Report any gender-based violence related incidents to the following numbers | 021 959 6550 | 021 959 6301 | 060 980 0286

Emergency Hotline: 0800 029 999 | WhatsApp Support Line: 0600-123456   Go to the official site >>>

Friday, 06 December 2019

Superb lecturers honoured

EXCELLENCE: Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, Dr Bronwyn Swartz, the biggest winner as she scooped two awards, faculty and institutional honours is flanked by Fundani Director, Prof Monwabisi Ralarala and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching, Prof Rishi Balkaran. EXCELLENCE: Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, Dr Bronwyn Swartz, the biggest winner as she scooped two awards, faculty and institutional honours is flanked by Fundani Director, Prof Monwabisi Ralarala and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching, Prof Rishi Balkaran.

Outstanding teachers who go beyond the call of duty were honoured during the Teaching Excellence Awards at Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers.

The event was hosted by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching, Prof Rishi Balkaran and Fundani Director, Prof Monwabisi Ralarala. The awards, which recognise excellence and the outstanding contribution of teachers in enhancing the quality of teaching, was also attended by University of Cape Town Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching professional staff development lecturer, Dr Kasturi Behari-Leak.

The portfolios were evaluated using criteria of ten criterions:  contextual understanding, teaching philosophy statement, subject guide and content organisation, designing learning experiences, teaching materials/media, creating and maintaining effective environments, assessment practice, student feedback and reflection. 

Behari-Leak, who was a keynote speaker, congratulated all the winners for their achievements following their dedication to excellent teaching and learning. She said: “I send my huge congratulations to all the winners, teachers that go the extra mile. This signals their work of excellence in teaching. And it’s important for people to realise that teaching is not a craft; it’s not that everyone [whom is educated] can do it. I am pleased with CPUT.”

One of the winners, Department of Biomedical Sciences Nkosikho Sogwagwa was extremely honoured to be “receiving such an important award”. Sogwagwa said: “I am earnestly grateful for the recognition I have received for my work because I am very sure that every other nominee for this award was as capable if not more, of winning this award.

“Winning this award would not have been possible without the inspiration I have received from my seniors and my colleagues for whom I have the deepest respect and from whom I have derived the strength to challenge myself and improve my teaching practices.” The awards were divided into three categories, Departmental, Faculty and Institutional awards.  

Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment lecturer, Dr Bronwyn Swartz was the biggest winner as she scooped two awards: faculty and institutional honours. Swartz said: “I think I can speak for all of us, CPUT teachers, when I say that teaching is not a nine to five job, so it touches on every aspect of one’s life. This is true for me too…I am a teacher, it’s my purpose.

To watch short videos of all the lecturers who won last night go to: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Rt0847iWqZi66ktlHVQ88p3mcPLW-sUu

Written by Aphiwe Boyce