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Awards for lecturers


Institutions that have an ethos of excellence share the distinguishing characteristic that they offer various levels and forms of recognition for excellent performance. Stellenbosch University (SU) is currently doing this through the following processes:

Institutional award for excellence in teaching

In the report of the Task Team for the Promotion and Recognition of Teaching, which was adopted by Senate in June 2015, it is recommended that more be done to recognise teaching excellence at institutional level at SU. The suggested vehicle for such recognition of teaching excellence is "a number of dedicated internal institutional awards that specifically acknowledge teaching achievements, with the HELTASA awards as an important point of reference." In response to this recommendation a document was compiled suggesting a plan for the implementation of an institutional award focusing exclusively on excellence in teaching in 2017.

Please visit the following page for information:  click here

Participation in the National HELTASA award of Teaching Excellence

These awards are an opportunity to value the reflective, contextually aware teaching that happens across our diverse sector.  Candidates (individuals or teams), are nominated in one of two categories, are nominated by their institutions and have to prepare a comprehensive portfolio. More information on this award can be found on the awards page of the HELTASA website.  ​

We are very proud of the following winners from Stellenbosch University.  We encourage you to have conversations with them about best teaching practice.
*Please contact us if the information below is incomplete.

HELTASA Teaching excellence awards 2018​
 Prof Susan van Schalkwyk (award winner)​

Department​: Centre of Health Professions Education
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences​

HELTASA Teaching excellence awards 2017​
 P​rof Nuraan Davids (commendee) ​

Department​: Education Policy Studies
Faculty: Education​
See an interview with Prof Davids here for more about teaching excellence and compiling a teaching portfolio.

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HELTASA Teaching excellence awards 2015​
 Marianne McKay (award winner) ​

Department​: Viticulture and oenology​
Faculty: Agrisciences​

HELTASA Teaching excellence awards 2014​
 Prof Robert Pattman (commendee) ​​​

Department​: Sociology and Social Anthropology​
Faculty: Arts and Social Sciences​

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HELTASA Teaching excellence awards 2013​
 Prof Elmarie Costandius (award winner)​

Department​: Visual Arts​
Faculty: Arts and Social Sciences

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HELTASA Teaching excellence awards 2013​
 Prof Ed Jacobs (commendee)​​​​

Department​: Chemistry and Polymer Science​
Faculty: Science​

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HELTASA Teaching excellence awards 2012​
 Prof Geo Quinot (award winner) ​​​​

Department​: Public Law​
Faculty: Law​

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HELTASA Teaching excellence awards 2011​
 Mr Len Steenkamp (award winner) ​

Department​: Accounting​
Faculty: Economic and Management Sciences​

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HELTASA Teaching excellence awards 2011​
 Prof David Holgate (commendee)​

Department​: Mathematical Sciences
Faculty: Science

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HELTASA Teaching excellence awards 2010​
 Prof Ben van Heerden (winner)​ ​

Department​: Centre for Health Professions Education​​
Faculty: Medicine and Health Sciences

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HELTASA Teaching excellence awards 2009​
 Prof Ronel Carolissen (commendee)​ ​

Department​: Educational Psychology
Faculty: Education​

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The very distinguished Chancellor's award

 This award focusses on sustained excellence in research, in learning and teaching, or in community interaction (or more than one of these three areas). Candidates are nominated by deans and heads of responsibility centres (RCs). The submissions need to be supported by an appropriate motivation that sets out the nominee's achievements, as well as by a portfolio that gives a clear indication of the nominee's contributions and outputs.


​​First-Year Achievement Awards

The First-Year Achievement Awards aims to recognise lecturers who had a positive influence on the academic experience of first year students. 
Visit the First-Year Achievement Awards page to see which lecturers have won the award during previous years.