The Melbourne Teaching Excellence Awards celebrate excellence in contributions to teaching and student learning. Each year academic staff from a variety of disciplines and roles in the University are acknowledged for their outstanding achievements across the various elements that constitute excellence in teaching in higher education, including: approaches to learning and teaching that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn; development of curricula and resources that reflect a command of the field; approaches to assessment that bring about improvements in teaching and learning; respect and support for the development of students as individuals; scholarly activities that have influenced and enhanced learning and teaching.
Barbara Falk Award for Teaching Excellence
The Barbara Falk Award recognises overall teaching excellence in any of the following fields: Arts; Education; Law; and Fine Arts and Music.
David White Award for Teaching Excellence
The David White Award recognises overall teaching excellence in any of the following fields: Science; Health; Agriculture; and Veterinary Science.
Edward Brown Award for Teaching Excellence
The Edward Brown Award recognises overall teaching excellence in any of the following fields: Architecture; Design; Engineering; and Economics, Commerce and Business.
Award for Excellence and Innovation in Indigenous Higher Education
This award recognises excellence and innovation in the development of curricula and higher education programs where the subject matter relates to Indigenous Australians. For the purposes of this award, Indigenous higher education is a broad concept that embraces curricula and programs for Indigenous students; and curricula and programs for non-Indigenous students, where the subject matter relates to Indigenous Australians.
The activities described may include those within a faculty or course, and/or across the University, and/or reaching beyond the University in terms of community engagement. Examples could therefore include teaching Indigenous students, teaching Indigenous Studies, embedding projects about Indigenous development into other curricula, or preparing students to work with Indigenous communities.
The award is open to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff.
Norman Curry Award for Innovation and Excellence in Educational Programs
The Norman Curry Award recognises programs and initiatives in innovation and excellence in support of, and service to, teaching and learning including: distinctiveness, coherence and clarity of purpose; a positive influence on student learning and student engagement; breadth of impact; and concern for equity and diversity. The Award is open to individuals and teams providing projects or services relating to teaching and learning within any organisational unit of the University.
The nomination of programs involving professional staff members of the University is encouraged, as are programs involving collaboration with partner organisations.
Award for Excellence in Internationalisation of the Curriculum
This award recognises outstanding contributions to internationalising the curriculum, including either innovative use of international content or global expertise in subject content, or efforts to enhance engagement and interaction between different cohorts of students on campus. This may include the contribution made by individuals and/or teams of academic and/or professional staff to specific curricular or extracurricular programs or to the institutional relationships that enhance the University’s distinctive global standing.
Nomination Criteria for All Melbourne Teaching Excellence Awards
Nominators should provide evidence to support the nomination in the respective award category, using the forms of evidence that best makes their case. This may include but is not limited to the following:
- Approaches to learning and teaching that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn
- Development to curricula and resources that reflect a command of the field
- Approaches to assessment and feedback that foster independent learning
- Respect and support for the development of students as individuals
- Scholarly activities that have influenced and enhanced learning and teaching