Rewards and Recognition Scheme
DSC College acknowledges the innovative and scholarly teaching practice of individuals and teams in Schools. As well as sharing exemplary teaching more broadly, the L&T Rewards and Recognition process aims to intrinsically nurtures the professional development of individual teaching staff by affording reflection, support and mentoring, and connection to a community of practitioners in the College.

Applications are designed as a scaffolding first step for reward and recognition schemes in the University and wider HE environment.


  • All teaching staff in the College (ongoing and sessional) are eligible to apply
  • Applications can be individual or team-based
  • Applicants must have the support of their relevant Associate Dean and Dean
  • Applications are evidence-based and demonstrate the basis of RMIT scholarly L&T principles
  • Applications are short (800 words) and form the first stage for a University L&T award
  • Themes for applications will align to categories of the University/AAUT Awards processes along with an Innovations category for internal DSC trends and responses
  • Applications will be called for in Semester 2, with submissions due in November and announcements in December
  • Support and mentoring is available for preparation of applications
  • College panel of L&T leaders will review applications
  • Successful applications will receive a $1000 prize, and support for preparing future awards

Rewards Categories:

The following categories align to the RMIT L&T Awards and national AAUT Awards:

  • Student experience that supports diversity and inclusive practices
  • Collaborative educational partnerships in learning and teachings
  • Curriculum transformation and innovative pedagogy
  • Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programs that value and enhance student employability

A DSC specific category to acknowledge practice responsive to College priorities/issues:

  • DVC award for L&T innovation, eg concurrent teaching, hybrid learning and teaching, interdisciplinary collaborations

Recognition of Sessional Teachers

Sessional teachers who have demonstrated exemplary practice in the above themes can be nominated by a colleague. The same application structure applies but the nominator and nominee collaborate to prepare the submission.

Application Structure and Criteria

The application is designed to demonstrate RMIT scholarly L&T principles to enable alignment and expansion for future L&T award and/or promotion applications. It will include:

  • The issue (context and the problem) 100 words
  • Your philosophy of teaching and the strategies used to address the issue (references to literature and best practice) 300 words
  • Impact of your approach (feedback/evidence from student/peer/industry/university) 200 words
  • Reflection/learning and your future practice 100 words
  • Supporting documentation (up to 2 pages)
  • Emails showing support of relevant Associate Dean and Dean

For advice and support please contact the DSC LT Team at Your School LTC chair can also advise you.

Applications are due November 30 and submitted to