Friday, 11 December 2020

Two academics selected for TAU Fellowships

HONOURED: Associate Professor  Oluwaseun Oyekola and Dr Lizel Hudson HONOURED: Associate Professor Oluwaseun Oyekola and Dr Lizel Hudson

Two academics, Dr Lizel Hudson and Associate Professor Oluwaseun Oyekola, have been selected to participate in the Teaching Advancement at University (TAU) Fellowships Programme.

The TAU programme is a Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa project, funded through the Department of Higher Education and Training University Teaching Development collaborative grants.

Hudson, the Work-Integrated Learning and Language Coordinator in the Faculty of Health and Wellness Sciences, was nominated for the programme by Prof Penelope Engel-Hills, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Wellness Sciences, and said she accepted nomination straight away.

“To say that I am excited is an understatement, I am humbled by the opportunity to represent CPUT on this programme. I am looking forward to engage with like-minded scholars from other institutions to share our experiences and to learn from them,” said Hudson.

Oyekola, Coordinator: Postgraduate Studies in the Department of Chemical Engineering, said he expressed his interest in the programme when the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment circulated the call for nominations.

“I have a vision of including critical compassionate citizenship within the engineering field. I believe TAU will avail me the opportunity to realise this and equip me to develop expertise in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning,” said Oyekola. “I also believe my engagement with practitioners from around the country, during the programme, will enable me to understand what teaching excellence is about in a broader context. As a senior staff member within my faculty, experience I gain from this fellowship can be extended to other staff members through mentorship.”

The programme aims to:

  • Contribute towards the enhancement of teaching and learning in higher education in South Africa by supporting the development of a cadre of academics across institutions and disciplines as scholars, leaders, change agents and mentors in their fields;
  • Foster an engaged and responsive understanding of teaching in varied institutional and disciplinary contexts;
  • Enable TAU participants to develop their capabilities to engage in and insert themselves as change agents, individually and collectively, in building a socially just education.

CPUT also participated in the previous two cycles of the programme, with four staff members successfully completing it.

Written by Ilse Fredericks