Teaching awards 2023
Hessian University Award for Excellence in Teaching 2023
The Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts is awarding the Hessian University Prize for Excellence in Teaching for the fourteenth time. The prize is awarded for outstanding and innovative achievements in teaching, examination, advising and mentoring at Hessian universities in the state of Hessen and is endowed with a total of EUR 115,000.
The quality of teaching is a central criterion of excellence for top universities. It is also a strategic goal of the universities' quality management. The prize is intended to make visible the outstanding importance of university teaching for the education of young academics in Hessen and to create a career-enhancing incentive to become involved in university teaching and to promote it beyond one's own sphere of influence.
Each state university in Hessen can submit a maximum of five proposals by e-mail to the Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts by February 10, 2023. The universities will conduct an internal selection process beforehand."(Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts)
Internal submission deadline is January 15, 2023.
The selection process initially includes a pre-selection within the University of Kassel by an internal jury with equal representation. This jury proposes a maximum of five applications to be submitted to the Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts.
Components of the application(in total max. 4 MB) are according to the HMWK guidelines:
- The completed application form - the justification contained therein may comprise a maximum of 4 pages. These are to be formatted in Arial font, font size 12 points and a line spacing of 1.15 lines.
- Meaningful attachments in the extent of max. 4 pages.
- In addition, a meaningful but brief evaluation of max. 4 pages is requested, if possible.
Please only use the writable PDF application form provided by the HMWK for your application. Save the PDF document on your PC, for example, you can edit the document.
Applications for the internal pre-selection can be submitted as a PDF file to the Teaching Service Center at scl[at]uni-kassel[dot]de until January 15 ,2023.
There are four prizes in two categories:
1. one teaching prize each for a working group / organizational unit in the maximum amount ofa. 60.000.- EUR b. 30.000.- EUR c. 15.000.- EUR In addition to the quality of the teaching project, the focus is on the possibility of further development, transferability as well as sustainability. The continuous improvement based on evaluation, the didactics and the learning success of the students are rated particularly positively. Practical relevance, research-relatedness, interdisciplinarity, diversity, gender aspects and the acquisition of key competencies take an important role. The teaching prize can be awarded:
- For an outstanding course or other teaching project that has proven successful in practice.
- For an outstanding digital form of teaching and learning that enriches and complements classroom teaching and promotes independent study by students. More flexible, location- and time-independent learning is supported. Hybrid teaching formats are also part of this. As a proven best-practice example, the digital or hybrid teaching project is suitable for both internal and cross-university transfer; a cross-university project is also possible.
- For an outstanding course or teaching project that promotes education for sustainable development in a special way and has proven successful in practice. These teaching projects should preferably have a multidisciplinary perspective and make education for sustainable development a practical experience.
2. a prize for a student initiative in the maximum amount of 10,000 EUR. The student initiative contributes significantly to improving the learning success of the students. This is done either by designing their own projects or by further developing existing approaches and structures. Project outlines that have not yet been implemented cannot be reviewed. The prize is aimed exclusively at students, the majority of whom should still be studying. The prize will not be awarded to teachers. In justified cases, the jury may deviate from the above divisions and change the allocation to selected categories or focal points of the submitted applications.
For a course or a teaching project
- The teaching quality is excellent.
- The commitment to good teaching is sustainable and successful.
- The teaching project is transferable and practice-oriented.
- The link between teaching and research as well as interdisciplinary references are successfully established.
- The didactics and thus the learning success of the students are the focus.
- Diversity and gender aspects play an important role.
- Continuous improvement based on evaluation is strived for.
- Teaching aims at the acquisition of key competencies.
For a digital form of teaching and learning
- Classroom teaching is enriched and supplemented.
- Students' self-study is encouraged and more flexible, location- and time-independent learning is supported.
- As a best-practice example, the digital teaching project is suitable for both internal and cross-university transfer.
- A cross-university project is also possible. This proposal must be supported by all participating universities.
For a course or teaching project that promotes education for sustainable development
- The course has proven itself in practice.
- A multidisciplinary perspective is adopted in the teaching projects.
- Educational opportunities for sustainable development can be experienced in practice.
Selection criteria for a student initiative award
- The initiative makes a significant contribution to improving student learning.
- It does so either through its own projects or by further developing existing approaches and structures.
- The project must have proven itself in practice; project outlines that have not yet been implemented cannot be reviewed.
- The award is aimed exclusively at students, the majority of whom should still be studying; no teachers will be awarded."(Ministry of Science and Art)