Hat trick for women during NWU’s Institutional Teaching Excellence Awards
The North-West University (NWU) celebrated the cream of its lecturing crop during its Institutional Teaching Excellence Awards ceremony (ITEA). Acknowledging the best lecturers, this annual event took place on 19 April in Potchefstroom.
Three women took top honours during the awards ceremony. Dr Carolina Botha of the Faculty of Education, Prof Roelien Goede of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and Prof Welma Lubbe of the Faculty of Health Sciences excelled as lecturers and received coveted Distinguished Teaching Excellence Awards.
Awards were presented in three categories, namely the Emerging Teaching Excellence Award (ETEA), the Teaching Excellence Award (TEA) and the Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award (DTEA).
Faculties celebrate their best
Fifty-one academics received awards. The NWU faculties that produced the most winners overall were the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences and the Faculty of Health Sciences, each with 12 awards. The Faculty of Theology was third with eight awards.
The awards are presented to show appreciation to lecturers for their commitment and dedication to student success and also to encourage academics to develop in the field of teaching and learning.
Awards for excellence
This is the fourth year that the awards have been given in these three categories.
The ETEA rewards emerging lecturers for excellent teaching. It specifically recognises lecturers who display a long-term vision for their professional and career development by means of exceptional and proven achievement towards innovation in teaching and learning in their field.
The TEA is awarded to lecturers who have exceptional and proven achievements in teaching excellence. They use innovative approaches to facilitate learning that inspires and challenges students.
The DTEA commends distinguished scholars for leadership and achievement in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Participants in the awards must comply with at least 80% of the criteria in the individual categories, and must submit a reflective portfolio as evidence of their teaching and learning activities and teaching philosophy. They are also observed in action during at least two learning opportunities, one of which is unannounced.
TEA Award participants are also expected to make presentations at an annual campus or faculty colloquium on teaching and learning.
The reflective portfolio of DTEA winners is moderated internally and externally.
And the winners are…
Distinguished Teaching Excellence Awards
Dr Carolina Botha, Education
Prof Roelien Goede, Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Prof Welma Lubbe, Health Sciences
Teaching Excellence Awards
Dr Chantelle Bosch, Education
Dr Pieter Boshoff, Health Sciences
Prof Gert Breed, Theology
Prof Quentin Campbell, Engineering
Prof Amanda du Plessis, Humanities
Ms Monique du Plessis, Economic and Management Sciences
Dr Naas Ferreira, Theology
Prof Driekie Fourie, Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Dr Hennie Goede, Theology
Dr Koga Gorejena, Economic and Management Sciences
Mr Werner Gresse, Economic and Management Sciences
Dr Leenta Grobler, Engineering
Prof Lize Havemann-Nel, Health Sciences
Ms Lerike Jacobs, Economic and Management Sciences
Mr Johannes Jordaan, Economic and Management Sciences
Ms Cindy Kriel, Health Sciences
Prof Ferdi Kruger, Theology
Ms Liza Lemmer, Theology
Prof Bennie Linde, Economic and Management Sciences
Dr Tani Lombard, Health Sciences
Dr Niel Lubbe, Law
Dr Henri Marais, Engineering
Prof Jan Meyer, Economic and Management Sciences
Dr Marisa Moller-Wolmarans, Health Sciences
Ms Alinka Mostert, Economic and Management Sciences
Dr Louise Olivier, Humanities
Prof Marius Potgieter, Economic and Management Sciences
Dr Colin Read, Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Dr Ruan Spies, Health Sciences
Dr Johan Steenkamp, Theology
Prof Henk Stoker, Theology
Prof Anné Verhoef, Humanities
Dr Chris van der Walt, Theology
Dr Joe Viljoen, Health Sciences
Dr De Wet Wolmarans, Health Sciences
Emerging Teaching Excellence Awards
Ms Roché Artz, Humanities
Mr Martin Chanza, Economic and Management Sciences
Dr Hanelie Malan, Health Sciences
Prof Vhumani Magezi, Humanities
Prof Marianne Mathee, Humanities
Mr Oefentse Mokwena, Economic and Management Sciences
Dr Volition Montshiwa, Economic and Management Sciences
Dr Erick Sebetha, Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Ms Khumo Shopo, Health Sciences
Dr Dewald Steyn, Health Sciences
Dr Andrew Swarts, Natural Sciences
Dr Mignon van Vreden, Humanities
Dr Germarié Viljoen, Law
Dynamic women celebrate excellence in teaching. Prof Roelien Goede from the Faculty of Natural and
Agricultural Sciences, Dr Carolina Botha from the Faculty of Education and Prof Welma Lubbe from the Faculty
of Health Sciences are the Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award recipients.
Prof Robert Balfour, deputy vice-chancellor for teaching and learning,
congratulated the winners and thanked them for the value
they are adding to the quality of teaching and learning.
Prof Alfred Henrico, last year’s DTEA Award winner, gave an inspirational presentation
about his teaching and learning methods. He explained how instead of dividing his students
into groups he divides them into ”businesses”, with students taking on important
business roles in completing tasks and projects.