The Teaching Excellence Program includes faculty development opportunities that lead
to certification and international recognition for teaching excellence.
The Teaching Excellence Program aligns with the Professional Standards Framework for
the Higher Education Academy. This means that UVU faculty can apply for various levels
of Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy. By engaging with various offerings
within the Teaching Excellence Program, faculty can gain evidence to support their
The Higher Education Academy (HEA)
The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is an international body that promotes teaching
excellence in higher education. The HEA works with individuals, institutions, and
governments across the world to implement policies and practices that enhance teaching
and learning. Learn more about the HEA here.
HEA Fellowships are internationally recognized designations of one’s professional
commitment to their teaching practice. There are four levels of Fellowship available.
Associate Fellow: This level of Fellowship is suitable for anyone who doesn’t have an extensive teaching
background, or who only teaches part-time (i.e. an Adjunct Professor). Associate Fellow
is also suitable for anyone who supports student learning without directly teaching
them (librarians, educational researchers, advisors, etc.)
Fellow: This level of Fellowship is suitable for anyone who is within their first three years
of full-time teaching, or who has a solid teaching background in higher education.
Senior Fellow: This level of Fellowship is suitable for anyone who has a solid teaching background
and who has done significant work to develop others or lead key initiatives within
Principal Fellow: This level of Fellowship is suitable for a select few who have instigated significant
change in teaching and learning within the institution and beyond.
Becoming an HEA Fellow
When you become an HEA Fellow, you join an international cohort of other Fellows.
Utah Valley University is the first North American institution to offer this opportunity
to its faculty. To apply for Fellowship at any level, you need to submit a written
Account of Professional Practice (APP) and other items, such as reference letters
and case studies, as required by the level of Fellowship. For more information on
becoming and HEA Fellow, please contact the Office of Teaching and Learning at TeachingLearning@uvu.edu.
How do I learn more?
If you are interested in working toward HEA Fellowship, please contact the Office
of Teaching and Learning at TeachingLearning@uvu.edu. You will meet with a Faculty Development Coach, who explain the full process. During
this meeting, you will complete a self-assessment activity and consider a professional
development plan toward HEA Fellowship. If you would like to get a better idea of
HEA Fellowship before meeting with a Faculty Development Coach, you can attend an
Introduction to Teaching Excellence workshop.
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