Teaching awards

Nominations for the University of Otago Awards for Excellence in Teaching  and the National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards

Nominations are due late January for the University of Otago Awards for Excellence in Teaching.The University offers up to three general awards and one kaupapa Māori award.

Nominees must have been a tertiary teacher for at least six years in New Zealand, engaging in any kind of teaching. Successful applicants will receive a scroll and $7,500 to support their learning and teaching, and they will prepare an application for the National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards due late March.

In 2004, the Vice-Chancellor established the University of Otago Awards for Teaching Excellence to be given to the Otago nominees whose portfolios are submitted for national awards by the University.

Ako Aotearoa organises New Zealand’s ‘Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards.’ There will be up to 12 awards of $20,000. At least two of these awards recognise sustained excellence in tertiary teaching in a kaupapa Māori context. One of the awardees will receive the Prime Minister’s Award with an additional $10,000. Ako Aotearoa emphasises that awards are available to teaching teams, not just to excellent individual teachers.

Over the years that awards have been available, the University has nominated many excellent teachers and gained national awards including three Prime Minister’s Awards.

All tertiary education organisations are able to nominate up to four teaching staff (or teaching teams) for awards (no more than three of which may be in the general category). Portfolios, which are the means of supplying evidence in support of nominations, must be submitted to Ako Aotearoa in late March.

University of Otago teachers who are interested in applying should download the application guidelines for the Otago Teaching Awards (available on the right of this page) and the guidelines for the National awards from the Ako Aoteoroa website.

Applications for nomination by the University of Otago usually close in mid-January, although the date may vary from year to year. Contact Dr Clinton Golding for more information.