Frequently Asked Questions

Purpose of Awards

What is the purpose of ADEA?

The main purpose of ADEA is to promote good teaching through thoughtful integration of appropriate technology. This award is not intended to provide recognition simply for bringing technology into the classroom.

Types of Awards

Should the teaching awards at the faculty level also have two kinds of awards, FTEA and FDEA? Or is this decision left to FTEC?

It would make sense to create a local FDEA, but the decision is left to the faculty.


Are nominations to ADEA and ATEA mutually exclusive?

Yes. Applications may be submitted for only one university-level teaching award per year.

Can an applicant submit an individual award (for ATEA or ADEA) and also submit an application for a Team award (ATEA or ADEA)?

No. Applications may be submitted for only one university-level teaching award per year.

Can an applicant submit an individual award for (ATEA or ADEA) and be a member of a Team award application (ATEA or ADEA)?

Yes. Applications may be submitted for only one university-level teaching award per year, but it is possible for an individual nominee to be a member of a Team application as long as that individual is not the Team leader.

Can an Honour Roll awardee apply as a member of Team award?

Yes, all Honour Roll awardees (including existing awardees) will be able to apply for ADEA or ATEA awards under the Team sub-category as a member but not as a leader.

Can an Honour Roll awardee be eligible for ADEA?

Yes, but only as a member of a Team sub-category of ADEA—not as a Team leader.

Can ATEA Honour Roll awardee lead the Team award?


Can ADEA/ATEA applicants apply directly or nominate themselves to UTEC without going through FTEC?

No. All applicants (OEA/ADEA/ATEA), whether they are asked to apply by FTEC or decide to apply themselves, need to be supported by an FTEC report (a citation). Only FTEC can submit nominations to UTEC.


How will ADEA impact Honour Roll?

All applicants who have received an award (ADEA/ATEA) three times, will be awarded the Honour Roll. This applies to individuals in the case of Individual awards and to the team leader in the case of Team awards.


Is there a quota for Faculty Teaching Awards?

Faculty award quotas are a faculty matter and to be decided locally.

Is there any limit in the number of team members in the event of Team award?

No, but the Team leader and members will need to discuss and decide on what is an appropriate size for their own team in order to collaborate and work together effectively.



Who receives the money for Team awards?

The award money will be credited into the Team leader’s account and the Team leader will distribute the money among team members.

Are team members considered as ADEA/ATEA awardees?

Yes, they will share the award money as well as being recognized at the university-wide Teaching Awards Ceremony.



For the demonstration of evidence (e.g. students’ work), will these be submitted as a separate appendix with the application?

Applicants are encouraged to integrate evidence in their impact narratives as part of the Teaching Statement. The evidence should be analysed and interpreted in relation to the claims about impact of teaching in the narrative. Raw data that are left unexplained are less helpful and should not be included.

Is it necessary to attach and submit student feedback and peer review reports together with the Teaching statement or Digital portfolio?

For ADEA and ATEA applications, there is no need to attach reports on student feedback or peer reviews. However, it is important to make use of the information in the student feedback and peer reviews as a potential source of evidence to demonstrate impact on students’ learning in your teaching statement.

In the past, ATEA is evaluated with respect to teaching contributions in one year (year under review). What about ADEA? Can nominee include what is going on in the current semester?

The awards (OEA/ATEA/ADEA) are no longer limited to work done in the past 3 years (OEA) or 1 year (ATEA/ADEA) and this is to foster development of teaching over time. The criteria will help to guide applicants to prepare and write their teaching statement (and where relevant 3-minute video). While an applicant can submit a Teaching Statement based on work done for one semester, it may be challenging for the person to provide a reflective and narrative that demonstrates compelling evidence of impact.

There is a limit of 5 individual attachments using the MS Form submission. Can the applicant consolidate everything into one document, if preferred?

It is expected that the applicant will submit (1) a brief Teaching statement, using the Teaching statement Word document template, and (2) a 3-minute video (for ADEA—optional for ATEA).

The final submission will be using the MS Form from Microsoft Office 365. How do you ensure security of the data?

NUS IT is supporting CDTL to ensure the Teaching Awards submission is secure and private.

Is it necessary to use the Word template provided for submission? 

Applicants are encouraged to use the template as it would help the FTECs and UTEC in their evaluations but they are free to provide their own format in the Word document (adhering to the 1,500 word limit and taking into consideration the criteria) for the ADEA/ ATEA digital portfolios.

Is it possible to use images in the teaching statement?

Yes. Images can be included in the ADEA/ ATEA digital portfolios. Images alone will not add to word count.

Are there two deadlines for application submissions?

Yes. The first application submission deadline is the internal faculty due date. This deadline is determined by the faculty (or school) internally and will vary from faculty to faculty. Applicants (who need to be current faculty/school teaching award winner) need to submit their applications by the internal deadline to their faculty teaching evaluation committee (FTEC).

After this, the FTEC will decide which of the applicants to nominate and then send through those nominations to CDTL by the UTEC deadline of 30 October.

FTEC matters

Is it necessary for FTECs to rank their nominees?

Yes. The FTEC cover letter provides a column for ranking of nominees before submission to UTEC. This serves two key evaluative purposes for UTEC: (a) an indication of the level of recognition of nominees as perceived by FTEC; and (b) the need for FTEC evaluative judgments of potential nominees in view of the absence of quota.

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