CEU Announces Call for Nominations for Second Annual European Award for Excellence in Teaching
Central European University announces the call for nominations for the second annual European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities. This pioneering award, first announced in 2011 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of CEU, is the first and only pan-European honor that recognizes academics in the social sciences and humanities who teach at higher education institutions in countries of the European Higher Education Area.
Last year, in response to the announcement of the inaugural award, CEU received nominations from over 10 European countries in support of faculty whose work spanned a wide range of academic areas. High interest in the award, an impressive group of finalists, and overall positive feedback confirmed the significance and need for continued efforts in this area.
With both teaching and research at the core of its mission, CEU is committed to promoting excellence in teaching and the advancement of the social sciences and humanities. The award underscores this commitment, and aims to contribute to recent efforts in higher education on the European level that focus on the importance of teaching and learning.
The inaugural winner was Dr. Eleanor Denny, an assistant professor of economics at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Denny was honored by CEU with this award in recognition of her innovative, interactive teaching of undergraduates and graduate students. To view a video about the creation of the award and its first recipient visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfF-wFRMnl4.
Candidates must have an outstanding teaching record and be able to demonstrate inspiring and life-changing effects on students. In addition, each candidate must show exemplary experience in one or more of these practices:
- applying innovative teaching methods
- combining theory and practice, relevance and scholarly excellence
- using research elements to achieve excellence in teaching
- applying problem-based/problem-oriented teaching
- achievements in encouragement of critical thinking
- sustained commitment to teaching excellence, rather than one-off achievements
Nominations of candidates working with students from less affluent or disadvantaged social backgrounds are particularly welcome.
To be eligible, a candidate must be an academic instructor of any rank in the social sciences and/or humanities, currently teaching at a higher education institution in a member country of the European Higher Education Area (see http://www.ehea.info/members.aspx for a list of countries). Candidates nominated previously are welcome to apply again. Current and former faculty members of Central European University are not eligible for nomination.
For further information on selection criteria and instructions for how to nominate an educator visit https://20.ceu.hu/teaching-award. Nominations for the European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities will be accepted until January 31, 2013.