Aims of the TAU Fellowship Progamme
- To contribute towards the enhancement of teaching and learning in higher education in South Africa by supporting the development of a cadre of academics across institutions and disciplines as scholars, leaders and mentors in their fields;
- To enhance the status and stature of teaching and popularise the understanding of teaching excellence in varied institutional and disciplinary settings.
The project is convened by Professor Brenda Leibowitz at the University of Johannesburg.
The TAU Board, which provides oversight of the project, is comprised of: Kasturi Behari-Leak (Heltasa/University of Cape Town); Mandisa Cakwe (DHET); Diane Grayson (Council on Higher Education), Vivienne Bozalek (University of the Western Cape), Rubby Dhunpath (University of Kwa-Zulu Natal); Jeff Jawitz (University of Cape Town), Kwena Masha (University of Limpopo) and Rejoice Nsibande (University of the Witwatersrand).
The project is managed by Elizabeth de Kadt and administered by Hellen Ochuot.
TAU 2018 – 2019 kicks off in January 2018 at the Kloofzicht Lodge in the Magaliesberg. All candidates were informed of the outcome of the selection process by 27 September 2017.
Unearthing Tinkerbell: Cultivating reflective practice in SITU
Professor Liqhwa Siziba from the North-West University Mafikeng Campus and TAU 2015 – 2016 Fellow delivered a keynote address at the NWU SOTL Conference on 22 September 2017. The title of her interactive and inspiring talk was: Unearthing Tinkerbell: Cultivating reflective practice in SITU.
Grand Finalé of the TAU Fellowships Programme
14 – 19 July saw the grand finale of the Teaching Advancement at University (TAU) Fellowships Programme which took place at the Karridene Hotel, Durban.
The 50 candidates – academics committed to teaching and learning at 20 South African higher education institutions – engaged with each other about the scholarship of teaching and learning, teaching excellence and change and transformation over a period of 13 months. They have all achieved the requirements of the programme:
- managed an individual project
- participated in all the face to face and online learning activities
- contributed to an enquiry group process and report
- and are now officially “TAU Fellows”
The reports of their individual investigations and more details about the cohort are available on this site. The next TAU programme should be advertised via Deputy Vice Chancellors at all South African public higher education institutions during the first half of 2017. Here are some comments on the TAU experience by TAU Fellows:
It has changed the way I view Higher Education, and I finally view myself as an academic and a professional.
… as individual I have started to critically question my perspectives and beliefs and … started a transformative journey.
…these discussions were a source of inspiration for me and incredibly valuable.
By suspending discipline, hierarchy, power relations, and spaces that usually frame my professional identity…. placed me in a different context premised on a commitment to effective and responsible teaching and learning in contemporary South Africa. This was a very liberating experience and eventually one of deep reflection and learning . … We have learnt to shed aside institutional bias , our discipline masks and the importance of our titles and look at the one thing we all have in common – a passion for teaching.