Ako Aotearoa Academy

About the Academy

The Ako Aotearoa Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence (the Academy) is a professional community of innovative, passionate tertiary teachers and educators recognised and celebrated with national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards.

The Academy’s vision

The aim of this group is to foster, promote and support the development of excellent tertiary teachers throughout New Zealand; working with diverse learners in reciprocal, transformative learning partnerships.

Established in 2008, the Academy operates under Ako Aotearoa – the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence. 

To qualify for entry into the Academy, members must first be awarded a National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award, awarded annually.

Contributing to tertiary teaching practice

Academy members are encouraged to share their skills, knowledge and teaching expertise with colleagues and wider tertiary teaching networks across New Zealand.

Ways they do this include:

  1. mentoring colleagues to reflect on and refine their teaching practice
  2. promoting debate around teaching policy and practice
  3. supporting colleagues to develop teaching portfolios for their professional development and consideration for awards
  4. sharing their teaching practice, strategies and tips through regional seminars, at times organised in conjunction with Ako Aotearoa’s Regional Hub network
  5. collaborating and advocating excellent practice to stakeholders
  6. delivering the national Talking Teaching symposium - a popular two-day event focused on tertiary learning and teaching practice for the whole tertiary sector.

Their values

Everything they do is underpinned by the group’s values, including a strong commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and ako (reciprocity between learner and teacher), while drawing strength from the manaakitanga and whanaungatanga of diverse communities.

Contact the Academy

Academy members can help New Zealand's tertiary education sector in many different ways, so please contact the academy to discuss your organisation’s requirements.