Frank Nack, lecturer and programme director in the Master's programme Information Studies, has been named the faculty winner of the Lecturer of the Year election by Faculty of Science students. John van Boxel and Leo Dorst were first and second runner-up respectively. On Tuesday 13 March, the three winners were surprised with pastry and flowers.
Faculty winner Frank Nack is programme director for the Information Studies Master's programme. Students praise him for his hard work and the fact that he is 'always there for his students.' One student writes: 'Frank Nack does so much for our Master's track. Besides all the courses he teaches and the courses he has taken over, he is also always available to chat about theses and such. He responds to his email very quickly and is dedicated to his students. In every course he teaches, he provides fantastic and supportive guidance.'
Students also appreciate the fact that he challenges them into critical thinking: 'He motivates students to think critically for themselves, while still always being available to help them.'
John van Boxel, lecturer in the Bachelor's programme Future Planet Studies, is first runner-up at the Faculty of Science. Besides his 'amazing shirts', students appreciate his enthusiasm and passion for his field, which they deem 'eye-opening.'
Leo Dorst came in third in the faculty round of the Lecturer of the Year election. The lecturer in the Bachelor's programmes Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Natural and Social Sciences, and in the Master's programme Artificial Intelligence, is praised - among other things - for his sarcastic sense of humour.
However, students are particularly pleased with the way in which he makes difficult topics understandable: 'He made the hardest course in AI seem easy to me,' says one student in the Master's programme. A Bachelor's student says: 'Without him, I wouldn't have passed for linear algebra and/or I would've absolutely hated it.'
Each year, students at all UvA faculties benefit from the talents of inspiring, helpful and enthusiastic lecturers. That is why the UvA, the Student Council and the ASVA Student Union annually present the Lecturer of the Year award. As Faculty winner of the Lecturer of the Year election, Frank Nack has a chance to win the Lecturer of the Year award on the Education Day on 31 May.