Let’s be honest. Some people in your College or School might advise you to ‘write another paper’ instead of applying for fellowship. And it is an effort to apply, that is certain – but it’s hard to imagine anything worth doing (and for which you receive letters after your name) that doesn’t require effort.
So what’s in it for you? By applying for HEA fellowship through the EFS, you can acquire the following:
Membership of the EFS provides you with professional recognition of your teaching. Many existing members have reported that membership has helped them obtain new jobs, promotions, and explore new opportunities.
|Collegiality and network
Once you are a member of the EFS, not only will you be part of a worldwide community, you will be part of a teaching-focussed community within ANU. EFS members have the opportunity to attend scheme-based events, seminars and networking activities.
|A world-wide community
When you become a member of the EFS you will be part of a 90,000+ strong global community with an internationally recognised teaching recognition
|A ready-made portfolio
The contents of your teaching philosophy and reflective narrative will likely come in handy if you wish to apply for teaching awards or promotions in the future. While you will not be able to reuse your work word for word, the contents will provide an excellent base for you to springboard off of.
Membership of the EFS will also provide you with the opportunity to develop your leadership skills and contribute to the enhancement of teaching and learning across the ANU campus, through mentoring prospective applicants, assessing applications and writing references.
Writing a fellowship application requires reflection on your teaching practices, which more often than not, will aid your development as an educator. Reflecting on your practice will prompt you to recognise what you are doing well, appreciate the journey you have taken to date, and in many cases, identify gaps or areas for improvement in your teaching.
|Post nominal letters
Once you are a member of the EFS, you are entitled to use the post-nominal of your category after your name (for example, John Smith AFHEA).
Being a HEA fellow will give you many opportunities for networking and collaborating with your peers across campus and across other institutions in Australasia. You will also have opportunities for University service and peer support.
You will be invited to Fellowship Forums and EFS Master Classes where you will be able to discuss teaching and learning in informal settings with other fellows in all categories and with educational leaders in diverse fields.
You may also be asked to support/coach future applicants, including by invitations to present in Academic Professional Development modules. These opportunities for peer support and mentoring will contribute to your future professional development, and will involve high-level training in coaching, peer engagement, and dialogic and written assessment against criteria.
All activities that you contribute to the EFS are reported annually in a Record of Service signed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).
From time to time, you may be asked to contribute to ongoing research programs about teaching quality and educational reports to your College and/or the University.