HEA Fellowships


New Round -- SPRING 2019

The Center for Faculty Excellence is collaborating with the Higher Education Academy (HEA/AdvanceHE) to bring the next round of “Faculty Recognition Workshops” to TWU in order to prepare the second group of our faculty to apply for HEA Fellowships. HEA is a UK-based organization backed by a conglomerate of 133 universities and colleges of higher education. With more than 100,000 Fellows across the globe, the HEA Fellowship is an internationally recognized badge of professional competency for those who teach and support learning in higher education.

The Center for Faculty Excellence will helm and sponsor this initiative in order to

  • prepare faculty to become ‘reflective practitioners’ and thus enhance the quality and effectiveness of their work in the area of teaching and supporting learning;
  • groom the next group of fellows at TWU to become role models and departmental liaisons that will help elevate the status of teaching and professional development at TWU; and
  • send a signal that continuous improvement of one’s skills is not merely encouraged but expected for successful tenure and post-tenure review.

The CFE aims to support and encourage faculty to develop and apply reflective approaches to talking and writing about their professional practice and thus help them develop a teaching philosophy and leadership skills that can feed directly into their tenure dossier and/or professional portfolio. Becoming involved with the HEA will also help faculty gain national and international recognition for their contributions to teaching and learning within the higher education context. Lastly, it will immerse faculty into new ways of teaching, conducting assessment and offering feedback in order to enhance the overall student learning experience.

Take a look at the three documents linked below to find out more about the HEA Fellowship scheme and then send in your Intent-to-Participate form if you are interested in pursuing this.  We would love to have participants from all three TWU campuses!

The simple application process is open now and we are accepting submissions on a rolling basis; the deadline to register will be March 21, 2019. The workshops will take place between April 10 and 12, 2019.

HEA-Info-2019         HEA-Professional Standards Framework           HEA-Intent-Form


Our First TWU Cohort (2017-18) 



 Kathryn Harrington-Graves, Head of International Services at the HEA, 
surrounded by members of the first TWU-HEA cohort.


Global Recognition for TWU Faculty Fellows

Over the course of the last 12 months the Center for Faculty Excellence collaborated with the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) in order to prepare a core group of TWU faculty to apply for HEA Fellowships. The HEA promotes excellence in higher education, advocates evidence-based teaching methods, and awards four different levels of Fellowships as a method of professional recognition for university teachers. HEA Fellows have to demonstrate their commitment to teaching, learning and the student experience via a rigorous process that encourages research, reflection, and the desire for continuous professional development. In turn, HEA Fellowships have become a distinctive, internationally recognized badge of professional competency for those who teach and support learning in higher education, and the Center for Faculty Excellence is proud to announce that the following TWU faculty have now been recognized by HEA at the following levels:

Fellow of the HEA (FHEA): Tina Gumienny (Biology), Matthew Henley (Dance), Lin Moore and Brigitte Vittrup (Family Sciences), Laura Trujillo-Jenks (Teacher Education), Kathryn Masten (Library Science), and June Levitt, Tamby Allen and Jyutika Mehta (Communication Sciences and Disorders).

Senior Fellow of the HEA (SFHEA): Karen Dunlap and Rebecca Fredrickson (Teacher Education), Shazia Ahmed and Sandra Westmoreland (Biology), Mahesh Raisinghani (College of Business), Sharon Van Sell (Nursing, Dallas) and Patricia Bowyer (Occupational Therapy, Houston).

Principal Fellow of the HEA (PFHEA):  Jörg Waltje (CFE)

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