Staffordshire University Teaching Excellence Fellowship Award Guidelines for Applicants Purpose of the Teaching Excellence Fellowship Award The University typically awards 5 or 6 Teaching Excellence Fellowships to be awarded each year. This is a competitive process in which applications often exceed the number of Fellowships available. The scheme is intended to promote a culture in which learning and teaching is supported as a valued activity and where those who are engaged in it are proud to display and disseminate evidence of their best practice to others. It is also designed to encourage and support more staff in applying for a National Teaching Fellowship. The specific aims of the Teaching Excellence Fellowship Award are to: Recognise and celebrate excellent achievement in teaching and learning support; Improve the quality of teaching and learning support through the dissemination of best practice; Involve excellent practitioners in the educational development activities of the University; Promote a culture of scholarship and reflective practice; Contribute to the achievement of the University’s strategic objectives; Expectations of Teaching Excellence Fellows Being awarded a Teaching Excellence Fellowship has significant responsibilities. Indeed it is expected that Teaching Excellence Fellows will: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Engage in continuous professional development, both linked to their own subject/specialism and pedagogy, seeking appropriate advancement in their HEA Fellowship status appropriate to their role. Whenever possible, attend the Academy of Teaching Excellence Fellows networking forums (usually 3 times a year) Be an active member of the Academy of Teaching Excellence Fellows through contribution to social networking forums and other communication initiatives Continue to model excellent practice in their approach to teaching and/or the facilitation of student learning Keep updated with any new approaches to learning and teaching, and be willing to share these with colleagues Be prepared to act as an internal learning and teaching consultant for the University by, on request, giving their views on new pedagogic policies, strategies and ways of working Be willing , through negotiating an appropriate date and time, for other staff to observe their practice of specific areas of expertise in learning and teaching 8. Provide advice, guidance and mentoring to other staff who are in the process of applying for a Teaching Excellence Fellowship 9. On request, and when conducive to the duties within their own role, offer staff-development sessions on particular areas of pedagogic expertise, for the benefit of other University staff. 10. Model excellent practice in the scholarship of learning and teaching by offering to lead workshops and/or make poster presentations at relevant regional or national conferences (e.g. the HEA) and/or submit papers to relevant journals 7. Details of the Teaching Excellence Fellowship Award Fellowships will commence 1st September 2015. Each Fellowship will last for a period of two years and a fixed honorarium of £1000 per annum will be paid. The honoraria will be pensionable but not linked to the annual pay award. In addition, a sum of £1000 will be available to each Fellowship Holder to support the teaching related development work being undertaken. It will also be expected that each Fellow will also have a re-balanced workload amounting to an allowance of 3 hours a week for teaching staff and an equivalent amount for support staff. This time allowance will be pro rata for fractional staff. The exact configuration of this allowance has to be agreed by the individual’s senior manager. The main criteria for judging applicants to the scheme is their evidence of excellence in teaching/supporting learning However as an indicator of how this excellence will be further continued for the benefit of Faculty/Service colleagues in line with the strategic direction of the University, consideration will also be given to the action plan which the applicant is required to provide. In terms of the relative weighting of these criteria, the most important is the applicant’s claim for excellence in teaching/supporting learning. Who should apply Applications are invited for Staffordshire University’s Teaching Excellence Fellowships. This scheme is open to any member of staff who teaches or supports learning regularly for any proportion of their work within the University. However it is an expectation that all applicants to this scheme should already be or be making demonstrable progress in working towards a Fellowship of the HEA at a level appropriate to their role. Individuals are invited to nominate themselves but nominations must be supported by the Faculty or Service. There are three different categories within the scheme which is eligible for both full and parttime staff: Relatively new to teaching (less than 5 years of experience) Learning support e.g. subject librarians, learning support staff, learning technologists, careers advisers, placement support staff or those supporting colleagues’ learning through staff development Experienced (5 or more years of experience) All applicants must have two years to complete before their leave date so that the duties associated with Fellowship can be fulfilled. Applicants will be required to provide evidence of excellence in teaching/ support of learning already achieved and an action plan for how they intend to contribute to key teaching related development processes within their Faculty/School or Service. Characteristics of excellence in teaching and learning support The assessment criteria have been adapted from those for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme and applications are evaluated for achievement of the following criteria: Ability to influence learners positively, to inspire them and to enable them to achieve their relevant goals or specific learning outcomes. Ability to influence and inspire immediate colleagues in their teaching, learning, assessment practice, by example and / or through the dissemination of good practice. Potential or existing ability, as demonstrated through the application, to influence positively the wider University community of teachers and learners and the external community, in relation to teaching, learning and assessment practice. For staff relatively new to teaching (defined as ‘colleagues for whom fewer than five years of experience has elapsed since they first taught’) it would not be necessary that they demonstrate the same level of achievement against all the criteria as ‘experienced staff’. For learning support staff it is recognised that, while making a significant contribution to their learning experiences, they may not necessarily be able to demonstrate working closely with students. Consequently, for learning support staff it is more appropriate that the first criterion should be: the ability to influence learners, including colleagues, positively, to inspire them and to enable them to achieve their relevant goals or specific learning outcomes. The list of characteristics set out below may be considered to be indicative of excellence but is not intended as a comprehensive or limiting checklist. You are not expected to demonstrate all these characteristics and equal weighting is not implied. An excellent teacher and supporter of learning may demonstrate: innovation in the design and delivery of learning activities which contribute to the achievement of the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy; the ability to organise course materials and present them effectively and imaginatively; the provision of effective and sympathetic guidance, supervision and assessment of learners, that will enable learner advancement at all levels; a reflective approach to teaching and the support of learning in order to sustain self-development; the ability to arouse curiosity and to stimulate independent learning and the development of critical thought in learners; a recognised commitment to the scholarship of both subject knowledge and learning and teaching; participation in professional development activities and research related to learning and teaching; an awareness of national developments in learning and teaching their subject area ; recognition of the value of learner diversity; the ability to share and promote good practice, through publications, conferences, workshop or other means. Preparing to apply The application process is in 2 parts: 1. The completion of a written application form 2. A follow-up 20-30 minute interview to which all applicants will be invited. This will be conducted by a panel of teachingrelated senior managers. A judgement as to whether the applicant could be awarded a Teaching Excellence Fellowship would then be made on the combination of their written application, the follow-up interview, and their action-plan and reference. Individuals are invited to nominate themselves, but nominations must be supported by the Faculty or Service. Ideally the intention to apply for a Teaching Excellence Fellowship should be discussed during appraisals so that a plan of action and subsequent coaching through the application process can be facilitated. The written application must be countersigned by the Faculty Dean or the Service Director. The written application for a Teaching Excellence has four distinct parts: 1) Teaching-related experience What do you consider to be engaging and innovative about your teaching/facilitation of learning?(200 words maximum) How do you feel you are continually contributing to improving the student experience?(200 words maximum) What value could you add to your colleagues by becoming a Teaching Excellence Fellow( 200 words maximum) How have you enhanced your own continuous professional development in terms of learning and teaching? (i.e. not subject-updating) (200 words maximum) 2) Curriculum Vitae (2 sides of A4) This should outline the applicants’ range of experience and any relevant Faculty, Service or University roles relating to learning and teaching. The Fellowship is not restricted to those who have worked here for many years, so staff relatively new to Staffordshire University can use appropriate teaching and learning support experience in another organisation or professional context. 3) Reference from a senior colleague within your faculty/service and two further pieces of evidence demonstrating excellent practice You should obtain a reference (no more than 500 words) from a member of the Faculty Management Team or an appropriate member of staff, nominated by the Director, of the relevant Service. This reference should not exceed 500 words and should focus on your impact on the student experience, your contribution to Faculty/School learning and teaching and also your willingness to embrace change. 4) A Promoting Teaching Excellence Action Plan in which you are required to include a range of activities such: Organise teaching/student learning related staff development workshops in own Faculty/School or Service Disseminate good practice in teaching/supporting student learning across your Faculty/ School or Service Engage in continuous professional development relating to teaching and learning and disseminate relevant information to colleagues Encourage or lead specific subject initiatives to further develop student learning Liaise with the Academic Staff Development Department on cross-University teaching and learning initiatives Contribute to Faculty/Service Peer Observation of teaching process Mentor other prospective Teaching Excellence Fellows Further guidance Within Faculties, applicants should consult their line manager or Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching as their first point of contact for guidance on their application. For applicants based in a Support Service, their first points of contact should be one of the Directors or Senior Management Team. Additional advice and guidance about the impact of gaining a Fellowship can be gained from the University’s current and previous Fellowship holders listed below. Please note, however, that the scheme has slightly changed this year, with the project formerly required now being replaced with a Promoting Excellence in Teaching Action Plan. Current and previous Teaching Excellence Fellows- now all part of the University’s Academy of Fellows: Julie Adams Jane Ball Liz Boath (also National Teaching Fellow) John Cassella Mike Clements (also National Teaching Fellow) Peter Considine Martin Dixon David Douglas Guy Durden Alan Eardley Jackie Forsyth Alke Gröppel Wegener Mani Das Gupta Val Hall Mike Hamlyn Ruby Hammer Tim Harris Jackie Hartley John Holden Anni Hollings Eleanor Johnston Christopher Lee Kris Lines Robert Marsden Bernard Moss (also National Teaching Fellow) Lisa Mountford Paul Orsmond Dave Parkes Alison Pope Jim Pugh Jaswinder Sahota Mark Savage Janet Spence Katy Vigurs How to submit an application Applications should be submitted using the format provided in the Application Form, preferably with all sections in one Word or rtf file, by email to Ellen Lockett in the Academic Development Unit, by 1pm on Thursday 19thth March 2015. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01782 294872 Short-listed applicants will be invited for interview in April/May. These interviews will be in front of the Teaching Excellence Fellowship Approval Panel (approximately 5 members of staff), chaired by Dr Steve Wyn Williams, Dean of Academic Policy and Development. The Panel’s decisions will be confidential until an endorsement has been received from the relevant Faculty Director/Director Support Service and agreement in principle to the re-balanced workload for the following year has been secured. Only then will applicants be notified of the results. All applicants will be invited to a celebratory Staff Awards Evening hosted by the Vice Chancellor at which successful award winners will be presented with their award. Unsuccessful applicants Unsuccessful applicants are invited to receive feedback from Marj Spiller, the Head of Academic Staff Development and are encouraged to continue developing their profile and to re-submit the following year.