Teaching Awards

Premierings- och incitamentpyramid för högklassig undervisning i Hanken
Awards and incentives for high-quality teaching at Hanken

Award and incentive pyramid for high-quality teaching at Hanken

Designed to encourage, reward, and publicly acknowledge sustained excellence in teaching at Hanken.

(1.1) Enough time and resources are reserved for pedagogical development and continuing education in teachers’ work plans

(1.2) Pedagogical training and support

> Hanken supports its teachers by offering various opportunities for continuous pedagogical training in both Swedish and English (Unipeda, ITP, IMTA, UNIPS, etc.)

  - Teachers should apply for the training within given deadlines: see courses and further training

> Teaching Lab offers training and support for planning of teaching and in the use of digital teaching methods and tools (workshops, seminars, Helpdesk receptions, tutorials, instructional videos, etc.) https://www.hanken.fi/en/faculty-staff/teaching-lab

(1.3) Project funding for development of teaching

Funds are made available by Hanken Support Foundation to encourage and enable development and digitalisation of teaching.

  - Application period twice a year (March and September). Announced on the web and in the Teaching Lab newsletter

  - Applications are assessed by the Committee on Teaching Excellence

(2.1) Awarding successful development of teaching taking into account Hanken's strategic objectives:

> development of teaching aligned with the competency goals

> development of methods that support Hanken's teaching strategies

> international teaching cooperation, international learning experiences

> cooperation with companies, relevance to business world

> joint development projects shared between subjects and campuses

  - Based on one’s own / prefect’s / colleagues' application
  - The applications are assessed by the Committee on Teaching Excellence
  - Awards once a year (at the Rector's Christmas coffee)

(2.2) Awarding Teachers of the Year in Helsinki and Vaasa

  - Elected by SHS and SSHV in both Helsinki and Vaasa
  - The awards are given at respective annual ball; the university pays a price sum

(2.3) Awarding pedagogical research / publications

> Publications on pedagogical research (see, for example, https://provost.tufts.edu/celt/files/SoTL-Journals.pdf)

> Teaching material (books, programs, etc.)

  - Input in HARIS => included in the publication award model

(3.1) Excellent teachers

Excellent teachers demonstrate genuine interest in teaching and student learning, and excellent results from this. They  perform beyond the "normal" teaching job, beyond what is included in the meritorious teacher level (such as successful development of individual courses already rewarded on the previous level). They systematically share their educational knowledge to improve the quality of teaching in general.

=>Teaching excellence is awarded with a time-bound salary supplement of 300 euros per month (for 4 years). Re-evaluated every 4th year


A. Shows educational excellence

> Extensive educational experience and commitment

> Continuously develop their teaching towards better learning (containing goals and results / impact, as well as concrete examples and references to educational literature to support the demonstration)

> Systematically deepened their pedagogical competence, min 25 cr of pedagogical studies (can demonstrate how pedagogy / education and learning have improved)

> Pedagogical leadership and development assignments (not only formal duties such as being head of subject or subject coordinator, but genuine pedagogical leadership e.g. in the subject, with goals and outcomes )

> Self-evaluation - in a constructive way, reflecting on their teaching and taking into account the students / colleagues / own responses (including references to relevant university pedagogical literature in order to motivate and anchor their own  educational choices and pedagogical knowledge)

> Demonstrated consistently high-level teaching and received positive reviews and appreciation of their skills and commitment as a teacher (excellent course evaluations, awards / appointments, etc.)

B. Shares their educational knowledge

> Acted as a teacher mentor, participated in peer-to-peer evaluation, etc.

> Initiated educational seminars, discussions, conferences, research projects, etc.

> Developed teaching materials for common use (e.g. open educational resources)


  - Based on one’s own application - criteria A and B must both be met (demonstrate the purpose, scope and effects of the various indicators; documentation supporting the application is appended)

    Applicants should have continuous employment at Hanken (100%).

    Application form: https://forma.hanken.fi/lomakkeet/1660/lomakkeet.html

  - Deadlines three times a year:
      March 15th
      September 15th
      November 30th

  - The applications are assessed by the Evaluation Panel and the decision is taken by the Rector.

Also noted annually:

Courses that received high grade evaluation

> at least 4 in average on all three questions included in the evaluation form, and

> at least 35% response rate on the evaluation

=> the course will be cited for the good evaluations in the study guide

The number of courses with top evaluations is shown in this table.

Members in the committee:

> Chair: Dean of education

> Secretary: Education planning officer

> 2 teacher representatives + 2 alternates, who exhibit excellent teaching ability themselves (meets criteria A for excellent teachers)

> 1 educational expert (external)

> 1 student representative

The committee is appointed by the Rector for 4 years at a time