ASL's Sebastian Herrmann Receives Theodor Litt Award for Teaching

American Studies Leipzig is proud to announce that Dr. Sebastian Herrmann has received the 2016 Theodor Litt Preis für Engagement in der Lehre. The price is awarded by the Vereinigung von Förderern und Freunden der Universität Leipzig, based on recommendations by the student council. It was the third time Herrmann had been nominated by the student body, recognizing a long-standing dedication to teaching generally as well as specific teaching innovation projects he initiated, most notably aspeers and SHRIMP. The former is a project seminar in which students edit one issue of aspeers: emerging voices in american studies, a graduate journal, and the latter is an electronic hypertext reader for BA first semesters (made possible through funding by the LaborUniversität and Lehrpraxis im Transfer).

Asked about the award, Herrmann pointed out: “Much of the credit for both projects should, in fact, go to the students. Both aspeers and SHRIMP thrived on the enthusiasm of different groups of students, and it is this enthusiasm for knowledge that also makes teaching such a fascinating occupation for me.” He added: “In a way, I am more excited and humbled by the student council's tenacity over the years. Regardless of the outcome, repeatedly being nominated by the students was an incredible honor that I am very thankful for. After all, they are, by definition, the actual jurors regarding the learning experience. But it also was really nice to win.”

During the award ceremony on Thursday, the university's president, Prof. Dr. Beate Schücking, handed Herrmann and his co-laureate, PD. Dr. Christoph Lübbert, the prize. During the same ceremony, the Wolfgang-Natonek award went to Ruth Ricarda Theobald and the DAAD award to Shafagh Aghaei.