Distributed Leadership in Teaching Programme Scholarships

UC’s Distributed Leadership in Teaching Development Programme offers prestigious scholarships that will reward recipients with sufficient time to explore their curiosity while enabling time and funds to engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning.  

Click here to see the current and past scholar profiles and project abstracts

How does the programme work?
The three stage programme is designed to run over two years.

  • During the Development stage, scholars will be expected to work with colleagues to design a research (action) based project that can include peers, and that also has significant alignment to College and University Learning and Teaching Plans.
  • The Engagement Stage focuses on actioning the research and working with other teaching colleagues. As findings become clearer, and teaching development/ interventions increase, the engagement phase will begin to produce observable and measurable outcomes.
  • The final Reflection stage is where scholars are expected to reflect on and share findings.

Appointments will have a fixed upper limit of two years to ensure Teaching Development Scholarships remain focused on completing their respective projects on time.

Teaching Development Scholars will physically co-locate (one day per week) to Ako Anamata | Future Learning & Development to enable space from the day-to-day responsibilities, and to develop a community of practice alongside other teaching development staff and scholars.  

Five scholarships will be awarded each year and scholars will be funded $10K to be spent over two years. These funds will be used to support research (be that an assistant or other operational support costs) and to enable conference attendance where appropriate. HEA accreditation will be supported through the DVC-A budget. Funds will be required to be used in the year allocated. Financial compensation will be paid to the department over the duration of the appointment.

Successful projects will address strategic priorities and build developmental capacity for collaborative problem-solving through authentic, practiced-based teaching development.

The following factors should be considered in developing a project:

  • Alignment with College Learning & Teaching plans
  • Alignment with UC’s Learning & Teaching priorities
  • Transferability of intended outcomes across disciplines and Colleges
  • Collaboration with teaching peers for greater benefit
  • Ability of project objectives to be met within time frame and within budget.

Applicants must also: 

  • Demonstrate a track record in quality teaching as evidenced by such things as SET surveys, teaching awards, teaching fellowships
  • Demonstrate understanding and application of bicultural competency in teaching endeavours
  • Have the capacity to work collaboratively and constructively with others to more broadly influence colleagues across the university to improve teaching and learning outcomes
  • Be able to be relieved from the equivalent FTE duties for the length of the tenure
  • Be a permanent member of staff at UC
  • Be able to identify peers who are willing to participate in the intended project

Start Date
Applicants must be available to commence their scholarship in Semester 2, 2022.

Applications are currently being sought from interested staff. Lecturer/Teaching only staff and Clinical Educators are also eligible to apply.

All eligibility criteria, the programme overview and guidelines can be here: DLTP Scholar Guidelines

and the application form is available here: DLTP Scholar Application


Applications for the 2022 round are welcomed now (closing early March 2022) - please email academicdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz 

For enquiries

Please contact the Academic Development team in Ako Anamata | Future Learning & Development