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Teaching Fellowships

​​​​​​​​​​SU Teaching Fellow 2020

Dr Margaret Blackie, Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science, has been appointed as SU Teaching Fellow from 2020

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Dr Blackie is a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science. She has been at SU since January 2010. She holds a PhD in synthetic chemistry from the University of Cape Town.

Dr Blackie's research interests include medicinal chemistry, higher education and Ignatian spirituality. She has published academic papers in all three disciplines. She teaches courses and has supervised postgraduate students in both chemistry and theology.

Her interest in education stems from doing a postdoctoral fellowship under Prof Jenni Case at the Centre for Research in Engineering Education at the University of Cape Town in 2009. She is currently working on a major international collaboration following chemistry and chemical engineering students through their degrees in South Africa, the UK and the USA.

Dr Blackie will hold a teaching fellowship from 2020 to 2022. The primary aim of her research project is to give academic staff in STEM disciplines access to the analytical resources available in the suite of tools that comprises Legitimation Code Theory (LCT).

The SU teaching fellowships provide excellent teachers and scholars of teaching and learning with the opportunity to spend more consistent periods of time, with various forms of support, to focus on aspects of curriculum renewal, the exploration of teaching and learning, and the dissemination of good teaching and learning practice in departments and faculties.

Academics who have completed teaching fellowships at SU are:

  • Dr Elize Archer (Centre for Health Professions Education, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)
  • Prof. Elmarie Costandius (Department of Visual Arts, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)
  • Dr Berna Gerber (Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)
  • Prof. Ian Nell (Department of Practical Theology and Missiology, Faculty of Theology)
  • Prof. Dana Niehaus (Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)
  • Prof. Nicola Plastow (Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)
  • Prof. Geo Quinot (Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law)
  • Dr Helena Wessels, deceased.

The following academics currently hold a teaching fellowship:

  • Dr Marianne McKay (Department of Viticulture & Oenology, Faculty of AgriSciences)
  • Prof. Ingrid Rewitzky (Vice-Dean: Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Science)
  • Dr Michael Schmeisser (Department of Horticultural Sciences, Faculty of AgriSciences)
  • Dr Marianne Unger (Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

More information about the Teaching Fellowships is available from Dr Karin Cattell-Holden, kcattell@sun.ac.za or X 3074.

We are very proud of the following teaching fellows from Stellenbosch University:

*Please contact us if the information below is incomplete.

​2020
Name:  Dr Margaret Blackie 
Department:  Chemistry and Polymer Science
Faculty:  Science
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​2018
Name:  Dr Michael Schmeisser 
Department:  Horticultural Science
Faculty:  AgriSciences
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2018
Name:  Dr Marianne Unger
Department:  Physiotherapy

Faculty:  Medicine and Health Sciences

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2017
Name:  Prof Ingrid Rewitsky
Department:  Mathematical Sciences 
Faculty:  Science
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2017
Name:  Dr Elize Archer
Department:  Centre for Health Professions Education
Faculty:  Medicine and Health Sciences
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2016 
Name:  Marianne McKay 
Department:  Viticulture and Oenology
Faculty:  AgriSciences

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2016
Name:  Dr Helena Wessels
Department:  Curriculum Studies
Faculty:  Education

*Dr Wessels passed away in February 2018.

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2015 
Name:  Dr Berna Gerber
Department:  Division of Speech-Language and Hearing Therapy
Faculty:  Medicine and Health Sciences

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2015
Name:  Prof Ian Nell
Department:  Practical Theology
Faculty:  Theology

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2015 
Name:  Dr Nicola Plastow
Department:  Division of Occupational Therapy
Faculty:  Medicine and Health Sciences

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2013

Name:  Prof Geo Quinot 
Department:  Public Law
Faculty:  Law

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2011 
Name:  Prof Juanita Bezuidenhout
Department:  Centre for Health Professions Education
Faculty:  Medicine and Health Sciences

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2011 
Name:  Prof Elmarie Costandius 
Department:  Visual Arts
Faculty:  Arts and Social Sciences

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2011 
Name:  Prof Dana Niehaus
Department:  Psychiatry
Faculty:  Medicine and Health Sciences

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​SU Teaching Fellowships​

A proposal for the creation of teaching fellowships at Stellenbosch University was accepted at a Senate meeting in 2009. The University has successfully awarded ten fellowships to date. This programme is an excellent opportunity to consolidate and extend expertise with regard to teaching and learning at the faculty or departmental level.

Aims

  • To enhance the stature of teaching and learning at Stellenbosch University
  • To provide an opportunity for selected academics to develop their teaching expertise
  • To stimulate the growth of the scholarship of teaching and learning at the University
  • To provide the opportunity for a systematic, rigorous and reflective approach towards teaching and teaching innovation at the University.

A University fellowship scheme is intended to convey prestige and provide support for selected academics to focus for a stipulated period of time on the practice and scholarship of teaching. The scheme will make provision for a minimum of one award per annum. The fellowship scheme provides the opportunity for excellent teachers and scholars of teaching and learning to spend more consistent periods of time, with various forms of support, to focus on aspects of renewal, exploration and dissemination of good practice within Departments and Faculties.

The individual will remain in his or her Department, but will focus on aspects of teaching and learning that will enhance his or her teaching and contribute to the development of the scholarship of teaching and learning in the department and faculty.  The project is managed by the CTL.

Any questions can be directed to: Karin Cattell-Holden (kcattell@sun.ac.za) at the Centre for Teaching and Learning.


National TAU (Teaching Advancement at Universities) Fellowships 

The TAU (Teaching Advancement at Universities) Fellowships Programme was initiated in 2015 as a collaborative project between several South African universities under the aegis of HELTASA (Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa) and with the support of the CHE (Council for Higher Education). It is funded by the DHET (Department of Higher Education and Training).

Aims

  • 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 further popularise the concept of teaching excellence
  • To contribute towards the definition of what teaching excellence means in varied institutional settings.

The Fellowships are awarded in two-year cycles. Up to three nominees per institution may be put forward. Nominees must have at least a doctorate and be in a senior lecturer position. A national committee selects the candidates.

Any questions can be directed to: Karin Cattell-Holden (kcattell@sun.ac.za) at the Centre for Teaching and Learning.


National TAU Fellows from SU*

We are very proud of the following national TAU Fellows from Stellenbosch University:

*Please contact us if the information below is incomplete.

 

SU TAU National Fellows

2016-2017: 

Prof. Elmarie Costandius
Department of Visual Arts
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Prof. Ian Couper
Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Prof. Geo Quinot
Department of Public Law
Faculty of Law

 

2018-2019: 

Dr Berna Gerber
Division of Speech-Language and Hearing Therapy
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Prof. Ian Nell
Department of Practical Theology
Faculty of Theology

Dr Helena Wessels
Department of Curriculum Studies
Faculty of Education
 *Dr Wessels passed away in February 2018.