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The VC's Distinguished and Senior Distinguished Teaching Award

Purpose

To stimulate scholarly teaching and teaching related activities, and to recognize a relatively new lecturer who is an exceptional teacher in his/her discipline.

Eligibility

This award is open to staff with ten or fewer years’ experience of teaching in higher education.  Nominees need to have been in full-time employment at Rhodes University for three years prior to nomination.  

Criteria

In addition to evidence of inspiring and enthusiastic teaching, the following criteria, which are not seen to be either exclusive or exhaustive, will be used as guidelines by the Committee evaluating candidates for the award. 

-Learning facilitation

The candidate provides evidence of teaching practice which:

  • creatively and effectively addresses the challenges of diversity in terms of students’ socio-cultural and linguistic backgrounds and learning styles;
  • uses a wide range of teaching methods appropriate to the discipline (including technology);
  • demonstrates mastery of disciplinary knowledge and of the way research in her/his discipline can inform teaching;
  • where appropriate incorporates interaction with learners into his/her teaching on a regular basis by, for example, instigating question and answer sessions and/or discussions in class;
  • provides opportunities for students to learn how knowledge is constructed in the discipline;
  • encourages and supports learners to be autonomous.

-Curriculum & assessment

The candidate provides evidence of course design which:

  • is relevant to and up-to-date with local, international, global and disciplinary contexts;
  • creatively and effectively responds to the diverse needs of a diverse student body;
  • is internally aligned with respect to purpose, outcomes, teaching & learning activities, assessment methods and criteria;
  • includes assessment activities aimed at enhancing student learning (including constructive and developmental feedback) and which are accountable and transparent
  • incorporates assessment as an integral part of the teaching and learning process.

-Critical Reflection

The candidate:

  • collects evidence from a variety of sources in order to evaluate his/her teaching and course design;
  • provides evidence of using information from evaluation to promote critical reflection on his/her teaching;
  • articulates clearly the link between teaching and research in his/her discipline. 

Evidence for having met the criteria for the award could be collected from a relatively narrow range of teaching across year levels and subject specialties.

THE VICE CHANCELLOR’S DISTINGUISHED AND SENIOR DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARD

Purpose

To stimulate scholarly teaching and teaching related activities, and to recognize an experienced lecturer who is an exceptional teacher in his/her discipline.

Eligibility

This award is open to staff with more than ten years’ experience of teaching in higher education.  Nominees need to have been in full-time employment at Rhodes University for three years prior to nomination.  

Criteria

The criteria for the award are the same as those for the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award. However, in addition, a candidate needs to provide evidence that s/he:

  • has been innovative in his/her teaching and has made significant contributions to teaching materials, teaching methods or the assessment of student learning in his/her discipline;
  • has met the criteria at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and across a range of subject specialities;
  • has taught in ways which have made a long term impact on students;
  • is concerned to advance the principles of good teaching within disciplinary communities and in the university more generally

Nominations for both awards

Anyone may nominate candidates for the awards. Calls for nominations from students and other members of the Rhodes’ community are made via relevant media. In addition, staff members may apply to be considered. Nominations need to be accompanied by a short motivation. On acceptance of the nomination, lecturers need to submit the following documentation:

  •  a teaching portfolio in which evidence of his/her ability to meet the criteria for the award is provided;
  •  a detailed curriculum vitae;

Consideration of nominations for both awards

The committee will:

  •  Attend a lecture/s by the candidate
  •  Assess his/her teaching portfolio
  •  Interview the candidate
  •  Nominate a candidate who is judged to meet the criteria outlined for the award

Value of award

R40 000, 00 or such amount as may be determined by the University Council.
The total amount awarded will be subject to statutory deductions even if transferred into a special research account.

Closing date

Closing date for nominations and applications to reach CHERTL by Monday 11 April 2016. The recipient of the award will be announced prior to graduation in 2016.

VC's Distinguished Teaching Award Recipients

2011
Dr Anthea Garman (Senior)
Dr Deborah Seddon
2012
Prof J Snowball (Senior)
Dr L Raubenheimer
2013
Ms Undine Weber (Senior)
Mr Andrew Todd
2014
Dr Leonie Goosen (Senior)
A/Prof Kevin Barnard
2015
Professor Catherine Foxcroft
Professor John Williams 
Ms Tanya Poole

 

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