UC Teaching Awards 2017
Teaching awards recognise significant teaching-related achievements in both undergraduate and graduate programmes (including thesis supervision). Teaching Innovation awards recognise a substantial contribution in a particular new area.
From 2017, there will no longer be a separate nomination step in the process.
- 9 January 2017: Applications for UC Teaching Awards and the UC Teaching Medal will open;
- 1 March 2017: Deadlines for return of applications;
- 3 April 2017: Notification to successful candidates;
- 6 June 2017: Teaching Awards Ceremony.
The UC Teaching Awards were introduced to the University in 2001. A maximum of four standard Teaching Awards may be made annually across the University, plus up to two Teaching Innovation awards in recognition of a special contribution.
All awards recognise excellence in teaching (including thesis supervision) in both undergraduate and graduate programmes.
Applications for all teaching awards (including teaching innovation awards) must be submitted on the teaching portfolio and application form (Word, 31KB) or, if you are seeking recognition for a particular teaching innovation, you should complete a teaching innovation award application form (21KB). Both forms contain all the information you need to prepare and submit a portfolio. You may also wish to look through the UC Teaching Award Nominee Information (Word, 21KB) or the UC Teaching Innovation Award Nominee Information (Word, 15KB) to help you submit your portfolio.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)(Word, 17KB)
For general teaching awards, the sub-committee will be looking for evidence that the nominee (individually or as a team) :
- has maintained over a significant time-frame, high quality teaching practices which engage students and promote effective learning appropriate to the subject level and the background of the students;
-is proactive in their professional development as a teacher;
-has had a positive influence on the teaching practice and/or the professional development of colleagues with respect to teaching and learning - either within their organisation or more widely;
- has demonstrated commitment, creativity and innovation in their teaching and made a unique contribution in their role as a teacher.
For Teaching Innovation awards, the sub-committee will be looking for evidence that the nominee (individually or as a team) has clear, documented evidence of the positive impact the teaching innovation has had in relation to at least three of the following:
- student achievement
- student retention/enrolment numbers
- student engagement
- bicultural competence and confidence
- Interdisciplinary integration
- collaborative teaching and/or academic inquiry between Colleges/Schools/Departments
- broader adoption of the innovative approach in other contexts.
It is expected that the innovation will be transferable to other teaching disciplines.
A new award was designed in 2015 by Aaron Beehre from the School of Fine Arts. It takes as a basis the concept of the previous award designed by Hamish Meikle exploring the notions of an axe head shape, varying from rough to smooth and blunt to sharp, expressing the sense of directional or guiding experiences symbolic of the activities of teaching and learning. Building on this framework, the new awards incorporate reclaimed timbers from post-earthquake Christchurch, whilst retaining the original design sunk into the wood in resin. The teaching awards are made from rimu, the teaching innovation awards are made from jarrah. Each award is unique, reflecting the individual nature of the wood and the award recipients, people who are prepared to make a difference – tangata tū, tangata ora.