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.
The Australian Awards for University Teaching are awarded in three categories:
- Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
- Awards for Teaching Excellence
- Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning
Success in any of these categories recognises the award recipient, whether an individual or team, as an outstanding teacher on a national scale.
SCU staff interested in applying in 2019 should contact Cathryn McCormack for further information.
Recipients of AAUT Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
Associate Professor Amanda Reichelt-Brushett, School of Environment, Science and Engineering
For innovative chemistry teaching, based on her science and arts scholarship, that develops student multifaceted problem-solving ability by combining scientific enquiry and creative thinking.
Dr Rob Garbutt, School 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.
SCU’s Teaching Awards, the Vice Chancellor’s Citations provide a means for Southern Cross University to recognise and reward the diverse contributions that individuals and teams make to the quality of student learning. They are awarded for a wide range of contributions to student learning and engagement, whether direct or indirect, general or specific. Nominees and applicants may be individuals or teams of academic and/or professional staff in full-time, parttime, or sessional roles, and institutional associates.
These Awards are separate to the new SCU Impact Awards, and staff are welcome to apply for both a VC’s Citation and an Impact Award.
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.
The 2019 round of Vice Chancellor’s Citations is currently open. Details are provided in the Application Information.
2019 Application Information
Friday 16 August: Intent to Apply form due
Friday 27 September: Final date to submit an application
Enquiries can be forwarded to the Awards Coordinator, Cathryn McCormack.
Recipients of Vice Chancellor’s Citations
2018 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
Peter Cook, School of Education
For developing innovative approaches to teaching Dance through online delivery that motivates and inspires students for their future classrooms
Angela Turner, School of Education
For preparing students toward successful Design and Technology teaching careers through online learning, facilitated through highly accomplished interpersonal skills, well-structured, informative and engaging learning experiences
Marketing Principles Teaching Team: Tania von der Heidt (Team Leader), Joanne Phythian, David Spriggs, Kirstie McClean, Maxine Hawker, Evi Lanasier, Noel Agustin, Emmanuel Aquino, Julie Francis, Janne Palthe, Sevasti Tsipidis, Vicki Hetherington, Peter Reynolds, Constantin Alba, Pauline Allin, Sarah Keast, Kenneth Yap, School of Business and Tourism
For innovatively cultivating learning and practice of creativity in a large, multi-location, diverse first year Marketing Principles unit
Sample application statements are available in the SoTL Blackboard workgroup: