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What is the Curtin Academy

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The Curtin Academy has been established to recognise, reward, enable and extend excellence in teaching at the University, nationally and internationally.

The overarching purpose of the Curtin Academy is to promote a culture of teaching excellence by engaging our outstanding teachers, and allowing them to provide colleagues the opportunity to learn from their expertise and exceptional pedagogical practice (Teaching, Learning and Student Experience Plan 2013-2017, p.6).


The Curtin Academy is an active honorary network of exceptional staff committed to and passionate about the collaboration and dissemination of teaching excellence at Curtin.

It aims to:

  • Provide strategic leadership and advice in learning and teaching;
  • Provide strategic advice to the University in relation to scholarly teaching and/or the scholarship of teaching;
  • Foster innovation, development and enhancement of teaching excellence;
  • Promote and encourage a culture of teaching excellence;
  • Create an independent, learned voice to advocate on behalf of learning and teaching;
  • Create opportunities for teachers to interact regarding the scholarship and/or experience of learning and teaching; and
  • Inform and support the Curtin’s learning and teaching priorities.


The benfits of being inducted in to the Curtin Academy includes:

  • Create a sense of ‘belonging’ for exceptional teaching staff;
  • Provide recognition for and acknowledgement of staff for excellence in teaching;
  • Promote a University culture of teaching excellence;
  • Encourage collegiality in sharing expertise and exceptional pedagogical practice;
  • Provide professional development and career opportunities; and
  • Enhance the quality of teaching at Curtin by providing strategic leadership and advice.


Curtin Academy fellows will be expected to participate in the following ways

  • Take leadership in learning and teaching
  • Be actively involved in peer review of teaching
  • Contribute to one Curtin Academy project per annum
  • Attend collegiate events and/or induction of new fellows (3-6 per annum)
  • Provide advice on strategic learning and teaching matters
  • Assist with the development of learning and teaching strategy and
  • Foster communication and connection between Schools, Faculties and the Curtin Academy

NB: Applicants should discuss their commitment with their Head of School (or equivalent).