14 January 2020

Shortlisted candidates Teacher Awards 2020 announced

The winners of 2019: Marij Swinkels (Teacher Talent) and Niels Bovenschen (Outstanding Teacher)

Utrecht University has awarded the so-called Teacher Awards since 1994, to encourage academic teachers to continuously improve their teaching and to show them appreciation. The Teacher Awards consist of the Teacher Talent Award, for academic teaching who have recently started, and the Outstanding Teacher Award, for those teachers with upwards of five years’ teaching experience. Every year, study associations in Utrecht can nominate a teacher for these prizes and this year, no fewer than 33 have been nominated.

The jury, comprising of Utrecht lecturers and students, has shortlisted four nominees for the Outstanding Teacher Award and four nominees for the Teaching Talent Award from the submitted teachers. Criteria include the educational vision of the lecturer, the creation of student interaction and the students’ learning experience.

The shortlist

Teacher Talent Award:

  • Linda van de Bunt (teacher in medicine, nominated by the Medische Studenten Faculteitsvereniging Utrecht “Sams”)
  • Djoeke van der Sluis (teacher in psychology, nominated by study association U.P.V. Alcmaeon)
  • Arjan van Tilborg (teacher in educational sciences, nominated by study association VOCUS)
  • Lorena De Vita (teacher in history, nominated by the Utrechtse Historische Studentenkring (UHSK))

Outstanding Teacher Award:

  • Gerda Andringa (teacher in Liberal Arts & Sciences, University College Roosevelt, nominated by the Academic Affairs Council & Roosevelt’s All Student Association)
  • Gery Nijenhuis (teacher in human geography and planning, nominated by the Vereniging van Utrechtse Geografie Studenten (V.U.G.S.))
  • Edwin Pos (teacher in biology, nominated by the Utrechtse Biologen Vereniging)
  • Frans Wiering (teacher in information sciences, nominated by study association Sticky)

The winners (one in each category) will be chosen from this nominee shortlist. To decide, the jury will speak with the study associations that nominated the teachers. The announcement of the winners will take place during Utrecht University’s annual education day: the Onderwijsparade on Thursday March 5th. The official prize ceremony will take place during the University’s Dies Natalis on Thursday March 26th. Are you curious to know who will win the much-coveted prizes this year? Visit the Onderwijsparade or keep an eye on intranet on the day.


The jury consists of Ruud Schotting (chair), Petra de Jongh, Ronald Bleys, Bernadette van de Rijt, Sigrid Merx, Arjen Vredenberg, Margot Koster, Frans Pennings, Arjan Stegeman, Niels Bovenschen, Marij Swinkels and student members Geerte Koster (Biomedical Sciences) and Luna Kuijper (Public Administration and Organisation Science). The jury is supported by the Centre for Academic Teaching.