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UniSA Indigenous Education Teaching Award

The UniSA Indigenous Education Teaching Award gives recognition to academic staff who have made a significant contribution towards the development of teaching methods and materials that give UniSA students the knowledge of Indigenous cultures and Indigenous knowledges that they require for culturally competent professional practice. Award recipients (individuals and teams) receive $5,000.


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Eligibility

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Nominations

Staff are eligible to nominate as an individual or as a team. Prizes for teams will be allocated pro-rata amongst the team members.

To nominate for the prize, staff will be required to provide a written statement that responds to the above criteria. Applications are to be made through the relevant Division Dean: Teaching and Learning or equivalent.

Nominees normally will remain in the pool of nominees for a period of up to three years.

Nomination for the UniSA awards will provide candidates with University support should they wish to proceed to the OLT awards, subject to the condition that they first secure a competitive UniSA teaching award. The University is committed over the three year nomination period to assist nominees achieve success in the UniSA awards scheme and to help them prepare for the national OLT awards. At the conclusion of their three year period, nominees will need to be renominated by their Division Dean: Teaching and Learning or equivalent if they are to continue in the awards process. Similarly, nominees who withdraw from the pool of nominees during their three year period of nomination will need to be renominated by their Division Dean: Teaching and Learning or equivalent in order to re-enter the awards programs.

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Selection criteria

Prize nominees will be assessed on the evidence that they provide with regards to the following criteria. Nominees will be required to address criterion A and either criterion B or C.

  1. The further development of teaching methods and materials that give students knowledge of the Indigenous cultures and Indigenous knowledges that they require for culturally competent professional practice.
    Examples may include: fostering student development by stimulating curiosity and independence in learning; contributing to the development of students' critical thinking skills, analytical skills and scholarly values; encouraging student engagement through the enthusiasm shown for learning and teaching; inspiring and motivating students through high-level communication, presentation and interpersonal skills; and practice-based learning opportunities. Developing and presenting coherent and imaginative resources for student learning; implementing research-led approaches to learning and teaching; demonstrating up-to-date knowledge of the field of study in the design of the curriculum and the creation of resources for learning; communicating clear objectives and expectations for student learning
  2. Scholarly activities that have influenced and enhanced learning and teaching of Indigenous cultural competency at UniSA.
    Examples may include: showing advanced skills in evaluation and reflective practice; participating in and contributing to professional activities related to learning and teaching; coordination, management and leadership of courses and student learning; conducting and publishing research related to teaching Indigenous cultural competency; demonstrating leadership through activities that have broad influence on the profession.
  3. High levels of student satisfaction or performance in courses with high levels of teaching methods and materials that give students knowledge of Indigenous cultural competency required for professional practice.
    Evidence may include: Outcomes of the Student Evaluations of Teaching (SETs) and Course Evaluation Instruments (CEIs), student retention, progression and achievement rates and relative benchmarking of performance.

Selection Panel
Applications will be assessed by the University's Grants and Awards Panel (GAP) which will include the Dean: Indigenous Scholarship, Engagement and Research (ISER) (or nominee) for the assessment of these particular awards. The GAP will provide recommendations to the Provost and Chief Academic Officer who will determine the winners.

Recognition
Winners will be publically announced by the Provost and Chief Academic Officer. Recipients will receive a certificate to commemorate their award.

Winners will be supported through the Learning and Teaching Unit to develop their application into a submission for the national awards offered through the Office for Learning and Teaching.

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Essential documentation

The following items, in support of the nomination, must be submitted no later than 5:00pm on Friday 15 September 2017.

All submissions to be emailed as attachments to: teaching.awards.grants@unisa.edu.au   

A/ Application

UniSA Indigenous Education Teaching Award application (Word 30kb - opens in a new window)

B/ Written statement

The core element of a nomination for an Indigenous Education Teaching Award is a written statement in which nominees describe their teaching activities and achievements, and specifically address two of the three selection criteria. The written statement should be presented under the following headings, in order:

  1. Overview
  2. Selection criterion A: The further development of teaching methods and materials that give students knowledge of the Indigenous cultures and Indigenous knowledges that they require for culturally competent professional practice. 
    AND either:
  3. Selection criterion B: Scholarly activities that have influenced and enhanced learning and teaching of Indigenous cultural competency at UniSA.
    OR
  4. Selection criterion C: High levels of student satisfaction or performance in courses with high levels of teaching methods and materials that give students knowledge of Indigenous cultural competency required for professional practice.

The overview provides the opportunity for nominees to commence the written statement with a focus on the specific character of their teaching and achievements. It is recommended that the overview be no more than one page and that it include the nominees' educational philosophy and beliefs, a description of the teaching context and an integrated summary of the claims relating to the selection criteria. The majority of the written statement should be devoted to addressing each of the two criteria in turn. Nominees must provide evidence in support of their claims against these criteria.

The written statement is limited to eight A4 pages in total (minimum 11 point type in Arial or Calibri, margins at a minimum of 2cm). Material in excess of this limit will not be considered by the Grants and Awards Panel.

C/ Referee reports

Two referee reports of no more than one A4 page each, to be provided by people who are able to comment on the nominee's contribution to student learning against the selection criterion. Each referee report should be signed and on letterhead. One of the referees must be either a Dean in the nominee's Division, or the Head of the nominee's School, Institute or administration unit. If the nomination is from a team, the references should apply to the team.

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