Learning and Teaching

Learning and teaching excellence

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Today, our education and research have the ability to shape the world like never before.

In Arts & Social Sciences, we are at the forefront of providing cutting-edge programs that create a dynamic between staff and students that fosters teaching and learning excellence.

First-rate facilities and quality teaching

Our first-rate facilities support our academic depth, vibrant community and interactive methods to ensure that everyone gains the most value from each experience.

The quality of teaching delivered consistently receives recognition from within UNSW, our students, and the community with which we engage.

Our diverse educational programs, from individually supervised higher degree research, through to professionally oriented postgraduate coursework and specialist and generalist undergraduate programs continue to develop graduates who are leaders, critical thinkers and significant contributors to positive social change.


Dean’s Learning and Teaching Awards

As we continue to refine and improve the quality and relevance of every students learning experience, we believe learning and teaching excellence should be recognised and rewarded.

The Dean’s Awards for Learning and Teaching seek to highlight outstanding contributions and innovations to learning and teaching in Arts & Social Sciences each year.

There are three categories that may be awarded each year, with prize money allocated for learning and teaching and professional development endeavours:

  1. Dean’s award for Teaching Excellence
  2. Dean’s award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  3. Dean’s award for Programs that Enhance Learning

Guidelines and nomination

The Dean's Learning and Teaching Award guidelines and application form are available for staff to download using the links below:

Student nomination

We are always striving to improve the learning experience for our students and this year we’re giving you the chance to nominate teachers you believe should be rewarded for teaching excellence. To nominate one of your teachers for the 2016 Dean's Learning and Teaching Awards, simply complete the Student Nomination Form using the link below:

For more information on excellence in Learning and Teaching at UNSW, please visit the UNSW Teaching website.

2015 Dean’s learning and teaching awardees

Congratulations to our 2015 award recipients:

  • Melanie White (Social Sciences) for Teaching Excellence - General 
  • Leila Morsy (Education) for Teaching Excellence – Early Career 
  • Brigid Costello (The Arts & Media) for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning 
  • Ludmila Stern, Sandra Hale and Sean Cheng (Humanities & Lanagues) for Programs that Enhance Learning

2014 Dean’s learning and teaching awardees

Congratulations to our 2014 award recipients:

  • Mira Kim (Humanities & Languages) for Teaching Excellence - General
  • Phiona Stanley (Education) for Teaching Excellence - Early Career
  • Josh Mei-Ling Dubrau (Arts & Media) for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • Chihiro Thomson (Humanities & Languages) for Outstanding Leadership in Higher Degree Supervision
  • Jodi Brooks (Arts & Media) for Outstanding Track Record in Higher Degree Supervision
  • James Lee and Henar Vicente Cristobal (Humanities & Languages) for Programs that Enhance Learning

2013 Dean’s learning and teaching awardees

  • Terry Cumming (Education) for Excellence in Teaching
  • Wlliam Armour (Humanities & Languages) for best contribution to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL)
  • Shirley Scott (Social Sciences) for best Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) publication

2012 Dean’s learning and teaching awardees

  • Mina Roces (Humanities & Languages) for Excellence in Teaching
  • Japanese Tutors Team (Humanities & Languages) for Excellence in Sessional Teaching
  • Emily Booker (Journalism & Media Research Centre) for best Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) publication
  • Laura Shepherd (Social Sciences) for best Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) publication
  • After Standards Team - Professor Sean Brawley, Associate Professor Jennifer Clark (UNE), Asociate Professor Chris Dixon (UNE), Dr Lisa Ford, Dr Shawn Ross, Dr Stuart Upton, Leah Grolman for best Contribution to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL)
  • Dr Aniko Hatoss (Humanities & Languages) for Excellence in the Application of Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching