ACU Teaching Awards

The Australian Catholic University recognises contributions to teaching and student learning through a range of prestigious teaching awards.

Congratulations go to the 2017 ACU Teaching Awards winners for their commitment to teaching excellence and their contribution to student learning.


Vice-Chancellor’s Postgraduate Teaching Excellence Award

Professor Geraldine Castleton and Team

Professor Geraldine CastletonQuality course offerings focused on safeguarding children and young people have been progressed through two ACU course design working groups, under the leadership of Professor Geraldine Castleton, Deputy Dean FEA. The 2016 foundational work of FEA working with FTP, the Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS) and FHS, in conjunction with Catholic Education Melbourne, created a tailored graduate certificate for educational leaders. In 2017 this offering was extended to meet broader needs, through a Provost sponsored curriculum group involving all Faculties, ICPS, Executive Education and LTC. This Group developed a Capability Framework to underpin further ACU safeguarding activities and to support agencies in creating safer cultures. The new programs integrate research with key learning tools and the Group is currently working with the LTC to help drive ACU’s modularisation approach. These collaborative efforts (2016 and 2017) have enhanced learning and teaching practices at ACU and demonstrated impact linked to the Mission.


Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

Dr Robyn Bentley-Williams Faculty of Education and Arts, Strathfield: Dr Robyn Bentley-Williams has made outstanding contributions to support student learning in Diversity and Inclusive Education through scholarship of teaching and learning to build capacity

Associate Professor Diane Jacobs, Faculty of Health Sciences, Melbourne: For leadership in learning and teaching at the Speech Pathology Discipline, interdisciplinary, and Faculty level


Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Integrating Catholic Intellectual Tradition in Teaching Practice)

Associate Professor Michael Griffith Faculty of Education and Arts, Strathfield: For inspiring students’ creativity, spirituality and academic engagement through integrating the Catholic Intellectual Tradition into English Literature Studies


Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Early Career)

Dr Renata Cinelli, Faculty of Education and Arts, Melbourne: For enthusiastic and reflective teaching practice that challenges negative attitudes and promotes positivity, active involvement, confidence, and competence among health and physical education preservice teachers2016

Dr Ryan Timmins, Faculty of Health Sciences, Melbourne: Fostering of student development, self-directed learning, engagement and enthusiasm through effective and high quality teaching approaches in Exercise Science human anatomy units

2018 Teaching Award guidelines will be released early in the New Year.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award and the Vice-Chancellor’s Postgraduate Teaching Award (part of the new ACU Postgraduate Strategy) give recognition to teachers (individuals and teams) renowned for their excellent teaching and their deep contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education. Both awards are open to either full-time or part-time academic staff with at least 3 three years of service in the University.

Faculty endorsement: Faculties will be invited to endorse teaching staff prior to the award selection process. Suitable applicants will have high SET/SEU results, a level of leadership in teaching, a track record in scholarly practice/innovation in teaching (eg publications, committee leadership, projects) and endorsement from the senior staff in the faculty. It is preferable if applicants have institutional or external recognition of teaching excellence eg. an ACU or OLT Teaching Award or Grant. They will be able to receive support from LTC as they prepare their award application.

The ACU Citation for Outstanding Contributions for Student Learning has always been a popular award at ACU and, in 2014, this category was extended to include an Early Career Award, a Sessional Staff Award and an Award for Integrating Catholic Intellectual Tradition in Teaching Practice. Award funding has been adjusted to reflect the increase in award options.

2017 Teaching Awards

Award title

Award funding

Eligibility

ACU Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award

$10,000

Individuals or teams from academic staff who have been nominated by their Faculty based on specific criteria

ACU Vice-Chancellor's Postgraduate Teaching Excellence Award

$10,000

Individuals or teams from academic staff who have been nominated by their Faculty based on specific criteria

ACU Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

$5,000

Individuals and teams from academic and professional staff who have made a significant and sustained contribution to student learning at ACU over at least three years

ACU Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning: Early Career

$3,000

Nominees with no more than 5 years’ experience teaching in a higher education institution including tutoring and part-time teaching.

ACU Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning: Sessional staff

$3,000

Individuals  and teams from sessional academic staff who have made a significant and   sustained contribution to student learning at ACU over at least three years

ACU Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning: Integrating Catholic Intellectual Tradition in Teaching Practice

$3,000

Individuals and teams who have developed themes and activities which reflect Catholic Intellectual tradition

Resources: The Learning and Teaching Centre provides resources on the Learning and Teaching website, as well as advice and support for staff in the development of award and grant applications. For further information, please contact awards&grants.LTC@acu.edu.au