HELTASA/CHE Teaching Excellence Awards 2018: Call for Applications 2018-02-28T10:42:42+00:00

CHE and HELTASA have jointly awarded the National Excellence in Teaching and Learning Awards since 2010.

The aims of the Awards are:

  • To show support at a national level for excellence in teaching and learning in higher education.
  • To generate a cadre of academics who are identifiable and able to provide inspiration and leadership in teaching in their disciplines, institutions and regions.
  • To generate debate and public awareness about what constitutes teaching excellence

The application process

  1. The Council on Higher Education and HELTASA send out the call to the Executive of the university and the head of the academic development / teaching and learning centre.
  2. A brochure outlining the aims of the awards and the processes whereby they are awarded is circulated as widely as possible. The Dean/Director of Teaching and Learning (or equivalent) at every university is asked to circulate this brochure electronically to all academics.
  3. The university identifies possible candidates through processes that are transparent and inclusive. Contact details for a representative of the Executive of the university should be identified on the application cover sheet.
    1. Institutions may consider nominating winners of the university’s own teaching awards.
    2. A university may nominate a previous recipient of a commendation or an unsuccessful candidate but only after one year has elapsed since the previous application, and provided that the application has undergone some revision.
  4. Each candidate prepares a portfolio with due attention to the criteria in this call. The candidate might choose to receive critical advice and feedback from their own institutional teaching and learning centre or other peers. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application and any attachments are loaded successfully onto the HELTASA website. Applicants are encouraged to make use of resource materials supporting the application process, such as winners’ portfolios, which are available on the HELTASA website.
  5. The due date for all applications is: 25 June 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be informed of the outcome by the end of August. All shortlisted applicants will be required to make a short presentation to the selection committee via Skype in September 2018. Final awards will be announced by 30 September 2018 and will be handed out at the HELTASA annual conference, which will take place from 20 to 23 November 2018 in Port Elizabeth.

Requests for clarity on the nomination process should be directed to the chair of the awards committee, Rejoice Nsibande (rejoice.nsibande@wits.ac.za ).

Please read the call for applications for 2018 carefully before uploading your application.

Find out more about developing your teaching portfolio here.

Award Submission

  • Fields marked with a red star are compulsory.
  • Applicant's details

  • Nominator’s information (Representative of University Executive)

  • Portfolio submission

  • Use the upload portals below to submit the material to support your application. The following formats are accepted: Accepted formats: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .ppsx .jpg .zip and .png. We have provided several portals to accomodate several documents. Your limit per upload is 8Mb. If your PDF files are larger, try using an online PDF compressor. Please note limits as indicated in the guidelines: The portfolio should comprise of a 2 page CV, a reflective narrative of 10 to 20 pages (or equivalent if online) and up to 10 pages of appendices and / or 2 or 3 minute audio/videos as appendices.