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UNSW VICE-CHANCELLORS AWARDS for

Vice-Chancellors Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning 2015

VICE-CHANCELLORS AWARDS

for

TEACHING EXCELLENCE

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO STUDENT LEARNING

and

PROGRAMS THAT ENHANCE LEARNING

2015 Guidelines

CONTENTS

A. Overview of Awards

1. Vice-Chancellors Awards for Teaching Excellence4

2. Vice-Chancellors Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning 5

3. Vice-Chancellors Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning.5

4. The Heinz Harant Award for Teaching Innovation...6

B. Vice-Chancellors Awards for Teaching Excellence

1. Introduction...7

2. Awards...

Categories of Awards

Nature of Awards

Number of Awards

3. Selection Criteria.8

4. Nomination Process and Administration.12

a) Eligibility.12

b) Nominations13

c) Completion of nominees declaration.13

d) References...14

e) Head of School Report14

f) Submission of Draft Nomination.14

g) Revise and Resubmit Nomination to HR14

h) Faculty VCATE Committee assessment and ranking.15

i) Faculty submission of endorsed and ranked nominations15

j) UNSW Teaching Excellence Committee assessment and decision15

k) Notification of decision and award presentations...16

5. Nominees documentation...16

C. Vice-Chancellors Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

1. Introduction.19

2. Awards.19

Categories of Awards

Nature of Awards

Number of Awards

3. Selection Criteria.20

4. Nomination Process and Administration.23

a) Eligibility.23

b) Nominations24

c) Completion of nominees declaration.24

d) References...25

e) Head of School Report25

f) Submission of Draft Nomination.25

g) Revise and Resubmit Nomination to HR25

h) Faculty VCATE Committee assessment and ranking.26

i) Faculty submission of endorsed and ranked nominations26

j) UNSW Teaching Excellence Committee assessment and decision.26

k) Notification of decision and award presentations...27

5. Nominees documentation...27

D. Vice-Chancellors Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning

1. Introduction.29

2. Awards.29

Categories of Awards

Nature of Awards

Number of Awards

3. Selection Criteria.31

4. Nomination Process and Administration.33

a) Eligibility.33

b) Nominations33

c) Completion of nominees declaration.34

d) References...34

e) Head of School Report35

f) Submission of Draft Nomination.35

g) Revise and Resubmit Nomination to HR35

h) Faculty VCATE Committee assessment and ranking.36

i) Faculty submission of endorsed and ranked nominations36

j) UNSW Teaching Excellence Committee assessment and decision.36

k) Notification of decision and award presentations...37

5. Nominees documentation...37

Overview of Awards

UNSW Australia recognises outstanding contributions to student learning through three highly prestigious awards:

1. Vice-Chancellors Awards for Teaching Excellence

2. Vice Chancellors Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

3. Vice-Chancellors Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning

All three awards are designed to:

highlight the fundamental importance of teaching to UNSW Australia

reflect UNSW Australias priorities for strategic development of learning and teaching as outlined from time-to-time

showcase outstanding examples of practice that enhance student learning

build institutional capacity and individual capability for the development of competitive nominations for national OLT Awards for Teaching Excellence.

1. Vice-Chancellors Awards for Teaching Excellence

Vice Chancellors Awards for Teaching Excellence recognise outstanding individuals.

There are two categories of Vice Chancellors Awards for Teaching Excellence:

a. Awards for Teaching Excellence (General), are open to individual academic and conjoint staff of UNSW, either full time or part time, with at least three years of service in the university. These awards recognise sustained excellence (over a period of at least five years) in: approaches to teaching that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn; the development of curricula and resources that reflect a command of the field; approaches to assessment and feedback that foster independent learning; respect and support for the development of students as individuals; and scholarly activities that have influenced and enhanced learning and teaching.

b. Awards for Teaching Excellence (Early Career), are open to individual academic and conjoint staff of UNSW, either full time or part time, with no more than five years cumulative teaching experience in a higher education setting including all tutoring, demonstrating, and teaching at other higher education institutions. These awards recognise excellence (over a period of at least two) years in: approaches to teaching that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn; the development of curricula and resources that reflect a command of the field; approaches to assessment and feedback that foster independent learning; and respect and support for the development of students as individuals.

2. Vice-Chancellors Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

The Vice-Chancellors Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning recognise individuals or groups of staff who have made outstanding contributions to student learning in a specific area of responsibility over a period of at least two sessions.

They are awarded to academic and/or professional staff, whether full-time, part-time or sessional staff, and institutional associates (including tutors, casual lecturers, demonstrators, clinical tutors and people external to the University from the professions or industry, whether paid or unpaid) and recognise excellence in any one of the following: approaches to teaching that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn; the development of curricula and resources that reflect a command of the field; approaches to assessment and feedback that foster independent learning; or respect and support for the development of students as individuals.

3.Vice-Chancellors Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning

The Vice-Chancellors Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning recognise programs and services that make an outstanding contribution to the quality of student learning and of student learning experience at UNSW.

There are eight categories of Vice Chancellors Award for Programs that Enhance Learning. Programs that target:

1. Widening participation, encompassing programs that enhance access, widen participation, and support progression of students with high potential irrespective of their background.

2. Innovation in curricula, learning and teaching, encompassing innovations in curricula (program/course design) that: encourage novel approaches to learning and teaching; support the development of graduates who exemplify UNSWs graduate capabilities; enable efficient and effective assessment and feedback to support learning; enable and support research-integrated learning and teaching approaches; and/or utilise the potential of new and/or emerging technologies.

3. Educational partnerships and collaborations with other organisations, that leverage UNSWs strong national and international linkages with schools, other universities, professional bodies, businesses and industries to develop and deliver curricula and learning opportunities that are rigorous, engaging and ensure UNSW graduates are appropriately prepared for their careers or future studies.

4. The first-year experience, encompassing programs aimed at smoothing the academic and social transition to higher education, learning and teaching within large student groups, and the quality of the first-year student experience.

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

6. Postgraduate education, encompassing programs that focus on enhancing: postgraduate curricula in coursework and/or research degrees; postgraduate research supervision; postgraduate learning support; and/or postgraduate student experience.

7. 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.

8. Global citizenship and internationalisation, including programs focussing on the development of curricula, student exchange, student experience, international recruitment, and transition programs for international students.

In 2014, nominations are welcome in any of these three major categories of award. However, in accord with the Universitys 2014 -2018 strategic priority on improving assessment and feedback practices through the introduction of standards and rubric based assessment, grading and feedback, nominations in any of these categories which have a focus on improving assessment and feedback practices would be particularly welcome.

The Heinz Harant Award for Teaching Innovation

In addition to the above awards, each year, at the discretion of the Central Selection Committee, ONE winner of a Vice Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence, regardless of category of nomination, may be awarded the Heinz Harant Award for Teaching Innovation.

This special award is made in memory of the late Heinz Harant, one of the Universitys earliest alumni and dedicated supporters, who after graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering devoted many years of service to student life on campus and was instrumental in founding the Universitys Alumni Association.

In recognition of Heinz Harants personal commitment to innovation and change, the Award recognises individuals whose innovation has fundamentally challenged orthodoxy in teaching in their disciplinary context.

Overview of Awards 2015

Overview of Awards 2015

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VICE-CHANCELLORS AWARDS for Teaching Excellence

1. Introduction

The Vice-Chancellors Awards for Teaching Excellence recognise individuals for sustained, outstanding teaching at UNSW. They serve to:

highlight the fundamental importance of teaching to UNSW

reinforce UNSWs values in relation to learning and teaching, as outlined in UNSWs Beliefs About Learning. These are, that learning should:

1. be engaging

2. be active

3. be situated and authentic

4. build connections

5. be guided by clear expectations and academic standards

6. be challenging and supported

7. be inclusive of diversity

reflect UNSWs priorities for strategic development of learning and teaching as outlined from time-to-time

showcase outstanding examples of practice that enhance student learning

build institutional capacity and individual capability for the development of competitive nominations for national OLT Awards for Teaching Excellence.

The criteria used to determine excellence in teaching recognise the diverse contributions of a wide range of staff. They are aligned with the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Awards for Australian University Teaching.

2. Awards

The Vice-Chancellors Awards for Teaching Excellence recognise individuals for sustained, outstanding teaching and contributions to students learning at UNSW. In particular, they recognise the diverse contribution that UNSW staff make to the quality of student learning.

Categories of Awards

Awards are allocated each year in two categories:

1. Awards for Teaching Excellence (General).

These awards recognise sustained excellence (over a period of at least five years) in: approaches to teaching that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn; the development of curricula and resources that reflect a command of the field; approaches to assessment and feedback that foster independent learning; respect and support for the development of students as individuals; and scholarly activities that have influenced and enhanced learning and teaching.

2. Awards for Teaching Excellence (Early Career).

These awards recognise excellence (over a period of at least two) years in: approaches to teaching that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn; the development of curricula and resources that reflect a command of the field; approaches to assessment and feedback that foster independent learning; and respect and support for the development of students as individuals..

Nature of the Awards

Each Award for Teaching Excellence (General) consists of the presentation of an engraved UNSW medallion and the payment of a sum of $7,000.

Each Award for Teaching Excellence (Early Career) consists of the presentation of an engraved UNSW medallion and the payment of a sum of $3,000.

The winner of a Heinz Harant Award will receive an additional sum of $3,000

The monetary component of each Award is subject to taxation.

Number of Awards

1. Awards for Teaching Excellence (General) (up to six awards).

2. Awards for Teaching Excellence (Early Career) (up to two awards).

3. Selection Criteria

Nominees for Awards for Teaching Excellence (General) will be assessed on written evidence they provide in relation to Criteria 1-5 below.

Nominees for Awards for Teaching Excellence (Early Career) will be assessed on written evidence they provide in relation to Criteria 1-4 below.

Nominees in both aforementioned categories are not expected to provide evidence of excellence in all areas, but should build a profile that best highlights their achievements. The Awards focus on sustained involvement in high quality teaching. Claims for research-enhanced learning and teaching may be made under any of the criteria as appropriate.

In addressing the following criteria, nominees should not feel limited to the illustrative examples provided.

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

For example:

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 the use of authentic profession/discipline specific problems, cases and/or examples.

2. Development of curriculum and resources that reflect a command of the field

For example:

communicating clear objectives and expectations for student learning that reflect a command of the field

demonstrating up-to-date knowledge of the discipline(s) and professional practices associated with the field in the design of resources, learn...