Stephen Cole the Elder Awards for Excellence

These awards are presented to the University’s highest achievers in teaching, support of teaching, and supervisory practices, and recognise the contributions made to student learning by both academic and professional staff.

First presented in 1991, Stephen Cole the Elder Awards were established through bequest made to the University of Adelaide by a descendant of Stephen Cole the Elder, pioneer South Australian colonist.

Up to four Stephen Cole the Elder Awards for Excellence will be offered in 2020, and recipients will be awarded $8,000 (payment made via staff project codes, not as a cash payment).

All applications must be supported by a formal nomination. Both individuals and teams may be nominated in any category. 

The three categories of award are:
  • Excellence in Teaching and Support for Learning
  • Excellence in the Leadership, Support and Enhancement of Teaching Practice
  •  Excellence in HDR Supervisory Practice

It is anticipated that at least one award will be made in each of the three categories; however, the selection panel reserves the right to award in fewer in than three categories should the selection criteria not be met.

An additional $2,000 will be awarded to the most outstanding recipient of this annual award,  through the Vice-Chancellors Award for Excellence.

PLEASE NOTE:  A copy of your most recent SELT results, from the past two years will be obtained and supplied to the selection committee, who will include this in their assessment of your application.

 

Applying for an Award in 2020

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  • The Nomination Process

    All Stephen Cole applications require the support of a formal nomination.

    Nominations are invited from Executive Deans, Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate/Deputy Deans, HDR Convenors, Postgraduate Coordinators, Heads of School/Discipline, Faculty/School Managers, and Directors.

    Nominators are required to complete a nomination form which includes a brief (100 word) statement in support of their nominee.

    Download and complete the nomination form and then submit to teachexcellence@adelaide.edu.au by Monday 24 August, 2020

  • Information Session and Writing Workshop

    Information about the application process and assistance with writing your application will be provided at these sessions.  You can also be matched with a mentor (previous recipient) should you wish.


    INFORMATION SESSION

    Staff who have received a nomination are encouraged to attend the 1 hour information session, as it will assist them in assessing their readiness to write a submission by the 2020 deadline (Monday 12 October).

    The workshop will be held on zoom and will be recorded for those who are unable to attend however, attendance is strongly recommended as you will have an opportunity to ask questions and speak with other applicants and previous recipients.

    DATE:     Wednesday 12 August, 2020
    TIME:      12.00 pm - 1.00 pm

    Register for Information Session


    WRITING WORKSHOP

    Staff who have been nominated and, after attending the information workshop, feel ready to write a submission in 2020 are encouraged to attend the online writing workshop.  At this workshop more detail will be provided around structuring your written application, in addition to the process of collecting and presenting evidence.

    Examples of previous submissions will also be shared and discussed.

    DATE:     Thursday 3 September, 2020
    TIME:      12.00 pm - 2.00 pm

    register for writing workshop

  • The Written Application

    Your written statement can be a maximum of eight pages, with a minimum font size of 11pt Calibri or Arial.

    Written applications must address the selection criteria outlined the Guidelines document.

    Applications are also required to include the following:

    • Completed Application Form
    • Details of two referees 
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Applicant photograph (head and shoulders)
    • Individual SCRS Supervision Dashboard (HDR Supervisory Practice applicants only)

    Final written applications must also receive endorsement from one of the following (may be an electronic signature):  Executive Dean, Dean of Graduate Studies, HDR Convenor, Postgraduate Coordinator, Head of School, Head of Discipline, Faculty Manager, Line Manager.

    Submit the application form along with your written application and the attachments mentioned above to teachexecellence@adelaide.edu.au by 5pm on Monday 12 October 2020, to be considered for an award this year.

    Don't forget to check out our Resources for Applicants page, where you can view successful applications and receive tips and tricks for collecting evidence and how to write reflectively.

Previous Recipients

VC Awards winners 2020

Dr Beth Loveys and Dr Karina Riggs (Team Submission) receive their 2020 Award

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  • 2019 recipients

    Name Area Award
    Dr Hong Cai School of Social Sciences,
    Faculty of Arts
    Excellence in Teaching
    Dr Frank Donnelly School of Nursing,
    Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
    Excellence in the Leadership.
    Support and Enhancement of Teaching Practice
    Dr Karina Riggs and
    Dr Beth Loveys (team)
    School of Agriculture, Food and Wine,
    Faculty of Sciences
    Excellence in the Leadership.
    Support and Enhancement of Teaching Practice
    Dr Susan Hemer School of Social Sciences,
    Faculty of Arts
    Excellence in HDR Supervisory Practice
  • 2018 recipients

    Name Area Award
    Associate Professor Corinna Van Den Heuvel Adelaide Medical School,
    Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
    Excellence in the Leadership,
    Support and Enhancement of Teaching Practice
    Associate Professor Elizabeth Koch Elder Conservatorium of Music,
    Faculty of Arts
    Excellence in Teaching and Support for Learning
    Dr Claudia Szabo School of Computer Science,
    Faculty of ECMS
    Excellence in Teaching and Support for Learning
    Professor Christophe Fumeaux School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering,
    Faculty of ECMS
    Excellence in HDR Supervisory Practice