CEU has announced the call for applications for its third annual European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities. The award, launched in 2011, is the first and only such pan-European honor and is accompanied by a €5,000 prize. To be eligible, a candidate must be an instructor of any rank in the social sciences and/or humanities and currently teaching at a higher education institution in a member country of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).
CEU's Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Liviu Matei initiated the award upon the milestone of CEU's 20th anniversary as a way of calling attention to the importance of excellent teaching as well as research within the EHEA. The quality of higher education in Europe came into sharp focus with the creation of the European Commission's EU High Level Group on Modernisation of Higher Education in 2012. Chaired by former Irish President Mary McAleese, the Group is addressing this issue as part of a comprehensive three-year review of the sector across the European Union. During 2012, the committee focused on how best to achieve quality and excellence in teaching and learning; this year it will discuss how to adapt learning in the digital age. The Group will identify best practices and creative solutions, as well as make recommendations to national and European policy makers, universities, and colleges.
In this year's report, published in June, the Group gave 16 recommendations, including one that advised recognizing and rewarding teachers who make a significant contribution to improving the quality of teaching and learning, whether through their practice, or through their research into teaching and learning. With the presentation of the first European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities in 2012, CEU was ahead of the curve in recognizing distinctive and effective instruction.
This year's winner of the European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities is Professor Matthew Braham of the University of Bayreuth (Germany). Braham specializes in philosophy and economics. The inaugural winner of the award, Dr. Eleanor Denny of Trinity College Dublin, is an assistant professor of economics. For more information on past winners, visit https://ctl.ceu.hu/teaching-award-recipients.
Current and former faculty members of CEU are not eligible for the award. For more information, see https://ctl.ceu.hu/teaching-award. Applications will be accepted until Jan. 20, 2014 and should be sent to TeachingAward@ceu.hu.