Prize for Excellence in Teaching


Outstanding teaching rarely gets curtain calls. Rarely, but not never. Witness TU Graz, where four outstanding lecturers received the Prize for Excellence in Teaching on Wednesday, 9 November.

Heidrun Gruber-Wölfler  Heidrun Gruber-Wölfler from TU Graz’s Institute for Process and Particle Engineering was awarded the prize for “young lecturers”. Because at the moment she’s undergoing a stay abroad in Glasgow, her colleague Bianca Grabner accepted the prize on her behalf. “She doesn’t yet know about it, but I’m going to send her a photo of the certificate,” Grabner says blithely, who herself recently attended the prize lecture series. Today, she supports Gruber-Wölfler in her teaching activities and bases her teaching on blending various teaching methods to integrate students. For instance, “classical modern lectures with PowerPoint presentations” loosened up with group work and examples on the board. Additionally, a regular learning-goal assessment is provided in which students work on exercises in a voluntary way and can examine their learning success. Heidrun Gruber-Wölfler was awarded a prize for “Pharmaceutical engineering 1: Active ingredients and processes”.