National Teaching Fellow 2014
University at the time of award: University of Exeter
Throughout her career, Professor Carol Evans has championed the development of inclusive participatory pedagogies within school, higher education and medical contexts. Carol is described as “an outstanding and hugely committed researcher and practitioner, extremely highly regarded by students and colleagues alike...[she is] successfully influencing the development of the next generation of teachers through the application of research”. (Accrediting Staff Professionalism in Research-Led Education (ASPIRE) Exeter, 2012)
Dr Cools, Vlerick Business School, Belgium, says that as President of the Education, Learning, Styles, Individual differences Network (ELSIN) Carol “makes an outstanding contribution to the professional development of scholars and practitioners involved in student learning... Her contributions in these roles are of high quality and highly engaging, pushing the field forward”. Professor Vermunt (University of Cambridge) adds Carol “is a powerful force in making practitioners in higher education aware of important differences between students in their learning”.
To further the understanding of cognitive styles and their application to practice, Carol pioneered the development of the Personal Learning Styles Pedagogy (PLSP) (Evans & Waring, 2009, 2014; Evans, 2013). Using the PLSP, Carol has developed assessment feedback practice promoting student agency in the seeking, using and giving of feedback. Her development of the conceptual framework, The Feedback Landscape, has been used within and across higher education institutions to explore lecturer and student roles within assessment feedback. Her review of assessment feedback within higher education and her development of key principles of effective assessment feedback designs is published in Review of Educational Research.
Carol’s feedback to students is one of her most impressive skills. Students have acknowledged that Carol’s teaching has had a transformative impact on their learning and they consistently comment on qualities including her approachability, inspirational nature of delivery, valuable interactive nature of teaching sessions, quality of feedback, and her unique personal approach, among others. Students describe Carol as “an absolutely fantastic lecturer; Carol should be distilled, bottled, and given to us as a tonic”.
Carol embodies a research-informed approach to teaching where, “everything she does is with passion, care, and relentless pursuit of perfection”, says Professor Zhang, University of Hong Kong. “She is an inspirational practitioner.”
In January 2015, Carol moved to the University of Southampton to take up the role of Chair in Higher Education. Professor Carol Evans is Professor in Higher Education within Southampton Education School at the University of Southampton.
Carol is an Institute for Learning Innovation and Development associate (ILIaD), and she is a University mentor. At Southampton, working with colleagues across the University, she is helping to support the development of assessment and feedback policy and practice. She has established the Researching Assessment Practices Group (RAP) at Southampton to champion the promotion and dissemination of effective assessment and feedback practice.
She is a visiting Fellow at the UCL, Institute of Education, London. Carol is also a Principal Fellow (PFHEA) and an Associate of the HEA. She is the International Officer for the Committee of the Association of National Teaching Fellows (CANTF).
Carol is Editor-in-Chief of the Higher Education Pedagogies Journal (www.tandfonline.con/rhep), and Associate Editor for the British Journal of Educational Psychology Journal.
Professor in Higher Education
University of Southampton