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ONLINE: Applying for Academic Positions: Writing a Teaching Vision


About this workshop

Increasingly, aspiring academics are required to reflect not only on their research plans but also to articulate their teaching visions or philosophy in a teaching vision or statement. A teaching statement  or vision is an opportunity for a lecturer to articulate their teaching beliefs and practices. It provides examples of how the lecturer enacts these beliefs and intentions in classroom activities and practices.

During this workshop, participants will be introduced to five key questions which may shape their teaching philosophy statement. Through small discussion and in plenary spaces, they will begin to develop an outline of their teaching statement and key evidence to support their narrative. They should leave the workshop with a rough draft to be developed and shared at the Academic Portfolio session.


About the presenter

Ms Shanali Govender, Lecturer, Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching

Shanali is a lecturer within the Staff Development unit at CILT. Although Shanali’s teaching experience began in secondary education, a return to higher education to pursue her own studies prompted a shift to an interest in the higher education landscape. She has worked (in varying capacities) in three South African institutions of higher education, and has strong interests in the scholarship of learning and teaching.

Her particular brief in the staff development team is to support part-time and non-permanent teaching staff. She currently teaches on the Postgraduate diploma in educational technologies, co-convening the Online Learning Design module. She has designed several online staff development short courses, and teaches on Core Concepts in Learning and Teaching, and An online introduction to Assessment. While continuing to work in the field of staff development at UCT, she is working towards her PhD, exploring the experiences of non-permanent staff who teach in higher education.


What level of study is the workshop aimed at?

Postgraduate Diploma








Postdoctoral Fellow


Junior Research Fellow



Which faculty/faculties is the workshop aimed at?



Commerce (including GSB)








Health Sciences





While the workshop is aimed at certain levels of study and faculties, anyone is welcome to join, as long as any stipulated requirements are met, such as participation and/or preparation.



Preparation for the workshop

To be advised.

Level of participation at the workshop

For the post doc sessions, we strongly encourage participants to sign for the whole series.  However, we also welcome drop-ins.

MS Teams

  • It is recommended that you install the MS Teams software onto the device that you will be using to join the workshop, so that you have full functionality of the software features.
  • If you require any technical assistance with this task or require guidance in using the software, please contact the ICTS helpdesk at icts-helpdesk@uct.ac.za or on +27 21 650 4500.
  • When registering for this workshop, you will be prompted to input your UCT credentials, including UCT e-mail address, for security reasons.  A confirmation e-mail will then be sent to the UCT e-mail address with which you registered and will contain the MS Teams link to join the workshop on the day.
  • To join the online workshop on the day, log into MS Teams via the profile linked to the e-mail address with which you registered and not a personal or company profile, to avoid access issues.
Thursday, May 2, 2024
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Ms Shanali Govender, Lecturer, Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching
OPGS workshops

Registration is required. There are 89 seats available.

Event Organizer

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Amanda Bessick



Room 2.04  Level 2 Otto Beit Building

University Avenue, Upper Campus

University of Cape Town

Rondebosch 7700


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