The HERDSA Fellowship Scheme offers HERDSA members an opportunity to be part of a vibrant community of practitioners and researchers interested in improving teaching and learning in tertiary education. The Fellowship Scheme seeks to improve the quality of educational practice through critical reflection, recognize and reward good educational practice, and offers an avenue for peer collaboration among the community of Fellows and Associate Fellows.
The Fellowship Scheme Handbook explains in full detail how the process works.
The Panel of Assessors have developed a document of advice for prospective applicants.
You can also access the Assessors handbook to see what it is that the assessors use to guide the development of their feedback.
The Fellowship Scheme is for HERDSA members who are academics or leaders and have made a significant personal commitment to the improvement of teaching and learning in a tertiary education context. Fellows may come from a range of positions including: discipline-focused academic, educational developer, student support, or leadership roles.
Once your application to become an Associate Fellow is accepted, you have two years to prepare a Portfolio under the guidance of a mentor. The Portfolio is assessed by two Fellows from a Panel of Assessors, and successful completion leads to the award of a Fellowship.
The Fellowship Scheme provides opportunities for:
Step 1: If you aren't already a HERDSA member, join HERDSA via the How to Join webpage.
Step 2: Download the HERDSA Fellowship Application Form. Submit your completed form and a two-page CV to HERDSA.
Step 3. If accepted, pay the $110 initial fee to HERDSA through Application page in the members dashboard.
Step 4: Contact your mentor. Identify a mentor from amongst the HERDSA Fellows and Associate Fellows community who you think will most support your professional development goals. You can contact the potential mentor directly or you can request a mentor by emailing Deanne Gannaway
Step 5: Develop your Portfolio over an 24 month period, working with your mentor to address the criteria and to demonstrate your commitment to excellence in teaching and learning. Use the HERDSA Fellowship Template to develop your portfolio and consider the advice from the Panel of Assessors in developing your portfolio
Step 6: Submit your Portfolio. Pay the $250 assessment fee. Your Portfolio is then assessed by two Fellows from the Panel of Assessors who use the Assessor's Handbook to guide their judgement
Step 7: After successful completion of your Portfolio, the HERDSA Executive awards the Fellowship, which is formally conferred at the annual conference.
HERDSA Fellows and Associate Fellows become part of a vibrant network of scholars who are able to engage in professional development and serve HERDSA and the broader tertiary education community.
If you want to improve the quality of your education practice within the tertiary education sector and thereby improve the quality of student learning and academic development outcomes; and if you have want to have your education practice recognised, then this is the Scheme for you!