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.


Award Categories

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.

2020 Guidelines for Citations

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. In 2020, one award will be given in each of the six following categories.

2020 Guidelines for Program 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.

2020 Guidelines for Teaching Awards

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.

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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 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 MNHS, 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 BusEco, 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 MNHS, 2017

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.

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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.

Diploma of Tertiary Studies Pathway (DoTS)

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

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

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.

Mastering Academic and Research Skills (MARS)

Strengthening academic pathways from orientation to graduation 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

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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.

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
Journalism Education Using
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.

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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 2020 program overview can be found here.

2020 Key Dates

  • w/c 4th May 2020 - Eligible nominees invited to apply
  • 2nd July 2020 - Nominees to submit their applications to the MEA
  • w/c 20th July 2020 -  Selection Panel Meeting
  • 28th August 2020 -  Successful applicants to submit their final application to the MEA
  • Sept 11th 2020 - Final applications submitted to Universities Australia