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Freie Universität Calls for Applications for Teaching Award for Projects on Diversity

This Year's Award Focuses on Diversity in Research and Teaching / Application deadline: July 27, 2017

№ 161/2017 from Jun 14, 2017

This year the Teaching Award of Freie Universität will go to a project dealing with diversity. Students and faculty at all the departments of the university may submit proposals until July 27, 2017, for teaching projects to be carried out during the 2018 summer semester. The proposed seminars, practice courses, or lectures should deal with the topic of "diversity" from the perspective of different subjects. The submitted proposal can also include approaches on how to teach an increasingly heterogeneous student body. The Teaching Award comes with 10,000 euros to be used toward the implementation of the course.

The Teaching Award is presented annually with a different thematic focus each year. Its purpose is to more firmly anchor top research into university teaching and to support innovative teaching–learning formats. It is awarded as part of Freie Universität's future development strategy within the German government's Excellence Initiative for universities, and it is part of the university's program to support research-oriented teaching (FoL).

The first Teaching Award went to a German-Israeli exchange project for history students training to become teachers. It was carried out by Martin Lücke, a professor of history education at Freie Universität (2013). The following year the award went to a spin-off course "Trans Pro Idee," which was proposed and carried out by Rainer Haag, a professor of chemistry at Freie Universität, and Leonhard Urner, a graduate student in Haag's group. In 2015 the Teaching Award went to Privatdozent Dr. Christoph Benzmüller for his class on "Computational Metaphysics," and in 2016 it was awarded for an interdisciplinary teaching project designed by two neuroscientists, Dr. Ulf Tölch and Prof. Dr. Dirk Ostwald, to teach students about the idea of "Open Science": in an interdisciplinary seminar they addressed the opportunities digitalization can offer for transparent academic practice.

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Dr. Nina Diezemann, Office of News and Public Affairs, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838 73190, Email: nina.diezemann@fu-berlin.de