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CBE Award for Teaching Excellence


  1. For individual nominations, any person who has been teaching in the ANU College of Business and Economics (including fractional, adjunct, visiting or casual teaching appointments) for at least two full semesters within the two years immediately preceding the closing date for nominations are eligible to apply. Both individual and team nominations are encouraged.
  2. Previously unsuccessful nominees are eligible for renomination.
  3. Recipients of a CBE or VC Award for Teaching Excellence are ineligible for renomination within 3 years unless they are a member of a team and not the lead applicant, and the team nomination does not substantially replicate the original award.

Early Career category

  1. Nominees with no more than 5 years' experience teaching in higher education institutions may apply for an Early Career (EC) category of the CBE Award for Teaching Excellence. The 5 years can be non-sequential and must be counted on a semester basis, and includes all tutoring, part-time or casual teaching, and teaching within a team. The VC Awards Committee will consider the career stage of nominees when assessing assessment criteria.
  2. Nominees for the Early Career category must have been employed at ANU for at least 1 year immediately preceding the closing date for nominations.
  3. Recipients of a CBE or VC Award for Teaching Excellence (Early Career) are ineligible for renomination within 3 years after receiving the EC award.

Selection Criteria

The written statement describes the nominee's teaching activities and achievements and must address each of the four assessment criteria, providing evidence to support claims. Nominees will be assessed on the evidence they provide of evaluation, innovation, leadership and scholarship. Student survey data from institutional teaching quality survey or feedback should be framed and presented as a broader source of evidence to support excellence of teaching.

1.    Approaches to teaching and the support of learning that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn.

This may include fostering student development by stimulating curiosity and independence in learning; participating in effective and empathetic guidance and advice for students; assisting students from equity and other demographic subgroups to participate and achieve success in their courses; encouraging student engagement through the enthusiasm shown for learning and teaching; inspiring and motivating students through effective communication, presentation and interpersonal skills; enabling others to enhance their approaches to learning and teaching; and developing and/or integrating assessment strategies to enhance student learning.

2.  Development of curricula, resources  or services that reflect a command of the field.

This may include 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; providing support to those involved in the development of curricula and resources; and contributing professional expertise to enhance curriculum or resources.

3.  Evaluation practices that bring about improvements in teaching and learning.

Evaluation comprises making judgements about the quality of programs and activities that are part of the academic, cultural and social experience of higher education. This may include showing advanced skills in evaluation and reflective practice; using a variety of evaluation strategies to bring about change; adapting evaluation methods to different contexts and diverse student needs and learning styles; contributing professional expertise to the field of evaluation in order to improve program design and delivery; and the dissemination and embedding of good practice identified through evaluation.

4.  Innovation, leadership or scholarship that has influenced and enhanced learning and teaching and/or the student experience.

This may include participating in and contributing to professional activities related to learning and teaching; innovations in service and support for students; coordination, management and leadership of courses and student learning; conducting and publishing research related to teaching; demonstrating leadership through activities that have broad influence on the profession; providing innovative learning and teaching for different contexts, including technology enhanced environments, for large and small class sizes and/or to meet the needs of a diverse student cohort; and influencing the overall academic, social and cultural experience of higher education.


Nominations can be submitted here. Nominations close 9am Monday 30 September 2019.


In assessing nominations against the four criteria, the assessment panel will take into account:

  • The extent to which the claims for excellence are supported by formal and informal evaluation;
  • The extent of creativity, imagination or innovation, irrespective of whether the approach involves traditional learning environments or technology-based developments;
  • The information contained in student evaluations, references and selected teaching materials submitted by the nominee.
  • Evidence of a sustained contribution (evidence of good teaching for at least three years, or one year for the Early Career category).


Awards are presented in the form of a plaque and a prize of $2000, to be announced by the Dean at the CBE End of Year Celebration.

Application portfolio


Applications are to be submitted to edtech.cbe@anu.edu.au by: 5pm, 4 November 2019. 


  • Paper must be A4 and plain white
  • Margins must be at least 2cm with clear definition between paragraphs
  • Font must be 11 point Arial or Calibri

Application components

  1. Application cover sheet
  2. Written statement: Synopsis, Overview, Statement addressing assessment criteria, 8 pages maximum. Do not include a contents page.
  3. Two references of one page each (including one from the Director of your Research School, or Course Convener for Excellence in Tutoring category). Note: If this application is from a team, the references should apply to the team and not individuals.
  4. Curriculum vitae: 3 pages maximum.
  5. Student evaluations: 5 pages maximum.
  6. Supporting materials: website, media files or 10 pages of printed teaching material.

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