On the 16th of May the teacher of the year event took place and four teachers did give a short lecture in front of a jury. After a consultation, keeping in mind that the lecture is only a snapshot of the whole educational process, the jury decided that the winner of this year’s election is Catherine Robb (department of philosophy).

Catherine’s research interests are in ethics and political philosophy, particularly the nature and value of self-development and the implications this has for wellbeing, morality and equality. She also has an active research in aesthetics, phenomenology and the philosophy of music, working on Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological account of music, silence and ideas. Underpinning Catherine’s research is an interest in the nature of philosophical methodology more generally, questioning the so-called boundary between ‘analytic’ and ‘continental’ philosophies.

As a teacher, Catherine tries to activate students by making sure that each lecture is interactive and she encourages students to tell their thoughts about the topic of the lecture. The content of the lecture is always balanced between explaining the theory and encouraging students to think about the practical part of the theory. Besides being an excellent teacher, she is also a very energetic and trustful person, which makes her create a positive atmosphere in the lecture and makes her connect easily with the students.