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SU Teaching Excellence Awards 2020
Author: CTL/SOL
Published: 09/07/2020

​​​Applications are currently awaited for the Stellenbosch University Teaching Excellence Awards 2020. 

The awards acknowledge teaching of outstanding merit at Stellenbosch University. All teaching staff – permanent as well as contract appointments – are eligible for these awards. 

The awards are offered in two categories, namely Developing Teacher and Distinguished Teacher. The Developing Teacher award is open to lecturers who can be described as “scholarly teachers":

Reflective practitioners think deliberately and critically about their teaching practice, and systematically review and document their professional growth. Scholarly teachers additionally draw on educational literature to reflect on their teaching practice and professional growth, and move beyond personal reflection to observation and peer review of their teaching.

(Teaching and Learning Policy, 2018:4-5)

The Distinguished Teacher award is open to teaching academics who are “teaching scholars" or “leaderly teaching scholars":

Teaching scholars research their teaching practice and document their professional growth with a view to publishing their findings publicly and contributing to the body of teaching and learning knowledge. Leaderly teaching scholars contribute to the body of teaching and learning knowledge through publication, and provide leadership in the field of teaching practice institutionally, nationally and internationally. 

(Teaching and Learning Policy, 2018:5)

The Developing Teacher award may be received once only and the Distinguished Teacher award once every five years.

In accordance with the Teaching and Learning Policy (2018:5), the teaching portfolio is used as the primary vehicle by which teaching excellence is judged. Nominees are interviewed for 10 minutes during the institutional selection meeting and nominees for the Distinguished Teacher award do a 10-minute presentation, in addition. 

Portfolios may be submitted in pdf format or in an electronic format of the applicant's choice. Assistance with portfolio development is available from the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) advisors in faculties. 

Nominees are initially selected by means of an internal faculty process. Successful faculty applications should subsequently be submitted to at the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) by 30 September 2020. After review by an institutional committee, the successful nominees will be informed of their selection in the fourth quarter and receive their awards at a ceremony at the end of that quarter. 

For enquiries, please contact Dr Karin Cattell-Holden at