Frequently Asked Questions
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Who can apply? View
The Education Excellence Program pathway is available to all staff (both academic and professional) at Monash who have roles relating to teaching and learning.
If you are interested in applying, register to attend one of our information sessions where you can learn about the process and commitment involved.
The Teaching Excellence Program pathway is available to academic staff in their probationary period for whom the Teaching Excellence Program is listed a condition of their probation.
After completion of the TEP and having met their probationary requirements, participants will be offered the opportunity to submit an application for Fellowship (FHEA) of Advance HE within three months of the program’s completion date.
Which category of Fellowship is best suited to me? View
There are four categories of HEA Fellowship:
- Associate Fellow (AFHEA)
- Fellow (FHEA)
- Senior Fellow (SFHEA)
- Principal Fellow (PFHEA) *
Advance HE has a HEA Fellowship Category online tool that you can access to help you gain a preliminary sense of the category of fellowship most appropriate for you. The category should reflect your current practice. Once you have been accepted into the EEP program, you should discuss the results
*Principal Fellowship is not currently available through the Monash Accredited pathway. If you determine that Principal Fellowship is most appropriate for you and would like to discuss your options with a member of the MEA team, send an email to the MEA and we can book in time to meet with you.
How long does the program take and what is the application process? View
Education Excellence Program:
Applicants accepted into the Education Excellence Program at Monash will have six months to prepare their written application for submission.
The program commences with being allocated an accredited HEA Fellow to mentor you through the process of developing your written application. The MEA offers a range of support activities, including information sessions, workshops, writing retreats, and general advice throughout the duration of the program.
The time commitment will depend on the category of the Fellowship application being applied for.
Teaching Excellence Program:
The Teaching Excellence Program is a practice-based program that runs over nine months. It consists of workshops, online learning and a portfolio of assessment tasks.
Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be invited to apply for Fellowship within three months of the TEP completion date. Applications for Fellowship are based on the portfolio of six assessment tasks completed throughout TEP.
When and how can I apply? View
Education Excellence Program
Two rounds of the Education Excellence Program are offered per year. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to register for an upcoming Information Sessions. Following the information session, staff will be invited to complete an Expression of Interest form for the program. At this stage, spaces are limited due to the number of mentors available at Monash to support the program.
For information on the next available rounds, please see read more on Pathways to Fellowship.
Teaching Excellence Program
The Teaching Excellence Program is only available to those for whom TEP is listed as a requirement of their probation. After successful completion of TEP, participants are offered the opportunity to apply for HEA Fellowship (FHEA).
How will my application be assessed? View
Once your application is finalised and submitted, all applications for Fellowship are reviewed independently by two HEA Fellow reviewers, chosen for their extensive knowledge and practice of review in teaching and learning. They include specialist educators and expert practitioners across disciplines. They may be based internally or externally.
Applications are moderated by an External Moderator.
What support will the MEA offer? View
The Monash Education Academy offers a range of forms of support to assist staff in building their applications for fellowships at all categories:
Education Excellence Program:
Information sessions which introduces you to the HEA Fellowship program at Monash and the commitment involved in embarking on the Education Excellence Program (EEP).
- Provision of a Mentor whose role is to guide you in the building of your application.
- Kick-start your Application Workshop (mandatory) which guides you through the application process and the range of evidence which can be used to support your submission. It covers the requirements for each level of fellowship, and how to shape each section of the application.
- One-on-one sessions with MEA staff who are HEA Fellows to answer any questions you might have about the application process.
- Optional Writing retreats:
Retreat 1: Writing reflectively is the focus of the first writing retreat. This session offers support for writing the Reflective Account of Practice (RAP) which is the largest part of an HEA fellowship application. The RAP provides the assessors with an account of the applicant's achievements in teaching, and the range of their influence on others.
Retreat 2: An opportunity to ask questions and continue to construct your fellowship application. This session provides the opportunity for participants to come with any questions, concerns or requests as part of their writing processes such as focus, volume, data, evidence, tone or any other issue which has arisen for them. They will be guided by HEA fellows to refine and polish their submissions.
- Resources: A range of useful resources to support the writing of your application.
Teaching Excellence Program:
Staff in the Teaching Excellence Program are supported throughout the program by the facilitators.
How is the HEA Fellowship program governed? View
The HEA program is governed by a Steering Group made up of representatives at Monash and an External Reviewer. Their role is to provide oversight of the program, review Fellowship decisions made, report annually to the University Education Committee and to Advance HE.
An External Reviewer is appointed to the program. The role of the External Reviewer and Moderator is to ensure reliable HEA Fellowship judgements are made and to support the continuing development of accredited programs.