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.

Professor Paul White
Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2022

Professor White has led transformational change in pharmacy and pharmacology education, as Associate Dean Education of his Faculty, ranked #1 in the world in Pharmacy and Pharmacology. Over 20 years, he has developed models that enable educators to engage students in deep, sustained learning and explicit skills development at scale, thereby impacting many thousands of students and educators around the world. His innovative model of concept-based problem-solving produced dramatic increases in pharmacy student exam performance, and long-term retention of applied knowledge. His Active Learning model transformed the culture of his faculty and has impacted educators around the world. He conceived and co-leads an international project involving educators from 22 countries which has identified consensus Core Concepts of his discipline. In assessment, he has contributed to the development of pharmacy student skills via a reflective practice model. He led an award-winning “four pillars” faculty approach to pharmacy and pharmaceutical science curricula, which has produced graduates with improved knowledge and skills as assessed by their employers. His leadership has impacted education programs across Australia’s largest university. Professor White has won faculty, university, national and international teaching awards for his innovative teaching models and educational research that has been transformative for his discipline.

Associate Professor Michelle Lazarus
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, 2021

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
Faculty of Arts, 2018

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
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, 2018

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
techniques including student learning and cost-effectiveness measures. Simone has published and presented internationally in clinical educational research. Simone is an Associate Fellow for the Australia and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators. She has received over $70,000 in grants  for educational research which she uses to improve students and graduate outcomes.

Dr Simon Angus
Faculty of Business and Economics, 2017

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
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, 2017


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 
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, 2021
Professor Marilyn Baird, Dr Kirsten Schliephake, Dr Allie Ford and Dr Liesl Heinrich

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.

Mastering Academic and Research Skills (MARS): strengthening academic pathways from orientation to graduation

Faculty of Business and Monash University Library
Ms Josephine Hook, Dr Nell Kimberley, Ms Leanne McCann, Mr Damian Gleeson, Ms Anne Taib, Mr Andrew Dixon, Mr David Horne and Mr Erik Beyersdorf

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

National Health Education and Training in Simulation (NHET-Sim)

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, 2015

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.

The program has an extraordinary national reach, ensuring that a diverse range of teachers and students have access to quality learning and teaching through simulation. It has a particular focus on rural participants, and ensuring that simulation based education can be well utilised in the most  remote  parts of Australia

Diploma of Tertiary Studies Pathway (DoTS)
Faculty of Arts, 2012

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.

2022 winners

Pharmacokinetics and Drug Delivery Education Team

A/Prof Cornelia Landersdorf, Dr David Shackleford,

Dr Yasmin Samak, A/Prof Joseph Nicolazzo

Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Successful design and implementation of career-relevant simulations and their applications to real-life scenarios, for training pharmaceutical scientists in modern industry-relevant skills.

Team FPP

Prof Rob Hyndman, Prof George Athanasopoulos

Faculty of Business and Economics

For revolutionising forecast education through the development of an innovative, open-access, online textbook, and associated teaching resources.

Animating Science Team
Prof Helen Abud, A/Prof Priscilla Johanesen and Dr. Danielle Rhodes

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute

For inspiring students to creatively engage in biological science education by animating molecular and cellular biology concepts

Gukwonderuk Indigenous Academic Team
Prof Karen Adams, Ms Colleen Kelly, Ms Petah Atkinson, Ms Rose Gilby and Dr. Doris Paton

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

For Gukwonderuk Indigenous Academic Team leading change in cultural safety and Indigenous health education

Collaborative Care Curriculum
A/Prof Fiona Kent, Mrs Amanda Anderson, Prof Tina Brock, A/Prof Arunaz Kumar, Mrs Lorraine Walker and A/Prof Caroline Wright
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

For Collaborative Care Curriculum
A cross-faculty leadership team co-designed, implemented and evaluated an innovative Collaborative Care Curriculum to prepare health students for the critical skill of collaborative healthcare practice

2020 winners

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.

2019 winners

A/Prof. Barbara Kemp-Harper & A/Prof Elizabeth Davis 
Faculty of MNHS

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

2018 winners

Ms Charanjit Kaur
Monash Business School

For innovative and collaborative
approaches that motivate learning
and teaching of Statistics and achieve cohort-wide consistently
high standards of teaching.

Associate Professor
Adam Clulow

Faculty of Arts

For development of innovative
and imaginative Digital
Humanities resources that have driven student engagement and learning.

Mr Nick Parkin Faculty of Arts

Innovation in Practical
Journal Technology and Overseas Programs.

2017 winners

A/Prof Kirsten McLean
Faculty of Arts

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
Faculty of MNHS

For student-centred active learning strategies that engage biomedical, medical, nutrition and science undergraduates and enhance their learning of Physiology

Dr Jamie Walvisch
Faculty of Law

For the creation of technologically augmented, student-centric teaching approaches that enhance the learning and engagement of law students.

Dr Russell Anderson
Faculty of Science

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.

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.

Award Program

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.

Categories include:

  • 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.