The OEA carries a cash award as well as an education-related grant which is intended to enable the awardee to engage in activities that will support and enhance his/her role as an educator and contribute to teaching/learning at NUS. These activities include:
- Developing courseware/new instructional materials
- Engaging in classroom/action research
- Taking education courses
- Attending education conferences
- Undertaking an attachment to some teaching/learning centre abroad that is strong in an area that the person is interested in e.g., distance delivery and Problem Based Learning.
All OEA nominees should be faculty members (full-time or part-time*) and should also be current faculty teaching award winners. In addition, they should have taught for at least three years preceding the award and nominations must be accompanied with supporting student feedback and peer review reports. Any staff who has received the OEA award previously, will not be eligible for the OEA exercise for the next five years.
Another award to recognise excellent teaching for a given year is the Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA).
- part-time and adjunct teaching staff, but not visiting staff
- part-time teaching staff who have substantial involvement over an extended period. This includes teaching at least one module/semester in its entirety (i.e. not just a part of a team-taught module/course), and engaging in various teaching activities; should be involved, at least, in lecturing, tutoring and assessment.