Dr Sophie Reinders teaches Early Modern Literature. Through her enthusiasm, she has made an excellent impression on her students and colleagues in only a short amount of time. The jury was impressed with the way in which Reinders succeeds in activating students, while continuously making a connection to research and society.
Her goal is to educate and train students to become scholars of culture in the broadest sense. To this end, she treats them as academics from their very first year. For this approach to be successful, it is essential to have a safe learning environment, where there is room for humour, creativity and making mistakes. Because of her approachability, her personal touch and her enthusiasm, she achieves this goal: in her classes, students are not afraid to take part in the discussion and to share their own opinions. In addition, Reinders enjoys taking her students 'outside', to libraries, museums or publishing houses. She shows students how she as a scientist connects to the outer world; for instance, by writing blogs, giving public lectures or using Twitter. Students find this approach to be extremely inspiring and they see Reinders as a role model.
Lecturer Award and Young Lecturer Award
Utrecht University has been awarding the Lecturer Award and the Young Lecturer Award since the 1990s. The awards are intended for outstanding lecturers who engage, challenge and motivate their students. Every year, members of Utrecht University’s study societies are given the opportunity to nominate a lecturer for these awards. The winners are ultimately chosen by a judging panel, consisting of outstanding lecturers and students from Utrecht University, from a shortlist of nominees on the basis of stringent criteria. The criteria include creating interaction with students and contributing to students’ learning experiences. The official award ceremony will take place during the university’s anniversary celebrations on 26 March.