LSE Major Review Award
We are very pleased to report that Dr Francesco Nava, who was offered tenure this year, has been given a Major Review Award.
These awards recognise LSE faculty who have received outstanding feedback from their students, and who have been actively engaged in developing innovative approaches to course design and delivery.
Asked to comment on his teaching ethos, Francesco said, “I try to cater to all types of students, bearing in mind differences in background and in learning pace. I encourage participation and questions during lectures, and I spend a considerable amount of time after lectures clarifying materials to the least advanced students, or providing advice and guidance to the most advanced. The best experience that I have every year is seeing some of the students, who were initially less advanced, progress and excel over their programme.”
LSESU Student Led Teaching Excellence Awards
The Student Led Teaching Excellence Awards (previously known as the LSE Teaching Awards) recognise those who “offer crucial guidance and teaching services and who play a major role in shaping the learning experiences of LSE students”.
Over 450 members of staff were nominated this year, so competition was intense, but we are proud to say that two of our PhD students were highly commended for their work as Graduate Teaching Assistants. Rosie Coleman, LSESU Education Officer, explained the rationale behind their selection
Award for Innovative Teaching: Highly Commended
This category recognises those “going beyond the traditional role of teaching, providing exciting perspectives and cutting edge research to their students’ learning and enhancing this learning with technology”.
Nicola was highly commended for employing “out of the box methods to make every class different”.
Rosie said of his commendation: “Nicola has a unique and well-structured approach to teaching, always bringing something new to the class in order to make it more interesting. At the start or end of each class, Nicola shows two or three videos, articles or pictures which remind students of the core principles or important context to microeconomics. Additionally, he creates PDFs on his website to clarify problems and improve understanding.”
Award for Excellent Feedback and Communication: Highly Commended
This category is awarded to those teachers who are “approachable, responsive, providing excellent feedback and being willing to use innovative communication to help their students develop and understand”.
Stephan was described as one of the most responsive teachers his nominator had ever met, and moreover, one who “always delivers high quality classes”.
Rosie said of Stephan: “(He) is patient, dedicated and thorough. He provides timely feedback to all students on paper and in class, often including his own ideas on many topics covered to help students gain an alternative perspective on the material. He is very flexible with his time and regularly stays back or uses email to address questions unanswered in class.”
Class Teacher Awards
Class Teacher Awards recognise the special contribution made by graduate teaching assistants, teaching fellows and guest teachers to the life of their Department.
This year, the Economics Department boasts no fewer than five winners, all MSc and PhD students: Joshua Bernstein, Yi Jie Gwee, Andrew Hodge, Luis Martinez, and Mohammad Vesal.
In addition, the following class teachers were named as runners-up: Florian Blum, Albert Blue Perez, Thomas Carr, Alex Clymo, Ana McDowall, Clement Minaudier, Maria Molina Domene, Frank Pisch, and Rajneesh Verma.
Warmest congratulations to all!
Further information can be found at the LSE teaching blog.