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Awards

Australian Awards | SCU Awards

At Southern Cross University we value good teaching.  We consider it key to the success of our students and the university as a whole. We know the extraordinary lengths teaching staff go to engage students with their learning. The Vice Chancellor’s Citations are a way for us to recognise and honour the diligence, dedication and achievements of our teaching staff.

The citations are awarded for a wide range of contributions to student learning and engagement. Nominees and applicants may be individuals or teams of academic and/or professional staff in full-time, part-time, or sessional roles, and institutional associates. They are open to all staff in substantive, contract and casual positions.

At a sector level, the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) recognise and reward contributions that are outstanding on an Australia-wide scale. The Vice Chancellor’s Citations recognise and reward contributions that are outstanding within Southern Cross University.

Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT)

The Australian Awards for University Teaching are awarded in three categories:

  • Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • Awards for Teaching Excellence
  • Program Awards

Success in any of these categories recognises the award recipient, whether an individual or team, as an outstanding teacher on a national scale.

In 2018 the AAUT will be organised by Universities Australia. Details are not yet available.

Interested applicants should contact Cathryn McCormack

Recipients of AAUT Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

2017

Dr Rob GarbuttSchool of Arts and Social Sciences
For enabling students in the arts and social sciences to successfully make the transition into university culture as beginning students and as beginning researchers

2016

Marilyn ChaselingSchool of Education
For a capstone unit that empowers Bachelor of Education (Primary) pre-service teachers to launch their teaching careers

SCU Teaching Awards

SCU’s Teaching Awards, the Vice Chancellor’s Citations, are offered annually in two categories:

The Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning recognise the work of staff whose work has had a significant impact on student learning over an extended period.

The Citations for Excellence in Student Engagement recognise the work of staff on short-term or casual contracts in a specific context over one or two years.

A comprehensive program supports applicants to reflect on their teaching, identify appropriate evidence, and write a statement in the style required for the awards. Applicants commence the program on receipt of their Intent to Apply.

Introduction to the Vice Chancellor’s Citations 2018

Details for 2018

VC’s Citations Application Information 2018 (pdf)

VC’s Citations Bursary Processes (pdf)

All applicants must submit an Intent to Apply by 25 June

Final applications are due 31 August.

 

Finding your Focus workshop.

This workshop is an essential step in preparing a Vice Chancellor’s Citation. Participants will undertake a series of reflective activities designed to help identify their Citation focus. Bring a notebook or laptop for your notes and writing.

Gold Coast       14 June 2018   10am-12noon B2.30

Lismore            20 June 2018   10am-12noon R1.68

To register: https://bit.ly/2LTTyYw

Contact the Awards Coordinator, Cathryn McCormack, with any additional queries.

 

Recipients of Vice Chancellor’s Citations

2017 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

Brendan Kelaher and Anna ScottSchool of Environment, Science and Engineering
For creating a teaching-industry nexus that enriches student learning and provides the skills needed for a successful career in marine management.

COMPASS Team: Andrew Woods, Michael Grande, Fiona Lotherinton, Paula Steffensen and Theane Theophilos, School of Health and Human Sciences
For the COMPASS program: Fostering Peer Assisted Learning communities in clinical laboratories which enhance student confidence, clinical skill acquisition, leadership skills and professional socialisation

Christos Markopoulos, School of Education 
For inspiring and empowering beginning teacher-education students in a large-enrolment, first-year mathematics discipline unit, through innovative teaching and being an enthusiastic and encouraging educator

2017 Citations for Excellence in Student Engagement

Mandy HughesSchool of Arts and Social Sciences 
For creating a supportive space where online Social Science students can critically engage in sociological ideas as members of a compassionate and well-informed learning community.

Emma KearneySchool of Arts and Social Sciences
For engaging first year students with their transition to university through a supportive classroom environment that promotes student wellbeing and a passion for learning.

Nick Mattingly, School of Arts and Social Sciences 
For cultivating empathy in students by engendering critical self-reflection in the arts and humanities.

Kayleen Wood, School of Business and Tourism 
For engaging first year students with their transition to university through a supportive classroom environment that promotes student wellbeing and a passion for learning.

Sample application statements are available in the SoTL Blackboard workgroup:


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