The ALTF network supports quality learning and teaching in Australian Higher Education. Fellows are leading educators who undertake strategic, high-profile activities in areas of sectoral importance. Hosted at Curtin University, the ALTF represents 108 scholars from multiple institutions and diverse discipline communities.

The Fellowships program advances learning and teaching in higher education by supporting leading educators to undertake strategic, high profile activities in areas of importance to the sector. Through and beyond their fellowship activities, Fellows have a positive and lasting influence and impact on higher education practice in Australia.

Australian Learning and Teaching Fellowships were prestigious acknowledgements of individual expertise and influence. Fellowship selection was based on individuals’ demonstrated leadership capacity in higher education; the final 14 fellowships were awarded in 2016.

Fellowships afforded opportunities for individuals to undertake strategic programs of activities around identified educational issues, to develop their knowledge of the broader higher education environment in Australia, and to practise and further develop their leadership skills in this area.


The Fellows are key to catalysing and disseminating innovation and improvement in learning and teaching in higher education. The Fellowships allow individuals to deepen their expertise in learning and teaching, and to test the worth and impact of their ideas in practice among their colleagues and across institutions.

The Fellows lead change in learning and teaching. They are the cohort to ensure that good ideas do not languish on the shelf or remain con ned to small pockets of good practice. They push one another and they coax and coach others to ensure better learning and teaching outcomes. They are an investment in academic leadership.

To make big changes we need movers and shakers and the Fellowships develop that group.


2012 | Professor Margaret Gardner AO
Vice-Chancellor of Monash University

Committee Structure

ALTF Executive committee


Sally Kift, James Cook University

Project Leader / Vice-President

Dawn Bennett, Curtin University


Ron Oliver, Edith Cowan University

Mentorship Convener

Angela Carbone, Monash University

Events Convener

Romy Lawson, Murdoch University

Publications Convenor

Rachael Field

Indigenous Convenor

Sandy O’Sullivan, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

Website and online engagement

Nicolette Lee

General committee members

Trevor Cullen

Sarah O’Shea 

Fellowship Types

In 2014, the ALTF and OLT made the joint decision that all fellows would be referred to as Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows. The following is a comprehensive list of the various fellowship award names to date.

  • Office for learning and Teaching (OLT) National Senior Teaching Fellow
  • Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) National Teaching Fellow
  • Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) National Teaching Fellow
  • Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Teaching Fellow
  • Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Senior Teaching Fellow
  • Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Associate Teaching Fellow
  • Committee for University Teaching and Staff Development (CUTSD) National Teaching Fellow
  • Australian Universities Teaching Committee (AUTC) National Teaching Fellow

Contact us

If you have comments or queries, please contact the ALTF project manager here


ALTF Resource booklet