ACU Teaching Awards

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

2016 ACU Teaching Awards

Congratulations to the following ACU staff for their commitment to teaching excellence and their contribution to student learning.

2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award

Dr Cathie Harrison, Faculty of Education and Arts,North Sydney:

Cathie Harrison VC TeachExcAward 2016

Dr Cathie Harrison has made a significant and sustained contribution to Early Childhood Teacher Education for over twenty five years. Cathie’s approach to teaching promotes social justice and equity through the use of strengths-based and experiential learning contextualised in the lived experiences of diverse learners. Her dedication to quality teaching through learner-centred pedagogies has contributed to the engagement and enthusiasm of Early Childhood Teacher Education students and practising teachers. Her commitment to teaching has been recognised in ACU and Australian Government Teaching Awards and through a diverse range of journal articles and books. Dr Harrison has demonstrated her capacity for leadership and innovation through the design and implementation of curricula within undergraduate and postgraduate teacher education programs and professional learning for teachers and educational leaders. Commitment to the ongoing evaluation of teaching and participation in review of programs, policy and pedagogy is reflected in Cathie’s teaching, collegial support and in her contribution to formative assessment in Early Childhood Education. Her knowledge and standing in the field is reflected in leadership in collaborative partnerships with government, Catholic and community-based education.

2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Postgraduate Teaching Excellence Award

Professor Justin Kemp, Dr Stuart Cormack, Dr David Opar, Faculty of Health Sciences, Melbourne:

2016 VC PG TeachExcAward

The Master of High Performance Sport (MHPS) was introduced as an original flagship course in ACU's Postgraduate Strategy, with sustained contributions from Professor Justin Kemp, Dr Stuart Cormack and Dr David Opar regarding its design and continued development. This teaching team has maintained oversight of the degree's direction, continual improvement and innovation, thereby ensuring contemporary and engaging curriculum content, assessment strategies and delivery methods, to provide evidence-based and industry-relevant knowledge and skills to its students and graduates.  Their approaches to teaching and learning support provide educational and professional development opportunities for both students and staff of the program. To further enhance the student experience, with an aim for job-readiness and/or career progression, this teaching team has grown a network of industry partners, both nationally and internationally, that offers students work-integrated experiences and research training within high performance sport organisations. The program has displayed consistently strong and increasing student enrolments. To contribute to ACU's International Postgraduate Strategy, the teaching team is now collaborating with the University of Notre Dame (Indiana) for USA delivery. This degree has diversified ACU's postgraduate offerings and created a brand in High Performance Sport education which is niche, of high quality, and respected by the industry.

2016 ACU Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

Dr Helen Aucote, Faculty of Health Sciences, Melbourne: The use of evaluative practices to develop a three-pillared lab report writing program to improve student performance, engagement and satisfaction in introductory psychology units.

Dr Jen Couch, Faculty of Education and Arts, Melbourne: For inspiring and motivating youth work students to be engaged and reflective practitioners committed to working with marginalised young people.

Dr Bronwyn Gordon, Mrs Alison Peeler, Mrs Mandy El Ali, Miss Shannon Barnes, Miss Claire Stewart, Faculty of Health Sciences, North Sydney: For student centred teaching strategies which improve the student’s experience of child and adolescent nursing through a second year unit of undergraduate study.

2016 ACU Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Early Career)

Dr Leigha Dark, Faculty of Health Sciences, North Sydney: For taking a scholarly and collaborative approach to the design, implementation and evaluation of blended learning to enhance student engagement within the Speech Pathology discipline.

Information about the Awards

The Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award and the Vice-Chancellor’s Postgraduate Teaching Award (part of the new 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 fulltime or part-time academic staff with at least 3 three years of service in the University.

Faculty ensdorsement: 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.

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

2017 Teaching Award Guidelines will be available in February, 2017

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

Past ACU Citation recipients:

2015 (PDF, 160.84 KB)
2014 (PDF, 153.08 KB)
2013 (PDF, 39.9 KB)
2012 (PDF, 1.1 MB)

Past VC’s Teaching Excellence recipients:

2006 – 2012 (PDF, 188.4 KB)