Showcase Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia 2015

The HERDSA Fellowship Scheme: Connections in professional learning (#145)

Coralie McCormack 1 , Glyn Thomas 2 , Susan Jones 3 , Cristina Poyatos Matas 4
  1. University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT, Australia
  2. University of the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
  3. University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS, Australia
  4. Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Abstract Content (up to 300 words recommended)

The HERDSA Fellowship Scheme recognises high quality educational practice in which HERDSA members join with colleagues in a supported and structured professional recognition and learning experience.

Why apply for a Fellowship? Some members apply because it assists them in a critical phase in their career. Some apply because the award of a Fellowship represents peer recognition of their achievements. Others recognise that taking time out from their hectic schedule to reflect on their educational practices or to develop their leadership roles allows them to move forward in their personal and professional development. Those HERDSA members who register with the Fellowships Scheme and commit to developing their portfolio are awarded the status of “Associate Fellow” of HERDSA.

This interactive session provides an opportunity for you to learn more about the Fellowship Scheme, what is expected in a portfolio application, and how a mentor can support you. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, clarify issues and hear from colleagues who have made, or are making, the journey. It also provides an opportunity to learn how a HERDSA Fellowship differs from other Fellowship schemes. Registrants who attend this session will have their $50 registration fee waived.

The process of applying for a Fellowship is a personal journey. bold, be brave and become a HERDSA Fellow – then choose your own adventure

Bolt, S. (2012). Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité: Reflections of a HERDSA Fellow. HERDSA NEWS, 34(1), pp. 6-7.

Addressing the theme/s of the Conference (up to 200 words recommended)

Sector-wide drivers of higher education institutional accountability, and their links to institutional funding, now focus universities’ attention on institutional and individual research and publications and on teaching and teacher quality assurance through quantitative measures of student learning. To a significantly lesser extent, attention has focused on the professionalisation of teachers through formal and informal professional learning opportunities. The current higher education landscape has become one in which teachers experience high workloads and a focus on extrinsic motivation . This complex and challenging environment is not conducive to taking time for continuous self-improvement through dialogue, collaborative  reflection and writing as inquiry. Preparing a HERDSA Fellowship portfolio creates such time.

This is an information session for academics and professional staff seeking to apply for a HERDSA Fellowship or currently in the process of doing so. It is presented by the members of the HERDSA Executive Fellowship group on behalf of HERDSA  and by current HERDSA Fellows. It  has become a regular feature of HERDSA conferences and forms a service for HERDSA members not available in another face-to-face context.