BISA-HEA Award for Excellence in Teaching International Studies by a Postgraduate Student (2013/2014)
The British International Studies Association (BISA) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA) invite and welcome nominations from BISA members for the 2013/2014 Award for Excellence in Teaching International Studies by a Postgraduate Student.
The aim of the award is to recognise postgraduate students who have contributed to the positive learning experience of students in International Studies, to raise the profile of learning and teaching activity in International Studies in the higher education sector, and to contribute to the dissemination of best practice in teaching and learning among BISA members.
The award winner will be decided by the BISA Learning and Teaching Subcommittee. The award comes with a certificate and a £500 cash prize. The winner will be formally announced and the award will be presented at the BISA annual conference, followed by publication on the BISA and HEA websites.
Guidelines for submission
Individuals and teams are invited to nominate themselves or colleagues for the award. The deadline for application is 4:00pm on Monday 13th January 2014. A brief covering letter, nomination statements and supporting evidence should be submitted electronically to the chair of the BISA Teaching and Learning Subcommittee, Steven Curtis, at s.curtis[at]londonmet.ac.uk. Departments are asked to encourage and support outstanding teachers to apply for this award.
Nominations should be accompanied by a brief covering letter, a statement of case, and supporting evidence. The statement of case should not exceed 2,000 words in total and should provide explanation and evidence of any of the following:
ÔÇó positive contributions to learning and teaching
ÔÇó use of innovative teaching strategies
ÔÇó meeting the needs of the diverse student population
ÔÇó stimulating independent learning and critical thinking
ÔÇó sharing of good teaching practice with colleagues
The committee is particularly interested to hear about innovative teaching practices and their impact on the learning experience among students of International Studies. Supporting evidence should also be submitted to clearly demonstrate the outcomes of the good teaching practice. Such evidence may include recent formal and informal feedback from students or peer review, student testimonials, a short statement of support from a colleague, or details of relevant publications and conference papers. Supporting materials should not exceed four sides of A4.
This award is open to all postgraduate students in international studies who engage in some higher education teaching. A postgraduate student who completes his or her programme of study and/or was appointed to a first teaching post during the current academic year may still apply for the award, making a case based on teaching undertaken while a postgraduate student.
Conditions of the Award
The award winner(s) will be expected to attend the BISA annual conference to receive the award and may be requested to present a paper on their teaching practice on one of the learning and teaching panels at the conference and/or to write up an account of their teaching practice for BISAÔÇÖs website or for inclusion in International Studies Today.