Australian Awards for University Teaching

The Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) are designed to recognise quality teaching practice and outstanding contributions to student learning.  There are currently five award programs recognising teaching excellence and outstanding contributions to student learning:

  • Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning
  • Awards for Teaching Excellence
  • Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year
  • Career Achievement Award

The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) supports all applicants throughout the application process.

AAUT Award & Citation Recipients

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning


Dr Simon Iveson

Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

For the continual introduction and implementation over 20 years of numerous innovative teaching methods and technologies that influence, motivate and inspire engineering students.


Associate Professor Amy Maguire

Faculty of Business and Law

For leadership, innovation and scholarship that engages students in real-world human rights practice and empowers students to pursue law reform and social justice.


Dr Marcus Rodrigs

Faculty of Business and Law

For enthusing and empowering accounting students to achieve their best through an active learning approach which personalises engagement and heightens their motivation to learn.

Awards for Teaching Excellence

Associate Professor Brendan Boyle

Faculty of Business and Law

Category: Law, Economics, Business and Related Studies


Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

Mr Shaun McCarthy

Faculty of Business and Law

For infusing a live client and experiential learning ethos into the study of law enhancing student work integrated skills as they transition to the workplace.

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning


Dr Jesper Gulddal

Faculty of Education and Arts

For developing an innovative thematic approach to teaching literary theory to undergraduate students that has consistently achieved excellent learning and outcomes.


Dr Bonnie McBain

Faculty of Science and Information Technology

For developing innovative curricula for students, providing resources and services to improve teaching, and providing national and international leadership in teaching for sustainability.


Mr Sean Sadler

Faculty of Health and Medicine

For the use of interactive, research-driven methods of teaching to inspire and motivate students to engage with the podiatry program and become lifelong l


Ms Gail Tillman

The Wollotuka Institute

For innovation in the provision of  online Aboriginal Studies to a diverse cohort, that empowers critical student reflection and cultural competence.

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning


Dr Peter Howley

Faculty of Science and Information Technology

For innovative learning design combining online tools, research and course content expertise, addressing perennial concerns in large statistics courses


Dr Tamara Young

Faculty of Business and Law

For the design and teaching of research-informed and industry-relevant curricula that fosters independent thinking among tourism students, and creates work-ready graduates

Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning

Interprofessional Learning Modules: 'Learning Together to Work Together'

Associate Professor Tony Smith (leader), Dr Leanne Brown, Ms Elesa Crowley, Ms Rebecca Dutton, Hazel Harries-Jones, Ms Natasha Hawkins, Ms Alexandra Little, Ms Rebecca Marley, Dr Jenny May, Dr Alan Pederson, Ms Kelly Thurlow, Mr Luke Wakely, Ms Rebecca Wolfgang

Category:  Innovation in Curricula, Learning and Teaching


Awards for Teaching Excellence

Dr Johanna Macneil

Faculty of Business and Law

Category: Law, Economics, Business and Related Studies


Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning


Associate Professor Shen Chen

Faculty of Education and Arts

For developing an innovative approach to supporting international students' learning in a new cultural environment and providing high quality teaching in second language teacher education.


Associate Professor Brett Nixon

Faculty of Science and Information Technology

For promoting student engagement and positively influencing the learning experience by using inspirational teaching strategies centred on science-as-discovery.


Dr Caroline Webb

Faculty of Education and Arts

For empowering English literature students at a regional campus by drawing on their own responses and experiences and providing a rich understanding of cultural contexts.


Week Zero Team

Ms Liz Goode, Ms Joyleen Christensen, Ms Angela Henderson, Ms Evonne Irwin, Ms Deanna McCall, Ms Annette Morante and Ms Amanda Valent

Academic Division

For developing an outstanding and innovative online orientation which has significantly enhanced the engagement and experience of students commencing an online enabling program.

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning


Dr Vivienne Chuter

Faculty of Health and Medicine

For development of an innovative, progressive, accelerated curriculum that maximises student engagement using unique integrated clinical resources


Dr Tim Connor

Faculty of Business and Law

For developing creative in-class activities and establishing supportive learning environments to motivate diverse student cohorts to master and critically reflect on complex business law topics


Dr Jocelyn McKinnon

Faculty of Education and Arts

For designing and implementing a dynamic research-driven degree major in creative arts that fosters independent thinking and innovative art making


Dr Ruth Reynolds

Faculty of Education and Arts

For outstanding impact on an area of curriculum and teaching: humanities and social sciences education


Dr Mark Rubin

Faculty of Science and Information Technology

For developing a unique collection of high quality online guides that explain academic skills in psychology and that have enhanced students' learning and overall experience