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Tertiary teaching awards

Nominations for the University of Otago Awards for Excellence in Teaching and the National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards

Applications are due late January for the University of Otago Awards for Excellence in Teaching, and to be a nominee for the National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards.

Applicants who do not have an Otago Award can apply for An Otago Award, and they can also apply to be a nominee for the National Awards. Previous winners of Otago Awards who have not received a National Award can apply to be a nominee for the National Awards.

Self-nomination is the norm, but a teacher can be nominated by someone else. Nominees must have been a tertiary teacher in NZ for at least 6 years. The University provides support for nominees writing an application.

Otago awards

The University of Otago offers three Teaching Excellence Awards in the general category, and one Kaupapa Māori award.

Nominees submit their CV, their teaching profile and a 2000 word teaching statement by late January. Successful applicants will receive a certificate and $10,000 to support their learning and teaching.

National awards

All tertiary education organisations are able to nominate up to four teaching staff or teams for awards (no more than three of which may be in the general category). The national body awards up to 12 Ako Aotearoa National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards of $20,000, with no more than 10 in the general category and up to two in a kaupapa Māori context.

One of the 12 awardees will receive the Prime Minister’s Award with an additional $10,000. Applications to be a nominee for a National Award are due late January with the applications for Otago awards.

Applicants submit their previous Otago or National Award portfolio plus a one page statement about what is new or developed in their teaching since their last application that justifies their reapplying for a National Award. Successful applicants will need to prepare an 8000 word portfolio to be submitted by mid March.

University of Otago teachers who are interested in applying should download the application guidelines for the Otago Teaching Awards below.

Applications for nomination by the University of Otago usually close in mid-January, although the date may vary from year to year. Contact Assoc. Prof. Ben Daniel - - for more information.

Please download and read the award guidelines document below, which explains the process of applying, the criteria, and where to send your application.

Guidelines for the 2020 awards (PDF format, 81 KB)

Previous Teaching Award winners (PDF format, 71 KB)