Teaching Awards and Grants

Dean's Awards for Outstanding Teaching | Dean's Awards for Excellence in Tutoring | Faculty USS Commendations



2017 is the first year this award has been introduced to the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies. These awards recognise, reward and promote excellence in teaching innovation. They are awarded annually and include a Faculty award and five School awards, one for each School in the Faculty.

The winner/s for The 2017 Dean's Awards for Teaching Innovation in 2016 were announced in June (see below), an award ceremony will follow later in the year.


2017 - Winners School Award type
Dr Joseph Lizier CIVIL Faculty Award

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Professor Archie Johnston presents A/Prof Abbas El-Zein with the Dean's Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2015 (awarded in 2016)

These awards recognise, reward and promote excellence in learning and teaching in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies. They are awarded annually and include a Faculty award and five School awards, one for each School in the Faculty.

The winner/s for The 2017 Dean's Awards for Outstanding Teaching in 2016 were announced in June (see below), an award ceremony will follow later in the year.


2017 - Winners School Award type
Dr Irena Koprinska SIT Faculty Award
Associate Professor Chengwang Lei CIVIL School Award (CIVIL)
Dr Liwei Li EIE School Award (EIE)

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Professor Archie Johnston presents Christopher Natoli with the Dean's Award for Outstanding Tutoring in 2015 (awarded in 2016)

The Dean's Awards for Outstanding Tutoring recognise, reward and promote excellence in facilitating student learning by tutors in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies. Both Faculty and School awards are awarded annually.

The winner/s for The 2017 Dean's Awards for Outstanding Tutoring in 2016 were announced in June (see below), an award ceremony will follow later in the year.


2016 - Winners School Award type
Miss Susmitha Suresh CIVIL Faculty Award
Mr Felix Kong AMME School Award (AMME)
Mr Conor Finn CIVIL School Award (CIVIL)
Miss Jessica McBroom SIT School Award (SIT)
Miss Suen Chew EIE School Award (EIE)
Miss Anastassia Kalinina SIT Commendation (SIT)

Faculty USS Commendations

The Faculty teaching commendation was introduced in 2012 and revised in 2013 and again in 2015. It is based on the student feedback collected from the USS surveys, and is awarded every semester to unit coordinators or teaching teams whose units satisfy the following rule:

number of student responses is >=10 and
number of enrolled students is [10,20], response rate is >= 50% and score is >= 4.4 or
number of enrolled students is [21,40], response rate is >= 50% and score is >= 4.3 or
number of enrolled students is [41,70], response rate is >= 50% and score is >= 4.2 or
number of enrolled students is [71,150], response rate is >= 50% and score is >= 4.1 or
number of enrolled students is >150, response rate is >= 45% and score is >= 3.95

where score = 0.5*(average(Q1_mean+Q2_mean +…+Q9_mean)) + 0.5*Q10_mean

The commendation rule considers three variables:

  • Student satisfaction - The responses of all 10 questions are taken into account but higher weigh is given to question 10 (overall satisfaction).
  • Class size - A sliding threshold is used to take into account that larger classes are more challenging to teach, involve more work and have higher impact as they affect more students.
  • Response rate - For units of study with less than 150 students, a minimum response rate of 50% is required. For units of study with more than 150 students, a minimum response rate of 45% is required. Units of study with less than 10 responders are not eligible for the commendation.

The 10 best units of study are also invited for lunch hosted by the Dean of Engineering and Information Technology.


Teaching Grants