Criteria for being awarded the Excellent Teacher Practitioner (ETP) distinction

The criteria for being awarded status as an Excellent Teaching Practitioner and becoming a member of the Pedagogical Academy at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences,UiB and UNIS are based on the principles of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), and have been developed from the criteria used at LTH Lund University. The system at the MN faculty at UiB consists of four governing main criteria, each supported by sub-criteria as given here:

  1. Focus on student learning
  • The applicant has a clear focus on student learning in all her/his teaching and learning activities
  • The applicant considers the relationship between teaching method, learning outcomes, and assessment method in relation to learning
  • There is a clear and intentional connection between the applicant’s teaching and learning views and philosophy and practice
  • The applicant has a good relationship with the students, seeking and reacting constructively to their feedback
  1. Clear development over time
  • The applicant strives consciously and systematically to develop her/his teaching, both in form and content, to support student learning
  • The applicant has ideas and plans for continued development of her/his pedagogical competence and teaching practice in the future
  1. A scholarly approach
  • The applicant plans, investigates, assesses and modifies her/his teaching practice to best support student learning
  • The applicant reflects on her/his teaching and learning activities based on educational theory and knowledge of discipline didactics
  • The applicant’s teaching is research based, both in the sense that the educational content is based on updated and relevant disciplinary research, and that the students use elements of the research process in their learning
  1. A collegial attitude and practice
  • The applicant shares experiences with others, and interacts constructively with students and colleagues to develop teaching and educational quality
  • The applicant cooperates with others through mutual exchange and sharing, for example through discussions, conferences and publications
  • The applicant contributes to reaching the strategic goals for educational quality at the institution


Application process

ETP status is awarded to teachers based on an application to the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at UiB, and subsequent evaluation and interview by an evaluation committee. The evaluation committee is primarily composed of representatives (peers) from relevant disciplines, supplemented by student representatives and representatives with experience in assessment of educational competence. Successful applicants will receive the distinction Excellent Teaching Practitioner, and will be awarded with a membership in the Faculty’s Pedagogical Academy and a permanent salary rise for the individual teacher.

Although it rewards individuals, the desired outcome is a collegial and scholarly teacher culture, which will benefit the entire organization. ETP awarded teachers at UNIS are therefore appointed members of the MN Faculty’s Pedagogical Academy. The Academy is an integral part of the merit system, and supports the development of a collegial culture based on the principles of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The Academy initiates and participates in scholarly educational development, share and disseminate experiences and knowledge, mentor colleagues, and evaluate peers for future ETP status.

According to the guidelines developed, applicants must describe, analyse, discuss and document systematic work with educational quality in their own teaching practice, toward the four main criteria, in two main parts:

  • The main application document (limited to 10 pages) consisting of a personal teaching portfolio, with examples that document the applicant’s qualifications and practice towards the governing criteria. An important part of the portfolio is personal reflection on teaching and learning in relation to pedagogical theory and literature. The portfolio must show how the teacher views the relationship between teaching and learning in their own practice, and through examples and cases highlight the teacher’s pedagogical philosophy, development and competence. The application should include documentation that supports the cases and reflections made.
  • A teaching-centered curriculum vitae focusing on formal pedagogical and didactical qualifications, teaching activities, curriculum development and educational leadership, experience sharing and publishing related to teaching activities and educational development.

Applicants that fulfil all four criteria for awarding the status as excellent teaching practitioner will be called for an individual interview. The interview will be held as a discussion based on the written application and how it meets the four governing criteria. The intention is to complement the teaching portfolio and teaching CV, especially with regard to educational theory, pedagogical principles and personal teaching practices – and how these constitutes an integrated whole. The applicant will have the opportunity to clarify any points which might remain unclear from the written application, and can also expand and further elaborate on any points they deemed important.

Based on the written applications and the interviews the evaluation committee will reach a final recommendation for applicants being awarded the status of Excellent Teaching Practitioner and appointed members of the Faculty’s Pedagogical Academy. The recommendation will be sent to the Faculty Board, which makes the final decisions on awarding status as Excellent Teacher Practitioner and membership in the Pedagogical Academy. The title will be conferred to the applicants in a formal ceremony.

A new call to apply for ETP status at MN UiB and UNIS has been issued in April 2018 to all full-time academic staff, with an application deadline on 1 October 2018. The time between the call and the deadline is generous to allow time for workshops and individual guidance of potential applicants, including a workshop at UNIS in June. For more details, se documents in the lefthand menu (desktop) or below (mobile).


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