SOAS University of London

Lindiwe Dovey Wins 2011 Director’s Teaching Prize

18 July 2011
Lindiwe Dovey

Dr Lindiwe Dovey has won this year's SOAS Director's Teaching Prize.

A senior lecturer in the Department of African Languages and Cultures, Dr Dovey impressed the judging panel with both her support of students and her creative teaching style.

Professor Philip Jaggar, the Head of the Africa Department, described her as “one of the most dynamic and innovative teachers I have worked with in 40 years.”

In her teaching on African film and literature, one of Dr Dovey's goals is to try to develop her students’ understanding of original research and writing skills so that they can produce work of publication quality. For those students more interested in the practical side of film studies, she offers an opportunity to develop skills in professional film reviewing, journalism and radio production.

The best of students’ film reviews and interviews in Dr Dovey’s classes are transformed into podcasts published online through the SOAS African film podcast series, recently launched by SOAS Radio, and available also on iTunes. The project is led by Dr Dovey in conjunction with SOAS Radio station manager Carlos Chirinos, and with help from Dr Dovey's former and current students, including Neal MacInnes, Alexandra Jacobs, Christine Singer and Alice Kinghorn-Gray.

The judges were also impressed with Dr Dovey's approach to assessment, which provides students with extensive feedback on weekly assignments and allows for a variety of assessment methods. She recently guest-edited a special issue of The Journal of African Media Studies, which included several articles by her SOAS students.

Student feedback describes Dr Dovey as a “wonderful lecturer” who is “compassionate, encouraging and enthusiastic”.

The award will be presented to Dr Dovey on Friday, 22 July, as part of this year's SOAS graduation ceremonies.

The Director’s Teaching Prize recognises excellence in teaching, the promotion of learning within the School and the enrichment of our curriculum. Its purpose is to stimulate teaching and teaching-related scholarly and/or creative activities, particularly at undergraduate level.

The prize is open to any member of staff involved in supporting the student learning experience, and both individuals and teaching teams can be nominated.

Entries to this year’s prize were exceptional, with 41 nominations submitted by SOAS staff and students. The panel included the Associate Deans of Learning and Teaching, the Director of Academic Development, a representative of the Students’ Union and an external member, Professor Susannah Quinsee, Director of the Learning Development Centre at City University.

Runners-up for this year's prize were Dr Angus Lockyer, a lecturer in the Department of History, and Dr Kirsty Rowan, a senior teaching fellow in the Department of Linguistics. 

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