The Distinguished Teacher Award recognises excellent teaching and is the highest accolade awarded to teaching staff at all levels within the university and recognises excellent teaching. Through the award, the University of Cape Town acknowledges the primary place of teaching and learning in the University’s work. All full-time academic staff who have taught students at the institution for at least three years are eligible.
Each year the Distinguished Teacher Award Committee considers nominations made by students and staff on behalf of a number of dedicated teachers. The committee examines each submission in accordance with a set of guidelines, terms of reference and selection criteria, including:
reflection on teaching practice
versatility in different teaching settings
innovation in teaching
an influence on students’ career development
concern and sensitivity towards the needs of students
endorsement from colleagues and students
intellectual vigour and communication skills in the interpretation and presentation of subject matter
consistently outstanding student evaluations.
The committee may recommend up to four recipients per year and, in exceptional cases, up to six recipients in a year.
Nominations should be submitted in to the form of an email letter and should be addressed to the Committee. The nomination should consist of a statement making the case for the award. The email can include:
details of excellence in teaching over a number of years
information about the nominee’s approach
where the strengths of the nominee lie, for example, whether the teacher’s strengths lie in lecturing to large classes, in laboratory instruction, in less formal teaching activities outside the classroom, in an innovative teaching technique, and so on.
Upon acceptance of the nomination, nominees will be required to prepare for submission, a teaching portfolio of no more than 50 pages, which includes their teaching philosophy, and endorsements from students and colleagues; and anonymised student evaluation data for all courses taught for the last three years.
For further information, please email Amanda Barratt or call on 021 650 2614.