Teaching excellence and innovation and research awards

The Faculty of Health Sciences recognises staff for teaching excellence and innovation and research.  Awards are presented annually across a number of areas.

Excellence and Innovation in Teaching These awards aim to provide recognition and reward for outstanding performances, by both individuals and teams, in teaching and enhancing student learning. The categories include Teaching, Programs that Enhance Student Learning and Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Interested staff are encouraged to contact Dr Helen Flavell (h.flavell@curtin.edu.au) for information on upcoming workshops to assist with their faculty and/or University award.

Up to 10 awards, worth $1,000 each, are offered each year across three areas:

Award winners will be encouraged and assisted in the development of applications for University Teaching Awards.

The judging criteria are the same as those for the Curtin University Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Awards (EITA) and the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT). Minor amendments to categories and/or criteria may be made each year to further align with the non-faculty awards. Each award category has different requirements and selection criteria. Applicants will need to refer to the appropriate guidelines for each category (see links above).

Heads of Schools/Program Areas, Directors of Learning and Teaching and peers should encourage worthy nominees to submit an application. This may be done by personal contact or by forwarding the name of the potential nominee to the Learning and Teaching Executive Officer (cl.doherty@curtin.edu.au) who will invite the nominee to submit an application. In all cases, the nominee must prepare and submit the application. Applicants are advised to allocate adequate time to this task to ensure that references and Head of School support can be included with the application.

Eligibility

All members of the Faculty of Health Sciences academic staff whether full-time or part-time, teaching in undergraduate or postgraduate programs, on-shore or off-shore, are eligible to be nominated, provided they have taught at Curtin for at least two years. Citations are also open to non-academic staff and university associates who make a contribution to student learning. Refer to each category of awards for more detailed eligibility guidelines.

Winners of a University EITA or Australian Government AAUT are ineligible to apply for a Faculty Teaching Award in the same calendar year in which they are a recipient.

Submission of nominations and closing date

The 2017 round is now open.

Receipt of nominations will be acknowledged by email. The Executive Officer, Learning and Teaching, can be contacted with any queries relating to this process.

Awards selection and notification

A sub-committee of the Faculty of Health Sciences Learning and Teaching Committee will convene to determine the winners. All applicants will be notified of the outcome shortly thereafter and awards will be presented at a date yet to be determined. Feedback can be provided on request.

Assistance

Staff requiring assistance with their application are advised to contact Dr Helen Flavell, Coordinator of the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching (h.flavell@curtin.edu.au).

Research These awards recognise staff excellence in research activities and the categories include Researcher of the Year, Early Career Researcher and a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Faculty promotes a set of Research Awards each year that recognise excellence.

These include the researcher of the year for a senior researcher and early career researcher. There is also a lifetime award considered on an annual basis.

All winners receive a certificate and $5,000 which can be used for research related activities including conference, travel, or professional training opportunities.

Call for nominations of these awards are made in October each year and are judged by an awards subcommittee selected from the Faculty Research Strategy Committee, chaired by Professor Garry T Allison Dean Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences.

Lifetime Achievement Award

A School, Research Centre, Institute, or colleague can nominate an individual for this award. The Individual is viewed as an ambassador for the Faculty through research and related activities. This is a once-only award.

Criteria

a) Outstanding, original and innovative contribution to the Faculty’s research performance over at least 10 years employment at Curtin University.

b) Leadership and mentorship to less experienced researchers to assist them to grow their research career.

c) Collaboration with other researchers within the Faculty to contribute to research performance.

d) Evidence of impact on the local, national and international community through their reputation and profile in their area of expertise.

Researcher of the Year

The intent of this award is to recognise outstanding researchers in Faculty of Health Sciences who demonstrate quality, dedication and achievement in their research field relative to opportunity.  The awardee will receive a prize of $5,000 to facilitate research related activities including conference travel or professional training opportunities.

Criteria

To be eligible for the Researcher of the Year award the nominee will have:

a) Completed Doctoral (PhD) research degree pre 2011. Note researchers with a higher degree awarded in 2011 or later might wish to consider applying for the Early Career Research Award.

b) Been an employee of the Faculty of Health Sciences in the past 2 years (≥ 0.5 full time equivalent).

c) Not received the Award in the previous five years.

Early Career Research Award

The intent of this award is to recognise early career researchers in the Faculty of Health Sciences on their research performance and the development of a research trajectory relative to opportunity.  The awardee will receive a prize of $5,000 to facilitate research related activities including conference travel or professional training opportunities.

Criteria

To be eligible for the Early-Research Career the nominee will have:

a) Completed their Research degree (PhD) in 2011 or later.

b) Been an employee of the Faculty of Health Sciences in the past 2 years (≥ 0.5 full time equivalent).

c) Not received the Award in the last five year

Enquiries and requests for application packages can be forwarded to:
Lena Kung
Email: l.kung@curtin.edu.au
Executive Officer to Dean, Research and Graduate Studies
Faculty of Health Sciences

Previous excellence in teaching winners
Previous research winners

Previous excellence in teaching winners

2016

AWARDRECIPIENTSCHOOL
Individual TeacherLesley Kuliukas School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
Early CareerClaire MorrisbySchool of Occupational Therapy and Social Work
Brooke ThomsonSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
Sessional Teacher - First Year ProgramRina Wong School of Biomedical Sciences
Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning: Development of CurriculaBrooke SandersonSchool of Psychology and Speech Pathology
Programs that Enhance LearningJaci Mason, Michelle Young, Carole Donaldson, Gavin Leslie, Debbie WalleyBachelor of Health Science (Health Sciences) Paramedicine Major

2015

AWARDRECIPIENTSCHOOL
Early CareerZoe BradfieldSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
Individual TeacherJun Chih School of Public Health
Teaching Team Physiotherapy Movement Science Team (Tracy Redwood, Liz Bainbridge, Stephanie Parkinson, Liz Bell, Anne Furness)School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science
Physiotherapy Gerontology Team (Anne Furness, Tony Petta, Ginny Mulvey, Liz Bainbridge, Tracy Redwood) School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science
Curtin Physiotherapy Clinical Simulation Team (Penny Moss, Alan Reubenson, Anne Furness, Tony Wright, Meg Harrold)School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science
Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning: Development of CurriculaTrevor MazzucchelliSchool of Psychology and Speech Pathology
Highly CommendedPhysiotherapy Abroad (Evan Coopes, Penny Moss, Michelle Kendall, Liz Bainbridge, Stephanie Parkinson, John Owens, Karen Richards)School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science
Leanda McKenna School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science

2014

AWARDRECIPIENTSCHOOL
Clinical Educator Curtin Stuttering Treatment Clinical Education Team School of Psychology and Speech Pathology (shared by Dr Janet Beilby & Ms Kathryn Viljoen)
Early Career Ms Alison Kelly School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work
Mr Ben Milbourn School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work
Ms Stacy Leidel School of Nursing and Midwifery
Ms Michelle Quail School of Psychology and Speech Pathology
Individual TeacherDr Denise RobinsonSchool of Pharmacy
Sessional Teacher Ms Tin Fei Sim School of Pharmacy
Teaching Team Physiotherapy Professional Communication Team Peter Gardner, Sharon Parry, Elise McNeill, Robyn Fary, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science
Highly CommendedDr Jun Chih School of Public Health
Dr Trevor Mazzucchelli School of Psychology and Speech Pathology
Mr David Sainsbury School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science

Previous research winners

YEARAWARDRECIPIENTSCHOOL
2014Researcher of the yearProfessor Simone PettigrewSchool of Psychology and Speech Pathology
2014Early career research awardDr Daniel Gucciardi School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science
2012Lifetime achievement of the yearProf Jeffery Spickett School of Public Health
2007Project of the yearGlycan Biosciences Project
2005Research group of the yearJointly awarded to
Healthy Muscular-Skeletal Development Group of the School of Psychology and the
Australian Twins/ADHD Project Group of the School of Psychology
2005New researcher of the yearDr Clare ReesSchool of Psychology