18 academics have been recognised as HEA Fellows during Curtin University’s annual ‘Festival of Learning’ held across its campuses in Western Australia, Malaysia, Dubai, Mauritius and Singapore. The lecturers were recognised at the Curtin Awards for Excellence in Innovation and Teaching on Monday 5th November.
Advance HE’s HEA Fellowship demonstrates a personal and institutional commitment to professionalism in learning and teaching in higher education. Across four categories, from Associate to Principal, Fellowship provides individuals with recognition of their practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning. Four Curtin staff were awarded Senior HEA Fellowship, five were awarded Fellowship and nine were awarded Associate fellowship.
The Festival of Learning showcases teaching practices that set the scene for what Curtin hopes to achieve, with this year’s festival focussing on incorporating Indigenous knowledge into the curriculum and the future of learning through innovation, featuring distributed and flipped classrooms. Curtin University strives to become a truly global university in learning and teaching, with international students making up 26% of its student body.
Professor Jill Downie, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic of Curtin University said:
“Curtin University is a global university committed to excellence in learning and teaching, and I am delighted that 18 staff members have been awarded HEA Fellowships to increase the international mobility of our workforce and validate their achievements in supporting student learning.”
Beyond the Festival of Learning, Curtin University has supported 42 staff to achieve fellowship. The recognised staff members include library and educational technology staff, postgraduate research students who teach and academics from across Curtin University’s faculties and international campuses.
Staff members who have engaged with the HEA Fellowship process reported the value they found in the opportunity to talk about and critically reflect on their educational practice and make further plans to develop their academic practice and career. Several staff members who have been recognised have been successful with academic promotion, engaged with the Advance HE community and been invited to step into further academic leadership roles.
Director of Course and Teaching Quality of Curtin University Craig Zimitat (PFHEA, FAcadMEd) said:
“Having led the mentoring and support for staff over the last four months I’ve enjoyed the unique privilege of talking with staff, sharing their teaching experiences and successes, as well as the opportunity to discuss and consider strategies to respond to some of their classroom and online teaching challenges”
Find out more about HEA Fellowship.