ACASA Award for Teaching Excellence

This new award is designed to acknowledge and celebrate dedicated, innovative and inspirational teaching in Art Historical studies. Recognizing the value of teaching as a constitutive element of scholarship that is fundamental to research, this award is presented to scholars who have demonstrated a commitment to teaching or have established creative pedagogical approaches towards socially-responsive teaching. It honors scholars who have maintained high standards of teaching practice, inspired diverse students and have encouraged critical thinking in the field. Two awards are made for 1) Distinguished Teaching Award for candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to teaching throughout their careers and, 2) Innovative Teaching Award for candidates at various stages of their careers who have demonstrated innovation in teaching styles, methodologies, course design and contributed to curriculum development.    

Eligibility

·      This award is open to Africanist scholars in the arts internationally.

·      Nominees in the Distinguished Teaching Award must have over 10 years’ experience in teaching Art History and cognate disciplines in higher education.

·      Nominees is in the Innovative Teaching Award must have over 5 years’ experience in teaching Art History and cognate disciplines in higher education.    

Criteria

The following criteria are not exclusive or exhaustive. Candidates in the Distinguished Teaching Award category should demonstrate:

·      Expertise in the Art History discipline or cognate field;

·      Effective teaching methods;

·      Excellent mentorship or supervision track-record;

·      A range and quality of theses supervised over a substantial period of time;

·      Facilitation of critical thinking in teaching and learning platforms in the university and beyond;

·      Ability to teach students with diverse needs;

·      Consistent and transparent evaluation;

·      Established link between teaching and research.

Candidates in the Innovative Teaching Award category should demonstrate:

·      Expertise in the Art History discipline or cognate field;

·      Excellent course design in which the outcomes, assessments, and teaching activities are aligned and innovative.

·      Use of a range of teaching methods (i.e. interactive/learner-centred, blended methods);

·      Facilitation of critical thinking in teaching and learning platforms in the university and beyond;

·      Evidence of mentorship;

·      Ability to teach students with diverse needs;

·      Consistent and transparent evaluation.

Candidates may be nominated by members of ACASA or may self-nominate. Nominees must be ACASA members in good standing. Join ACASA

Submissions should be received by October 30, 2019 at acasateaching@gmail.com and should contain the following:

·      Brief summary of teaching philosophy

·      List of courses taught and a syllabus demonstrating course design (outcomes, assessment, tasks, learning materials, etc.)

·      Course evaluations

·      Letters of support from 2 students (mentored) and 2 colleagues