What are Griffith Awards for Excellence in Teaching?

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 of sources of evidence which are integrated into the written application. The recommended pathway is that staff apply for a Group Learning and Teaching Citation in the first instance, proceeding to a Griffith Award for Excellence in Teaching in the future. This year, there is also a nomination-only Award, the Group Educational Leadership Awards (nominations submitted by senior leaders). 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 also receive an Excellence in Teaching medal at the relevant Graduation Ceremony.

The Vice Chancellor’s Awards for the Griffith University Teacher and Education Leader of the Year are awarded to the most outstanding recipients of these two categories.

The GAET scheme is managed by the Centre for Learning Futures. Learning Futures manages processes for providing advice in developing applications and the selection of (GAET) applicants.

2020 Key dates

Nominations close: Friday 21 August

Nominations are due by 4.00 pm on Friday 21 August.

GAET Nomination Form

Applications due: Wednesday 30 September

Applications are due by 4.00 pm on Wednesday 30 September.

How to submit your application

Award Categories

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 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. Nomination is open to individuals and teaching teams.

Application Instructions

Excellence in Teaching Awards

Group Active Learning Awards

The Group Active Learning Awards are open to academic and professional staff employed by one of the four Academic Groups who foster active, authentic and collaborative approaches to learning in their Academic Group that build students' professional capability and confidence. Nomination is open to individuals and teaching teams.

Application Instructions

Excellence in Teaching Awards

Group Excellence in Teaching Awards

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

Application Instructions

Excellence in Teaching Awards

Group Educational Leadership Awards

BY NOMINATION ONLY

Deputy Heads of School or Directors (Learning and Teaching), Heads of School, Deans (Learning and Teaching) and Pro Vice Chancellors may nominate 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. Nominations are assessed by the Selection Panel. This is a nomination only award category, staff may not apply, but rather recipients are selected based on the nomination submitted.

Nomination 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). Up to three Program Awards may be awarded.

Application Instructions

Please review the online modules for advice in relation to choosing a category.

Eligibility

The Application Instructions and Checklist for each Award category detail eligibility provisions. In summary, 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 and the Group Awards. In 2020, Sessional Academic Staff who meet all of these requirements but are not engaged or not actively teaching during Trimester 2 but were engaged in Trimester 1, will also be eligible to apply. For further information about the Sessional Academic Staff Award, please review the Application Instructions and Checklist for this category.

Nomination requirements

For all award categories, excepting the Group Educational Leadership Award, applications for the Awards are initiated by a nomination received either via :

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

Nominate a colleague for a Griffith Award for Excellence in Teaching or self-nominate via the GAET Nomination Form.

GAET Nomination Form

Online nominations close on at 4:00pm on Friday 21 August, 2020..

Please review the detailed Nomination Requirements before submitting a nomination.

Nomination Requirements

Please note that the Group Educational Leadership Award is conferred through a nomination-only process.

Deputy Heads of School or Directors (Learning and Teaching), Heads of School, Deans, Learning and Teaching or Pro Vice Chancellors only may nominate academic and professional staff from their Group for the Educational Leadership Award.

Group Educational Leadership Award Nomination Instructions

Application requirements

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 4.00 pm on Friday 21 August, 2020.

Application form

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

Excellence in Teaching category

Programs and Teams that Enhance Learning category

Submit your application

Submit your application using the Submission form link which will be made available closer to the due date. Late applications will not be accepted. If you have extenuating circumstances, please contact Learning Future (awards-sec@griffith.edu.au) in advance of the due date.

Important information and links

For applicants

Online modules

The Learning Futures Award and Grant Writing Modules aim to support eligible staff to develop applications that address the higher order criteria against which applications are assessed and meet the eligibility and compliance requirements of the schemes.

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

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. See below for contact details for your Academic Group.

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)

Assessment Process

The Griffith Learning and Teaching Academy Steering Committee, on receipt of nominations for the Awards, will establish Assessment Panels for each category to consider the applications. Where possible, panels will comprise a mix of academic representatives from all academic Groups, a member of the Griffith Learning and Teaching Academy Steering Committee, the Centre for Learning Futures, a previous award winner, a professional staff member, a student, and, as appropriate, staff with expertise in a specific category. Panel Chairs are responsible for assessing eligibility and compliance of the applications for their Panel.

For each of the Excellence in Teaching Award areas, the Selection Panel may:

  • grant one award;
  • grant more than one award where a number of applicants have demonstrated teaching excellence; or
  • grant no award where there are no applicants who, in the opinion of the Selection Panel, meet the criteria for the particular award; or
  • grant a Highly Commended Certificate to acknowledge and encourage teachers who are contributing to quality student learning; or
  • consider nominations under categories other than those nominated by applicants.

For the Programs and Teams that Enhance Learning Awards, where more than three awards are granted, the amount will be shared between winners.

Panels make recommendations to the Griffith Learning and Teaching Academy Steering Committee, who approves award recipients and forwards to the Learning and Teaching Committee for final endorsement. On conclusion of the selection process, all applicants will receive a letter containing advice on the outcome and feedback on their submission. Winners of Awards for Excellence in Teaching will receive medals at the next relevant Graduation Ceremony. Applicants from all categories who are conferred an award or highly commended will receive a certificate at the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Awards. Award recipients will be announced by the Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor.

Obligations of Award Recipients

Award holders are requested to participate in:

  • The relevant Graduation Ceremony to receive the Excellence in Teaching medal (excepting Program Award recipients);
  • The Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Awards to celebrate Griffith University's outstanding teachers;
  • Activities associated with the Celebrating Teaching Program, and other staff development programs in the role of mentors or workshop leaders on request;
  • The preparation, by invitation only, of an application for the Australian Awards for University Teaching;
  • To facilitate the recognition and dissemination of good practice to the University community, winners will be required, in collaboration with staff from Learning Futures, to make a brief (5 minutes) video summarising a key aspect or impact of their practice. Guidelines for structuring the video will be available from Learning Futures; and
  • Other promotional activities associated with the Awards on request

For Assessment Panels

Resources for assessment panels will be made available to Panel members via the LF Grants and Awards database (SharePoint site). For further enquiries please contact Learning Futures via awards-sec@griffith.edu.au

For further enquiries please contact Learning Futures via awards-sec@griffith.edu.au

Recognition and reward

Explore opportunities to receive recognition and reward of your learning and teaching practice