2022 pedagogy prizewinners nominated

This year’s pedagogy prizewinner at Uppsala University teaches courses related to theology, psychology, forensic science and electronics. The free pedagogy prize this year has the theme “The critical approach in a polarised world”.

The educational prizewinners are nominated by their students and colleagues. The final prizewinners are chosen by the rector based on proposals by an evaluation group of eight teachers and eight students. This year, 56 different teachers were nominated. The prize money is SEK 20,000.

The independent Pedagogical Award

Professor Thomas Nygren of the Department of Pedagogy, Didactics and Educational Studies was honoured with the 2022 free pedagogy prize on the theme “The critical approach in a polarised world”.

Rationale: When students meet Thomas Nygren, they meet an educator who promotes factual dialogue and challenges factual resistance based on the solid foundation of his own research on critical thinking and digital competence. He is capable of explaining the importance of a critical approach in an engaging, clear and educational way. Prospective teachers are well prepared by Thomas Nygren’s teaching to help future generations work in a polarised world with an ever-growing need for source-critical capabilities. Thomas Nygren has also driven the development of subject didactic features in the teacher programmes, with sensitivity towards the students.

Thomas Nygren

Theology, Humanities and Educational Sciences

Brian Palmer, senior lecturer in the Department of Theology, was honoured with the 2022 pedagogy prize in the fields of theology, humanities and educational science.

Rationale: Brian Palmer is a passionate and inspiring educator who values every student. He is particularly appreciated for his varied and innovative teaching methods and examinations. Mr. Palmer has a special ability to provide constructive criticism and feedback adapted to each individual student to stimulate their learning and critical thinking. Students and colleagues also attest to his civil courage, which is also conveyed in his lectures and seminars and his supervision of students at various levels.

Brian Palmer

Law and Social Sciences

Professor Terry Hartig of the Department of Psychology was awarded the 2022 pedagogy prize in the fields of law and social sciences.

Rationale: In his teaching, Terry Hartig succeeds in creating genuine interest in and desire for deeper development in the subject of environmental psychology. His attitude towards students is attentive and respectful, which leads to creative discussions in which students feel clearly able to contribute to a common learning process. By applying experimental methods to demonstrate what can be achieved in the local environment, students gain insight into how their acquired knowledge and skills can make a difference, both today and in the future.

Terry Hartig

Medicin and Pharmacy

Professor Marie Allen of the Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology was awarded the 2022 pedagogy prize in the fields of medicine and pharmacy.

Rationale: Marie Allen is a skilled, dedicated and approachable teacher who creates an interactive learning climate that inspires her students. She designed the master’s programme in forensic science and runs it as the programme manager. Prof. Allen develops the programme constantly to ensure that her teaching has a scientific approach, inspirational teaching methods and a clear progression. The programme content is based on collaboration between interprofessional institutions and collaboration with judicial authorities. She develops work-related connections and the establishment of students’ contact networks through theoretical and practical content, which benefits students’ study motivation and learning process.

Marie Allen

Mathematics, Science and Technology

Kjell Staffas, senior lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering, was awarded the 2022 pedagogy prize in the fields of mathematics, science and technology.

Rationale: Kjell is distinguished by his drive and commitment to developing as a teacher. Highly approachable and open to questions, he ensures that students absorb the course content in a nuanced way. Students are inspired to learn more and experience his lectures as active discussions. He has the ability to adapt his teaching to the needs of each student. Students are satisfied that the subject didactic research will benefit them. Kjell contributes to his colleagues’ pedagogy development and stands up for the college.

Kjell Staffas

The Pedagogical Awards

Uppsala University annually awards five pedagogical prizes for outstanding contributions within education at basic level as well as advanced level.

Four of the prizes are allocated for teachers in the following fields;

  • theology, humanities and educational sciences
  • law and social sciences
  • medicine and pharmacy
  • mathematics, science and technology.

The fifth prize is awarded to pedagogical contributions within a particularly prioritized field.

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