UC Teaching Awards 2015
"Teaching awards recognise significant teaching-related achievements in both undergraduate and graduate programmes (including thesis supervision) . . ."
New development: in 2015 a new category of award will be offered by the University for the first time: a Teaching Innovation award.
- 12 January 2015: Nominations for UC Teaching Awards and the UC Teaching Medal will open;
- 16 February 2015: Deadlines for return of nominations;
- 2 March 2015: Invitation sent to successful nominees to submit full application;
- 24 April 2015: Deadline for receipt of application for teaching awards;
- 27 April 2015: Deadline for receipt of portfolio for teaching medal;
- 15 May 2015: Notification to successful candidates;
- 8 June 2015: Teaching Awards Ceremony.
The UC Teaching Awards were introduced to the University in 2001. A maximum of six 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.
As a first step, nominations for all teaching awards (including teaching innovation awards) must be submitted on the Teaching Award Nomination Form (Word 65KB). All nominations will be acknowledged and invitations will be sent out to those nominees who are sucessful at this stage to submit a full application.
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.
The next step is to complete a teaching portfolio and application form (Word, 32KB) or, if you are seeking recognition for a particular teaching innovation, you should complete a teaching innovation award application form (25KB). 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) to help you submit your portfolio.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)(Word, 19KB)
A new award has been designed this year 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.