09 December 2020Share
Congratulations to Associate Professor Duncan Nulty, from the Learning and Teaching Centre (LTC), who was recently awarded as Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) – the first to be awarded as part of the Advance HE Fellowship Program at ACU.
Including Professor William Ashraf, ACU now has two Principal Fellows. This is prestigious international peer recognition for leadership in learning and teaching: approximately 1 per cent of the 135,000 fellows worldwide are Principal Fellows. In Australia, there are only 119 Principal Fellows.
Advance HE, formerly the UK-based Higher Education Academy, provides formal recognition of professional practice in higher education teaching and learning support, through awarding Fellowships to academics, university teachers and higher education professionals who have successfully applied to have their practice assessed against the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).
Principal Fellowships are typically awarded to highly experienced staff who can provide evidence of strategic impact and influence in relation to teaching and learning within their own institution and beyond.
Associate Professor Duncan Nulty is the manager of the Academic Development team in the LTC. He is nationally and internationally recognised for his expertise on institutional policy and practice in the assessment of student learning, academic standards, curriculum design and the evaluation of educational programs, including student evaluation. Associate Professor Nulty has a significant and sustained record of academic leadership, research, and community service with a particular emphasis on leadership and institutional change in relation to strategic issues of institution-wide impact and significance.
Since the LTC started the ACU Fellowship pilot program at the end of 2019, the university has achieved 24 successful fellowship applications across the faculties: six Fellows of the Higher Education Academy; 17 Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy; and, one Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. With an additional 32 pending fellowship applications, there is the potential increasing these numbers in the coming months.
ACU continues to partner with Advance HE in 2021, with opportunity for our academics to join this growing community of educators. The Director of the LTC will be working with the faculties and other directorates on an agreed approach to expand on the fellowship program in 2021 and beyond.
If you are interested in applying for a HEA Fellowship, please visit the LTC website for more information, or contact Dr Vanessa Fredericks, Senior Lecturer in Academic Development at Fellowships.LTC@acu.edu.au