The Votes Are in for HSE's Best Teachers of 2015
Students and alumni of the Higher School of Economics in Moscow and St. Petersburg have determined the Best Teachers of 2015. HSE First Vice Rector Vadim Radaev discusses the results of the voting.
Five rounds of elections for the Best Teachers of HSE have come to an end, with nearly half (48%) of the Moscow student body voting, including bachelor's and master's students. This figure is even higher for St. Petersburg at 56%. Turnout was fantastic! I would like to use this opportunity to thank all of the students who voted.
Students’ efforts paid off. There is a direct and very distinct connection between their activity (percentage of voters) and the number of the Best Teachers from a certain department or school (though students were also able to vote for instructors from other faculties). The more voters, the higher the number of teachers named the university’s best.
The rules dictating how elections, as well as the final count, would take place were not changed. As in previous years, the list of winners first includes the teachers for whom current students voted. This is followed by teachers selected by HSE alumni, and there is a third category for the academic supervisors of students who have won NIRS Research Awards. The names of many teachers were seen in two, and even three, lists at the same time, which is not surprising.
The status of Best Teacher is honourable and important in and of itself, but it also comes with a monetary reward
The results were counted using the same algorithm for the entire university. In counting up the votes, we looked at the ratio of voters to the overall number of students studying in a certain educational programme. Since the number of students in various programmes differs considerably, a correction factor was used to raise the threshold percentage of voters in small programmes and lower the percentage of voters in larger ones. We try to use this to create the fairest conditions for everyone and level the playing field as much as possible for instructors who teach in large and small programmes. This correction factor is also the same for the entire university. It seems to me that the system is now pretty balanced and works fairly well. Winners include representatives of all areas. At a certain point, people were worried that it would be difficult for English instructors to be among HSE’s Best Teachers, but this was not the case and the group is reasonably well represented among the winners.
One change we made this year was that we did away with a group for nominees who did not receive enough votes to be named one of the university’s best. Instead, the number of instructors broadened considerably with more receiving the full status of Best Teacher and the subsequent bonus. We were originally planning for there to be around 300 winners, but there were ultimately 343 winners from the full-time teaching staff, as well as 77 from the internal and external part-time faculty.
The status of Best Teacher is honourable and important in and of itself, but it also comes with a monetary reward. At the Moscow campus, this was 30,000 rubles per month for full-time staff this year and 15,000 rubles for part-time. In addition, being named a Best Teacher is considered an important factor when competing for teaching vacancies.
As in previous years, students were not only able to vote for their favourite instructors, but they could also write them letters. We received 250 of such ‘love letters’ this year, the majority of which have already been given to their addressees.
Congratulations to my colleagues from all programmes, faculties, schools, and departments who were voted HSE's Best Teachers of 2015!
You can find the full voting results here.
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