The TSEconomist Awards 2014
Being a teacher can be a profession like any other or it can be a passion. It involves an interaction with young people, helping them to evolve their ideas and shaping their future. Teaching on university level is particularly demanding for a professor. On the one hand students appreciate the academic excellence and great skills and successes in research of their professors and are honoured to be taught by great thinkers. But on the other hand what does academic excellence mean if the professor is not able to share her or his passion with the students? Being an excellent professor entails the ability to transfer knowledge in a way that makes students really want to get more involved in the topic. A good teacher’s enthusiasm is contagious and inspiring. We are glad to have many motivated people at Toulouse School of Economics who are not only great researchers but also motivated teachers. In addition, it is also important to recognize the effort teaching assistants exert and the time they spend to help students understand difficult problem sets.
In this way we wanted to thank those who make an especially great effort for their hard work and their inspiration.
The awards are “thank you” trophies by the TSE students for the teachers and teaching assistants.
To make it possible for all students to participate in the voting for which, in their opinion, is the best teacher and teaching assistant, we organized an online vote. All students from L3, M1, M2 and DEEQA were invited to vote and therefore to support their favourite teacher and teaching assistant. By giving the whole TSE student community the chance to vote for who they think deserves the most recognition, the result is representative. The winners were then selected based on the number of students that voted for them. The TSEconomist team believes that it is a good way to say “thank you” and we hope these awards will become a tradition at TSE. Since this initiative has just started, any remarks or suggestions on how to improve the voting procedure or other comments are highly welcome.
It is our belief that the characteristics of the "teacher of the year" are not fixed, and of course that many different styles of teaching exist, however, this should not be seen as an obstacle to acknowledge the efforts of one teacher and one TA that have strongly influenced the students during the academic year. It is a fun way to acknowledge outside the pure academic field and we hope to have created a positive interaction between the students and the professors...
The winners of The TSEconomist Teaching Awards 2014 are:
Teacher of the year L3 (Eco): David Alary
TA of the year L3 (Eco): Jean-Luc Volery
Teacher of the year L3 (Eco-Math): Stéphane Villeneuve
TA of the year L3 (Eco-Math): Julie Lassébie
Teacher of the year M1: Bénédicte Alziary
TA of the year M1: Ananya Sen
Teacher of the year M2: Mar Reguant
TA of the year M2: Alban Moura