Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

The Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) comprise five award types recognising teaching excellence and outstanding contributions to student learning:

  • Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning
  • Awards for Teaching Excellence
  • Prime Minister's Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year (there is no application for this category)
  • Career Achievement Award (no application for this category)

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning recognise and reward the diverse contributions made by individuals and teams to the quality of student learning. Citations are awarded to those who have made a significant contribution to the quality of student learning in a specific area of responsibility over a sustained period.

Information and guidelines are available on the AAUT website.

ACU process

Universities are able to submit a maximum of six individuals for an OLT Citation. Therefore in liaison with LTC, ACU Faculties are required to endorse a limited number of possible candidates These staff are then invited to work with LTC staff on their draft application. This process usually commences in late January/ February. Final drafts are then submitted to the University Awards and Grants Committee for consideration and a maximum of 6 are selected to go forward to OLT.

Dates for 2017 are:

  • 4 April 2017 AAUT Citations submissions submitted to awards&grants.LTC@acu.edu.au
  • 27 April 2017 ACU’s Awards and Grants Committee reviews all submissions
  • 3 May 2017 Final applications submitted to LTC for collation and submission
  • 10 May 2017 Completed nominations close at AAUT

The Learning and Teaching Centre provides workshops and information about AAUT Citations; for enquiries contact awards&grants.LTC@acu.edu.au . Additional resources to help you prepare a teaching award or citation are available from the Resources for teaching award and citation applications

2016 AAUT Citation winners

Congratulations go to three ACU academics who were awarded Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) ‘Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning 2016’.


Dr Catherine Bell, Faculty of Education & Arts, Melbourne: For visual arts curriculum that prioritises studio-led research and develops professional competencies that empowers students to actively contribute to the creative sector upon graduation.

Dr Bell designs visual arts curriculum that focuses on a studio-led research approach that inspires students to be research-driven creative problem solvers. Through collaborative and peer-assisted learning, Bell develops core competencies such as shared thinking, negotiation, communication skills, teamwork and critical reflection.  Students learn to identify creative and commercial opportunities and to apply their knowledge of visual art in a range of professional contexts so they will be industry ready art professionals.


Dr Cathie Harrison, Faculty of Education & Arts, North Sydney: For leadership and innovation in curricula development and the design of educational services and resources that demonstrate a strong command of early childhood education

Dr Harrison’s sustained and significant contribution to early childhood education is demonstrated through leadership and innovation in curricula development and implementation. Commitment to quality teaching through learner centred pedagogies has contributed to the engagement and enthusiasm of undergraduate and postgraduate students and practising teachers. Cathie’s involvement in the evaluation of educational policy and design and delivery of educational services and resources in educational and community settings reflects her knowledge and standing in the field.


Anthony Whitty, Faculty of Health Sciences, Melbourne: For creating an authentic learning experience that integrates scientific principles and professional experiences to enhance the employability of Exercise Science graduates.

Anthony Whitty has made a significant contribution to motivate ACU Exercise Science graduates to develop the required skill sets to become employable in a competitive work market. He has provided strategies that enhance the student’s ability to integrate complex scientific pedagogy into real-world settings. Anthony has also created sport for development programs to inspire the student learning experience. Institutional awards and student feedback are evidence of the success of his leadership in this area.