Education awards - nominate a teacher


"Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire" - W.B. Yeats

The ANU College of Law Excellence in Education Awards help us to celebrate the teachers who guide, inspire, motivate and facilitate learning. Students and staff members are invited to share their views about who deserves special recognition for excellence in education programs at the ANU College of Law, explaining why their nominee/s have made such an outstanding contribution to learning.

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Nominations for 2018 have closed.


1. Eligibility

Both staff and students from any program in the ANU College of Law are invited to nominate any teacher within the College for an Excellence in Education Award. All staff at the College are eligible for nomination: full-time or fractional; continuing or casual sessional.

Nominations can be made for any aspect of teaching, including face-to-face and online teaching, tutoring, Honours and Higher Degree Research supervision. Nominations may be of an individual or a teaching team. 

Up to five awards are available in the following categories (based on the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Education):

  • Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Award for Excellence in Supervision
  • Award for Excellence in Tutoring
  • Award for Program or Service that Enhances Learning
  • Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.

2. Nominators

The Selection Committee will rely to a significant extent on the information you provide in your nomination. No self-nomination is permitted.

Please give the reasons for your nomination, providing as many concrete details and stories as possible to illustrate how your nominee is outstanding in education.

Note that the information in your nomination (though not your name) will be given to the nominee to enable them to prepare a short reflective statement about their teaching for the Selection Committee.

3. Awards criteria and process


Staff can be nominated by students or colleagues. Nominations for the 2018 awards will open later in the year.


Nominated staff will be notified of their nomination and given the information provided by the nominator (though not their name). Nominees will then be invited to submit a one to two page statement (maximum 500 words) that puts the information supplied with their nomination in context and/or addresses one or more of the selection criteria (see below). Nominees may include up to five pages of attachments or a short teaching video in support of their case. Nominees are encouraged to keep these statements brief and relatively informal — the Selection Committee will be looking for authentic expressions of teaching excellence, not the most polished application!

Deliberation and selection criteria

Nominations will be considered by a Selection Committee appointed by the Associate Dean (Education). The Selection Committee will normally comprise:

  • a representative of CEIST (College Education and Innovation Support Team);
  • a staff member external to the College; and
  • up to three members of College academic staff.

The Committee will consider the strength of the information provided by nominators and nominees against the selection criteria below, noting that most nominations will focus on a particular criterion or group of criteria (but not all). In addition, to assist with the selection process, the Committee may access a nominee’s course sites and/or course evaluations posted on the University SELT website.

Selection criteria

  • Teaching approach that influences, motivates and inspires students to learn;
  • Teaching approach that encourages student engagement, enthusiasm, and critical thinking;
  • Develops curricula and resources that reflect a command of the field;
  • Assessment and feedback approach that fosters independent learning;
  • Respect and support development of students as individuals;
  • Excellence in supervision and mentoring, including providing guidance in planning and undertaking research, in evaluating and reflecting on research, in coordinating research, and in publishing research;
  • Fosters a climate of intellectual rigor;
  • Develops a climate of intellectual engagement within the broad scholarly community;
  • Has developed an educational program or service, formal or informal, that enhances learning.

The Selection Committee will make recommendations in November for awards to the Associate Dean (Education) for approval by the College Dean.

4. Presentation of awards

Award winners will be presented with a trophy and certificate at the annual College Prize Ceremony. Nominees and award winners will be celebrated in other ways within the ANU College of Law community as appropriate.

5. Contact

For more information, email Vivien Holmes, Director Teaching and Learning.

Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  Director, GDLP/Page Contact:  Program Coordinator, GDLP