Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Carmen Leicht-Scholten receives teaching award in the category "Sustainability" for outstanding teaching concept

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Teaching skills on socially sustainable technology design honored across faculty lines


Univ. Prof. Dr. phil. Carmen Leicht-Scholten, Professor of Gender and Diversity in Engineering, was awarded the RWTH Aachen Teaching Prize on 20 June 2022 as part of the Talk Lehre conference format, which was awarded for the first time in the category of sustainability. The prize, worth 12,000 euros, is awarded to teachers who take a holistic approach to sustainability and integrate this into their teaching.

The political scientist, who is based at the Faculty of Civil Engineering with her bridging professorship Gender and Diversity in the Engineering Sciences, is being honoured for her outstanding and long-standing commitment to the cross-faculty teaching of competences in socially sustainable technology design. The teaching award recognises her commitment and outstanding work in teaching, in which she also imparts relevant competencies to students in the engineering sciences in particular. In addition to factual knowledge about frameworks such as Sustainable Development Goals, technology assessment and the responsibility of budding scientists, the students are enabled to discuss responsible decisions in their discipline, as stated in the students' justification.


I am very pleased to receive this award because it is a great recognition of the work that my entire team and I have invested over the past few years in developing innovative teaching and learning concepts and implementing them in teaching. I am particularly pleased that the proposal was submitted by students from a wide range of faculties. This illustrates that students across all faculty boundaries have a great interest in embracing not only the economic and ecological dimensions of sustainability, but also the social ones. (Carmen Leicht-Scholten)


Professor Leicht-Scholten offers students the opportunity to deal intensively with sustainability and social responsibility. She manages to inspire students from different backgrounds in her teaching and emphasises the great commitment and interest of the students. (Felix Engelhardt)

Professor Leicht-Scholten is very honoured to receive the teaching award in the category of sustainability: "Therefore, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart, also on behalf of my team, for the award and I am looking forward to using the prize money to develop another new innovative teaching concept." (Carmen Leicht-Scholten)