University teaching award

The University of Ulm awards the Ulm University Teaching Prize and teaching bonuses every year. With these prizes, the university recognizes individuals or groups for their outstanding achievements and special commitment to teaching. Their measures serve as role models in teaching; in addition to their actual purpose, they also act as a sign for follow-up projects and adaptations, and they document the fundamental importance of teaching at Ulm University.

For the teaching bonuses, the dean's offices nominate one candidate per faculty in coordination with the study committees. Any member of Ulm University can submit proposals for the Ulm University Teaching Award:

Regardless of which way you choose for your nomination: If you want to suggest a teacher or a team of lecturers for the University Teaching Award of the University of Ulm, your proposals must be justified and contain a meaningful description of the achievements proposed for the award.

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Individuals from the academic staff of Ulm University who teach independently can be honored. This also includes lecturers. Working groups of teachers can also be honored for their achievements with the university teaching award or teaching bonus. The Ulm University Teaching Prize promotes individuals or groups whose measures demonstrate innovative and outstanding achievements and are exemplary in teaching (flagship projects), which, in addition to the actual purpose, can also send a signal for follow-up projects and adaptations.

The Ulm University Teaching Prize is awarded for innovative and outstanding performance in teaching. The measures should serve as role models in teaching (flagship projects); they should send out a signal for follow-up projects and adaptations.

In particular, the following criteria are applied to the selection of the award winners:

  • The courses of the award winners are well planned and convey high-quality and up-to-date teaching content.

  • The award winners are open to new teaching methods.

  • The structure and implementation of the courses is particularly good didactically.

  • The teaching materials used are clearly structured and are presented in a methodologically diverse way.

  • The award winners develop excellent study materials, textbooks, e-learning concepts, etc.

  • The award winners are committed to the further development of the curriculum and the range of courses and are committed to conceptually (further) developing study programs.

  • The award winners are involved in student counseling and supervision (e.g. tutorials, orientation events), promote student mobility in international cooperation, or pay special attention to inclusion and diversity in teaching and take this into account.

Any member of the university can submit proposals for the university teaching award and the special university award for outstanding student commitment to the Center for Teaching Development:

Self-suggestions are not permitted.

The proposals for award-winning teaching at the University of Ulm must be justified. In particular, the award criteria (see above) should be discussed. If you would like to propose a group, you must explain in detail the person who initiated the initiative and the contributions made by the persons proposed below. Only proposals that are received before the deadline for the respective period can be considered.

The Senate Teaching Committee elects a selection committee for a period of one year. The respective groups propose their representatives. The selection committee consists of:

  • the Vice President for Teaching,
  • a representative of the Center for Teaching Development,
  • two deans of studies,
  • four student representatives.

In the composition, attention is paid to a balanced gender ratio and the participation of all faculties.

The Center for Teaching Development forwards the nomination proposals received to the Vice President for Teaching, who submits the proposals for the university teaching award to the selection committee. The selection committee evaluates and discusses the proposals submitted on time and includes the selection criteria in the justification for the proposals. It proposes a candidate for the university teaching award to the Senate Teaching Committee for award.

The President of Ulm University issues the winners of the Ulm Prizes with a certificate and awards it at a public event. As a rule, the award takes place during the ceremony for the Dies Academicus.

Award guidelines

Guideline of the University of Ulm for proposals for the state teaching award and the special award for outstanding student commitment, for the award of the Ulm University Teaching Award, the Ulm University Special Award for outstanding student commitment and the teaching bonuses from March 11, 2021

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Prize winners

Ulm University Teaching Prize

Jonas Johannisson, Institute for Theoretical Chemistry, for the course Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainable Product Evaluation

Dr. Andrea Wirmer, Dr. Dana Schultchen and Mr. Benedikt Bill for the „Founder’s Garage“ course offering, which encourages the student entrepreneurship.

Dr. Susanne Kühl, Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (iBMB), for economics, for the implementation of the competence-oriented e-learning-based inverted classroom and the Basics MED courses.

Prof. Dr. Gerlinde Fellner-Röhling, Prof. Dr. Sandra Ludwig, Institute for Economics, for the introduction of lecture hall experiments in economics

Professor Dr. Claus-Martin Muth for the innovative didactic redesign of the emergency course

Prof. Dr. An Chen, head of the Institute for Insurance Sciences, for her commitment to the double degree program with the renowned Fudan University in Shanghai and her excellent courses and her commitment to student support

Dr. Michael Lehn, Institute for Numerical Mathematics, for improving the "Scientific Computing" module

Dipl.-Inf. Jan-Patrick Elsholz, Institute for Distributed Systems, for his innovative and interdisciplinary teaching concept

Prof. Dr. Stefan Britsch and PD Corinna Schmidt, Institute for Molecular and Cellular Anatomy, for the innovative teaching concept MyMiCROscppe

Teaching bonuses

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kunz, Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Dr. Gunter Löffler, Faculty of Mathematics and Economics

Dr. Torben Stemme, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Prof. Dr. Thomas Thüm, Faculty of Engineering, Computer Science and Psychology

Professorin Anna Dall'Acqua, Faculty of Mathematics and Economics

PD Dr. Thomas Gronemeyer, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Astrid Horneffer and Dr. David Messerer, Medical School

Dr. Cornelia Sindermann, Faculty of Engineering, Computer Science and Psychology

Mr. Daniel Würtenberger, Faculty of Mathematics and Economics

Professor Marco Tschapka, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Dr. Mike-Andrew Westhoff, Medical School

Professor Christian Waldschmidt, Faculty of Engineering, Computer Science and Psychology

Professor Irene Bouw, Manuel Bernhard and Dr. Manfred Sauter, Faculty of Mathematics and Economics

Professor Simone Sommer, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Professor Benedikt Friemert, PD Dr. Hans-Georg Palm, Dr. Hans-Joachim Riesner, Dr. Patricia Lang, Dr. Gerhard Achatz, PD Dr. Martin Kulla and Astrid Horneffer, Faculty of Medicine

Professor Franz Hauck, Faculty of Engineering, Computer Science and Psychology

Dr. Karin Stadtmüller, Faculty of Mathematics and Economics

Professor Dr. Marian Kazda & Herr Dr. Philipp von Wrangell, Faculty of Science

PD Dr. Benjamin Mayer, Faculty of Medicine

Anne Landhäußer, Faculty of Engineering, Computer Science and Psychology

PD Dr. Paul L. Plener, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Mauritz Ortmanns, Institute for Microelectronics

Prof. Dr.´in Anita Marchfelder, Professorin Dr.´in Marchfelder

Prof. Dr. Rico Zacher, Institute for Applied Analysis

Dr. Nicole Ratzinger-Sakel, Institute for Accounting and Auditing

Dr. Alexander Raschke, Institute for Software Technology and Programming Languages

PD Dr. Marco Tschapka, Institute of Experimental Ecology

Prof. Dr. Jörg Lindemann, Senior Physician, Head of the Sleep Laboratory, Lecturer, Member of the Faculty Council of the Medical Faculty

Prof. Dr. Harald Wolf, Institute for Neurobiology

Apl. Prof. Dr. Jan Kassubek, Department of Neurobiology at the RKU

Dr. Tatjana Stadnitski, Institute for Psychology and Education

Manuel Bernhard, Study Commission Mathematics / Business Mathematics

PD Dr. Klaus Kramer, Clinic for General and Visceral Surgery

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Bernhardt, Institute for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis

Prof. Dr. Georg Gebhardt, Institute for Economics

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Maurits Ortmanns, Institute for Microelectronics

State teaching award

The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts has also been awarding the State Teaching Prize since the mid-1990s to honor particularly good teaching achievements. Since 2013, the state teaching award has alternated with the state research award every two years.

You can find more information about the state teaching award here.