2015 Award Recipients

Levente Littvay, Associate Professor, Department of Political Studies

Joseph Krpelan taken at ECPR's Winter School in Methods and Techniques

Excerpt from his teaching statement:

'At CEU, the diversity of students include people who received better mathematics training in already high school than I received in college. And I also have students who have not seen mathematics since the 6th grade and are struggling with basic calculations when complicated by the presence of negative numbers. Secondly, very few political science students select this degree wanting to learn math or statistics. It is my primary job as an instructor at CEU to convince them otherwise.'

What do his students say?:

`Levi's personal goal of helping in CEU's process of constantly rising to meet the shifting standards of excellence of academia during a dynamic period is evident in numerous instances. In addition to switching a statistics class from a proprietary to an open-source software, he has been involved in the early stages of CEU's adoption of the e-Learning platform for courses, as well as co-taught a lecture series on Technology in Academia, open to the entire student body of the university. In this series, Levi's goal has been to expose MA and PhD students to the myriad ways in which technology (both software and hardware) can assist them in their research and their teaching. I strongly believe that Levi's proven commitment to gradually improving the way quantitative methods are taught at the CEU by modernizing the infrastructure of the class and emphasizing examples of quality research regardless of their field of origin are indications of a strong drive toward academic excellence and a student-centered outlook on the act of teaching.`

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Tibor Tajti, Professor, Department of Legal Studies

Excerpt from his teaching statement:

`Heuristics is also part of my teaching, a method and a sign of success as it shows that the lecturer was not only in the position to engross the students’ attention but also made them understand the topic. Notwithstanding that every generation of students is to certain extent different, there seems to be a rule: the more students are partners of the teacher on the road from the introductory to the complex, and the theoretical to the pragmatic, the more one could employ and reckon with heuristics.`

What do his students say?:

`Professor Tajti’s example of teaching is both inspiring and humbling. Law has been perceived by many as a boring and purely memorizing area, where all the students need is the ability to learn by heart thousands and thousands of paragraphs. Yet Professor Tajti’s approach is radically different, by applying diverse teaching methods he teaches students the main thing - to think. Motivated by genuine interest in students, his human approach and powered by his creativity to rip apart any legal or daily life problem, Professor Tajti has found ways to educate the whole student, not just to cover the relevant materials.`

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