June 24, 2024

Distinguished Teaching Award - University of Innsbruck

Distinguished Teaching Award – University of Innsbruck

Historian Marina Helber was honored by Federal Minister Martin Polachek.

On September 22, the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research awarded “Ars Docendi” – the Austrian State Prize for excellent teaching. Marina Helber, Associate Professor at the Institute of European History and Ethnology at the University of Innsbruck, was awarded for her training course “Research Laboratory: Exhibition Project – Medical History at Montafon”.

For ten years, the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research has awarded the “Ars Docendi” – the Austrian state award for excellent education. There were a total of 164 submissions this year. “What is the Gold Medal for Sport,” Ars Docendi is excellent university teaching. For ten years now, we have been using it to select outstanding teachers in Austrian universities, thus sending an important signal of appreciation for their great achievements. Those who succeed not only in conveying their passion for their subject and research to students, But also their basic understanding of science is particularly successful. “I would like to extend a special thanks to all the prize winners,” said Science Minister Polashik.

Exhibition Project Grant

Marina Helber, Associate Professor at the Institute of European History and Ethnology at the University of Innsbruck, received an award in the category of Research-related Teaching or Artistic Teaching for her project “Research Laboratory: Exhibition Project – Medical History at Montafon”. As part of the course, students designed an exhibition focusing on the history of medicine in rural areas, which is located in the center of Special exhibition 2022 at the Montafon Museums / Vorarlberg Situations.

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Students not only acted as exhibition organizers and developed relevant medical historical content, but were also able to get creative with the concept of museology. Through the form of the research lab, the jury endorsed an exercise for master’s students in history that implements the orientation toward the third task of scholarly inquiry. “The fact that historical research cannot be permanently isolated from educational issues is not presented here as a holiday letter, but is carried out in a general history project, which gives participating students the opportunity to conduct specific research as well as to communicate the results of the research in a manner that is convenient to the addressee” , as stated in the jury statement.

An accompanying folder has also been published: Marina Helper/Michael Casper (Editors), patient – safe – healthy. Medical history(s) from Montafon, Innsbruck 2022