How would you call an award given by students to their favourite professor/instructor by voting? "Favourite professor award"? Any other suggestions?

This is not about how a new award should be named, but about how to properly identify this type of award in, say, one's CV.

The students gave the award a particular name ('mandarine award') but, finally, the medal they prepared had the inscription 'Best Teacher [of a given degree]'.

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    Why are you asking? Are you wondering how to list this on something like a CV?
    – Bryan Krause
    Mar 20, 2023 at 18:16
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    Well, it changes the answers considerably. If you're creating a new award and trying to decide on a name, then you want suggestions for what an award should be called. If you've received an award and want to list it on your CV, you're looking not for what the award should be called but rather about how it's appropriate to list it on your CV. Those are two very different questions. You don't get to claim on your CV the award that someone else thinks your award should be named, you get to claim the award you actually received.
    – Bryan Krause
    Mar 20, 2023 at 18:50
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    On CV I would use the name of the award, and when the name is not descriptive, I would add a short description. For example "Mandarine Award, University of XYZ, 2025. Awarded annually by students to the instructor which is most bla bla bla".
    – Nick S
    Mar 20, 2023 at 19:07
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    @Vicent To me, changing the names of awards by nicer sounding names should be a NO in academia. And for a webpage, one can typically just link a webpage with details about the award, under the name.
    – Nick S
    Mar 20, 2023 at 19:20
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    @Vicent "Mandarine Award ('Best Teacher of Basket-Weaving', by student vote)" is quite short and descriptive and safely not misleading, and the extra characters will both have near zero cost in website bandwidth and fit easily in a single line of a printed CV.
    – Bryan Krause
    Mar 20, 2023 at 19:43

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My former institute has a "Teacher Talent Award" for junior lecturers, the teachers are nominated by Faculty Student Councils. A name like this may make clear that there might be a distinction between popular, nice, and good/talented professors. If that would be something you'd like.

My former institute also has an award named after a former rector magnificus for senior teachers, for that prize they use student evaluations (as well as some other metrics), not direct voting. Still, using the name of a former professor that was exceptional at your institute might be a nice idea.


Given the extra context provided, what about this?

"Best Teacher students award"

as in "Best Actor Academy Award".

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