Congratulations to Dr Letizia Gramaglia (ADC & WIHEA) and Dr Meleisa Ono-George (History), new National Teaching Fellows in 2021.
National Teaching Fellowships are the most prestigious awards for excellence in higher education teaching, and impact on student outcomes.
Letizia and Meleisa tell us more about their work and what the award means to them.
Dr Letizia Gramaglia is Head of Academic Development and Director of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA). At Warwick, her leadership of academic development has had a major impact on the whole institution, enhancing the learning experience of staff and students alike.
“This award recognises the importance of academic development, as it is based on my work to strategically redesign learning and teaching development opportunities, make them more accessible, and encourage more colleagues to take part.
It’s been really rewarding to work closely with the Monash Education Academy, using Warwick experiences to help to develop an AdvanceHE accredited scheme for professional recognition of teaching in HE at Monash University. I’m keen to continue working to ensure greater parity of esteem for colleagues whose work is education-focussed.”
Letizia is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has led educational projects on inclusive pedagogies and assessment. Her disciplinary background is in post-colonial studies, with a research focus on Indo-Caribbean literature and history of mental health institutions in the Caribbean.
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Dr Meleisa Ono-George is an expert in anti-racist pedagogy and inclusive teaching practice, and embedding both in order to support more positive outcomes and experience for ‘BAME’ students in Higher Education. She is Associate Professor and Director of Student Experience in the Department of History.
“I am delighted by the success of my nomination for a National Teaching Fellowship. The nomination and award is based on my work on embedding anti-racist pedagogy in the discipline of History and higher education institutions more broadly.
I am indebted to the numerous students and staff that I have learned from and worked with in efforts to bring about cultural change. I hope that this award speaks to shifts in culture and recognition that anti-racist advocacy in HEI is important and valuable to all students and staff.”
Meleisa is an innovative public and social cultural historian of race, gender and sexuality, with a focus on Black women’s histories in Britain and the Anglo-Caribbean.
Meleisa is interested in constructions of 'race' and the ways people oppressed within society negotiate and navigate structures of power and inequality.