UNSW Teaching Fellowships
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UNSW Teaching FellowshipsInformation for ApplicantsProfessor Stephen J. MarshallDirector, Learning and Teaching @ UNSWNature of UNSWs Teaching Fellowship GrantsApplicants for Teaching Fellowship Grants will be individuals seeking to develop their leadership capabilities in relation to learning and teaching by leading and managing a major educational change project, aligned with the priorities outlined in UNSWs L&T Strategy 2014 2018, across the schools in one or more of UNSWs faculties, including their own.
The successful outcomes of a UNSW Teaching Fellowship grant can be used as evidence of effective leadership in future promotion applications and/or applications for external Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) research and development funding, including OLT National Teaching Fellowship funding.
A maximum of $100,000 per grant is available each semester for TWO semesters.
Funding Priority AreasIn 2014 2016 UNSWs Teaching Fellowship Grant funding priorities include projects directed at:
sustainably enhancing the quality of large scale stage 1 and 2 courses
delivering improved, personalised large scale assessment and feedback
utilising innovative educational technologies to implement/facilitate high quality blended learning
enhancing the student experience through the considered use of the flipped classroom.
Project DeliverablesSubmission of a Progress Report in the required format (1-2 pages) to the DVC(A) at the end of each semester
A Final Project Report in the required format (8-10 pages) to the DVC(A) at the end of the project
Evidence of sustained change in policy and/or practice in one or more of UNSWs priority areas for educational change, in one or more UNSW faculties
Evidence of greater capability for effective leadership of learning and teaching having been developed within the applicant, the applicants faculty/school and/or UNSW as a whole
Open sharing throughout the University of any insights, developments or materials (including educational technology, software, and/or resources) that have resulted from the project, including those related to the processes of leading and managing the change.
Application ProcessThe primary process of application is through a written project proposal that addresses each of the following on the required Application FormProject Outcomes and Rationale for how the project will address one or more of UNSWs current priorities for Teaching Fellowships.
Approach a description of what will be done to ensure that the proposed Fellowship will deliver its stated outcomes including a description of the Fellowships proposed governance, management, and work packages.
Value/Need for the Project a description of the potential usefulness of the Fellowship and its outcomes to the development of policy and/or practice in learning and teaching in the applicants faculty/school or UNSW as a whole.
Budget - A fully justified description of how the total costs associated with the project will be met, including a description of how funding received via the Teaching Fellowship Grant will be deployed to develop, deliver, assess/ evaluate and report on the outcomes of the learning and/or teaching development that is the focus of the project.EndorsementsSince it is intended that the outcomes of UNSW Teaching Fellowship funded projects/initiatives be sustainable, it will be necessary for applicants to secure the endorsement of their faculty Dean, HOS, or anyone else with responsibility for approving any on-going budget, resources or organisational changes that may be necessary to sustain these outcomes TeachingSince it is intended that the holders of these prestigious grants will exercise leadership in teaching within and beyond their school/faculty throughout the period of their Fellowship, it is expected that the recipients of these awards will continue to teach.
However, funding provided via these Teaching Fellowship Grants may be used to fund teaching support (e.g., assistance with marking and /or content/resource development).Selection CriteriaThe clarity of the articulated outcomes and arguments to demonstrate how the project will address one of UNSW Learning and Teaching Priorities for 2014-2018.
The potential usefulness of the project and its outcomes in developing:policy and/or practice in learning and teaching, ANDcapability for leadership of learning and teaching in the applicant, the applicants faculty/school, and/or UNSW as a whole.
The strength of the conceptual and theoretical frameworks that underpin the proposed approach.
The appropriateness and coherence of the proposed approach with the projects stated outcomes.
The appropriateness of the projects proposed governance and management arrangements.
The appropriateness of the projects plans for the evaluation, dissemination and embedding of project outcomes in the policies/practices of the applicants faculty/school or UNSW as a whole.
The appropriateness of the Projects proposed budget and the strength of its justification.Timelines and Closing Dates for ApplicationsProposals for projects to be funded by a UNSW Teaching Fellowship Grant will be called for ONCE in 2014 for commencement in January 2015.Call for Proposals1 Sep 2014
Close for Endorsed Applications3 Oct 2014
Assessment and Ranking of Endorsed ApplicationsTBCNotification of Outcomes to Applicants1 Nov 2014
Successful Round Projects Commence 6 Jan 2015
Preparing Your ApplicationAvoid Common Conceptual WeaknessesFailure to adequately describe the NEED for educational change
What is the educational issue that the project seeks to address? Why is this an issue?
What is /are the educational contexts in which this issue arises?
Why/how does this issue arise in these contexts?
What is/are the impact(s) on learning/teaching when this issue arises?
Avoid Common Conceptual WeaknessesFailure to adequately describe and justify the PROPOSED educational change
What do you propose needs to change to address this issue? Why do you believe such a change will address this issue?What is the conceptual and theoretical justification for this approach?
Failure to clearly articulate the purpose and intended outcomes of the proposed project
What role will the proposed project play in addressing this issue?What will the project facilitate and/or deliver that will help to realise the proposed educational change and address this issue?
A Framework for Identifying and Justifying the Need for Educational ChangeMAP and DESCRIBE Current PracticeDetermine the assumptions, values and beliefs that INFORM Current PracticeCONFRONT the appropriateness of these assumptions, values and beliefs for future practiceIDENTIFY Strengths and Weaknesses of current practiceDetermine how these assumptions, values and beliefs NEED TO CHANGE for the futureRECONCEPTUALISE current practice based on these new assumptions, values and beliefsAvoid Common Conceptual WeaknessesFailure to adequately describe and justify the approach to be taken to effect the change
What dimensions of current practice need to change? How do each of these dimensions of current practice need to change?
What needs be done to realise the changes required to each of these dimensions of current practice?
A Framework for Identifying Foci for Educational Change
A Framework for Planning Educational ChangeIDENTIFY the work packages and deliverables that will need to be realised to effect the proposed change IMPLEMENT and Monitor each work package to ensure that they deliver as requiredResolve any outstanding or emerging issues in order to INSTITUTIONALISE desired changeINITIATE the change by accessing and aligning the necessary resources to each work packageESTABLISH the governance, management and organisational arrangements necessary to oversee and effect the changeMonitor and EVALUATE the effectiveness of combined work packages to realise the desired change Avoid Common Conceptual WeaknessesFailure to adequately describe and justify the approach to be taken to managing and effecting the educational change
Who will be responsible for the overall governance of the project i.e., for ensuring the project is appropriately planned and managed, and that it delivers what is required in time and in budget?
Who will be responsible for the overall management of the project and the coordination of the various work packages and teams to ensure that the project utilises its available resources effectively and efficiently to deliver what is required in time and in budget?
Who will contribute to the realisation of each work package?
Typical Project Governance and Management StructureProject Governing BoardProject ManagerProject LeaderProject Advisory GroupProject TeamWork Package1Work Package2Work Package3Work Package4????Avoid Common Conceptual WeaknessesFailure to adequately describe how the proposed project will build your own and others leadership capability in relation to educational change
How will your role(s) in the project assist you to develop your own leadership capability in relation to learning and teaching?What are the affordances of your role(s) in the proposed project for developing your leadership capability?How will you leverage these affordances for this purpose?
How will the project assist you to develop others leadership capabilities in relation to learning and teaching?What are the affordances of the proposed project for developing others leadership capabilities?How will you leverage these affordances for this purpose?
Avoid Common Conceptual WeaknessesFailure to adequately describe and justify the approach to monitoring and evalu