Policy

Teaching and Learning Awards - Policy

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1. Purpose and Objectives

The University of Queensland has established:

These awards confirm the University's commitment to recognise, encourage and reward sustained excellence in teaching and learning at The University of Queensland by acknowledging:

  • Teachers renowned for the excellence of their teaching, who have made a broad and deep contribution to enhancing the quality of teaching and learning at The University of Queensland;
  • 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 in higher education; and
  • Individuals or teams who make a significant contribution to student learning in a specific area of responsibility, who are widely acknowledged for their achievements within a faculty or the wider University community and who have received strong endorsement within their area.

The Awards were instituted by the Academic Board and are held annually.

2. Definitions, Terms, Acronyms

APEL – Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning

ATE – Awards for Teaching Excellence

COCSL – Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

ITaLI – Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation

3. Policy Scope/Coverage

This policy applies to all staff at The University of Queensland.

4. Policy Statement

The aim of the policy is to recognise, encourage and reward sustained excellence in teaching and learning at The University of Queensland. The awards acknowledge teachers renowned for the excellence of their teaching; quality educational practice in projects or initiatives to support student learning and the student experience of higher education; and the diverse contributions that individuals and teams make to the quality of student learning in a specific area of responsibility.

Custodians
Academic Registrar
Mr Mark Erickson

Procedures

Teaching and Learning Awards - Procedures

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1. Purpose and Objectives

These procedures enact PPL 3.30.08a Teaching and Learning Awards – Policy.

The University of Queensland has established the following award schemes:

Awards for Teaching Excellence (ATE)

In 1988, the Academic Board of The University of Queensland, with financial support from the Alumni Association, instituted annual Awards for Excellence in Teaching (AET). In 2008, the awards were renamed Awards for Teaching Excellence (ATE). The University of Queensland was one of the first Australian institutions to make such awards. The awards give recognition to individuals and teams renowned for excellence in teaching and who have made a broad and deep contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching at The University of Queensland. There are up to five awards in total granted each year at the discretion of the University Teaching and Learning Committee. Each award winner will receive a trophy and a grant of $10,000.

Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning (APEL)

In 2001, the Academic Board of The University of Queensland established the annual Awards for the Enhancement of Student Learning (AESL). The awards were renamed Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning (APEL) in 2008. These awards recognise learning and teaching support projects, teams and services that make an outstanding contribution to the quality of student learning and the quality of the student experience of higher education. The projects, teams and services that receive these awards must have demonstrated their effectiveness through rigorous evaluation. There are six award categories with up to four awards in total granted each year at the discretion of the University Teaching and Learning Committee. Each award winner will receive a certificate and a grant of $10,000.

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (COCSL)

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (COCSL) to recognise and reward individuals and teams who make a significant contribution to student learning in a specific area of responsibility over a sustained period, who are widely acknowledged for their achievements within a Faculty or the wider University community, and who have received strong endorsement within their area. There is no limit to the number of Citations awarded. To encourage further development of the winners’ contributions to student learning, successful applicants will receive a grant of $4,000.

To enhance opportunities for recognition of outstanding teachers at The University of Queensland, University award recipients will be eligible for consideration as University of Queensland applicants for the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT). To facilitate this process the University’s assessment criteria align with those of the AAUT.

The AAUT are funded by the Australian Government and are administered by the Department of Education and Training.

2. Definitions, Terms, Acronyms

AAUT – Australian Awards for University Teaching

ATE – Awards for Teaching Excellence

APEL – Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning

COCSL – Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

ITaLI – Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation

3. Procedures Scope/Coverage

These procedures apply to all staff of The University of Queensland.

4. Procedures Statement

4.1 Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for awarding COCSL, APEL and ATE each year will be published in the The University of Queensland Teaching and Learning Awards Application Information and Instructions on the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) website.

4.2 Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria for awarding COCSL, APEL and ATE each year will be published in the UQ Teaching and Learning Awards Application Information and Instructions on the ITaLI website.

Individuals and teams do not have to meet national award standards in order to apply for a University award. Applicants who can demonstrate sustained performance and a quality contribution to most, but not all, criteria may be sufficient to be considered for a University of Queensland award.

4.3 Application Process

In the first instance applicants must submit an expression of interest using the template published on the ITaLI website.

A Shortlisting Committee will appraise expressions of interest according to the published criteria and invite eligible applicants to provide a detailed application by a nominated closing date.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a workshop facilitated by ITaLI where advice and guidance will be given on the format and content of their application.

A Selection Committee will appraise applications according to the published criteria and make recommendations for awarding commendations and awards to the University Teaching and Learning Committee for approval.

4.4 Selection Procedure

4.4.1 Shortlisting Committees

Membership of The University of Queensland COCSL Shortlisting Committee comprises the following:

  • One senior leader from the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (Chair) (nominated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic))
  • President, Academic Board or Deputy President (nominated by President)
  • Two Associate Deans (Academic) (nominated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic))
  • One School Teaching and Learning Committee Chair (nominated by the Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Academic))
  • Previous AAUT winner, finalist, or assessor (nominated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic))
  • Student representative (nominated by The University of Queensland Union).

Membership of The University of Queensland APEL Shortlisting Committee comprises the following:

  • One senior leader from the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (Chair) (nominated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic))
  • President, Academic Board or Deputy President (nominated by President)
  • Two Associate Deans (Academic) (nominated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic))
  • One School Teaching and Learning Committee Chair (nominated by the Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Academic))
  • Previous AAUT winner, finalist, or assessor (nominated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic))
  • Student representative (nominated by The University of Queensland Union).

Membership of The University of Queensland ATE Shortlisting Committee comprises the following:

  • One senior leader from the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (Chair) (nominated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic))
  • President, Academic Board or Deputy President (nominated by President)
  • Two Associate Deans (Academic) (nominated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic))
  • One School Teaching and Learning Committee Chair (nominated by the Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Academic))
  • Member of the University Teaching and Learning Committee in the category Recipient of Awards and Commendations for Excellence in Teaching
  • Previous AAUT winner, finalist, or assessor (nominated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic))
  • Student representative (nominated by The University of Queensland Union).

4.4.2 Shortlisting Committee Recommendations

Each Shortlisting Committee will consider expressions of interest under the relevant award scheme.

An APEL or ATE expression of interest which is considered to be more closely aligned with the criteria for COCSL may be referred to the COCSL Selection Committee for consideration in the same year. The APEL and ATE Shortlisting Committees must meet prior to the shortlisting of COCSL to allow for expressions of interest to be referred to the COCSL Shortlisting Committee in the same year.

Each Shortlisting Committee will recommend a shortlist to the Selection Committee.

There is no limit to the number of shortlisted expressions of interest to be selected and invitation to participate in the awards process will be determined by the quality of the evidence provided in the expression of interest.

4.4.3 Selections Committees

Membership of The University of Queensland COCSL Selection Committee comprises the following:

  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) (Chair)
  • President, Academic Board or Deputy President (nominated by President)
  • Two Associate Deans (Academic) (nominated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic))
  • One School Teaching and Learning Committee Chair (nominated by the Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Academic))
  • One senior leader from the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation
  • Previous AAUT winner, finalist, or assessor (nominated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic))
  • Student representative (nominated by The University of Queensland Union).

The Selection Committee may be augmented by the Dean of the Graduate School and/or Academic Registrar and/or University Librarian as required (approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)). The Selection Committee may also invite discipline-based experts as required.

Membership of The University of Queensland APEL Selection Committee comprises the following:

  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) (Chair)
  • President, Academic Board or Deputy President (nominated by President)
  • Two Associate Deans (Academic) (nominated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic))
  • One School Teaching and Learning Committee Chair (nominated by the Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Academic))
  • One senior leader from the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation
  • Previous AAUT winner, finalist, or assessor (nominated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic))
  • Student representative (nominated by The University of Queensland Union).

The Selection Committee may be augmented by the Dean of the Graduate School and/or Academic Registrar and/or University Librarian. The Selection Committee may also invite discipline-based experts as required.

Membership of The University of Queensland ATE Selection Committee comprises the following:

  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) (Chair)
  • President, Academic Board or Deputy President (nominated by President)
  • Two Associate Deans (Academic) (nominated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic))
  • One School Teaching and Learning Committee Chair (nominated by the Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Academic))
  • Member of the University Teaching and Learning Committee in the category Recipient of Awards and Commendations for Excellence in Teaching
  • One senior leader from the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation
  • Previous AAUT winner, finalist, or assessor (nominated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic))
  • Student representative (nominated by The University of Queensland Union).

The Selection Committee may be augmented by the Dean of the Graduate School as required. The Selection Committee may also invite discipline-based experts as required.

4.4.4 Selection Committee Recommendations

Each Selection Committee will consider applications under the relevant award scheme.

Applicants whose teaching is considered to be of a very high standard but does not meet the criteria for a COCSL, APEL or ATE may receive a commendation on the recommendation of the Selection Committee and at the discretion of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

Each Selection Committee will refer its recommendations to the University Teaching and Learning Committee for approval.

4.4.5 Meeting Quorums

The quorum for Shortlisting Committee meetings and Selection Committee meetings is five (not including augmented members). If a member cannot attend a scheduled meeting, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) should be notified and invited to nominate a replacement member. If the quorum cannot be reached the meeting must be rescheduled.

5. Presentation of Awards

The presentation of The University of Queensland Teaching and Learning Awards to the winners is made at a ceremony in Teaching and Learning Week each year.

6. Terms and Conditions

All COCSL, APEL and ATE are granted on the condition that all monies associated with the award are used to enhance the career of the recipient with emphasis on their teaching career. Each award winner will receive a certificate or trophy and a grant which should be expended in the two calendar years immediately following receipt of the award.

Expenditure is subject to standard University policy and must be authorised by the Head of School or senior financial delegate.

Custodians
Academic Registrar
Mr Mark Erickson
Custodians
Academic Registrar
Mr Mark Erickson