Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards
These awards provide an opportunity for teachers to further their careers, celebrate success and share good practice in teaching.
Up to twelve awards of $20,000 will be awarded, across two categories:
- General – Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching (up to ten awards).
- Kaupapa Māori – Sustained Excellence for Tertiary Teaching in a Kaupapa Māori context (two or more awards).
The inaugural Excellence in Supporting Pacific Learners endorsement, worth an additional $5,000, will also be presented at the 2017 awards.
One award recipient will also be chosen to receive the prestigious Prime Minister’s Supreme Award, worth an additional $10,000.
- Watch our video about the Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards
- Watch our video about the TTEA nomination process
- Watch our video about how to prepare a portfolio for the TTEA
The national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards (TTEA) were established in 2001.
A key focus of the awards is to identify and reward teaching practices that are student-focused and committed to promoting effective learning. They are open to teachers from across the entire tertiary education sector. To date, more than 150 teachers have been celebrated through the Awards.
Funding for the Awards is provided by the Tertiary Education Commission and managed and administered by Ako Aotearoa.
Choosing the recipients
The TTEA Committee is responsible for setting the criteria for the Awards. They select the recipients from evidence provided in a portfolio submitted by each nominated teacher. The committee prepares a citation for each recipient, recognising their achievements.
The Tertiary Teaching Awards Committee for 2016 was chaired by Phil Ker, chief executive of Otago Polytechnic.
The committee members listed below show a wide range of stakeholder representation in tertiary education in New Zealand.
The other panel members were:
Presentation of the Awards
The awards are formally presented at a function at Parliament, jointly hosted by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (currently Hon Steven Joyce) and Chairperson of the Education and Science Select Committee (currently Dr Jian Yang MP). The Prime Minister presents his Supreme Award to one of the Sustained Excellence awardees.