Press Release from Umeå University

Several skilful teachers praised at Umeå University

[2016-04-07] As many as 58 experienced and competent teachers are praised for their educational expertise in the second edition of the Umeå University educational merit system. The system was introduced three years ago and, since then, nearly one hundred teachers have been appointed merited or excellent.

“It’s incredibly important to pay attention to our competent teachers, their ideas and actions, as well as stimulate to and encourage educational discussions. Several of our teachers took the opportunity to qualify for this round, which feels rewarding and slightly surprising – but a very pleasant surprise,” says Pro-Vice-Chancellor Anders Fällström.

Umeå stands out

In 2013, Umeå University was first out in Sweden to introduce a system with criteria applicable to the entire university in rewarding teachers’ educational expertise. In the pilot round, 9 teachers were appointed followed by 41 teachers in the first ordinary session and in the last round as many as 58 teachers were appointed. As a result, a total of 98 teachers have been merited at Umeå University (ten individuals have been appointed twice).

“The huge interest among teachers results in Umeå University standing out on a national scale. In my mind, corresponding merit systems have not received the same response at other higher education institutions,” says Katarina Winka, director of the Centre for Educational Development.

The model is continuously developed

Picture of Katarina Winka.
Katarina Winka. Photo: Mattias Pettersson.

The educational merit system builds on two levels, merited and excellent, and teachers apply for appointment at their own discretion. All criteria must be fulfilled for the level in question. Beside a salary increase for all teachers that have been appointed, the department is also awarded a one-time bonus.

The responsibility to assure the quality of and develop the process lies on the University Board for meriting teaching and learning in higher education.

Spring revision

This spring’s edition of educational meriting was the final one in this version as an evaluation will follow in order to improve the system further. Ideas for improvement have been gathered from appointed the teachers’ heads of departments, applicants in the two previous rounds, HR at the faculties, members of the Board for meriting teaching and learning in higher education and others.

“The idea is for the Vice-Chancellor to make the decision on a revised model before the change of University Management in the summer,” says Anders Fällström.

Celebrating newly appointed teachers

This spring, the newly appointed merited and excellent teachers will be paid attention to in various ways. All of these teachers are invited to the Spring Graduation Ceremony on 21 May. Two teachers appointed in 2015 will also contribute with their expertise in this year’s ceremony. Excellent teachers will also be invited to participate in educational discussions in conjunction with the related popular science lectures on 19 May.

Teachers will also receive an invitation to become members of the new network for educationally awarded teachers, Pedagogiskt Inplacerade Lärare (PIL), in which all merited and excellent teachers at Umeå University are welcome.

For more information, please contact:

Anders Fällström,
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Umeå University
Phone: +46 70-493 85 27

Katarina Winka,
Director, Universitetspedagogik och lärandestöd
Phone: +46 90–786 58 79

The following teachers have been appointed excellent teachers:

Faculty of Arts

Mats Deutschmann, Language Studies

Faculty of Medicine

Christina Ljungberg, Surgical and Perioperative Sciences

Faculty of Social Sciences

Anders Bek, Applied Educational Science
Carita Bengs, Sociology
Karin Danielsson-Öberg, Informatics
Inga Dennhag, Psychology
Michael Gruber, Psychology
Ulf Hedestig, Informatics
Carina Hjelmér, Applied Educational Science
Stefan Holmström, Psychology
Johan Jansson, Umeå School of Business and Economics
Niclas Kaiser, Psychology
Marie Lindkvist, Umeå School of Business and Economics
Gunnar Lindström, Education
Catherine Lions, Umeå School of Business and Economics
Johanna Olsson, Education
Helén Strömberg, Geography and Economic History
Ingrid Svensson, Umeå School of Business and Economics
Stig-Arne Berglund, Social Work, appointed in 2015

Faculty of Science and Technology

Stefan Berglund, Applied Physics and Electronics
Per Kvarnbrink, Applied Physics and Electronics
Thomas Mejtoft, Applied Physics and Electronics
Rolf Zale, Ecology and Environmental Sciences
Lars-Daniel Öhman, Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics

Umeå University Library

Per Andersson, Centre for Educational Development

The following teachers have been appointed merited teachers:

Faculty of Arts

Jenny Eklöf, Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
Finn Arne Jörgensen, Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies

Faculty of Medicine

Anders Hofer, Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics
Ola Winsö, Surgical and Perioperative Sciences
Caroline Fischl, Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, appointed in 2015

Faculty of Social Sciences

Birgit Andersson, Applied Educational Science
Tomas Bergqvist, Applied Educational Science
Erik Domellöf, Psychology
Peter Franck, Umeå School of Business and Economics
Ulrika Holmström-Westergren, Informatics
Maria Karlsson, Umeå School of Business and Economics
Erik Lindberg, Umeå School of Business and Economics
Torbjörn Lindmark, Education
Mattias Lundberg, Psychology
Kadri Meister, Umeå School of Business and Economics
Maria Nordin, Psychology
Anna-Carin Nordwall, Umeå School of Business and Economics
Ulrich Olofsson, Psychology
Ann-Christine Petersson Hjelm, Umeå Forum for Studies on Law and Society
Örjan Pettersson, Geography and Economic History
Ingrid Schéle, Psychology
Tobias Svanström, Umeå School of Business and Economics
Åse Tieva, Food and Nutrition
Jessika Wide, Political Science

Faculty of Science and Technology

Ewa Bergqvist, Science and Mathematics Education
Karolina Broman, Science and Mathematics Education
Karin Fahlquist, Applied Physics and Electronics
Maria Hamrin, Physics
Lisa Hed, Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics
Robert Johansson, Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics
Lili-Ann Kling Sackerud, Science and Mathematics Education
Åsa Nilsson Lindgren, Chemistry
Patrik Norqvist, Physics
Staffan Schedin, Applied Physics and Electronics
Magnus Österholm, Science and Mathematics Education

Editor: Anna Lawrence

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