Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards
We were again extremely impressed with the high standard of teaching demonstrated by the Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award (TTEA) recipients in the 2010 round. As organisers, it is a very special event for Ako Aotearoa. Watching Marty Vreede of Universal College of Learning, Whanganui, receive the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award was a great highlight. The presentation of the first Kaupapa Māori Award (for sustained excellence in teaching in a kaupapa Māori context) to Te Kahautu Maxwell from The University of Waikato was another. We were also very pleased with the increased level of media coverage the awards received on TV ONE’s Te Kāea and Close Up programmes, and on Radio New Zealand: National’s Kim Hill show. We wish all of the award recipients the very best with their teaching careers and future opportunities. 2011 round – nominations close 31 March 2011 With 2010 racing quickly out the door, we turn to the 2011 round of the TTEAs and recommend all those considering submitting a nomination (individual teachers or teaching teams) to do the following:
- Go to www.akoaotearoa.ac.nz/awards to download the nomination form and all relevant criteria and guidelines information for 2011.
- Make contact with the Ako Aotearoa Regional Hub staff in your area for advice and guidance on the process. (Their contact details are in the criteria and guidelines document.)
All nominations must be submitted to Ako Aotearoa national office by 5pm on Thursday, 31 March 2011.
Key points for 2011 awards
Changes to the 2011 criteria and guidelines are minimal and focus on clarifying details in the “Eligibility criteria for nomination” and “portfolio process” sections. Key points to remember are:
- As with last year, there are up to twelve awards of $20,000 across two categories – General (sustained excellence in tertiary teaching) and Kaupapa Māori (sustained excellence for teaching in a kaupapa Māori context).
- One of the 2011 award recipients will be chosen to receive the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award, which is worth an additional $10,000.
- As well as individual teachers, Ako Aotearoa welcomes nominations from teaching teams (no limit in size).
- The number of nominations and successful awardees from areas of the tertiary sector beyond the universities and institutes of technology and polytechnics has increased in recent years, particularly the private training establishment sector. Our regional hub-hosted portfolio preparation workshops have contributed to this. We encourage teachers from all areas of the sector to seek advice about the portfolio process from our hubs, and mentors from the Ako Aotearoa Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence.
- Nominations must be submitted through the nominee’s organisation, signed and endorsed by the chief executive officer, tumuaki, or vice-chancellor.
Go to www.akoaotearoa.ac.nz/awards to download all documentation relating to 2011 applications.