A replica of 'de Leermeester'.

Teacher of the Year Award

Ever since 1981 high quality education on the university is stimulated by rewarding the teachers most concerned with their students and their way of teaching. This year, the Teacher of the Year Award will be organised again by University Fund Wageningen. Students can vote for their favourite teachers, after which our student jury hands out the price. The winning teacher and the nominees receive money they can spent on new education goals.

The shortlist candidates have been announced. All five teachers were surprised during their lecture, practical or meeting by the jury together with musicians of ‘de Ontzetting’. Curious about the surprises? Click the 'Shortlist Teacher of the Year 2018' and have a look at the video’s.

On the 24th of April the Teacher of the Year 2018 will be awarded! From now on it is possible to fill in the registration form for this event, so your seat is guaranteed.

Registration form Teacher of the Year event

Student jury 2018

The student jury of the Teacher of the Year Award 2018 consists of:

  • Cornelien Smit - BSc International Development Studies
  • Lara van Veen - MSc Animal Science
  • Athul Sundaresan - MSc Food Technology
  • Tom Ogweno - MSc Organic Agriculture
  • Lisanne Kruijswijk - BSc Forest and Nature Conservation

Do you have some good ideas or suggestions you want to share with the jury? Please let them know by sending your input to ufw@wur.nl.

Shortlist Teacher of the Year 2018

De shortlist for the Teacher of the Year 2018 consists of:

-      John Beijer

-      Fred de Boer

-      Henry van den Brand

-      Jessica Duncan

-      Arie Terlouw

All five teachers were surprised during their lecture, practical or meeting by the jury, together with musicians of ‘de Ontzetting’. Curious about the surprises? Have a look at the video’s below.

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Longlist Teacher of the Year 2018

This is the list (random order) of teachers that have been nominated for the Teacher of the Year Award 2018:

-     John Beijer

-     Fred de Boer

-     Henry van den Brand

-     Frits Claassen

-     Julia Diederen

-     Jessica Duncan

-     Maria Forlenza

-     Sander Gussekloo

-     Hannie van der Honing

-     Sonja Isken

-     Gert Peek

-     Arjen Rinzema

-     Ute Sass-Klaassen

-     Huub Savelkoul

-     Arie Terlouw

-     Pim de Zwart

Winner 2017

The Teacher of the Year Award 2017 of University Fund Wageningen has been granted to Jessica Duncan. The jury unanimously decided to award her the prize for her engagement with students, the clear link between research and education that she creates and the innovation of her teaching methods. Jessica, who has been teaching at the chair group of Rural Socioloy since three years, coordinates three courses and teaches in several others. She received the prize during the ceremony on the sixth of April in Impulse at Wageningen Campus.

Jessica is a relatively new face at WUR. With a background in the unusual combination of food policy and food culture, Jessica responded to the teaching job more based on its topic of research than on the teaching part. However, she finds she enjoys the teaching a lot, and that shows, as expressed in the jury's opinion, in the effort she makes to approach students with different teaching methods. For Jessica, evaluation is not something only from the teacher to the students, but also the other way around. She ensures enough evaluation takes place in her courses, by including an evaluation moment only two weeks after the start.

She is actively engaged with her students, making sure they participate and helping them take the hurdles on their way to a future in science. A trip to a conference in Rome, a day in the field or co-authoring an article are no exception. With the energy she invests in her students and her contribution to scientific development, both in research and education, Jessica fully deserves this award.

Read the article about Jessica Duncan in Resource

Former Teacher of the Year Award winners

Teacher of the Year 2017
Jessica Duncan (Rural Sociology)

Teacher of the Year 2016
Roel Dijksma (Hydrology and Water Quality)

Teacher of the Year 2015
Noëlle Aarts (Strategic Communications)

Teacher of the Year 2014
Huub Savelkoul (Immunology and cellular biology)

Teacher of the Year 2013
Dolf Weijers (Biochemistry)

Teacher of the Year 2012
Frits Claassen (Operations Research and Logistics)

Teacher of the Year 2011
Gert Peek (Soil geograpy and landscape)

Teacher of the Year 2010
André van Lammeren (Plant Cell Biology)

Teacher "hors classe" 2010
Huub Savelkoul

Teacher of the Year 2009
Jan den Ouden (Forest ecology and Forest conservation)

Teacher of the Year 2008
Dane Bicanic (Laboratory for Biofysics)

Teacher of the Year 2007
Arie Terlouw (Experimental Zoology)

Teacher of the Year 2006
Theo Hendriks (Operationele Research en Logistiek)

Teacher of the Year 2005
Reint Jan Renes (Communication sciences)

Teacher of the Year 2004
Gosse Schraa (Microbiology)

Teacher of the Year 2000
Dr.ir. R. Miedema
Dr. W.G. Braakhekke
Ing. G.J.W.C. Peek

Education prize 1996
Dr.ir. A.W.S.M. van Egeraat

Education prize 1993
Dr.ir. P.M. Driessen
Drs. L.M. Breedveld (honorable mention)

Education prize 1991
Ing. T.H. Klein Essink
Ir. P.J. Linde

Education prize 1987
Drs. F. Dietz
Drs. W.J.M. Heijman
Drs. E.C. van Ierland
Dr. J.J. Krabbe
Ir. E.P. Kroese
Drs. E.A. Oskamp
Ir. M. Vervoorn (honorable mention)

Education prize 1984
Prof.dr. C.M. Karssen
Ir. E.P. Kroese (honorable mention)
Ir. R.P.M. Schout (honorable mention)

Education prize 1981
I. P. Koorevaar
Dr. J.A.M. Mattheij

The award


In 1981 University Fund Wageningen (at that time the Landbouwhogeschoolfonds) began presenting the Education Award once every four years, in addition to the Research Award, the Entrepreneurs Award and the Press Award. In 1996 the Education Award was replaced by the Teacher of the Year Award to emphasise the important role of instructors in education. This award was presened in 1996 and 2000.

In 2003 the Executive Committee of the Foundation decided to publicly honour one instructor every year with the aim of focusing attention on the importance of good education and to reward instructors who, especially in the opinion of their students, have excelled as a teacher. Students therefore play an important role in deciding the winner of the Teacher of the Year Award. the Award consists of a replica of the statue 'De Leermeester' by Jan Praet (the original is located in front of the Leeuwenborch), a certificate of appreciation and the jury report. Also all nominees on the shortlist receive a cash prize of € 2500.

This new award was presented first in 2004. Every year from then on, six to eight students join effors as members of the Teacher of the Year jury. With the support of University Fund they promote the eclections, in which all students in their second year and up can vote for a maximum of three of the 250 by course evaluations selected teachers. Next the jury has an in-depth interview with all the chosen teachers about different aspects of educating. From that a shortlist of nominees is made and a provisional winner is presented to the Executive Committee of the Foundation. Based on the nomination by the jury and in name of the Executive Committee of the Foundation, the winner of the Teacher of the Year Award is announced at the beginning of each calendar year.