Teaching Excellence Awards 2020
The Teaching Excellence Award Scheme aims to recognise, reward and promote excellence in teaching at the University. The Scheme comprises four categories, viz. University Distinguished Teaching Award, Outstanding Teaching Award, Early Career Teaching Award and Teaching Innovation Award.
Nominations for the different categories were considered by a Selection Panel comprising the following members:
- Professor Ian HOLLIDAY (Chair), Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)
- Professor Anthony SMITH, Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs), University College London
- Dr Susan BRIDGES, Director, Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning
- Miss Alice LEE, Associate Professor, Department of Law (Recipient of the 2019 University Distinguished Teaching Award)
- Miss JEH Tsz Lam, President, The Hong Kong University Students’ Union
The Selection Panel was deeply impressed with the awardees’ dedication to teaching, their tireless and creative eforts to make learning enjoyable and challenging, and the impact they have made on their students’ learning. The University is grateful to Professor Smith for providing expert advice during the fnal selection process
Dr. Matthias M.M. BuehlmaierFaculty of Business and Economics
My teaching philosophy has evolved to crystallise around the values and beliefs of 1) honesty, 2) real-world relevance, 3) ethics, and 4) elements of comedy.
Dr. Janet K.Y. ChanSchool of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science
My teaching methodology seeks to enhance student learning by using a holistic approach for science education and ensuring teaching and learning are truly international.
Dr. Yeewan KoonSchool of Humanities, Faculty of Arts
Object based learning is at the core of my teaching philosophy as well as being one of the greatest pleasures of being an art historian. Through my work and activities, in and outside of HKU, my students see art history in action and how academia intersects with the art ecosystem.
Dr. Vengatesen ThiyagarajanSchool of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science
I am a strong believer in 1) interactive teaching with great passion, enthusiasm, and dedication, 2) research-led, hands-on, and feld-based experiential education, and 3) exposure of students to an interdisciplinary platform for innovation and to explore entrepreneurship in science.
Dr. Anita M.Y. WongFaculty of Education
I create a social milieu of learning that motivates students to pursue knowledge with me as partners. I use dialogic teaching to engage students in the discovery of the missing piece in their knowledge base.
EmpowerU: A cross-disciplinary, community-led, impact-based
teaching and learning platform
Ms. Lindsay Ernst (Leader), Faculty of Law
Mr. David L. Bishop, Faculty of Business and Economics
We aim to create cross-cultural, immersive learning experiences where students learn in the classroom, apply that learning in a meaningful and practical way within the community, and then gain even deeper understanding from their community engagement. This allows multiple layers of learning, better retention of information, and hopefully lifelong learning about intercultural communication, moral decision-making, project management, etc.