The Minerva Project, an ambitious attempt to redefine and future-proof higher education – has announced the launch of the Minerva Academy, a society which will take as its goal the promotion of excellence in teaching. The Governor of the new academy will be Roger Kornberg, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2006 for his work on how DNA is converted to RNA.
As part of its mission the academy will be responsible for the selection of the recipient of the newly established Minerva Prize for Advancements in Higher Education. The prize, along with the $500,000 award – the largest in education – will be awarded annually to distinguished educators performed pioneering work in the previous year.
“While academic research has long been internationally recognized, and rightfully so, communication of the passion that lies behind it has gone largely unnoticed. We seek to enhance the intellectual development of students and inspire their interest, while continuing to support the creation, dissemination and preservation of knowledge within the professoriate,” said Dr. Roger Kornberg, governor of the Minerva Academy. “The new Minerva Academy and Prize are a step toward balancing emphasis and recognition in higher education.”
Membership of the Minerva Academy will be offered to recognized experts in education and student learning and published research. Its main purpose will be to provide recognition to those who have made “extraordinary advances” in teaching excellence and will be a chance those working to improve education to interact and exchange ideas.
The Academy will recognize achievement through the Minerva Prize for Advancements in Higher Education,to be awarded annually to one faculty member, from any institution worldwide, who has demonstrated extraordinary, innovative teaching and advancements in learning experiences. The Minerva Prize is the largest teaching award of its kind, focusing on significant advancement in student learning in higher education. One $500,000 cash prize will be awarded to the winner, who will be selected through a rigorous nomination and review process. The winner will also be inducted into the Academy. Details on the prize can be found at www.minervaproject.com/academy on the Minerva Project website. Nominations are open through November 30, 2013.