I was initially interested in applying for the HEA Senior Fellowship because I have always valued teaching and learning and believe that international recognition signifies a united global position. More specifically, as an experienced university teacher of almost 25 years, with two Master’s degrees in Education and my PhD with an educational aspect, I felt that the Fellowship would provide me with a means in which to express my broad range of Australian experiences when mentoring and supporting other teachers.
It was when reflecting on these experiences that I recognised my part in the historical changes from pen and paper and line drawings to a time where technological advances such as 3D modelling; online discussion forums and sophisticated information platforms are the norm. My role to support and mentor large teaching teams across campuses, where teachers at times found the demands of teaching diverse groups daunting and frustrating provided opportunities for me to explore novel and innovative approaches when supporting teaching team members. While this was at times challenging, my core principles of teaching and learning, where a positive learning environment is underpinned by open collaboration and empathic reasoning, was both my anchor and my rudder. It was these core principles that always gave me a starting point, while simultaneously providing a source of direction in which to move forward.
Being acknowledged for personal teaching abilities and engendering enthusiasm in student learning and knowledge development is one thing but being acknowledged for your efforts to support other university teachers is something very different. Receiving this Fellowship underlines my teaching and learning mentoring experiences as both valuable and transforming. It has given me new insight and new meaning to my past and current work as a university coordinator and teacher, and has provided me with a conduit to move forward in this great ever-changing world of teaching and learning.
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