UvA sociologist and historian David Bos has been chosen as Lecturer of the Year 2021. The UvA announced this during the online Education Day.
According to the jury, Bos is especially talented when it comes to explaining complex material and making connections with students. He also maintains a good speaking pace and does much to increase student involvement in the lectures during and after lecture hours. ‘The course manual shows his dedication to teaching and learning,’ said the jury report, written by students from the Central Student Council and the Asva student union, among others. ‘The combination of fantastic storytelling, clear course structure and connection with students make this person the winner.’
Bos’ work is mostly about religion and homosexuality. Bos published for example on the history of marriage between same-sex couples, the rise of the ‘ex-homosexual’ in the Netherlands and religion and sexuality in Dutch Protestantism.
The UvA has awarded the Teacher of the Year prize annually since 2007 to an ‘excellent teacher’. This is done in collaboration with students from the Central Student Council and from the Asva student union. In early April, students and staff could vote online for lecturers; faculty winners were chosen based on numbers of votes. Previous winners were René Smits, Elio Baldi and Franck Nack.