Australian Awards for University Teaching
The Monash Education Academy believes in celebrating educators who are making a difference at Monash. We recognise innovative and dedicated colleagues who are passionate about education and student-centred learning by supporting them to apply for an AAUT award and assisting them through the writing process.
The AAUT recognises the impact that educators have on the learning and teaching experiences and outcomes of university students. They promote excellence in learning and teaching in all aspects of higher education. Recipients, with the support of their institutions, contribute to systemic change in learning and teaching through the ongoing sharing and dissemination of knowledge.
Meet Our Monash Award Winners!
Awards for Teaching Excellence
To recognise Australia’s most outstanding university teachers who have demonstrated excellence, leadership and sustained commitment to teaching and learning in higher education.
Associate Professor Michelle Lazarus
Associate Professor Michelle Lazarus is driven by a desire to impact student learning both within and beyond her field of clinical anatomy. Her innovative, evidence-based curricular adaptations are globally implemented because of their efficacy in balancing science discipline content with clinical skill development. Her award recognises approaches that challenge traditional separation of theoretical content from clinical skills. She passionately advocates for evidence-based educational initiatives, and the unification of discipline content with clinical context locally, nationally, and internationally. Her work, often challenging unproven educational conventions, yields purposely developed, innovative and effective clinical anatomy resources and teaching practices. Her recent work in fostering learner uncertainty tolerance (UT) is innovative and has prompted change in educational approaches across sectors nationally and internationally.
Professor Alistair Thomson
Professor Alistair Thomson has established an international reputation for path-breaking history teaching. Central to his teaching is a commitment to students learning history by making history. By researching and producing histories students not only learn about the past and its significance; they also develop invaluable transferable skills that equip them for study, work and citizenship. Through innovative teaching partnerships with industry and community organisations, Thomson’s students undertake real-life research and learn about working in the history and cultural industries. As an educational leader Thomson has spearheaded departmental curriculum development, mentored early career academics to become skilled and successful teachers, and produced internationally-renowned resources for history education.
Associate Professor Simone Gibson
Associate Professor Simone Gibson prepares students to reach clinical competency and to gain employment in the fast paced and often stressful hospital environment. She engages work-based educators and promotes teaching excellence for work-integrated learning. Simone’s teaching and learning strategies are multi-faceted and include simulation and real-life patient interactions. She uses a range of evaluation
Dr Simon Angus seeks to create learning experiences that will provide his students with the ability to navigate complexity beyond the classroom. His approach to teaching uses economics as a lens to which solutions can be posed to a wide range of real world global problems. By adopting this approach, Dr Angus is able to make economics inspiring for his students and cover highly technical content in a manner where the relevance is immediately apparent. Dr Angus provides students with the skills of broad-based critical thinking and collaboration that will enable them to be effective problem solvers and leaders in the agile, team-based enterprises, industries and professions of tomorrow.
Associate Professor Claire Palermo
Associate Professor Claire Palermo has inspired and educated over 700 dietetics students to consider and address the underlying issues to eating well, as well as developing their research skills so they are equipped to contribute evidence for improved practice. Associate Professor Palermo has also mobilised a community of dietetics educators to change their assessment approaches. She has led the transformation of national competency standards for dietitians by engaging a broad group of industry and professional stakeholders so that dietitians are better prepared to manage the complex nutrition issues in our society and improve the health of the individuals and communities they serve.
Award for Programs that Enhance Learning
To recognise learning and teaching programs or services that make innovative and outstanding contributions to student learning and/or the quality of the student experience.
Integrating Science and Practice (iSAP) authentic learning and assessment program
iSAP adopts an innovative and authentic approach to assessment to support the development of graduates who are critical thinkers and able to actively engage with case scenarios and professional issues to make informed decisions and reflect on their practice. The program integrates the elements necessary for students to develop expertise through sound theoretical knowledge, practical application, metacognitive and reflective skills.
Engaging in the five elements of an iSAP allows students to think and act as practitioners, preparing them for similar situations in placements or future careers and ensuring the best possible outcome for their client/patient through use of evidence coupled with reflection in action and reflection on action.
MARS is a model for the development of academic and research skills of masters coursework students to support their learning and maximise success in their studies.
The model is designed by a partnership of academics, library and educational design staff to give students multiple entry points to resources across a variety of platforms. Students learn, practise and are assessed on academic and professional skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, reflective practice and professional communication in a coordinated, integrated and supported way, preparing them for the global workplace
Simulation based education is a crucial component of modern health care education.The National Health Education and Training in Simulation program is designed to teach educators how to use simulation methodologies and also to introduce simulation’s role in enhancing learning in clinical environments.
DoTS provides an alternative entry pathway that is equivalent to the first year of a university undergraduate course.
It is a one year program that lets students begin studying towards their Monash course from day one. Students have the flexibility to choose a stream which then forms the first year of their course, and determines to which Monash course they progress.
Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
These awards recognise and reward the diversity of contributions made by individuals and teams to the quality of student learning.
Animating Science Team
Gukwonderuk Indigenous Academic Team
For Gukwonderuk Indigenous Academic Team leading change in cultural safety and Indigenous health education
Collaborative Care Curriculum
For Collaborative Care Curriculum
Associate Professor Annette Bos and David Robertson
Monash Sustainable Development Institute
For design of an interdisciplinary Masters unit which empowers students to confront and address complex problems and collaborate, innovate and influence change toward sustainability.
Ms Gitanjali Bedi
Monash Sustainable Development Institute
For impactful, collaborative and ‘real-world’ teaching and learning approaches that influence, motivate, inspire and prepare business students beyond university for positive societal impact.
Associate Professor Ruth Jeanes
Faculty of Education
For the development of innovative partnerships and pedagogies that inspire and support student pre-service teachers to develop inclusive practices.
A/Prof. Barbara Kemp-Harper & A/Prof Elizabeth Davis
For innovative teaching approaches to enhance career awareness and employability skills of students studying pharmacology
A/Prof Nicholas McGuigan
Faculty of Business and Economics
For transforming how accounting students think about their careers through future-oriented, participatory and creative teaching and assessment design
Dr. Felix Nobis
Faculty of Arts
For developing students’ intercultural, interdisciplinary and teamwork capabilities through innovative oral communication, drama and art pedagogies
Dr Erica Sloan
Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
For training pharmacists of the future with skills and personal capacities that equip them for the complex healthcare workplaces of the twenty-firs
Ms Charanjit Kaur
For innovative and collaborative
For development of innovative
Mr Nick Parkin Faculty of Arts
Innovation in Practical
A/Prof Kirsten McLean
For creating an inclusive learning environment that motivates and inspires diverse cohorts of sociology students studying human sexuality, enhancing achievement and the overall student experience.
A/Prof Julia Choate
For student-centred active learning strategies that engage biomedical, medical, nutrition and science undergraduates and enhance their learning of Physiology
Dr Jamie Walvisch
Dr Russell Anderson
For inspiring students towards scientific skill development by demonstrating live programming and interactive visualisations in physics lectures.
How to apply
Staff who have been previous recipients of a Vice-Chancellor’s Education Excellence Award and who have been identified as eligible for the AAUT, will be invited by the MEA to submit an AAUT application. Applicants are supported through the process via a mentoring program and resources.
The 2022 program will become available in May 2022.
Monash staff can access Information on developing an awards application in the Awards: Recognising Excellence module, which provides an array of resources to support the development of high quality submissions.
Citations For Outstanding Contributions To Student Learning (Citations)
Citations recognise and reward the diversity of contributions made by individuals and teams to the quality of student learning. They are awarded to individuals or teams who have contributed to the quality of student learning in a specific area of responsibility over a sustained period, whether they are academic staff, general staff, sessional staff or institutional associates.
Awards For Programs That Enhance Learning (Program Awards)
Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning recognise learning and teaching programs or services that make innovative and outstanding contributions to student learning and/or the quality of the student experience. They are awarded to programs and services that have set high standards for education support in Australian universities.
- Student experience that supports diversity and inclusive practices
- Collaborative educational partnerships in learning and teaching
- Curriculum transformation and innovative pedagogy
- Work integrated learning (WIL) programs that value and enhance student employability
Awards For Teaching Excellence (Teaching Awards)
Awards for Teaching Excellence recognise Australia’s most outstanding university teachers or teaching teams who have demonstrated excellence, leadership and sustained commitment to teaching and learning in higher education. Teaching Awards reward the enrichment of student experiences and the improvement of learning outcomes through innovation and the delivery of quality teaching over a sustained period.
Award For Australian University Teacher Of The Year
The Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year is the premier university teaching award. Among the Teaching Award recipients, one individual with an exceptional record of advancing student learning, educational leadership and scholarly contribution to learning and teaching will be awarded the Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year.
In selecting the recipient of the Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year, particular attention is given to the evidence demonstrating advanced skills in evaluation and reflective practice; participation in and contribution to professional activities related to learning and teaching; coordination, management and the leadership of courses and student learning; publication of research related to teaching; and demonstration of leadership through activities that have broad influence on the profession.
Career Achievement Award
The Career Achievement Award is occasionally awarded to one or more individuals who have:
- Made an outstanding contribution to learning and teaching.
- Been recognised for the impact they have had on the higher education sector.
- Achievements that have had a major influence and left an enduring legacy.
- Served in higher education capacity for at least 25 years.