Professor Huub Savelkoul is the recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award 2014 at Wageningen University. The award ceremony was held on Tuesday 14 January in student café The Spot in the Orion education building on Wageningen Campus.
Students had been invited to vote for this year’s Teacher of the Year Award, an annual award presented by the Wageningen University Fund. A nine-member student jury interviewed the 18 top contenders before making their decision.
The ceremony in Orion was more reserved than usual in light of the recent death of one of the nominees, Marthijn Sonneveld. The other nominees were André van Lammeren, Ute Sass-Klaasen and Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers.
Teacher of the Year
The jury unanimously selected Professor Huub Savelkoul as Teacher of the Year. Professor Savelkoul received the award, consisting of a replica of ‘De Leermeester’, a certificate and a 2,500 euro prize, for his enthusiastic and passionate approach to teaching. Huub Savelkoul is Professor of Cell Biology and Immunology. In the interactive classes that Savelkoul teaches with infectious enthusiasm, he encourages students to give feedback, which he uses to improve the courses. In addition to his involvement with his students, Professor Savelkoul uses modern digital teaching methods in his classes. He is also committed to enhancing the didactic skills of young teachers through an honours programme in which experienced and dedicated teachers supervise their younger counterparts. Huub Savelkoul has been nominated for Teacher of the Year 6 times before.
This is the 18th edition of the annual Teacher of the Year Award – a prestigious Wageningen award that aims to stimulate the educational qualities of its teachers. The money awarded to the nominees and the winner is used for educational purposes, e.g. the purchase of teaching equipment.
This year, 1,607 students – nearly 29% – cast their votes in a record turnout. Each year following the vote, a list of some fifteen teachers is compiled from which five candidates are nominated. The jury selects the winner from these nominees. In addition to didactic and educational qualities and methods, the criteria include the teacher’s knowledge, enthusiasm for their field, commitment to educational innovation and dedication to transferring their knowledge to their students.