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State Teaching Prize Goes to Two Lecturers from TU Dortmund University

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Group photo with four women © Tobias Ortelt​/​TU Dortmund
Prof. Wiebke Möhring (left), Vice President Academic Affairs of TU Dortmund University, and Ina Brandes (2nd from right), NRW Minister for Culture and Science, congratulated the award winners Dr. Vanessa Henke (2nd from left) and Dr. Lena Tacke (right).

On 27 November the Ministry of Culture and Science (MKW) of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) awarded the state teaching prizes, each endowed with 50,000 euros, to six outstanding university lecturers. The special prize for “Teaching and Learning in a Team” is shared by Dr. Lena Tacke from the Department of Humanities and Theology and Dr. Vanessa Henke from the Department of Educational Sciences and Psychology.

They inspire students for learning, research and practice – and provide a service to society with the excellent education of young people. Ina Brandes, Minister of Culture and Science, honored outstanding university lecturers in Düsseldorf this week. “We also owe the success of our excellent university landscape to the outstanding achievements in teaching. Lecturers who see their profession as a calling and are passionate about passing on their knowledge to young people are the multipliers for a new generation of researchers, engineers, artists and scholars in the humanities. I would like to thank the award winners for their great dedication. They make our universities in North Rhine-Westphalia even better,” said the Minister.

The state teaching prize was awarded in five categories. Prof. Wiebke Möhring, Vice President Academic Affairs of TU Dortmund University, congratulated the two Dortmund academics Dr. Lena Tacke and Dr. Vanessa Henke on their special prize for “Teaching and Learning in a Team”: “We are delighted that your outstanding commitment to special teaching arrangements and the topic of sustainability in teacher training has also been recognized at state level,” said the communication scientist.