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.

Principles:

  • 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 dsc.lt@rmit.edu.au. Your School LTC chair can also advise you.

Applications are due November 30 and submitted to dsc.lt@rmit.edu.au