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.

    Nominations are now closed.

  • Information Session & Mentor Program

    Information about the application process and assistance with writing your application is available.

    View the recording from the information session held on Wednesday 12 August 2020.

    You can also be matched with a mentor (previous recipient) should you wish.  Please contact us to be connected.

     

  • 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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  • Vice-Chancellors Award for Excellence recipients

    Year Name Area
    2016 Professor Michael Liebelt Faculty of ECMS
    2017 Professor Peter Hill

    School of Animal and Veterinary Science,
    Faculty of Sciences

    2018 Associate Professor Elizabeth Koch Elder Conservatorium of Music,
    Faculty of Arts
    2019 Dr Beth Loveys and Dr Karina Riggs (team) School of Agriculture, Food and Wine,
    Faculty of Sciences
  • 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
  • 2017 recipients

    Name Area Award
    Associate Professor Paul Sendziuk School of Humanities,
    Faculty of Arts
    Excellence in HDR Supervisory Practice
    Associate Professor Cathy Snelling and Associate Professor Sophie Karanicolas Adelaide Dental School,
    Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
    Excellence in the Leadership,
    Support and Enhancement of Teaching Practice
    Professor Peter Hill School of Animal and Veterinary Science,
    Faculty of Sciences
    Excellence in Teaching and Support for Learning
  • 2016 recipients

    Name Area Award
    Professor Gordon Howarth School of Animal and Veterinary Science,
    Faculty of Sciences
    Excellence in HDR Supervisory Practice
    Professor Megan Lewis School of Biological Sciences,
    Faculty of Sciences
    Excellence in HDR Supervisory Practice
    Professor Michael Liebelt School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering,
    Faculty of ECMS
    Excellence in the Leadership,
    Support and Enhancement of Teaching Practice
    Dr Joy McEntee School of Humanities,
    Faculty of Arts
    Excellence in Teaching and Support for Learning