The 2016 National Teaching Excellence Award winners come from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and institutional contexts. Common to them all is the ability to create environments in which their students can flourish as learners regardless of what or where they are learning. Given the very different levels of resourcing in this country and the diverse nature of institutions and programmes, the ability to respond to challenging contexts whilst, at the same time, creating in students the belief that they can reach the expectations their academic teachers have of them is critical. All of the Awardees this year have demonstrated to a committee of peers judging the awards that they can do this – and much more besides.
As the outgoing HELTASA President, it gives me immense pleasure to once again salute another group of exemplary academics. I congratulate the winners and commendees of the 2016 Awards on their achievements. Even more importantly, along with many others, I look to them to provide the leadership and direction in teaching and learning our country so badly needs. – Amanda Hlengwa