The winners of the Media and Communication Teaching Awards 2020

Portraits of Rashid Gabdulhakov and Yijing Wang

Announcement of the winners of the Media and Communication Teaching Awards 2020; the event which was cancelled on the evening of the full lockdown of the university.

These awards spring from an idea initiated by the PC M&C. They wished to develop a transparent procedure for the consultative role in the selection of candidates for the annual EUR Education Prize, but then they also felt the wider need to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work, dedication, and passion for teaching that many individual members of our department share – at all levels and in all ranks. After some deliberation and in close collaboration with Susanne Janssen as Head of Department, it was agreed to have two awards for two distinct categories. One for potential candidates for the EUR Education Prize (candidates with a PhD ranging from lecturers’ position and up) and the other for, more junior candidates (with our without a PhD) who, without meeting the rather specific EUR criteria, still are visionary educators.

They specified a set of criteria and the first call went out in December 2019.  A selection committee of 2 student PC members, the PCMC Chair, and 2 staff members in a supervisory role was duly set up to evaluate submissions. This was a great moment to reflect on the quality of the department’s teaching and the dedication our colleagues put to it.

So, here’s for the winners: Rashid Gabdulhakov and Yijing Wang.

“Rashid impressed us all with his dedication and enthusiasm for teaching which was well supported by student feedback. We were captivated by the narrative of his journey from post-Sovjet Uzbekistan via the US and other stages to Rotterdam. That story formed part of Rashid’s vision on teaching, which just goes to show that we are humans and that our personal histories and the politics we engage in form part of our habits and views as lecturers.” 

“Yijing stood out for a teaching vision and the effectiveness of her teaching. She did not only demonstrate innovation and (pre-Corona!) blended learning practices, but also manifested collaborative efforts in reaching out to other EUR schools and partner universities in China. At EUR level she shared her teaching practices in a Risbo microlab; she volunteered as coach on the first and only EUR education hackathon—typically, her group won! She also represents ESHCC as active member of the working group Sustainability in Education and is ESHCC’s candidate for the EUR Education Prize.”

Congratulations, Rashid and Yijing!

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