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Awards

SCU Awards | National Awards | Past Award Recipients

Teaching awards help us to recognise and celebrate excellence in teaching. The range of awards available to SCU staff allow us to recognise the work of individuals and teams across a wide range of achievement levels. Awards are available at the University and national levels.

SCU Awards

Vice Chancellor's Citations

The Vice Chancellor's Citations recognise and reward the excellent role played by individuals and teams to the quality of student learning and student engagement at Southern Cross University. They are awarded for a wide range of contributions to student learning and engagement, whether direct and indirect, general or specific. Nominees and applicants may be: individuals or teams; academic or professional staff; full-time, part-time or casual; and teams may include institutional associates.

In 2016, two categories of Citations will be offered:

  1. Citations for outstanding contributions to student learning
  2. A maximum of five will be awarded, each accompanied by $2,000

  3. Citations for excellence in student engagement
  4. A maximum of six will be awarded, each accompanied by $500

Information for potential applicants:

Interested staff are encouraged to submit their Intent to Apply as soon as possible in order to take full benefit of the 2016 support program. The program includes workshops, resources located in a Blackboard site, and mentoring. Optionally, applicants may participate in a peer writing group. These groups provide a forum to develop a teaching philosophy, identify and write about your strengths, and identify and collect any additional evidence required.

Important dates for Vice Chancellor's Citations
7 October 2016: Last date to register your interest to apply
11 November 2016: Final applications due

For further information please contact excellence@scu.edu.au

Vice Chancellor's Awards for Excellence

The Vice Chancellor's Awards for Excellence were initiated by the Vice-Chancellor in 2010 to recognise excellence across the University's key areas of endeavour. These awards are one way the University recognises outstanding staff contributions towards achievement of one of the University's strategic goals - to develop a high performance culture in an environment which encourages collaboration and the free exchange of ideas.

The VC Awards for Excellence for staff contributions in Teaching and Learning, is decided by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) in conjunction with SCU Awards Panel.

National Awards

The Australian Government Department of Education and Training is responsible for the national Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT).

Developing a teaching award application is a significant undertaking. Applicants will be supported with a range of resources, mentoring, and discussions with teaching and learning staff.

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

Citations recognise and reward the diverse contribution that individuals and teams make to the quality of student learning. There is a strong alignment between the VC's Citations and AAUT Citations in both criteria and format.

Applicants should have already been awarded a VC's Citation. Preparing an AAUT Citation will require applicants to develop the overall strength of their VC's Citation application. This may require additional evidence, a stronger narrative, a more scholarly approach, or simply a longer period of time. A comprehensive program will support applicants to achieve the required standard.

Information for potential applicants:

Potential applicants are encouraged to read a recent successful Citation statement from amongst SCU's previous AAUT Citation recipients.

Important dates for AAUT Citations
13 February 2017: Last date to register intention to apply
28 February 2017: Draft due for Panel feedback
3 April 2017: Final application due

For further information please contact excellence@scu.edu.au

Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning and Awards for Teaching Excellence

Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning recognise learning and teaching support programs and services that make an outstanding contribution to the quality of student learning and the quality of the student experience of higher education. The programs and services that receive program awards must have demonstrated their effectiveness through rigorous evaluation and will set benchmarks for similar activities in other institutions.

Awards for Teaching Excellence celebrate a group of the nation's most outstanding university teachers in their fields. Awards for Teaching Excellence recognise teachers (individuals and teams) renowned for excellence in teaching, who have outstanding presentation skills and who have made a broad and deep contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education.

Information for potential applicants:

Potential applicants for 2017 or beyond should contact excellence@scu.edu.au

Important dates for AAUT Awards
13 February 2017: Last date to register intention to apply
28 February 2017: Brief due for Panel
7 March 2017: Discussion of Brief with Panel
3 April 2017: Draft due for Panel feedback
5 June 2017: Final application due

Past Award Recipients

SCU Awards

Vice Chancellor's Award

The Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is awarded annually.

  • Award winners
  • Teaching and Learning

    2015 - Gopi McLeod, School of Health and Human Sciences: For designing and embedding transformative learning strategies into an osteopathic curriculum from which students emerge as critically reflective health practitioners.

    2014 - The Preparing for Success Program Team, SCU College: For opening access to university and future work through a transformative preparatory program for regional students.

    Team includes Suzi Hellmundt, Meredith Kayess, Jenny McGuire and Bronwen Graydon, however the people who have contributed to the program's success over the years have been many; some are still with SCU, others have moved on to other roles or have retired. The award did not allow all staff to be listed but the program owes its success to all past and present coordinators, teachers and administrators.

    2013 - Julie Streckfuss, School of Health and Human Sciences: For sustained commitment to inspiring and engaging students in a content-heavy, confronting second year anatomy unit.

    2012 - The Equity Team led by Rachel Callaghan with Julie Porter, Rob Cumings, Jo Mason, Stephen Garvey, Jane Drury, Kim McDonogh, Kate Olivieri and Cathy Burton: For growing an integrated peer mentoring program that helps first year students and mentors to thrive as individuals and successful learner.

    2011 - Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Team: Andrea Boyle, Julia Caldicott, Joanne Cooper, Vashti Stival, Maree Walo, Leanne Baker, Sarah Biersteker, Rebecca Brown, Sharen Nisbet, Matthew Lamont, School of Tourism and Hospitality Management: For pioneering and sustaining student-centred, transformative, work-enriched experiential learning opportunities in tourism and hospitality management.

    2010 - Ross Goldingay, School of Environmental Science and Management: For authentic, field-based learning about wildlife conservation that illuminates the nexus between teaching and research for environmental science students.

Vice Chancellor's Citations

The Vice Chancellor's Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning recognise and reward the excellent roles played by individuals and teams to the quality of student learning at Southern Cross University.

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

  • 2016
  • Hanabeth Luke, Southern Cross Geoscience and School of Environment, Science and Engineering: For opening the world of science to commencing students: Laying powerful foundations in scientific thinking through empowering and inclusive delivery.

    Rob Garbutt, School of Arts and Social Sciences: For enabling students in the arts and social sciences to successfully find their way into university culture as beginning students and as beginning researchers.

    • 2015
    • Roslyn Franklin, School of Education: For inspiring and motivating Education students to develop confidence and passion for teaching Health and Physical Education through engaging pedagogy and learning team approach.

      Ross Goldingay, Claudia Catterall and Kirsten Benkendorff, School of Environment, Science and Engineering: For engaged learning in content-heavy first year Biology unit in Environmental Science.

      Amanda Reicheldt-Brushett, School of Environment, Science and Engineering: For developing multidisciplinary understanding of chemistry in society: Expanding skills in creativity, innovation and inquiry to inspire environmental science students to solve problems.

      Isaac Santos and Damien Maher, School of Environment, Science and Engineering: For developing the foundations of scientific research skills using active learning strategies and inspirational student supervision leading to outstanding academic outcomes.

      Citations for Excellence in Student Engagement

      Lisa Jacka, School of Education: For innovative design and delivery online learning experiences that facilitate education students' readiness to teach in learning environments of the future.

      Desirée Kozlowski, School of Health and Human Sciences: For finding the sweet spot: Inspiring students to strive for excellence by creating a learning environment where safety and challenge are in balance.

      Simone Lewis, School of Education: For improving student confidence and enjoyment in science and technology education through clear, simple explanations and being an approachable, enthusiastic, inclusive and encouraging educator

      • 2014
      • Rudi Meir, School of Health and Human Sciences: For using social media and non-formal learning strategies for student engagement: Demonstrating the application of theory to practice in sport and exercise science units

        Jubilee Smith, School of Education: For inspiring and engaging first and second year Education students in Literacy (English) learning and teaching

        • 2013
        • Gopi McLeod, School of Health and Human Sciences: For transforming students in second year osteopathy from beginners to pre-practice professionals through critically reflective learning

          The Education for Sustainability in Bachelor of Business (ESBB) Team, Southern Cross Business School and School of Tourism and Hospitality Management.
          Team members: Tania von der Heidt, Erica Wilson and Geoffrey Lamberton: For a scholarly-driven, team-based approach that champions Education for Sustainability and enhanced learning and teaching the undergraduate business curriculum

          • 2012
          • Marilyn Chaseling, School of Education: For sustained leadership in the development, review and renewal of quality teacher education curricula

            Alexandra Cutcher, School of Education: For teaching that empowers Visual Arts teachers to address the complexities of their profession, grounded in productive, caring relationships, high expectations and inspirational instruction

            Wendy Gilleard, School of Health and Human Sciences: For championing student learning and curriculum design through leadership and engagement instilled by scholarly practice in health and human sciences

            Occupational Therapy Praxis Team, School of Health and Human Sciences: Team Leader: Ev Innes
            Team Members: Michelle Donelly, Yvonne Pennisi, Beth Staunton, Karina Pont, Maggie Scorey, Jacqui Yoxall, Sue Riordan, Sue Treacy. For developing a community-engaged occupational therapy program based on the WHO International Classification of Functioning (ICF) that produces confident, reflective, professional graduates

            William J Smart, Southern Cross Business School: For sustained provision of teaching practices including innovative and flexible web-based learning resources that inspire and motivate students from diverse backgrounds in introductory web development

            Jeanti St Clair, School of Arts and Social Sciences (Media Program): For developing inspirational curricula and learning resources, reflexive feedback mechanisms and authentic community-engaged learning experiences that transform media students into profession-ready journalists

            Julie Streckfuss, School of Health and Human Sciences: For inspiring and engaging diverse students in a content-heavy confronting second year anatomy unit

            • 2011
            • Soenke Biermann, School of Arts and Social Sciences: For inspiring and empowering first-year humanities students to think critically and foster their engagement with diverse ways of knowing through an inclusive equity-focused teaching practice

              Wendy Boyd, School of Education: For providing early childhood education students with a solid foundations for future careers by deep engagement and reflective practice within a relational learning environment

              Nicola Jayne, Southern Cross Business School: For creating a learning environment which gives students the confidence and skills to succeed in quantitative units

              Annie Mitchell, School of Arts and Social Sciences: For excellence and leadership in contemporary music pedagogy and curricula that educate students for careers in the music industry and teaching profession

              Tania von der Heidt, Southern Cross Business School: For taking a scholarly approach to improving learning-centred curriculum design in first year marketing

              Ken Wojcikowski, School of Health and Human Sciences: For meeting the changing needs of allied health students - adapting successful tutorial-based authentic learning units to innovative, interactive, online learning experiences that inspire and motivate

              • 2010
              • Anja Morton, Faculty of Business and Law: For sustained leadership based on scholarship and best practice in teaching and learning which enhances the experiences of students undertaking business studies

                David Lloyd and Kristin den Exter, School of Environmental Science and Management: For innovative approaches to curriculum design, online practice and authentic learning for converged delivery, which combined with a command of the field, inspires and motivates students

                Yun-Lok Lee, School of Tourism and Hospitality Management: For developing innovative teaching in food service management by forming partnerships with charities, food service providers and the community, to influence, motivate and inspire students to learn

                Erika Kerriush, School of Arts and Social Sciences: For empowering and motivating first year students through the innovative teaching of skills in critical thinking and argument

                Raina Mason, Joanne Phythian and Tim Comber, School of Commerce and Management: For empowering and encouraging women studying computing at SCU through student support, communities and career development workshops leading to an increase in female student numbers

                • 2009
                • Rosanne Coutts, School of Health and Human Sciences: For the provision of teaching excellence within the development of curricula and the motivation of students towards learning

                  Student Services Team, Sarah Beresford Team Leader: For innovative student-centred services that engage, support and enhance student life and the learning environment

                  Peter Vitartas, School of Commerce and Management: For sustained innovative approaches to teaching and curriculum design that support, motivate and inspire students to learn and prepare them for the workforce

                  Ross Goldingay, School of Environmental Science and Management: For authentic, field-based learning about wildlife conservation that illuminates the nexus between teaching and research for environmental science students

                  Leonie Lane, School of Education: For refreshing curricula using "real-world" projects that enable a breadth of possibilities and experience for students of creative arts, motivating and inspiring them to learn digital imaging skills and design

                  Equity and Diversity Office: For provision of a University-wide student mentoring program for first year on campus and distance education students that supports their development and empowerment as individuals and increases their likelihood of achieving a successful university experience

                  • 2008
                  • Leigh Carriage, School of Arts and Social Sciences; Kath Fisher, Division of Research; Thea van de Mortel, School of Health and Human Sciences; Kathryn Taffs, School of Environmental Science and Management; Helen Walsh, School of Law; Visual Arts Studio Team - Jan Davis, Fiona Fell, Gary Jolley, John Smith ; Baden Offord, Rob Garbutt, Sheleagh Morgan, Soenke Biermann, School of Arts and Social Sciences; Health Team - Janie Petersen ; Health Team - Leeann Whitehair ; Tourism Team - Leanne Baker .

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Excellence in Student Engagement

  • 2016
  • Rebecca Olive, School of Arts and Social Sciences: For generating student engagement in learning about Cultural Studies ideas and theories by applying them in the classroom.

National Awards

OLT Awards for Excellence in Teaching

National awards presented by the Office for Learning and Teaching, and its predecessor bodies the Australian Learning and Teaching Council and Carrick Institute. These awards are designed to recognise quality teaching practice and outstanding contributions to student learning.

  • Award winners
  • Amy Cutter-Mackenzie, Early Career Award 2010

    Amy Cutter-Mackenzie joined the School of Education at Southern Cross University in 2011, coming to us from Monash University where she had worked since 2005. She began her career as a primary school teacher in Queensland and also worked overseas as an environmental educator. An experienced teacher, Dr Cutter-Mackenze readily appreciates and values the vital role that schools play in teacher education. Drawing upon an experiential education philosophy, she has effectively merged her passion for teaching with her unshakeable commitment to sustainability, through a school-community based approach. In effect, her classroom is the community in which she teaches. This community is brought together directly through her courses, where local schools, pre-service teachers, school teachers, children and community groups form dynamic communities of practice in enacting sustainability. Her approach has been recognised in several awards for teaching excellence, including the 2009 Monash University Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award and a 2008 ALTC Citation. Her teaching is informed by her substantial research which has been published nationally and internationally, her service as chair of international environmental education research groups and editor of the Australian Journal of Environmental Education.

OLT Citations

Office for Learning and Teaching Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning recognise and reward the diverse contribution that individuals and teams make to the quality of student learning. Citations are awarded to academic, general and sessional staff, and institutional associates, who have made significant contributions to student learning in a specific area of responsibility over a sustained period.

  • 2016
  • Marilyn Chaseling, School of Education. For a capstone unit that empowers Bachelor of Education (Primary) pre-service teachers to launch their teaching careers. PDFDownload nomination (staff only)

    • 2015
    • Gopi McLeod, School of Health and Human Sciences: For designing and embedding transformative learning strategies into an osteopathic curriculum from which students emerge as critically reflective health practitioners. PDFDownload nomination (staff only)

      Dr Ken Wojcikowski, School of Health and Human Sciences: For creating clinical detectives: inspiring allied health students to develop sound clinical reasoning skills through a stimulating, multifaceted, case-based approach. PDFDownload nomination (staff only)

      • 2014
      • Lexi Cutcher, School of Education: For inspirational teaching and innovative curriculum that effectively prepares Visual Arts educators to address the complex demands of their profession. PDFDownload nomination (staff only)

        Education for Sustainability in Bachelor of Business Team, Southern Cross Business School and School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. Tania von der Heidt, Erica Wilson and Geoffrey Lamberton: For a scholarly-driven, team-based approach that transforms the undergraduate business curriculum through Education for Sustainability. PDFDownload nomination (staff only)

        The Preparing for Success Program Team, SCU College: For opening access to university and future work through a transformative preparatory program for regional students.

        Team includes Suzi Hellmundt, Meredith Kayess, Jenny McGuire and Bronwen Graydon, however the people who have contributed to the program's success over the years have been many; some are still with SCU, others have moved on to other roles or have retired. The award did not allow all staff to be listed but the program owes its success to all past and present coordinators, teachers and administrators. PDFDownload nomination (staff only)

        • 2013
        • Julie Streckfuss, School of Health and Human Sciences: For sustained commitment to inspiring and engaging students in a content-heavy, confronting second year anatomy unit. PDF Download nomination (staff only)

          • 2012
          • Soenke Biermann, School of Arts and Social Sciences: For inspiring and empowering first-year humanities students to think critically and foster their engagement and success through an inclusive and challenging equity-focussed teaching practice. PDF Download nomination (staff only)

            The Equity Team led by Rachel Callaghan: For growing an integrated peer mentoring program that helps first year students and mentors to thrive as individuals and successful learners (team members Julie Porter, Rob Cumings, Jo Mason, Stephen Garvey, Jane Drury, Kim McDonogh, Kate Olivieri and Cathy Burton). PDF Download nomination (staff only)

            Annie Mitchell School of Arts and Social Sciences: For leadership in contemporary music pedagogy and curriculum, underpinned by creative practice and research, that educates students for sustainable careers in music. PDF Download nomination (staff only)

            • 2011
            • David Lloyd and Kristin den Exter, School of Environmental Science and Management: For sustained innovative approaches to authentic learning in support of a trans-disciplinary discourse in environmental science and management. PDF Download nomination (staff only)

              Kathryn Taffs, School of Environmental Science and Management: For creating a pathway to a profession - using community engagement to motivate, inspire and prepare students for careers in environmental science. PDF Download nomination (staff only)

              Women in Technology (WIT) Program: Raina Mason, Tim Comber, Joanne Phythian, Southern Cross Business School: For successfully reaching out and empowering current and future female students to pursue Information Technology studies. PDF Download nomination (staff only)

              Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Team: Andrea Boyle, Julia Caldicott, Joanne Cooper, Vashti Stival, Maree Walo, Leanne Baker, Sarah Biersteker, Rebecca Brown, Sharen Nisbet, Matthew Lamont, School of Tourism and Hospitality Management: For pioneering and sustaining student-centred, transformative, work-enriched experiential learning opportunities in tourism and hospitality management. PDF Download nomination (staff only)

              • 2010
              • Janie Conway-Herron, Moya Costello, Sacha Gibbons, Nell Cook, Jenny Ledgar, Rhonda Ellis, Lainie Jones and Chris Morgan, School of Arts and Social Sciences: For the sustained provision of innovative, flexible, research-based creative writing resources to achieve transformative, vocationally valued, student-centred learning opportunities. PDF Download nomination (staff only)

                Ross Goldingay, School of Environmental Science and Management: For authentic, field-based learning about wildlife conservation that illuminates the nexus between teaching and research for environmental science students. PDF Download nomination (staff only)

                Meredith Kayess, Academic Skills Development Unit: For empowering and encouraging students through the development of student identity and self-aware approaches to learning in the humanities during the transition to university. PDF Download nomination (staff only)

                • 2009
                • Soenke Biermann, Baden Offord, Rob Garbutt, Shelagh Morgan, School of Arts and Social Sciences: For developing and sustaining an innovative, holistic and transformative education practice that values social inclusion, cultural diversity and activated citizenship. PDF Download nomination (staff only)

                  Murray Cullen, School of Environmental Science and Management: For over 20 years commitment to inspirational, reflective and scholarly teaching of first-year environmental science. PDF Download nomination (staff only)

                  Kath Fisher, Division of Research: For empowering and inspiring students through nationally and internationally recognised expertise in research-led teaching and learning of critical self-reflection. PDF Download nomination (staff only)

                  Peter Harrison, School of Environmental Science and Management: For two decades of outstanding, research-infused teaching that inspires and motivates learning among marine and environmental science students. PDF Download nomination (staff only)

                  Thea van de Mortel, School of Health and Human Sciences: For sustained leadership in curriculum design, practice and strategies to inspire and motivate students in the study of science within nursing. PDF Download nomination (staff only)

                  • 2006 - 2008
                  • 2008

                    Amy Cutter-Mackenzie, School of Education: For leading school-community teaching and learning practices and partnerships to influence, motivate and inspire pre-service education students and schools to engage in environmental education and sustainability

                    Flexible Learning Development Services (FLDS): For innovative courseware production processes that support academic staff, enhance educational content and enrich student learning outcomes. Word Download nomination (staff only)

                    2007

                    University Library: For the provision of innovative library and information services that are integrated into the curriculum and delivered through undergraduate teaching programs. PDF Download nomination (staff only)

                    Stephen Rowe, School of Commerce and Management: For pioneering online teaching approaches which have transformed student learning and created institutional change. PDF Download nomination (staff only)

                    2006

                    Baden Offord: For pioneering cultural studies and cultural diversity programs in regional Australia, outstanding command of his field, and inspiring transformative student learning. Word Download nomination (staff only)

                    Alison Specht: For the effective application of authentic, collaborative learning in an emerging discipline in environmental science. PDF Download nomination (staff only)