Accredited International Recognition

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 Fellowship application.

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

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 the institution.

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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