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Teaching Awards

Nominations due

20 May 2022 (S1)

7 November 2022 (S2) 

Applications due

6 June 2022 (S1)

7 November 2022 (S2) 

Selection criteria

CAP Teaching Awards Overview

Previous awardees


The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP) Teaching Awards were initiated in 2007 to recognise and encourage excellence in both coursework teaching and research supervision within our College. CAP students and staff are encouraged to nominate a convener, teacher, tutor, academic staff, colleague or team who excels at teaching.


The following awards are being offered by the College:

Commendation for Excellence in Education

This award recognises teachers and professional staff, including casual sessional workers, those renowned for their excellence as educators or who have made a broad and deep contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education through mentoring or other forms of support.

Commendation for Excellence in Supervision

This award recognises a sustained record of innovative and outstanding supervision of higher degree by research (HDR) students, including honours and research students within coursework Master’s Degrees.

NB: we encourage everyone to consider nominating ECRs (those with less than 5 years’ experience working in HE, but who have been employed at ANU for at least 1 year), those supporting indigenous education, as well as professional staff. They will be given particular consideration by the committee. Staff may not self-nominate.


To nominate, students/staff should use this form. Deadline: Friday 5pm, week 11.


Nominees are sent the nominations they have received (anonymised where that has been requested by the nominator) by email and are asked to submit 500-word “CAPCEA” applications via Wattle. Applications will be assessed by the selection committee against the CAP Teaching Awards - Criteria. Reference reports are not needed, but the ADSE may consult with the applicant’s DDE or supervisor to better understand their workload and their involvement in the program or course(s) for which they are nominated. Deadline: Monday 9am, in the week after the end of the semester.

In case of the Commendation for Excellence in Education, both the nominations and applications are sent to relevant course/program reps (at undergraduate/postgraduate level). In case of the Commendation for Excellence in Supervision, where a nominated supervisor has more than one HDR student, both the nominations and applications are sent to the HDR student rep (PARSA). In both cases, the student reps are asked to collate feedback from the student cohort on the nomination and the nominee’s “CAPCEA” response and submit a max. 250-word “CAPCEF” feedback form via Wattle. Deadline: Monday 5pm, in the second week after the end of the semester.

The Commendation for Excellence in Education is decided on by the Education Awards Selection Committee, chaired by the ADSE, while the Commendation for Excellence in Supervision is decided on by CAP’s HDR Committee, chaired by the ADHDR.

The application submitted for the CAP Teaching Awards may be used to apply for a Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence and/or an Australian Award for University Teaching application.

Tips and support for putting together an application

Support and advice will be provided to applicants via email or Zoom/Teams during the year’s two application periods. Previous recipients may not apply for three years after receiving a previous award in the same category.

Applicants are notified after the committee ranking meeting and successful applicants will be announced at the last College Forum of the year.


Updated:  24 April, 2017/Responsible Officer:  Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team