Teaching Awards

La Trobe University delivers an innovative, relevant and responsive academic program. The recognition of, and reward for, learning and teaching activities that achieve these objectives are high priorities for the University. La Trobe provides opportunities for outstanding teaching to be recognised through the:

  1. Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT)
  2. Vice Chancellor's Education Awards

La Trobe’s teaching awards use the AAUT award criteria to support staff in progressing to the AAUT scheme and achieving national recognition for their teaching initiatives.

To find out more, please visit the La Trobe Teaching Awards [Staff login required].


Previous Awardees

Outstanding contributions to student learning amongst our staff community are recognised annually by the University and the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT).

The following La Trobe University staff are previous award winners:

2021

  • Dr Dana Wong
    For training confident, competent, inspired clinicians to deliver neuropsychological interventions for people living with brain conditions.
  • Associate Professor Daswin De Silva
    For development of curricula with real-world cases that deconstruct the technical complexities, practical applications and ethical implications of Artificial Intelligence.
  • Dr Kate Ashman
    For an accounting work placement program in a regional setting to foster industry engagement and employment outcomes.
  • Dr Laura Whitburn, Dr Di Hughes, Associate Professor Rod Green, Dr Lloyd White, Mr Heath McGowan, Dr Anita Zacharias and Dr Aaron McDonald
    For a discipline-wide collegial approach in the context of developing sustainable blended learning content in anatomy.
  • Associate Professor Louise Lexis, Dr Brianna Julien, Mr Jason Brown, Dr Caroline Taylor, Dr Jarrod Church, Dr Jency Thomas and Dr Chris van der Poel,
    For developing an integrated curriculum that supports Bachelor of Health Sciences students to become career ready 21st century graduates.
  • 2020

    AAUT Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

    Dr Amanda Shaker

    For the creation of engaging and supportive classroom environments that inspire learning of statistics curriculum among cohorts diverse in size, need and background.

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    Professor Darren Henry

    For enhancing student learning, engagement and work readiness through the integration of authentic, experiential simulation activities into the finance curriculum.

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    Dr Monica Peddle

    For pioneering excellence in creating and sustaining an effective, innovative web-based resource to develop nontechnical skills in undergraduate health professional maintaining patient safety.

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    Vice-Chancellor's Sessional Teaching Award

    • Hosu Ryu and Danny Fryer 
      for their approaches to teaching and the support of learning that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn.

    Vice-Chancellor's Early Career Teaching Award

    • Dr Amanda Shaker
      For the creation of engaging and supportive classroom environments that inspire learning of statistics curriculum among cohorts diverse in size, need and background.
    • Dr Anita Mackay
      Fostering the engagement, wellbeing and acquisition of foundational legal skills of first-year law students through innovative curriculum and well-targeted resources and support.

    Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award

    • The Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Course Leadership Team

    Dr Jessica Biesiekierski (Team Leader)
    Dr Deanna Horvath
    Emma Stirling
    Dr Amy Larsen
    Dr Melissa Buultjens
    Associate Professor Evan Robertson
    Dr Pallavi Sharma
    Dr Michael Andrews
    Michael Coldrey
    Cate Elliott

    Equity and excellence, a recipe for success: Leadership of Australia’s first authentically accessible nutrition degree with a sustained outstanding student experience.

    • Human Biosciences Employability Team

    Dr Louise Lexis (Team Leader)
    Dr Brianna Julien
    Jason Brown
    Dr Caroline Taylor
    Dr Almas Juma
    Dr Jarrod Church
    Dr Jency Thomas
    Dr Chris van der Poel

    For developing an integrated curriculum that supports Bachelor of Health Sciences students to become 21st century career ready graduates.

    • Dr Monica Peddle 

    For pioneering excellence in creating and sustaining an effective, innovative web-based resource to develop nontechnical skills in undergraduate health professionals maintaining patient safety.

    • Accounting Experiential Learning Team

    Dr Kate Ashman (Team Leader)
    Carolyn Scott

    For outstanding contributions to increasing low SES regional accounting students’ employability through innovative industry engagement and scholarly approach to work placement program


    Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teacher of the Year

    • Human Biosciences Employability Team

    Dr Louise Lexis (Team Leader)
    Dr Brianna Julien
    Jason Brown
    Dr Caroline Taylor
    Dr Almas Juma
    Dr Jarrod Church
    Dr Jency Thomas
    Dr Chris van der Poel

    For developing an integrated curriculum that supports Bachelor of Health Sciences students to become 21st-century career-ready graduates.

    2019

    AAUT Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

    • Dilhani Premaratna
      Bridging theory and the real-world through case studies that simulate real life disease
      scenarios to enhance the student learning experience in animal biosecurity

    Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teacher of the Year

    • Siann Bowman
      Inspiring and empowering occupational therapy students to learn mental health practice.

    Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence

    • Siann Bowman
      Inspiring and empowering occupational therapy students to learn mental health practice
    • Andrea Maree Bruder
      Learning to look after yourself. Transforming Physiotherapy curricula through meaningful activities that promote health and well-being.
    • Dianne Cox, Sarah Maclean, Darran Stonehouse, Chris Horsell, Sian Anderson, Kathleen Maltzahn, and Laura Meese
      For encouraging a diverse cohort of students across four campuses to appreciate the importance of policy analysis and advocacy in social work practice.
    • Sally Mastwyk and Rachael McAleer
      From student to tutor: transforming physiotherapy students’ learning utilising peer supported simulated practical classes.
    • Lachlan McDonald-Kerr
      For dynamic and meaningful approaches to teaching and student engagement that inspires, motivates and influences learning in undergraduate and postgraduate accounting subjects.
    • Kok-Leong Ong, Damminda Alahakoon, and Daswin De Silva 
      For delivery of a highly successful postgraduate program in Business Analytics, contributing to the University’s mission on teaching innovation, outstanding student experience and graduate employability.
    • Ross O’Shea and Elvan Djouma
      For sustained excellence in inspiring student engagement in pharmacology through the development and delivery of authentic curriculum relevant to disciplinary and occupational outcomes.
    • Jenny Selkirk-Bell and Yeliz Boglev
      For connecting transnational students in Singapore undergraduate science degrees with the University through service delivery and curriculum

    2018

    AAUT Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

    • Dr Belinda Abbott, Dr Peter Barnard, Dr Jason Dutton, Ms Mandeep Kaur, and Dr Evan Robertson
      The Chemistry Capstone Team developed a new project-based laboratory experience where undergraduate chemistry students design, and implement strategies to solve research problems using a range of scientific resources at their disposal. The capstone projects support critical thinking, independence, encourage deeper levels of learning and provides training in successful teamwork. This empowering approach markedly improves student engagement and has led to a significant improvement in results.

    Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence

    • Dr Brian Grills
      For delivery of an inspiring Pathophysiology curriculum to large, diverse student cohorts that stimulates student engagement and learning for their future professions.
    • Dr Catherine Padmore, Dr Hester Joyce and Dr Tonya Stebbins
      For developing a writing toolbox to bring cohesion of content and cohort to a first-year interdisciplinary subject.

    La Trobe University Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

    • Dr Anne-Maree Sawyer
      For developing effective, accessible and stimulating resources for student learning in a fully online second-year Sociology subject.
    • Anthony Francis
      For empowering and inspiring Prosthetics and Orthotics students to apply evidence-based practice through collaboration and engagement with clinical experts and patients in authentic clinical settings.
    • Dr Brian Grills
      For delivery of an inspiring Pathophysiology curriculum to large, diverse student cohorts that stimulates student engagement and learning for their future professions.
    • Dr Catherine Padmore, Dr Hester Joyce and Dr Tonya Stebbins
      For developing a writing toolbox to bring cohesion of content and cohort to a first-year interdisciplinary subject.
    • Dr Chris Bruce
      For sparking connections through digital technologies in Allied Health learning and teaching – inspiring curiosity in Occupational Therapy students through flexible learning for the 21st century.
    • Dr Jasvir Kaur Nachatar Singh
      For transforming a University-wide subject Leadership: What Matters to inspire leadership capacities in undergraduate third-year students.
    • Dr Laura Griffin
      For Thinking Like a Lawyer: motivating Business students to learn Law, and equipping them to do it well.
    • Dr Laura Whitburn, Dr Diane Hughes, Dr Aaron McDonald, Dr Sherrie Wentworth, Dr Rodney Green, Dr Lloyd White, Dr Jency Thomas, Ms Anita Zacharias, Mr Heath McGowan and Dr Richard Fernandez
      For the power of peer-review: a discipline-wide collegial approach in the context of developing sustainable blended learning content in Anatomy.
    • Dr Petrus Antonius Usmanij
      For providing innovative learning and teaching of real business context in capstone subject through experiential learning and real-life problem solving.
    • Dr Shirmila Dilhani Premaratna
      For bridging theory and the real world through case studies that simulate real life disease scenarios to enhance the student learning experience in Animal Biosecurity.

    La Trobe University Commendations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

    • Dr Julie Rudner
      For transforming students into planning and urban design experts through Designing Children’s Environments.
    • Dr Megan Maher, Dr Jeff Yeoman, Dr Linda Ward, Deepti Varghese-Jose, Dr Marc Kvansakul and Dr Begoña Heras
      For transforming the research program of the Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics through integration with Departmental research programs, aimed at improved student engagement and outcomes.

    2017

    Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence

    • Dr Louise Lexis and Dr Brianna Julien
      For the transformation of a traditionally delivered exercise physiology module into a contemporary curriculum comprised of blended learning and laboratory-based inquiry oriented learning.
    • Dr Sarah Midford, Dr Sara James and Dr Quinn Eades
      For best-practice blended curriculum design of interdisciplinary core subjects that support the success and retention of Bachelor of Arts students through active learning and cohort building.

    La Trobe University Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

    • Dr Ross O'Shea and Dr Elly Djouma
      For sustained excellence in the development and delivery of flexible and effective curricula in pharmacology that inspires student engagement and promotes independent learning.
    • Dr Phillip Edwards 
      For enhancing student participation and retention rates in an undergraduate Archaeology subject, leading to student success.
    • Dr Louise Lexis and Dr Brianna Julien
      For the transformation of a traditionally delivered exercise physiology module into a contemporary curriculum comprised of blended learning and laboratory-based inquiry oriented learning.
    • Dr Sarah Midford, Dr Sara James and Dr Quinn Eades
      For best-practice blended curriculum design of interdisciplinary core subjects that support the success and retention of Bachelor of Arts students through active learning and cohort building.

    AAUT Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

    • Dr Bert De Groef, Dr Sylvia Grommen and Dr Peter Sale 
      For development of a flipped 1st year animal and agricultural sciences subject offering an engaging and authentic curriculum to different student cohorts.
    • Dr Deborah Jackson
      For excellence in the development, teaching and leadership of the College-wide Maths Skills Program, which provides mathematics support for students.

    2016

    Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence

    • Dr Bert De Groef, Dr Sylvia Grommen and Dr Peter Sale 
      For development of a flipped 1st year animal and agricultural sciences subject offering an engaging and authentic curriculum to different student cohorts.

    La Trobe University Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

    • Dr Belinda Abbott, Dr Peter Barnard, Dr Jason Dutton, Ms Mandeep Kaur, and Dr Evan Robertson
      For transforming the laboratory experience for third year students.
    • Dr Bert De Groef, Dr Sylvia Grommen and Dr Peter Sale 
      For development of a flipped 1st year animal and agricultural sciences subject offering an engaging and authentic curriculum to different student cohorts.
    • Dr Eric Pardede
      For developing innovative learning activities and assessments that engage student learning in an entrepreneurship subject for a large cohort of IT students.
    • Dr Rebecca Waese
      For developing effective, dynamic and engaging approaches to collaborative and independent learning and creating a sense of cohort in a large first-year class

    AAUT Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

    • Dr Rhiannon Evans and Ms Sarah Midford
      For revitalising the study of ancient Rome by engaging and enthusing diverse student cohorts to explore the contemporary value of antiquity utilising accessible, digital and learner-centred resources.
    • Dr Sue Gillett
      For implementing a regional, industry-partnership curriculum that embeds arts and communication subjects into festivals and exhibitions, providing students with experiential learning and developing work-ready employability.
    • Dr Suzane Vassallo
      For transforming Orthoptic students' learning of optics through curriculum redesign grounded in Enquiry Based Learning and supported via authentic contemporary case studies and innovative multimedia.

    2015

    Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence

    • Dr Suzane Vassallo
      For sustained commitment to innovation in the teaching of Orthoptics using peer assessment and case studies, resulting in outstanding improvements in indicators of student success and retention.

    La Trobe University Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

    • Mr Brendon Munge
      For excellence in designing and facilitating student-centred learning pedagogies that overcome barriers to engagement, access and achievement in an undergraduate outdoor education program.
    • Dr Deborah Jackson
      For excellence in the development, teaching and leadership of the College-wide Maths Skills Program, which provides mathematics support for students.
    • Dr Sarah Yang Spencer and Dr Nicholas Pawsey
      For implementing a student‐centred approach to engaging cost accounting students and integrating graduate capability assessment into the classroom.
    • Dr Sue Gillett
      For the development and implementation of an innovative creative industries partnership model of curriculum, embedding multidisciplinary arts subjects into unique cultural events in regional cities.
    • Dr Suzane Vassallo
      For transforming Orthoptic students' learning of optics through curriculum design grounded in Enquiry Based Learning and supported via authentic contemporary case studies and innovative multimedia.
    • Dr Terri Meehan-Andrews
      Positive effect of student response systems and course specific case studies for teaching a 'common' Pathophysiology subject.
    • Ms Diane Hughes, Ms Anita Zacharias, Mr Brett Allender and Assoc. Prof. Rodney Green
      Innovative subject design in human Anatomy that provides flexible access to quality blended learning experiences and expanded degree offerings across multiple regional campuses.

    AAUT Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

    • Dr Felicity Blackstock
      For pioneering the integration of simulation based learning in physiotherapy education at a national level which motivates, inspires and enriches students' development of professional skills.
    • Dr Brianna Julien & Dr Louise Lexis
      For developing a scaffolded capstone curriculum that supports physiology students to become scientists by using academic advisors, self-paced learning and authentic assessments in new ways.

    2014

    Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence

    • Dr Ralph Newmark
      For facilitating experiential active learning through music and food to motivate students and enhance deeper understandings of issues and challenges in Latin American history.

    La Trobe University Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

    • Dr Regina Belski
      For creating an engaging, practice-oriented learning environment in nutrition and dietetics which inspires students to become self-reflective, independent, life-long learners.
    • Dr John Bevacqua
      For engaging non-law students studying law subjects through developing imaginative online learning resources that motivate them to learn more and perform better.
    • Dr Mary Debrett & Dr Susan Lawler
      For development of a unique, media-rich cross-disciplinary approach to online teaching, facilitating flexible, engaged, independent learning, as exemplified in the subject, Science in the Media.
    • Ms Nicole El Haber, Mr Greg Jamieson, Ms Swati Nagpal & Ms Elaine Plant
      For the development and delivery of an innovative, multi-campus, first year subject using blended-learning technologies and resulting in high levels of student engagement and success.
    • Dr Brianna Julien & Dr Louise Lexis
      The creation of an innovative capstone program in advanced human physiology that promotes discipline-specific research skills, team work skills, and scientific communication skills.
    • Dr Carol McKinstry
      For establishing community engagement opportunities for occupational therapy students that develop graduate capabilities through working with secondary students from a refugee background.
    • Dr Rhiannon Evans & Ms Sarah Midford
      For developing a high-quality student-directed learning experience in ancient world studies incorporating innovative resources and assessment as well as cutting-edge m-learning tools.
    • Dr Andrew Hahne, Ms Sally Sheppard & Dr Felicity Blackstock
      For instituting a simulated professional conference aimed at enhancing independent learning and knowledge exchange among final-year physiotherapy students.
    • Dr Louise Ward & Ms Sinead Barry
      For developing stARTalking, an innovative, effective program that enhances communication skills for undergraduate nursing students.

    AAUT Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

    • Dr Regina Belski
      For creating an engaging, practice-oriented learning environment in nutrition and dietetics which inspires students to become self-reflective, independent, life-long learners.
    • La Trobe Learning & Research Services Team, Ms Fiona Salisbury, Ms Jenny Corbin, Ms Heather Hulett, Ms Sharon Karasmanis and Ms Tracy Robertson
      For transforming undergraduate information literacy education through development of a coherent learning and teaching model that is adaptable and responsive to curriculum design across disciplines.
    • Dr Bret Stephenson
      For improving student engagement in the first-year through the development, design and delivery of the highly innovative and effective First Year Seminar.
    • Dr Alistair Stewart
      For innovative approaches to development of place-responsive pedagogy and curricula in the field of outdoor and environmental education.

    2007-2013