Nomination procedure 2023 

Calling all students! We invite you to nominate outstanding teachers in your subject of study for their extraordinary commitment to teaching. The nomination process for the 1822-University Prize for Excellent Teaching 2023 will start on November 21, 2022, and the right to nominate is exclusive to students of Goethe University. 

What it's about:

The 1822 University Prize for Excellent Teaching recognizes Goethe University staff who demonstrate a special commitment to teaching. The 1822-University Award, which is presented annually by Goethe University and the Foundation of the Frankfurter Sparkasse is intended to make the quality of university teaching visible nationwide.

Nominations can be submitted by:

Students of Goethe University

This is how you can nominate teachers:

Submit your nomination online via this platform:

Nomination deadline:

February 28, 2023.

Award ceremony:

The award ceremony will take place on Tuesday, July 4, 2023, at 5 p.m. in the Renate von Metzler Hall of the Casino, Westend Campus.

Call for nominations:

 The current call for nominations can be accessed here

Requirements for submitting a nomination:

  • Only students have the right to nominate.
  • You may submit more than one nomination per department.
  • Teachers in all career stages (professors, lecturers, research assistants) are eligible candidates.
  • The prerequisite is that the teachers offer courses on a regular basis, including in the undergraduate and compulsory           curriculum.
  • Applications that were not successful in previous years can be resubmitted in revised and updated forms.
  • Previous award winners will not be considered.

Criteria for awarding the prize:

The basic requirement is that the teacher is distinguished by the following:

1. sustainable and innovative teaching

2. a special quality of the courses, which, in addition to imparting competencies

- inspire students for the subject

- and/or are supported by supplementary teaching offerings,

- and/or are in continuous development

3. outstanding commitment to student support, e.g.

- by being accessible to students,

- through the supervision of examination candidates or

- through willingness to engage in dialogue and respectful encounters with students.

If these criteria are met, the decision is made on the basis of additional relevant activities. These include, for example:

  • Activities related to the structural improvement of the study situation, e.g. involvement in departmental or university               committees, cooperation in the curricular development of study programs.
  • Research orientation of teaching,
  • Linking of theory and practice,
  • Special commitment to teaching in the introductory phase of studies, and
  • Special commitment to interdisciplinarity, internationality and/or diversity aspects.

The preparation, quality and content of your nomination are decisive for its potential success.

A committee that represents various university status groups selects three prize winners. The committee consists of students nominated by the Senate, academic staff and professors of the university as well as a member of the management of the Foundation of the Frankfurter Sparkasse.

Your proposal should specifically address the following points:

The justification of the proposal for your candidate must be comprehensible to all members of the committee (including those outside the field) and must refer explicitly to the criteria for the award. If it is not clear which criteria the nominated person fulfills, your proposal is not well justified. Please keep in mind that there are very good teachers in many disciplines. Therefore, it is important that you clearly articulate the particular skills that distinguish your candidate from others and make him/her especially worthy of the award.

The proposal should be based on a broad consensus within your department. This can be done, for example, through a student meeting (Fachschaft), in-class surveys, or online surveys. If possible, please explain in your proposal how you voted on your proposal and how many students participated in the vote. The procedure of voting on the candidate in your subject must be transparent.

Submit your nomination via the following platform:

The deadline for receipt of proposals is February 28, 2023.

In addition to your proposal, course evaluations submitted by the nominees as well as statements by their respective deans of studies will be taken into consideration. The teaching award team obtains these documents after you have submitted your nomination.

The selection committee will make its decision by April 2023. The award ceremony will take place on Tuesday, July 4, 2023, at 5 p.m. in the Renate von Metzler Hall of the Casino, Westend Campus. You are cordially invited to attend the ceremony and more information will follow in due course. 

If you have questions regarding the call for proposals or nomination process, please contact: 

Julia Pirzer

Studium Lehre Internationales

Abteilung Karriere, Stipendien und Preise

Campus Westend, PEG-Gebäude, 2.G187  

Telefon: 069/798-13860