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Prizes and Honors

Teaching Award

Since 1993, the Teaching Award has been awarded by the Rector’s Office at TU Dortmund University for outstanding teaching performance and great dedication. With this award, the university recognizes special commitment in the field of teaching and documents the fundamental importance of teaching at TU Dortmund University.

The Teaching Award 2022 will be awarded in four categories to teachers, students and staff. Each teaching award is endowed with a prize money of 1000 euros, which is donated by the Gesellschaft der Freunde der Technischen Universität Dortmund e.V. (Society of Friends of Dortmund University of Technology). The award ceremony will take place during the Annual Academic Celebration.

Category 1: Teaching award for events with more than 60 participants

In the first category, TU Dortmund University recognizes outstanding achievements by teachers who have held large teaching events with more than 60 students. This includes, in particular, lectures that do not require direct and continuous student interaction. Nominations can be made by individual teachers, but also by groups of teachers. The prize can be awarded for both digital and classroom formats.

Category 2: Teaching award for events with up to 60 participants

In the second category, TU Dortmund University recognizes outstanding achievements by teachers who have held courses with up to 60 students (e.g. seminars or internships). The focus here is particularly on offerings with interactive teaching formats. Nominations can be made by individual teachers, but also by groups of teachers. The prize can be awarded for both digital and classroom formats.

Category 3: Award for student engagement

The third category recognizes the commitment of individual students, several in a team, or an entire student council who have worked in an outstanding way to improve teaching conditions.

Category 4: Award for employee engagement in support of teaching.

In a fourth category, which is new this year, the commitment of employees from technology and administration is honored who, although they do not offer courses themselves, nevertheless show great commitment to improving teaching and learning in the course of their work - for example, in study coordination or in technical support for teaching and learning.

Outstanding teaching achievements are characterized by the fact that they fuel students’ interest in the teaching content and achieve a deep understanding of the teaching content. Teaching concepts and methods with an outstanding and exemplary character - both in presence and digitally - are honored.

The requirements for good academic teaching result from the specific expectations in the subjects as well as from different teaching cultures and profiles of individual disciplines. Therefore, no uniform and interdisciplinary criteria can be defined for all courses represented at the university. Important criteria may include:

Category 1 & 2: Teaching

  • Didactics: Knowledge is conveyed in a lively manner, and passion for science and rhetorical competence inspire students for the subject. Self-study is encouraged.
  • Content: Despite “heavy” content, it is conveyed in a catchy and “simple” manner. Even unloved topics appear interesting.
  • Student support: Both the particularly high achievers and the breadth of students are encouraged; the individual learning process is taken into account. Students can also be contacted outside of office hours.
  • Practical relevance: Application examples are included in the course and meaningfully linked to the theoretical content. The skills taught are relevant to the graduates’ professional fields.
  • Research relevance: Current research results are incorporated into the course.
  • Interdisciplinarity: The course is also open to interdisciplinary issues. Students are encouraged and enabled to deal with the contents of other disciplines.
  • Use of media/technical implementation: The teaching method, learning materials and form of presentation particularly promote the mediation goal of the course and are adapted to the target group.

Within the university, one or more students, an entire student body, or administrative and technical staff may have excelled exceptionally. This can be in different ways, criteria include:

Category 3: Student Engagement

  • Student support: Students are accompanied with extraordinary commitment during their studies and competent assistance is given in case of study problems.
  • Improvement of study conditions: Students who are particularly committed to improving study conditions.
  • Teaching evaluation: The student council participates constructively in the quality assurance of teaching. Individual students strongly advocate that the results of the evaluations lead to an improvement of the study conditions.
  • Mentoring Programs / Tutorials: The student council offers special programs for students, such as mentoring programs or tutorials. Individual students excel as tutors or mentors: they are particularly competent in answering content-related questions or successfully help their fellow students with problems in their course of study.
  • Outstanding Activities: The student council excels in activities that set it apart from other student councils e.g. career orientation, writing workshops, etc.
  • Accompaniment of students: The student council provides outstanding support to students, both in direct exchange and digitally. Individual students support fellow students in a special way.

Category 4: Teaching support by employees

  • Improvement of study conditions: The staff member is particularly committed to improving the study conditions, e.g. by creating good learning conditions through technical infrastructure, by stimulating innovative further development of the curricula or by creating supplementary offers for students outside the curricular studies.
  • Accompaniment of students: The staff member is particularly responsive to the concerns of students, both in direct exchange and digitally. Support in cases of conflict: The employee is also available for students in difficult or conflictual situations and accompanies them constructively.
  • Networking: The staff member is particularly committed to exchanges around teaching, e.g. between teachers and students or within the teaching staff.
  • Support at critical transitions: The staff member provides special support to students at transitions in their educational biography, e.g. at the beginning of their studies or in the transition from studies to the professional world.

All proposals must be received in writing by the Rector’s Office by November 6, 2022 (by e-mail to lehrpreistu-dortmundde). Please explain on about one page why the teacher, student or staff member or the group should receive the teaching award. The proposal should be worded in such a way that someone who does not know the nominee will be convinced that the student’s teaching or service is outstanding.

Categories 1 & 2: The nomination should be reinforced by broad faculty and student acceptance. Without a positive vote from both the Dean’s Office and the Student Council, a proposal for the Teaching Award in the Teaching category will not pass the selection process. Individual votes will not be sifted by the jury.

In order to provide transparent standards for the selection of award winners, documentation of special teaching achievements should be added to the proposal. Possible forms of documentation are:

  • a teaching evaluation by the faculty or the lecturer
  • a student critique of the event

Category 3: The proposal must be supported by multiple students. A positive vote from a faculty member, program coordinator or from the Dean’s office highlights the proposal and should be included. Helpful documents for evaluation include:

  • requested projects from student representatives
  • if available, teaching evaluations of tutorials or a student event critique

Category 4: The proposal must be supported by multiple students in one or more programs. A positive vote of a teacher, study coordinator, from the dean's office or from employees in technology and administration underlines the proposal and should be included. Helpful documents for evaluation are e.g. documentations of realized projects that have benefited the students.

A jury is appointed to select the recipients of the awards. Among others, it consists of former award recipients. The jury makes a selection based on the proposals received and proposes one award winner per category to the rectorate.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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