JERAA Teaching Awards

In 2019, Phil Kafcaloudes has won the inaugural JERAA Teaching Award for his outstanding work in coordinating the coverage of “Election 2019”.

RMIT Industry Fellow Kafcaloudes was the executive producer for the 120-strong team for the three-hour program that was broadcast on Community Television and The Junction’s website. The show included students from more than 20 universities across Australia.

The judging panel was comprised of national teaching citation and award winners Professor Trevor Cullen (ECU), Teaching Fellow Caroline Graham (Bond), and Associate Professor Kristy Hess (Deakin).

Kafcaloudes wins a $2000 prize for his work on “Election 2019”.

Purpose

JERAA introduced a teaching award in 2019 to recognise outstanding work undertaken by journalism educators. This is considered important in a discipline that encourages practical, outward facing, engaged, and authentic approaches to learning and teaching. This award recognises journalism educators who are improving teaching and learning experiences for students in a fast-paced media society.

In 2020, JERAA has created an additional award for innovation in online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Awards

JERAA Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching in a Journalism Program ($2000 prize)

  • Ongoing, fixed term, sessional and casual staff with at least one year’s experience teaching journalism who are members of JERAA may apply.
  • Prize will be judged by a panel including JERAA executive board members and journalism academics with national teaching citations.

JERAA Teaching Award for Innovation in Online Teaching (the COVID-19 pandemic edition)

  • A new prize that recognises innovations implemented in online teaching in journalism during the COVID-19 pandemic – $1000 prize
  • Finalists will give a short 5-minute presentation with 20 slides in an online forum during the 2020 JERAA Conference in December.
  • Finalists may be shortlisted by the JERAA Teaching Award Judging Panel.
  • Finalists must register for the conference to present.
  • Presentations will be judged by popular vote by attendees at the 2020 JERAA Conference.

Who can apply?

  • Ongoing, fixed term, sessional and casual staff with at least one year’s experience teaching in a recognised journalism program. This may be confirmed by a letter of support from a HoS or equivalent confirming the applicant’s role.
  • Applicants must be a member of JERAA (you may join JERAA in order to apply).

Criteria

JERAA Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching in a Journalism Program

Applications will be evaluated by a panel of leading journalism educators on the basis of:

  • Innovation, authenticity, impact and engagement in teaching techniques and/or projects that motivate students
  • Fostering a deeper understanding of journalism through education, and contributing to broader society
  • Demonstrating transformational approaches to understanding journalism and its practice, and/or the application of theoretical elements through journalism education
  • Commitment to the growth of journalism education.
  • The applicant’s reputation and standing within journalism education

Evidence to support the criteria can include (but is not limited to):

  • Grants and/or publications that enhance the scholarship of learning in journalism education
  • Support from Deputy VC (Education) or equivalent
  • Recommendations on the innovation of the teaching techniques
  • Peer and student feedback on the effectiveness of the learning activities

JERAA Teaching Award for Innovation in Online Teaching (the COVID-19 pandemic edition)

Applications may be shortlisted by a panel of leading journalism educators on the basis of:

  • Innovation, authenticity, impact and engagement in online teaching techniques and/or projects in that motivate students
  • Demonstrating transformational approaches to understanding journalism and its practice, and/or the application of theoretical elements through journalism education
  • Explanation of how the teaching was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the teaching design and delivery was transformed by the presenter
  • Adherence to the Ignite model of presentation (20 slides, auto-advancing every 15 seconds, and a 5-minute presentation).

Applications

JERAA Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching in a Journalism Program

The application should include:

  • An overview of two pages (maximum) of the teaching techniques and/or project in response to the criteria.
  • A brief budget of what the award will be spent on (for example, research or teaching related activities; conference attendance).
  • A teaching-focused CV which outlines your teaching roles and responsibilities, publications, grants, and education history. (You may include publications that are forthcoming only if they have been ‘Accepted’ for publication.)

JERAA Teaching Award for Innovation in Online Teaching (the COVID-19 pandemic edition)

Upload your 20 slides and answer include the following:

  • Name, title and university
  • Email
  • Mobile
  • Presentation Title
  • Summarize your topic in 140 characters (a “Tweet”)
  • Tell us how you think this will help other journalism educators improve their online teaching (maximum 200 words).

 Submission details

Applications close on October 30, 2020. Please email your application to JERAA VP (Awards) Jeanti St Clair at jeanti.stclair@scu.edu.au.

 

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