School's Teaching Award
Award for Teaching 2021
The School's Award for Teaching 2021 was presented during the (virtual) Annual Assembly of the School of Business and Economics on January 26, 2022. Unfortunately, the planned presentation had not been able to take place during the School's Graduation Ceremony in 2021 because that event had to once again be postponed on account of Covid-19 regulations. As is customary,the School's Student Representative Body ("Fachschaft") was responsible for selecting the winners of this award.
Unlike in 2020 - when the Fachschaft conferred the award on all of the School's teaching staff as a team in recognition of their concerted efforts to successfully implement the transition to fully digital teaching activities - the established distinction was again made between "academic staff members" and "professors" in the Fachschaft's selection of award winners.
During the online Annual Assembly of the School, Mr. Luca Carduck-Eick (Chair of Organization) - from the group of academic staff members - was announced as the award winner for that specific category while Prof. Britta Peis (Chair of Mangement Science) - was announced as the award winner for the "professors" category.
© Luca Carduck-Eick
The Student Representative Body ("Fachschaft") based their choice of award winners on the following reasons:
In his teaching activities, Mr. Carduck-Eick has demonstrated an excellent concept, whereby he places great emphasis on a practical application of theoretically learned principles. His open and friendly manner is conducive to his classes having a very pleasant learning atmosphere - something that is appreciated by all of his students, earning their praise and their recommendations. Also from the viewpoint of his students, his motivation is particularly worthy of mention: for instance, he has held his classes via Zoom, yet has still managed to incorporate his students into these classes in an intensively interactive way.
© Prof. Britta Peis
In her teaching activities, Professor Britta Peis has demonstrated an excellent concept, whereby she makes active and extensive use of the possibilities offered by Blended Learning applications. This approach gives her students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of theoretically learned principles during the semester and to practically apply this knowledge. In her lectures, learning content is elucidated in detail and discussed by using numerous examples. In several modules, Prof. Peis also supplies additional videas on demand. These videos summarize the content of earlier lectures and provide support to students in preparation for upcoming lectures.
Prof. Peis places great emphasis on independent interdisciplinary work being conducted by students in the form of teamwork. She is always at hand to help out with any problems should they arise. This approach to teaching and learning provides students with the sustainable ability to organize themselves and to actively acquire knowledge by themselves. At both Bachelor and Master level, Prof. Peis has sucessfully taught her students advanced methodological competences. Her open, friendly, and fair manner is held in great esteem by her students, as is her motivation and enthusiasm.
Award for Teaching 2020© RWTH
The Award for Teaching was conferred by the School's Student Representative Body ("Fachschaft") in 2020; however, the customary distinction between "academic staff members" and "professors" was dispensed with for that particular year.
Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the School's study offerings had to be quickly and comprehensively digitalized as of the summer semester 2020. This step was necessary in order for the School to be able to offer all of its teaching activities online during the pandemic. At the time, there was considerable variation between the amount of digital content available for the different courses and programs.
The Fachschaft was of the opinion that all of the School's teaching staff had coped extremely well with this transition, which had to take place within a very short time span. A CHE survey on how universities in Germany had handled the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 confirmed that the School's students were highly satisfied with the way in which the School had switched to offering fully digitalized learning content.
By sucessfully transitioning to a purely "online" format, the School enabled its students to continue their studies with almost no hitches. In cases where problems did occur, these were solved speedily and to the highest satisfaction of our students. In recognition of this concerted effort - which was only made possible via teamwork - the Fachschaft conferred the Teaching Award 2020 on all of the teaching staff of the School of Business and Economics.
Unlike other years, the award could unfortunately not be presented during the School's Graduation Ceremony, since Covid-19 restrictions prevented the event from taking place. Instead, the award was presented during the virtual Assembly of the School of Business and Economics in February 2021.