Recognition and reward opportunities for educators

This page provides an overview of the fellowship, award and grant opportunities available to you as an educator at Griffith.

Practising reflection, evaluation and scholarly inquiry are essential capabilities for attaining recognition and reward of your learning and teaching practice. The fact sheet below explains these capabilities and provides an overview of the types of evaluation data available.

Fact sheet: How can I work towards attaining recognition and reward?

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Available opportunities

The infographic below is designed to give you a quick overview of available recognition and reward opportunities. Each opportunity offers specific benefits, illustrated by the corresponding icons in each card.

By application

Recognition

HEA Fellowships@Griffith

Receive professional recognition for teaching and supporting learning in higher education and join the global community of fellows

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Awards

Group Learning and Teaching Citations

Be recognised and rewarded by your Academic Group for the effectiveness of your teaching or for an innovation/intervention in your courses and programs

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Awards

Griffith Awards for Excellence in Teaching

Be recognised and rewarded at the University level for the excellence of your teaching overall, within a priority area or for a Program

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Grants

Griffith Grants for Learning and Teaching

In 2020 the Griffith Strategic Learning and Teaching Grant will be offered. The Impactful Pedagogies – Students as Researchers strategic learning and teaching grant aims to foster innovation and best practice in learning and teaching across Griffith University. A total of up to $50,000 is being made available for a project that develops and promotes ‘students as researchers’ across the university.

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By invitation / nomination / conferral

Recognition

Griffith Learning and Teaching Academy

Join the Academy in recognition of your contributions to learning and teaching and for leadership of learning and teaching opportunities

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Awards

Vice Chancellor’s Awards for Griffith University Teacher and Education Leaders of the Year

Awarded to the most outstanding recipients of the Group Excellence in Teaching and Educational Leadership Awards categories each year

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Recognition

Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor Commendations

Receive recognition for very high student evaluations (SET) of your teaching

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Awards

Australian Awards for University Teaching

Be invited by the Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor to apply for National recognition and reward for the excellence of your teaching overall or for a Program.

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Receive a professional grant or project funding
Gain valuable evidence for your Academic Staff Career Development (ASCD) review
Be invited to join the Griffith Learning and Teaching Academy (GLTA)
Engage in opportunities to mentor colleagues
Share your learning and teaching practice with colleagues and publish learning and teaching project findings; engage in the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching (SoLT)

Recognition opportunities

HEA Fellowships@Griffith

HEA Fellowships@Griffith offer professional recognition for your commitment to teaching, supporting your colleagues in their teaching and to enhancing students’ learning experiences and outcomes.

Fellowships are globally recognised and portable across universities and are increasingly considered as part of the appointment and promotion process.

At Griffith you can attain Fellowship through four different Programs which have been accredited by Advance HE in the UK.

There are three “taught programs” where Fellowship is achieved through the successful completion of a program of study – including a variety of assessment tasks and workshops. Programs 1 and 2 have been accredited for Associate Fellow (AFHEA) and Program 3 for Fellow (FHEA).

Fellowship can also be attained through Program 4, the Learning and Teaching (L&T) Practice Program. This Program offers a supported route to achieve either Fellow (FHEA) or Senior Fellow (SFHEA) and involves a written, reflective application focusing on your past career experiences.

Information about choosing the right program is available on the HEA Fellowships@Griffith website.

Learn more about HEA Fellowships@Griffith

Griffith Learning and Teaching Academy

Membership of the Griffith Learning and Teaching Academy is by invitation of the Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor. Staff are eligible to be invited to join the Academy in three different ways:

  • on receiving an institutional Citation and/or Award;
  • on receiving a national (AAUT) Citation and/or Award; and/or
  • conferral of HEA Fellowship.

The Academy provides members with rich opportunities for networking, practice sharing, collaboration, career development as well as a community for strategic conversations. It also has a strategic role in leading enhancement and innovation and provides opportunities for our exemplary Griffith educators to contribute to transforming ‘how we do learning and teaching at Griffith’.

Members are expected and encouraged to actively contribute to advancing learning and teaching excellence and innovation at Griffith.

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Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor Commendations

Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor Commendations are awarded to staff members who have achieved outstanding SETs for their courses. Staff members must have evaluations with a mean of greater than 4.8 for all items, a minimum response rate of 40%, and a minimum class size of 25 for undergraduate courses and 15 for postgraduate courses.

Applications are not required, Commendations are conferred at the end of each trimester following analysis of student evaluations.

See the list of Commendation recipients

There are also opportunities for recognition of your teaching practice through Group-based schemes. See your Group and School websites for more information about these schemes.

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Award opportunities

Citations and Awards

Griffith Citations and Awards recognise sustained influence and impact on student learning, student engagement or the overall student experience, scholarly approaches and learning and teaching innovation.

Citations and Awards are conferred through an application process which requires that staff present a case for effectiveness and excellence against criteria supported by a range of evidence to substantiate claims. The Griffith Awards for Excellence in Teaching is a University wide scheme. The Group Learning and Teaching Citations are awarded by each Academic Group.

The Australian Awards for University Teaching is the National learning and teaching awards scheme. Nominations for National Citations and Awards at Griffith are by invitation of the Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor. Contact the Manager (Grants, Awards and Fellowships) for further information.

When should I apply for a Citation or Award?

The pathway below aims to guide staff in planning to apply for a citation or award based on their learning and teaching contributions over time.

Recommended Awards Pathways

I am new to teaching

I have been teaching or supporting learning for at least two years at Griffith, and have gathered evidence of the effectiveness of my teaching overall or of an innovation or intervention in my courses or programs

Please review the Griffith Citations and Awards for Excellence in Teaching websites, Applicant Instructions and Checklist and complete the relevant Online Writing Modules to plan your application. Connect with a mentor or colleague who can provide feedback on a draft application. These resources and further information are available on the Citations and Awards website.

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Grant opportunities

2020 Griffith Strategic Learning and Teaching Grant

The Impactful Pedagogies – Students as Researchers strategic learning and teaching grant aims to foster innovation and best practice in learning and teaching across Griffith University. The grant is intended to facilitate the enhancement of learning and teaching practices, procedures and environments within strategic areas identified in the University’s Academic Plan 2020-2025: Creating a Future for All, through the development and promotion of students as researchers in learning and teaching.

A total of up to $50,000 is being made available for a project that develops and promotes ‘students as researchers’ across the university. Students as researchers is a pedagogic approach that supports students in their engagement with research within and/or beyond the formal curriculum, with the aim of furthering their own knowledge and understanding, and contributing to the broader knowledge base of disciplinary learning and/ or learning and teaching theory and practice more broadly (Walkington, 2015, Werner & Otis, 2009).

Team members should be drawn from across the university. Student partners must be included on the project team in substantive roles.

When should I apply for a Griffith Strategic Learning and Teaching Grant?
  • Does your proposed project align with the strategic priority: developing and promoting students as researchers in learning and teaching?
  • Can you and your proposed project team demonstrate a track record of delivering on similar projects?
  • Are you on a continuing appointment?

If you satisfy the above requirements, consider applying for a Griffith Grant for Learning and Teaching.

Staff appointed on a short contract or sessional basis may be team members on an application. Similarly, Griffith students who are named on the grant should be enrolled for the proposed duration of the project.

Please review the Griffith Grants for Learning and Teaching website, Application Instructions and complete the relevant Online Writing Modules to plan your application. Connect with a mentor or colleague who can provide feedback on a draft application. These resources and further information are available on the Grants website.

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Find opportunities by career stage

A range of learning and teaching recognition and reward opportunities are available to academic and teaching support staff at Griffith. The below resources present reward and recognition opportunities in relation to career stages:

Academic staff

Sessional academic Early career academic Mid-career academic Senior academic

Teaching support staff

Early-mid career teaching support Senior teaching support

These documents can be used by staff and supervisors to plan reward and recognition opportunities and pathways. As the opportunities vary in eligibility and complexity, staff may decide to follow a particular pathway, building on their experience and achievements as they progress through their career.

The document below provides an overview of all available opportunities.

All career profiles

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Celebrating Remarkable Teachers

Visit the Celebrating Remarkable Teachers website to read interviews with Griffith University's award winning teachers. Our colleagues share genuine accounts of what motivates and inspires their practice, and the rewards and challenges of innovating in learning and teaching. Take a few minutes to read some of these great practice stories from a cross section of our vibrant Griffith learning and teaching community.