Teaching Excellence Award 2023 for Michael Nash


Winners of the Teaching Excellence Awards 2023 (from left): Tobias Oswald, Michael Nash, Anja Car, Maria Thürk, Samuel Allemann, Caroline Sørensen (Photo: University of Basel, Eleni Kougionis)

For the fifth time, the University of Basel has recognized outstanding achievements in the field of teaching with the Teaching Excellence Awards. Vice President Professor Thomas Grob presented the Teaching Excellence Awards in a ceremony on 25 May in the Kollegienhaus, among others also to Prof. Michael Nash from the Department of Chemistry.

In the category "Strong Foundations" the jury, consisting of teaching staff with a Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education from the University of Basel, chose Dr. Caroline Ballebye Sørensen, lecturer in Nordic Languages and Literatures in the Department of Languages and Literatures and Professor Michael Nash from the Department of Chemistry.

The jury placed particular value on the interactive methods used in Nash’s courses, which are very well-attended. His patience and open, relaxed manner allow students to approach him on equal footing and give them the opportunity to share their own thought processes with other students, which helps them connect with the material more quickly. Students also appreciate his use of lively examples in lectures and his interactive surveys, which allow for immediate application of newly-learned materials to real-world questions and make it easier to quickly identify comprehension problems.