Recognising and rewarding teachers, teaching teams, professional staff and programs for their contributions to student learning

Griffith Awards for Excellence in Teaching (GAET) are awarded by the University to recognise and reward teachers, teaching teams, professional staff and programs for their contributions to student learning. GAET are awarded on the basis of a University-wide competitive application process.

Submitting an application requires staff to present a succinct, well-argued case for excellence against the designated criteria for the particular award category that is supported by a wide range and sources of evidence which are integrated into the written application. It is a great way to receive recognition for your achievements in learning and teaching, and share your great practice or innovations!

GAET recipients are presented with a Certificate at the annual Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Awards, and an Excellence in Teaching medal at the relevant Graduation Ceremony, and also receive a $3,000 professional grant ($4,000 each for Programs and Teams that Enhance Learning Award) which is to be used for the recipient’s own professional development as university teachers or for Program awards, to maintain or extend the service or activity outlined in the award application.

2019 key dates

Week 4, Trimester 1

Scheme open

The Griffith Citations and Awards for Excellence in Teaching scheme opens.

Monday 10 June (Student vacation period)

Nominations close

Griffith Awards for Excellence in Teaching nominations close at 5.00 pm. Nomination form.

Monday 15 July (Week 2, Trimester 2)

Applications due

Griffith Awards for Excellence in Teaching applications are due by 5.00 pm. Submit your application.

Key dates flyer

Download the 2019 Awards and Grants key dates flyer to print and share with colleagues

Available award opportunities

Excellence in Teaching Awards

The Excellence in Teaching Awards Category comprises 15 awards which are available on an annual basis.

Four Excellence in Teaching Group Awards, four Educational Leadership Group Awards and four Active Learning Group Awards are offered, one for each of the Griffith Academic Groups:

  • Arts, Education and Law
  • Griffith Business School
  • Griffith Health
  • Griffith Sciences

Three Excellence in Teaching Priority Area Awards:

  • Early Career Award
  • Sessional Academic Staff Award
  • Innovative Assessment Award

Program Awards

Up to 3 Programs and Teams that Enhance Learning Awards, across the following 6 areas may be awarded:

  • Widening participation
  • Educational partnerships and collaborations with other organisations
  • Innovation and flexibility in curricula, learning and teaching
  • Postgraduate education
  • Student experiences and services supporting learning, development and growth in higher education and the quality of the first-year student experience.
  • Global citizenship and internationalisation

Award Categories

Not sure which Griffith Awards for Excellence in Teaching category is the best fit for you? We recommend taking a look at the online modules to help you make a decision about which category to apply for.

Excellence in Teaching Priority Area Awards

Sessional Academic Staff Award

The Sessional Academic Staff Award is open to sessional academic staff engaged on an hourly basis across a designated trimester/teaching period that includes a sessional loading. Sessional staff who are employed on less than a 50% basis, have taught for a minimum of three trimester/teaching periods at Griffith and are actively teaching at the time of the application submission are eligible to apply for this award.

Application Instructions

Excellence in Teaching Priority Area Awards

Early Career Award

The Early Career Award is open to staff with no more than five years' cumulative experience teaching in higher education institutions. The five years can be non-sequential and must be counted on a trimester/teaching period basis. This includes all tutoring and part-time teaching experience in higher education.

Application Instructions

Excellence in Teaching Awards

Group Active Learning Awards

The Group Active Learning Awards are open to all staff (academic and professional) who foster active, authentic and collaborative approaches to learning in their Academic Group that build students' professional capability and confidence.

Application Instructions

Excellence in Teaching Priority Area Awards

Innovative Assessment Award

The Innovative Assessment Award is open to all staff (academic and professional) who design and manage innovative and authentic assessment for learning.

Application Instructions

Excellence in Teaching Awards

Group Excellence in Teaching Award

The four Group Excellence in Teaching Awards are open to all academic staff of the University teaching in their particular Academic Group. Nomination is open to individuals and teaching teams.

Application Instructions

Excellence in Teaching Awards

Group Educational Leadership Awards

The Group Educational Leadership Awards are open to academic and professional staff who lead innovation and drive transformation in learning and teaching in their Academic Group that enables staff and students to succeed. Leadership of learning and teaching may be demonstrated at one or more levels: at the degree program, School, Group or University level.

Application Instructions

Program Awards

Programs and Teams that Enhance Learning Awards

The Programs and Teams that Enhance Learning Awards category recognises an activity, a suite of activities with a common purpose, an undergraduate or postgraduate degree program, or a service that enhances student learning or engagement. In order to be eligible to apply, a Program initiative must have been fully operational for a minimum of three years (or six trimesters/teaching periods).

Application Instructions

Eligibility

The Griffith Awards for Excellence in Teaching are open to all academic and professional staff employed by the University on a 50% or more basis, with the exception of the Sessional Academic Staff Award. Check the Griffith Citations and Awards for Teaching Excellence Guidelines to confirm your eligibility to apply.

Griffith Citations and Awards for Teaching Excellence Guidelines

Nomination requirements

Applications for the Excellence in Teaching Awards are initiated by a nomination received either via :

  • a Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Commendation (student nomination) or
  • staff nomination (self or peer nominations).

Staff who have attained a Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Commendation receive a letter from the DVC(A) advising this and are also listed on the DVC(A) Commendations page.

You can self-nominate via the online nomination form. Online nominations close on Monday 10 June, 2019.

GAET Nomination Form

Applicants for the Group Educational Leadership Award require a nomination from either their Head of School or Deputy Head or Director Learning and Teaching. If the staff member is a Dean, Learning and Teaching, a nomination for this award category is required from their Pro Vice Chancellor.

Nominations remain current for a period of two years.

Application requirements overview

Please review the Guidelines and Application Instructions for detailed application requirements for your chosen Award category. The following overview focuses on Excellence in Teaching Award applications.

File 1

Cover sheet

Application endorsed by the applicant’s Head of School/Department and Supervisor as indicated by their signatures on the cover sheet.

Written statement

The 5 page written statement should address all designated award-specific assessment criteria, supported by a range of relevant evidence to substantiate claims. The Sessional Staff Award category requires a minimum response of 3 pages. Examples of student data, peer data and external benchmarking data sources that may be used as evidence to support claims are listed in the Guidelines ("Potential Sources of Evidence").

References

Two signed and dated professional references.

File 2

Appendix Index

Experience@Griffith Individual Reports (SET and SEC)

For applications which focus on particular courses, append copies of Experience@Griffith Individual Reports for all offerings of courses for which claims of excellence are made (SET and SEC). Educational Leadership Group Award applicants only need append SET and SEC if the application refers to courses taught.

OUA, Griffith Online and School of Medicine Problem Based Learning evaluations may be used  instead of/or to complement Griffith evaluations in accordance with the Guidelines.

Curriculum Vitae or Academic Portfolio

Application and submission forms

Application instructions

Nomination form

Nominate a colleague for a Griffith Award for Excellence in Teaching. You can also self nominate (for all categories except the Group Educational Leadership Award).

GAET Nomination Form

Nominations close at 5.00 pm on Monday 10 June, 2019.

Application form

Download and complete the GAET Application form for your chosen award type (Excellence in Teaching OR Programs that Enhance Learning). This comprises the cover sheet, written statement and appendix. Save as two separate PDFs as detailed in the Guidelines. Upload both PDFs using the Submission form link below.

Excellence in Teaching category

Programs that Enhance Learning category

Submit your application

Submissions closed at 5.00 pm on Monday 15 July, 2019.

Guidelines

Read the Griffith Citations and Awards for Excellence in Teaching Guidelines to ensure you are eligible to apply, and get detailed requirements and instructions for preparing your application.

Read the Guidelines

Online modules

The Learning Futures Award and Grant Writing Modules aim to support eligible staff to develop applications for Group Learning and Teaching Citations, Griffith Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Griffith Grants for Learning and Teaching that address the higher order criteria against which applications are assessed and meet the eligibility and compliance requirements of the Griffith Awards and Citations for Excellence in Teaching Guidelines and the Griffith Grants for Learning and Teaching Scheme Guidelines.

All applicants are requested to complete the modules before submitting an application.

To access the modules via Learning@Griffith:

  1. Login to Learning@Griffith
  2. Go to the Organisations Tab
  3. Enter Learning Futures Award and Grant Writing Modules in the Organisation Search field and click Go
  4. Click on the link GIHE_LAT_AWARD
  5. In the left menu click Self Enrol

Go to Learning@Griffith

Professional learning for educators

If you are new to teaching, or have not previously undertaken studies in learning and teaching in higher education, we recommend engaging with Learning Futures' Professional Learning opportunities which are provided across a variety of formats, including via online self-paced resources as well as face to face workshops, seminars, orientation programs and special events.

Professional learning

Mentors and feedback

Deans (Learning and Teaching) will provide an appropriate mentor on request for applicants from their Academic Group, and peers who will be able to provide feedback on a final draft of an application.

Arts, Education and Law

Contact Office of the Dean (Learning and Teaching)

Griffith Business School

Hazel Jones, Learning and Teaching Consultant (Curriculum)

Griffith Health

Contact Georgina Sanger, Learning and Teaching Consultant (Curriculum)

Griffith Sciences

Contact Office of the Dean (Learning and Teaching)

Advice on eligibility criteria

Learning Futures staff will provide initial advice on eligibility criteria on request, prior to application submission. Email awards-sec@griffith.edu.au or contact the Manager (Grants, Awards and Fellowships).

Celebrating Remarkable Teachers

Be inspired by our 2018 Griffith Awards for Excellence in Teaching recipients