Best Teaching Awards
Every semester almost 30.000 students take more than 2.000 lectures at TU Wien. TU faculty members do an amazing job that is the basis for the excellent reputation and worldwide success of TU Alumni. The awards and the festive award ceremony will put the teaching staff into the spotlight, who dedicate themselves to give our students the best possible education.
What are the Best Teaching Awards?
The Best Teaching Awards Trophy is "made by and for TUW": the "owl" was designed and produced at TUW
- Design: Dr. Shabnam Tauböck (Vice Rectorate for Academic Affairs)
- 3-D-printing in BronzeFill material: Projektass. Dipl.-Ing.Arko Steinwender (Institute of Management Science)
- Pedastel, concrete casting: Senior Scientist Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.Johannes Kirnbauer (Research Division of Building Materials, Material Technology and Fire Safety Science)
Watch our Video, opens an external URL in a new window to see how the trophy was produced.
The Best Teaching Awards is bestowed in two categories:
1. Best Teacher Award
It honours particularly committed teachers at TU Vienna who offer their students exceptional teaching and who succeed in creating conditions for successful learning together with the students and for the students.
The nomination refers to the entire teaching performance and not only to a specific course of the teacher.
One Best Teacher Award is presented per faculty.
2. Best Lecture Award
The launch of distance learning has been a major challenge. The Best Distance Learning Award distinguishes outstanding distance learning lectures carried out either by a team of lecturers or a single lecturer. This category focuses on didital lectures that have positively impressed students by the didactic set-up of the class or through the particularly convincing team of lecturers.
3. Special Award for Digital Teaching
Valuable experience has been gained through the conversion of the entire teaching to distance learning. This prize is awarded to courses taught by a team of teachers or a single teacher who have integrated digital teaching elements into the didactic teaching concept in the best possible way.
A detailed description of the course concept will be obtained from the best nominated courses. From these concepts, the special prize Digital Teaching will be awarded.
4. Special Award for External Lecturers
In the Best Teaching Awards categories, only TU-internal lecturers can be honoured. However, since external lecturers also make a significant contribution to teaching and it is also a matter of concern to the TU to recognise their commitment, a special prize is also awarded to a particularly outstanding external lecturer.
Who can be nominated?
All teachers of the TUW who have taught courses in the academic year 2021/22 (winter semester 2021/22 and summer semester 2022) can be nominated for a Best Teacher Award. Award winners from 2021 cannot be nominated in 2022. External teachers will be considered in the selection process for the Special Award for External Teachers.
Courses held in the academic year 2021/22 can also be nominated for the category "Best Lecture Award" and the "Special Award Digital Teaching".
Self-nomination is inpossible. Those involved in the organisation and handling of the Best Teaching Awards are excluded from nomination.
Who may nominate?
All students and TU members are invited to nominate teachers and courses that have stood out particularly positively in their eyes. Courses that start after the end of the nomination period cannot be nominated.
Three votes can be cast per person - one per category.
Even though students experience teaching most directly, it is important to the Rectorate that teaching at TU Vienna is viewed from a wide variety of perspectives. Therefore, all TU members will be given the opportunity to nominate teachers who, in their opinion, stand out for their extraordinary commitment to teaching.
How does the nomination process work in 2022?
The nomination can be submitted from 18 May to 30 June 2022 after logging in via TISS, opens an external URL in a new window.
In a first step, all nominating persons must submit a verbal justification for the nomination, describing the special qualities of the teacher and providing (at least) two examples to illustrate the justification.
The second part of the nomination consists of a short questionnaire to be completed by students who have attended the course(s) of the nominated teacher(s). The questionnaire results in an individual profile of strengths, which is sent to the teacher as feedback together with the verbal justifications. This profile gives an additional concrete indication of where the students see the respective individual strengths and what makes the teacher(s) stand out.
This profile includes different categories that refer to aspects such as the teacher or the teaching team, the didactic course design, the distance learning concept, student activation in teaching, dealing with students, learning outcomes, performance assessment and feedback in teaching, or the added value and benefit for students as well as the framework conditions of teaching.
The selection of the award winners will be made based on the nomination statements as well as on the number of nominations considering the size of the lecture(s) held. The overall result of the quantitative and qualitative submissions will determine the prize winners of each category at each faculty.
The Vice Rectorate for Academic Affairs will carry out the selection process with the support of the Strategic Education Development Center.
Each award is endowed with EUR 5.000 and can be used by the category winner for improving the conditions in the field of teaching (for example by additional tutors or study assistants), procurements for teaching (literature, infrastructure), personal development or conference participation or for supporting staff in these fields.
Prize winners who are no longer TU-staff members at the time of the awarding my use the prize money for the following projects: presentation of scientific work at conferences or meetings; participation in scientific events; research activities at universities or research institutions in Austria or abroad; activities of knowledge transfer (publications of scientific work); personal development measures for the scientific career.
The special award is for external teachers is non-endowed.
Nominations can be carried out between May 18, 2022 and June 30, 2022
Finalists will be announced until August 31, 2022
The awarding ceremony of the Best Teaching Awards 2022 takes place on October 13, 2022
Best Teaching Awards 2022
Thursday, October 13, 2022
5:30 pm until 8 pm.
We ask for your understanding that only registered persons can take part in the event.