Recipients of the Award

Academic Year 2015 -2016: Jim Murdoch

CEU honors Professor Jim Murdoch with the fifth annual European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Jim Murdoch, Professor of Public Law, University of Glasgow, is the recipient of the fifth annual European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Murdoch was presented with the award at CEU's Opening Ceremony for academic year 2016-2017 on 16 September, 2016. The award is accompanied by the €5,000 Diener Prize, made possible by a generous gift from Steven and Linda Diener in memory of Ilona Diener. Read more about Jim Murdoch.

Murdoch earned his Bachelor of Laws at the University of Glasgow and his Master of Laws at University of California, Berkeley. His pioneering European Human Rights Project (EHRP) is unique in Europe. His work on EHRP earned him one of the University of Glasgow’s first Teaching Excellence Awards. He was also honored for the course with the Partnership Award from the Institute of Directors (London) and the Council of Europe's Pro Merito Medal.

 

 

Academic Year 2014 -2015: Shakuntala Banaji

CEU honors Dr. Shakutala Banaji with the fourth annual European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Dr. Shakuntala Banaji, lecturer and programme director of the Master's in Media, Communication and Development in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), is the recipient of the fourth annual European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Banaji was presented with the award at CEU's Opening Ceremony for academic year 2015-2016 on 21 September, 2015. The award is accompanied by the €5,000 Diener Prize, made possible by a generous gift from Steven and Linda Diener in memory of Ilona Diener. Read more.

Banaji, who earned her PhD in Media and Communications from the Institute of Education, University of London, has also received two teaching excellence awards at LSE, in 2011 and 2015 and a Major Review Teaching Prize in 2013. Her teaching and research interests include issues of children, young people and active citizenship, international media and the global south, and media and sociopolitical change. Read more.

 

 

 

Academic Year 2013-2014: Monika Baár

CEU honors Dr. Monika Baár with the European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities

The third annual European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities was presented to Dr. Monika Baár, Rosalind Franklin Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Groningen. The award was initiated by CEU in 2011 as a way of calling attention to the importance of excellent teaching as well as research within European higher education. Baár is the first graduate of CEU to receive this award (MA in History, 1995). She also is the first recipient of the Diener Prize, which accompanies the award. This annual prize is made possible by a generous gift from Steven and Linda Diener in memory of Ilona Diener.

Dr. Baár earned her doctorate in Modern History from the University of Oxford in 2002, and subsequently held postdoctoral fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and at the University of Essex. She joined the Department of History at University of Groningen in 2009.

Baár’s teaching is richly informed by her research, which focuses on modern history with particular attention to Central and Eastern Europe and more recently on the history of animals and disability studies. She has been acknowledged for demonstrating “that innovation and excellence can go hand in hand” in both teaching and research, and she has introduced interdisciplinary and team teaching into her work. Read more.

 

 

Academic Year 2012 -2013: Matthew Braham

CEU Honors Professor Matthew Braham with Teaching Award

This year's winner of the European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities is Professor Matthew Braham of the University of Bayreuth (Germany). CEU President and Rector John Shattuck presented the award to Braham as part of CEU's 2013-2014 academic year opening ceremony on September 13. In order to promote excellence in teaching across the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and upon the milestone of its 20th year (2011), Central European University established the award, which is the first and only pan-European award for excellence in teaching. Read more.

Matthew Braham is a Professor of Philosophy and holds the Chair of Political Philosophy at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Hamburg and an M.Sc in Economic and Social History (with distinction) from the University of Oxford.

Prof. Braham’s research and teaching explore issues in the intersection of political philosophy, welfare economics, and ethics; in particular the conceptual and formal analysis of power, freedom, and responsibility.

 

 

Academic Year 2011-2012: Eleanor Denny

CEU Honors Dr. Eleanor Denny with the European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities

In order to promote excellence in teaching across the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and upon the milestone of its 20th year (2011), Central European University (CEU) established the European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities. The honor is the first and only pan-European award for excellence in teaching. The inaugural winner is Dr. Eleanor Denny, an assistant professor of economics at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Members of CEU's leadership presented the award to Denny as part of CEU's 2012-2013 academic year opening ceremony on September 14. Read more.

Eleanor Denny is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Trinity College Dublin. She earned her Ph.D. in Economics at the University College Dublin in 2007, and she holds an M.B.A. in Quantitative Finance and a B.A. in Economics and Mathematical Studies from UCD where she has served as Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning in the School of Social Science and Philosophy.

Dr. Denny’s research and teaching focus on energy economics, including work on economics of renewable generation integration, economic impacts of carbon prices, energy policy, and related issues. See http://www.eleanordenny.org/