The University of Stuttgart awards the Teaching Award for excellent performance and great devotedness to education. With this award, the university recognizes special commitment in the area of study and teaching, as well as emphasizes its fundamental value in teaching at the University of Stuttgart.
Nominations can be submitted by any member (or group members) of the university – at least one student must be involved in the nomination process. The support and a statement from at least one student body group or specialized/departmental group is required for the consideration of any nomination. Self-nominations are excluded.
Specification of Criteria
As a guideline for the award decision, the student representatives, in coordination with the Vice-Rector for Teaching, set criteria (see Award Criteria).
The criteria are evaluated annually after the award decision is completed and further developed for the next call for nomination bids.
Preliminaries Through Student Representatives
The student members of the Senate and of the Senate Committee on Teaching serve as the student representatives for the preliminary rounds of the decision process.
The student representatives screen the nominations and hold discussions with the nominees. This process, with its conjunction to the criteria set up, establishes an unbiased prioritization of the nominations.
Consultation in the Senate Committee on Teaching
Nominations are submitted to the Senate Committee on Teaching. This committee judges the nominations against the background of the student representatives’ evaluations and submits a proposal to the Senate.
Decision in the Senate
The Senate decides whether to accept or to reject the Senate Committee’s proposal in the beginning of June.
The students’ talk, as well as the deliberations of both the Senate Committee on Teaching and in the Senate take place in a non-public, confidential manner and, if necessary, exclude any members who have been nominated.
The Award Ceremony
The award is granted every year during the university’s annual celebration. The award is handed over by the rector and a student representative, whereby the student representative will give a laudation.