Higher Education Academy

Accredited International Recognition through the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is an international, non-profit organization that promotes teaching excellence in higher education. HEA is a subsidiary of UK-based Advance HE. There are more than 115,000 HEA fellows in the world. UVU is the first American institution to be accredited by the HEA to offer fellowship recognition to faculty, administrators, and staff supporting learning. Fellowships are earned through written reflection and interaction with an HEA Mentor to demonstrate how one’s teaching/supporting learning practices fulfill the dimensions of the UK Professional Standards Framework (PSF). The PSF is the heart of the HEA fellowship recognition program. This internationally recognized articulation of the necessary actions, values, and knowledge to effective teaching/supporting learning provides the framework for peer dialogue and personal reflection of practices.

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How Do I Become an HEA Fellow? 

HEA fellowship provides external validation of teaching excellence, nurtures reflection about your teaching practice to enhance student learning, and ushers you into a global learning community. HEA fellowship enhances your teaching portfolio. There are two main paths to fellowship, either through the “Accredited Path” which is managed by UVU or through “Direct Application” to Advance HE. The paths are determined by the category of fellowship you seek and there are four categories of fellowship. You are encouraged to use the Fellowship Category Tool to determine which level of fellowship for which you are appropriately qualified:

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.)


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.

Two Paths to Fellowship

Accredited Path

Associate Fellow, Fellow, and Senior Fellow Categories:The application contains three components: 1) A self-assessment, 2) A certificate of completion for three TEP workshops, 3) a reflective document called the Account of Practice for Teaching and Supporting Learning (APTSL), and 4) two reference letters. Once each semester, applications are received and reviewed by UVU’s HEA Assessment Panel. Qualified candidates are awarded fellowships by UVU’s HEA Assessment Panel.


Direct Application Path

The Principal Fellow application contains written reflection, case studies, a Record of Education Impact and a Reflective Account of Practice. Applications are submitted directly to Advance HE and UVU pays the application fee.

Full details of the application processes are described in the UVU’s Teaching Excellence Program Participant Handbook.Forms and other resources are accessed at the bottom of this page. 

Teaching Excellence Program Flow Chart

HEA Mentors

Applicants are supported by HEA Mentors who are qualified HEA fellows. The mentor will guide the applicant through the fellowship writing process through dialogue and, if desired by applicant, review of teaching and/or curriculum. Applicants are encouraged to involve the mentor in reviewing a draft of the fellowship application to ensure it properly evidences PSF criteria at the level of rigor inherent in the sought-after category of fellowship.

You can request an HEA Mentor to support you in the fellowship writing process by completing the form below.

HEA Mentor Request 


If you are interested in working toward HEA fellowship, complete the online tool to help you decide which Fellowship category is appropriate. Participate in Teaching Excellence Program workshops. Contact the office of Teaching and Learning at TeachingLearning@uvu.edu for more information.

Assessment Cycles 
(Accredited Routes)

Fall Cycle


Deadline for submissions

Beginning of November

Distribution of submissions to assessors


Initial judgments reported to Coordinator

End of November


Beginning of December

Assessment Panel

Second week in December


Third week in December


Spring Cycle

Deadline for submissions


Distribution of submissions to assessors

End of March

Initial judgments reports to Coordinator

Beginning of April

Moderation, if needed


Assessment Panel

End of April


First week in May

Summer Cycle

Deadline for submissions

Beginning of July

Distribution of submissions to assessors


Initial judgment reports to Coordinator

End of July

Moderation, if needed

First week in August

Assessment Panel

Second week in August


Third week in August