Ben de Pater was touched when he heared that he had won the Teacher of the Year Award. “I’m suprised to be so emotional about it.”
Ben de Pater, Human Geography and Planning lecturer, received the award at the New Year’s meeting of the Faculty Geosciences, Tuesday 5 January 2016. Member of the Jury Zilla van Aartrijk (studentmember of the Faculty Council) explained the choice of the jury. “The amount of books and papers in Ben’s room might look overwhelming, but his students praise his classes as being well structured, clear, with a common thread and depth.” Ben de Pater has played in the more than thirty years that he is a lecturer a crucial role in improving and renewing courses and curricula. Moreover, he innovatively bridges the disciplines within Geosciences as he is the founding father of several Geosciences-wide courses, amongst them the course ‘Bedreigde Aarde’ (Endangered Earth).