Announcing our new DeakinHE Fellows

Announcing our new DeakinHE Fellows

24

NOVEMBER, 2020

Teaching & Learning
HEA Fellowships
DeakinHe Fellows

We’re excited to announce the first round of fellows conferred by the DeakinHE Fellowship program. This first round of four senior fellows and one fellow is only the beginning, with 130 staff seeking fellowships in 2020.

DeakinHE Fellowship is an HEA accredited program that provides learning and teaching professionals the opportunity for formal recognition of practice, impact and leadership.

We spoke to two of the new Deakin HEA Senior Fellows about why they applied and what they got from the experience.

Headshot of Chrstine Contessotto

Dr Christine Contessotto, SFHEA

Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning
Faculty of Business and Law

I value teaching and try to create a safe, authentic and innovative learning space for students. I felt a successful application would provide an opportunity to gain recognition for my teaching and learning leadership and practices both within Deakin and externally. Deakin’s provision of ongoing mentoring, workshops and support throughout the process also encouraged me to apply.

I found the reflection of my practice across the Professional Standards Framework to be extremely valuable. Often, I am so busy ‘doing’ that I don’t stop to reflect. The application forced me to identify the important triggers which have led to my current teaching philosophy and practices, and to provide evidence of my achievements.

I found the reflection of my teaching career to be affirming. As part of the experience I benefitted from engagement with the recent education literature and from taking the time to consider further enhancements to my teaching. In addition, I met other academics in Deakin with a strong interest in teaching and learning and gained insights from our interactions. The experience has enhanced my skills as a professional educator.

Headshot of Meghan Kelly

Associate Professor Meghan Kelly, SFHEA

Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning
Faculty of Arts and Education

I applied for the fellowship because I was appointed to the role of Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning and it seemed insane and somewhat contradictory that I was asking others to consider applying for their Fellowship when I had not applied myself. I decided to prioritize the application, which I was convinced would be a long and daunting process. Instead I found it offered me an opportunity to be reflective, to learn to narrate my contribution to teaching practices and to connect with others to have discussions about what they were doing in their teaching.

The experience has given me a better understanding of how to define my role in teaching and provided me with an opportunity to reflect on why I focused on teaching and learning in my academic career.

The feedback from the program mentor was excellent and helped me to prepare an application that was thorough, and the comments from the referees were humbling and helped me appreciate the work I do and the impact it has on others. Writing this submission was rewarding and I now have documented evidence I can use for promotions and applications for other roles.

Learn more about DeakinHE Fellowships

Expressions of interest for the next round of DeakinHE Fellowships will open in February 2021. To learn more about the Fellowship program, categories and timeline, visit the DeakinHE Fellowship webpage and register to receive an invitation to the information sessions for 2021.

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Newly accredited programme offers staff recognition for their great teaching and learning at Deakin University

Newly accredited programme offers staff recognition for their great teaching and learning at Deakin University

Newly accredited programmes offer more reward and recognition for great teaching and learning at Deakin University

21

JULY, 2020

Digital Learning
Teaching & Learning
Learning Innovations

 

Advance HE accreditation allows Deakin University to award Fellowship on its own successful applicants.

Deakin University has achieved Advance HE accreditation for two of its staff development programmes in Teaching and Learning, meaning that it will now be able to confer Fellowship on successful participants of those programmes.

The two programmes are the DeakinHE Reflective Practice Pathway and the Graduate Certificate of Higher Education (Learning and Teaching) (GradCertHELT). Three hundred staff have already expressed interest to be part of the Reflective Practice Pathway this year.

The accreditation process follows the hard work of the team in the Deakin Learning Futures team, including Associate Professor and Director, Teaching Capability, Barbie Panther, Course Director, Dr Julia Savage, and Project Coordinator, Jen Aughterson, to align the programmes with the Professional Standards Framework (PSF), the internationally recognised benchmark of teaching excellence. The PSF is fundamental to Fellowship.

Deakin University, which is a member of Advance HE, already has 67 Fellows, and the participation in the Fellowship has accelerated significantly in the last four years from seven Fellows to today’s number. The new accreditation, which is valid until 31 August 2021 and extended on review until 31 January 2024, means even more opportunities for engagement by a growing number of Fellows at Deakin in Advance HE’s global communities of practice.

Professor Liz Johnson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, Deakin University, said, “We are delighted to have had both of these staff development programmes accredited. Deakin University has a long-standing commitment to premium teaching and learning and the student experience as demonstrated by our leading performance in the Australian Student Experience Survey. The University strives to continue this record of excellence, notably in response to the current disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Fellowship means that we can better reward and recognise the fantastic and innovative work of our staff to achieve great outcomes for our students.”

Ian Hall, Advance HE Head of International Membership, said, “Many congratulations to the team at Deakin University. We are delighted to be working with them and it’s great to see the hard work the team has invested in accreditation in reaching this successful outcome. I am confident that embedding the PSF in the development programmes will be an important part of realising the goals the University has set itself for building on its fantastic reputation for teaching and learning.”

Ranked in the world top 1%, Deakin University was formally established in 1974 with the passage of the Deakin University Act 1974. The University teaches over 60,000 students each year in five campuses, including its online Cloud Campus, and other learning centres across outer metropolitan Melbourne. Over the past 40 years, it has earned a rich reputation for its online provision as well as its face-to-face teaching offer.

Find out more about Advance HE accreditation and Fellowship.

 

 

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DVCE Events – Celebrating Leaders in Teaching and Learning

DVCE Events – Celebrating Leaders in Teaching and Learning

Celebrating Leaders in Teaching and Learning
26
SEP, 2019
Teaching & Learning
DVCE Event Recap
DeakinHEA
Over 40 of Deakin’s HEA Fellows enjoyed afternoon tea with Professor Iain Martin, Vice Chancellor, and Professor Liz Johnson, DVC Education on 12 September.

The Vice-Chancellor spoke about the importance of having an academic community and he recognised the Fellows for being leaders of excellence in teaching and learning. The event was a great chance for networking and sharing ideas.

For more photos click here.

Right: HEA Fellows gather at Deakin Downtown
Useful Resources

Photos from the HEA meeting are available here.

 

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Deakin Hea Fellows Profile Series – Professor Liz Johnson

Deakin Hea Fellows Profile Series – Professor Liz Johnson

Deakin HEA Fellows 
Profile Series 03 | Liz Johnson
01
JUL, 2019
HEA Fellowship
Teaching & Learning
Recognition
By Liz Johnson, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Education and recipient of Deakin University’s second HEA Principal Fellowship.
Why did you apply for the HEA fellowship?

I applied for a fellowship to get to grips with the fellowship system and to better understand the UK Professional Standards Framework. It is often easier to engage with a conceptual framework through a real-world example. Using yourself as your own guinea pig certainly brings the dimensions of the UK-PSF to life – and, of course, international benchmarks are a useful barometer for our achievement. It was good to see the close match between the UK-PSF and our own priorities for teaching excellence.

“You will probably find the application challenging but it is useful – not just for the recognition as a HEA fellow but because you will have more language and evidence at your fingertips…”
What have you got out of the experience?

Reflection is both challenging and rewarding. Reviewing my own teaching journey in depth made me think hard about the core of my learning and teaching philosophy – what is really most important to me as a teacher and why. Writing the fellowship application also brought to life what the UK-PSF values mean in practice as I described evidence of application. It is a privilege to read applications from others and find the many diverse and clever ways colleagues apply the elements of the framework.

What advice would you give others contemplating joining the program?

Don’t put it off! You will probably find the application challenging but it is useful – not just for the recognition as a HEA fellow but because you will have more language and evidence at your fingertips to talk about your work in other channels. I can see a real community of practice building around the HEA Fellowship Scheme which embraces everyone that contributes to student learning and that is a good group to belong to.

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Deakin Hea Fellows Profile Series – Glenn Wadley

Deakin Hea Fellows Profile Series – Glenn Wadley

Deakin HEA Fellows 
Profile Series 02 | Glenn Wadley
27
APRIL, 2019
HEA Fellowship
Teaching & Learning
Recognition
Associate Professor Glenn Wadley SFEA is the Associate Head Of School (Research) in the Faculty of Health, School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.
Why did you apply for the HEA fellowship?

There were several reasons I applied for a HEA Fellowship. It was an opportunity to be benchmarked on my expertise and experience in higher education (HE), and being internationally recognised made it very appealing. Also, the undergraduate courses in our School are professionally accredited, so it just made sense that I should also have some sort of professional HE accreditation. Deakin were also offering to mentor us during the process, so the fact my employer was willing to invest in me was both a little flattering and gave me some reassurance that it wasn’t something I’d be doing all on my own.

“Although the application was quite a lot of work, it was one of those rare opportunities to formally reflect on what I’ve done and, more importantly, what I’ve learned”
It was certainly quite satisfying being professionally recognised, but more importantly the process was one of the most rewarding professional development opportunities I’ve participated in. Although the application was quite a lot of work, it was one of those rare opportunities to formally reflect on what I’ve done and, more importantly, what I’ve learned and how I’ve developed as an educator. You also end up with a lot of quality text about yourself to use in a future promotion application. I’m also very grateful for the mentoring and support I received when writing the application. The feedback I received was amazing. My HEA mentor had an uncanny ability to summarise my approach to teaching in ways I’d never thought of – or at least put into words.
For More Resources on HEA Fellowships:

DTeach HEA Overview:

https://dteach.deakin.edu.au/hea-fellowships/

Higher Education Academy: Home page

https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/

HEA Fellowship Tool

https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/form/fellowship-decision-tool

 

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Deakin Hea Fellows Profile Series – Jo Smissen

Deakin Hea Fellows Profile Series – Jo Smissen

Deakin HEA Fellows 
Profile Series 01 | Joanne Smissen
20
MARCH, 2019
HEA Fellowship
Teaching & Learning
Recognition
Joanne Smissen SFEA J Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environment Senior Lecturer in Educational Design & Team Leader (SEBE Learning Support)
Why did you apply for the HEA fellowship?

To achieve recognition for my leadership, ideas and achievements in teaching and learning at Deakin. I also saw it as a personal challenge, a chance to reflect on my career and my achievements, and an opportunity to prioritise writing in my day-to-day work. I hoped that being awarded a Senior HEA Fellowship would be a step towards recognition within Deakin and potential promotion.

What have you got out of the experience?

It was a really valuable experience for me. As a writing project it was very different from anything I had attempted before, but I enjoyed the writing and I think it was beneficial to take the time to evaluate, reflect and document my achievements. I should do this more routinely but in my current role I rarely have the time. I learned a great deal from the Deakin HEA Fellowship program. The workshops, checklists, and feedback from the program mentor were excellent, and very effective in guiding me through the process of preparing an application that evidenced all of the required areas of practice in an interesting and compelling (I hope) narrative … within a very challenging word-limit. I am very proud to have been successful and I look forward to mentoring others in future cohorts in the program at Deakin.

“Take advantage of all opportunities to receive feedback from the program mentors. ”
What advice would you give others contemplating joining the program?  

  • Allow plenty of time. This is likely to be a writing exercise that is different from other academic writing, and it may take time to mould and connect your examples and evidence into the required reflective narrative.
  • Use the resources and mentors provided in the program. I cannot over-emphasise how helpful these are.
  • Don’t stress about accessing the successful applications of others. There is no perfect format or style for the application. This is a very personal account of your career and your achievements and determining your personal approach to telling your story within the application is an important part of the process … and adds to the ultimate reward.
  • Get used to writing about YOU. If you are anything like me this will be the hardest part of writing your narrative, but you have to be able to describe your ideas, your reasoning, your achievements and your contributions to the achievements of teams, so that you feature prominently in your story. The resources provided in the program will help you do this.
  • Expect to be challenged. Take advantage of all opportunities to receive feedback from the program mentors. The feedback you receive will be positive and constructive, but may sometimes be challenging. Mine was. You are of course the author of your own narrative, but you should be confident that all feedback given is aimed at improving your application and your chance of a successful outcome.
  • Be brief and succinct. The word limit is brutal.
For More Resources on HEA Fellowships:

DTeach HEA Overview:

https://dteach.deakin.edu.au/hea-fellowships/

Higher Education Academy: Home page

https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/

HEA Fellowship Tool

https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/form/fellowship-decision-tool

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