The Early Career Teaching Award encourages developing teachers in the early stages of their career in Australian Universities and higher education providers who demonstrate potential for excellence. It is intended to recognise Candidates whose skill and commitment to teaching in psychology, and promotion of student learning, places them significantly ahead of their peers.

Each year up to three Early Career Teaching Awards may be conferred.

1. Eligibility

  1. Candidates must be Members of the Society.
  2. Candidates should be currently engaged in teaching in Australia at any level within the higher education system.
  3. Candidates should have held an academic position (at least Level B) for no longer than a total of 60 active months, not necessarily continuous, at the time of the closing date for nominations.

2. Judging criteria

  1. In judging Candidates for the award, the Selection Committee will have regard to:
    1. The Candidate’s interest and enthusiasm for teaching and for the promotion of student learning
    2. The Candidate’s ability to organise course material and to present it cogently and engagingly
    3. The Candidate’s command of subject matter
    4. Provision of appropriate student assessment by the Candidate
    5. The Candidate’s professional and systematic approach to teaching development
    6. The Candidate’s participation in professional activities and research relating to teaching
    7. The Candidate’s philosophical approach to teaching.

3. Value of the Award

  1. Successful Candidates for an Early Career Teaching Award will:
    1. Be offered a one year membership of the Society, for the following twelve (12) month period at no cost  
    2. Be invited to present a paper on their work at the Society’s Annual Conference in the year following the receipt of their Early Career Teaching Award. Upon acceptance of this invitation, successful Candidates will be entitled to complimentary:
      1. Domestic economy class travel between their home city and the conference destination
      2. Accommodation (room and breakfast only) for up to three (3) nights at a hotel near the conference venue
      3. Conference registration
    3. Receive an Early Career Teaching Award plaque.

4. Administration of Early Career Teaching Award

4.1 Nomination Process

  1. A call for nominations for the Early Career Teaching Award will be:
    1. Advertised in InPsych
    2. Provided to the Heads of School or Department of each tertiary institution or higher education provider.
  2. Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by another person.
  3. Nominations should be submitted in writing using the Society’s nomination form and must include:
    1. A letter of nomination addressing the items referred to in section 2
    2. A curriculum vitae.
  4. Nominations should be submitted electronically in PDF format to the Administrator, Science and Education, Australian Psychological Society via science@psychology.org.au, by the closing date.

4.2 Selection Process

  1. A Board appointed Selection Committee will be responsible for:
    1. Determining a shortlist of appropriate Candidate/s for receipt of the Award
    2. Recommending appropriate Candidates to the Board for endorsement.

4.3 Award Presentation

  1. All Candidates (both successful and unsuccessful) will be formally notified in writing before any public announcement is made.
  2. An acknowledgement of the successful Candidate will be published on the APS website and in the Society’s bimonthly bulletin, InPsych, and other relevant psychology and education publications in February of the year following the receipt of their Award.
  3. Each successful Candidate will be presented with an Early Career Teaching Award plaque, which will be presented at the APS Annual Conference in the year following the receipt of their Award. If a successful Candidate is unable to accept the invitation to attend the Society’s Annual Conference, their plaque will be forwarded after the Conference

5. Application form and closing date

Nominations close 27 June 2014.

Please email the completed forms and all supporting information to:

Any questions? If you have any queries, the Science and Education team can help on (03) 8662 3300 or email science@psychology.org.au.

6. Previous winners

2013
Dr Penny Van Bergen, Macquarie University
2012
Dr Erin O’Connor Queensland University of Technology
2011  Not awarded 
2010  Mr Gery Karantzas, Deakin University
Mrs Judith Gullifer, Charles Sturt University
2009  Not awarded 
2008  Dr Winnifred Louis, University of Queensland 
2007  Dr David Neumann, Griffith University 
2006 Dr Terry Bowles, Australian Catholic University
2005 Dr Nadine Pelling, University of South Australia
2004 Dr Lorelle Burton, University of Southern Queensland
2004 Dr Emma Little, RMIT
2003 Dr Julie Hansen, QUT (inaugural award)