Respect and support for the development of students as individuals
Which may include: participating in the effective and empathetic guidance and advising of students; assisting students from equity and other demographic subgroups to participate and achieve success in their courses; influencing the overall academic, social and cultural experience of higher education.

5. Scholarly activities that have influenced and enhanced learning and teaching
Which may include: showing advanced skills in evaluation and reflective practice; participating in and contributing to professional activities related to learning and teaching; 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.

Lodgement information

Essential documentation for faculty awards

The following essential documentation is required to complete the application:

  • Nomination Form 2014
  • Written statement (synopsis and statement addressing the selection criteria)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two references

 

Nominees’ written statement includes:

  • 150-200 word 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. 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.

Written statement should not be longer than seven (7) 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 Department.
  • 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 5 citation of $1,000 may be awarded to nominees (including at least one for sessional staff) 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.
  • Approaches to assessment, feedback and learning support that foster independent learning.
  • Respect and support for the development of students as individuals.
  • Scholarly activities and service innovations that have influenced and enhanced learning and teaching.

Lodgement information

Essential documentation for Faculty Citations

The following essential documentation is required to complete the application:

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 to demonstrate outstanding contributions to student learning.

The written statement should not be longer than three (3) A4 pages 11 point font, single line spacing and margins of 25mm all around.

Some examples of citation wording:

  • For sustained contributions to the imaginative teaching of history, and to the transition, progress and welfare of students in his own and other universities;
  • For advancing the quality of anatomy education in physiotherapy through innovative teaching techniques that instill a passion for learning across local and distant learning environments.

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.

Nomination is open to all programs and services that enhance student learning within the Faculty of Arts at Monash University. It is intended that eligible programs are broader than one or two subjects or a limited service that involves only a few students. 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.  Professional staff and teams are eligible and invited to submit their programs for this award.

Categories

There are seven program award categories:

Assessment and feedback encompassing assessment initiatives that encourage students to develop and demonstrate higher-order skills and attitudes such as academic independence, ethical practices and values, and critical thinking and feedback that is timely and supports students’ learning development.

Teaching and Learningal partnerships and collaborations with other organisations encompassing partnerships between universities, and universities and other organisations – such as schools, professional bodies businesses and industries – in collaborative approaches to learning and teaching.

The first-year experience encompassing the academic and social transition to higher education, and the quality of the first year student experience.

Flexible learning and teaching encompassing approaches to learning and teaching that afford flexibility in time, place and/or mode of learning

Innovation in curricula, learning and teaching encompassing innovations that encourage novel approaches to learning and teaching, innovations that encourage or support multidisciplinarity, research based learning and teaching approaches, innovations that utilise the potential of new and/or emerging technologies

Postgraduate education encompassing programs that focus on postgraduate students, postgraduate coursework teaching and learning, postgraduate research supervision and research higher degree candidature, and postgraduate learning support

Services supporting student learning 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

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
  • Concern 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 2014
  • Written statement (synopsis and statement addressing the selection criteria)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two references
  • Nominations for these awards close on Friday, 31st October 2014

Nominees’ written statement includes:

  • A 350-400 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 eleven (11) 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.
  • 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).

 

The Faculty of Arts Award for Honours Supervision

One award consists of a grant of $1,000 to be used at the discretion of the award winner to further their honours supervision and teaching career.

Selection criteria

In the written statement, nominated supervisors for this award must address all four (4) selection criteria below.

The application should address how the nominated supervisor 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.

 

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 record

Nominees 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 Award? Destination Publication Presentation
1 2010 Eg H1 Eg Phd
2 Eg Research position, private sector

 

Lodgement information

Essential documentation for Faculty of Arts Honours Supervision Award

The following essential documentation is required to complete the application:

  1. Nomination Form 2014
  2. Written statement (synopsis and statement addressing the selection criteria)
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. Three references
  5. Nominations for these awards close on Friday, 31st October 2014

 

Nominee’s 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 should be included with the application forwarded to the selection committee.  References will be strictly limited to two (2) A4 page 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:

a. What are the exceptional qualities of this person as a supervisor?

b. 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 cla

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