Science

Teaching Awards

 

Government Awards

The Australian Government offers awards for university teaching through the Department of Education and Training. The annual Australian Awards for University Teaching program is funded through the Promotion of Excellence in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PELTHE) program and the Enhancing the Training of Mathematics and Science Teachers program. Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning are presented at a series of state-based ceremonies during the second half of the year.  National Awards for Teaching Excellence, including the Australian University Teacher of the Year, and awards for Programs that Enhance Learning are presented to recipients at a national ceremony in Canberra at the end of the year.

To find out more go to: 

https://www.education.gov.au/learning-and-teaching

For information on how to nomiate for the Australian Awards for University Teaching, go to:

https://www.education.gov.au/how-nominate-australian-awards-university-teaching

These Government awards replace those formerly offered by the Office of Learning and Teaching. However, ongoing grants and fellowships (awarded through the Office for Learning and Teaching) will continue to be funded through PELTHE to the end of their scheduled timelines. 

 

Previous winners of Government Awards from the Faculty of Science

  • Associate Professor Chris Tisdell, School of Mathematics and Statistics: Award for Teaching Excellence 2014

  • Associate Professor Louise Lutze-Mann, School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences: Award for Teaching Excellence 2014

  • Dr Sue Morris, School of Psychology: Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning 2014

  • Associate Professor Jacquelyn Cranney, School of Psychology: Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning 2014

 

Other external award winners from the Faculty of Science

Associate Professor Louise Lutze-Mann, School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences: Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education Award 2013

 

University Awards

Internally the University promotes excellence in Teaching and Learning through the annual Vice-Chancellors Awards for Teaching Excellence, Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, Programs that Enhance Learning and the Heinz Harant Award for Teaching Innovation. Nominations close during September each year. There are a number of categories covering a broad range of teaching contribution as shown below:

 

Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Teaching Excellence

  • Award for Teaching Excellence (General)

  • Award for Teaching Excellence (Early Career)

 

Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

These awards recognise individuals or groups of staff.

 

Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning

  • Programs targeting Widening Participation

  • Programs targeting Innovation in Curricula, Learning and Teaching

  • Programs targeting Educational Partnerships and Collaborations with Other Organisations

  • Programs targeting the First Year Experience

  • Programs targeting Flexible Learning and Teaching

  • Programs targeting Services Supporting Student Learning

  • Programs targeting Global Citizenship and Internationalisation

 

Heinz Harant Award for Teaching Innovation

This award recognises individuals whose innovation has fundamentally challenged orthodoxy in teaching in their disciplinary context. It may be awarded to ONE winner, regardless of category of nomination.

 

Further details regarding University Awards can be found here

https://www.hr.unsw.edu.au/employee/acad/vcate.html

 

2015 recipients of Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Teaching Excellence in the Faculty of Science

 

  • Dr Elizabeth Angstmann, School of Physics (General Category)

  • Dr Rebecca LeBard, School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (General Category)

  • Dr Nalini Pather, School of Medical Sciences (General Category)

  • Associate Professor Patsie Polly, School of Medical Sciences (General Category)

  • Dr Luke Hunter, School of Chemistry (Early Career)

  • Dr Pramod Koshy, School of Materials Science and Engineering (Early Career)

 

 
 
Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in the Faculty of Science 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 


 
  • Dr Thomas Britz, School of Mathematics and Statistics

  • Dr Thomas Fath, School of Medical Sciences

  • Dr Trevor Lewis, School of Medical Sciences

  • Dr Michael Kasumovic, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

  • Ms Stella Sheeba, School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences 

 

Previous recipients of Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Teaching Excellence in the Faculty of Science

 

  • Dr Karen Gibson, School of Medical Sciences (General Category) 2014

  • Associate Professor Norman Wildberger, School of Mathematics and Statistics (General Category) 2013

  • Dr Nick Fewster-Young, School of Mathematics and Statistics (Sessional Teaching) 2013

 

Faculty Awards

The Faculty of Science also offers our own Awards for Teaching Excellence. 

Previous winners of Faculty of Science teaching awards include:

  • Professor Mike Archer, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences: Best Lecturer (as voted by students) 2015

  • Dr Maria Markoulli, School of Optometry and Vision Science: Excellence in Teaching 2015

  • Associate Professor Tom Denson, School of Psychology: Excellence in Teaching 2015

  • Associate Professor Lenny Vartanian, School of Psychology: Excellence in Teaching 2015

  • Mr Dominic Tran, School of Psychology: Excellence in Small Group Teaching 2015

  • Jarod Yan Liang Lee, School of Mathematics and Statistics: Excellence in Small Group Teaching 2015

  • Associate Professor Louise Lutze-Mann, School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular SciencesBest Lecturer (as voted by students) 2014

  • Mr Milan Pahor, School of Mathematics and Statistics: Excellence in Teaching 2014

  • Dr Pramod Koshy, School of Materials Science and Engineering: Excellence in Teaching 2014

  • Dr Alexandr Usachev, School of Mathematics and Statistics: Excellence in Sessional Teaching 2014

  • Associate Professor Michele Madigan, School of Optometry and Vision Science: Best Lecturer (as voted by students) 2013

  • Dr Thomas Whitford, School of Psychology: Excellence in Teaching 2013

  • Mr Adam Bove, School of Psychology: Excellence in Sessional Teaching 2013

 

General enquiries about the awards can be sent to: j.buckley@unsw.edu.au