The Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching supports undergraduate education at RIT by:
- recognizing the fundamental importance of the quality of teaching to the value of the education process.
- supporting faculty in their pursuit of excellence in teaching and leadership in the campus community.
- assisting the Institute in nurturing the academic climate that fosters teaching at its best.
- enhancing teaching as a profession to a faculty member with three years or less teaching experience at RIT.
A committee appointed by the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs will be composed of the Provost or a dean, chair of Academic Senate (or representative), a student appointed by Student Government, a staff member appointed by Staff Council, alumni, and three faculty members, including a department program chair.
Nominations will be solicited from faculty, staff, students and administration.
Each nominee will be asked to submit a resume, statement of teaching philosophy, student evaluations, and recommendations from the college dean and department chair. Finalists selected from the pool of nominees may be interviewed by the selection committee.
The award is intended as recognition by peers and students. A faculty member should be selected who has made a distinct difference in the teaching climate of the college in such areas as: model classroom teaching, campus leadership, pioneering teaching methodology, creative course development and/or instructional support.
The committee will recommend to the Provost a faculty member who meets the above criteria, who shows signs of teaching excellence and has three years or less teaching experience at RIT by June 30 of the year prior to when the award is given.
Nominations are requested during fall quarter each year and the award is given annually in spring quarter.
The award will be given at a dinner attended by the recipient and guest, provost, deans, trustees, former winners of this award, the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching and the Trustees Scholarship awards, selected students, and members of the award committee. The recipient will be presented with a framed certificate and a check for $1,000 and will be formally recognized at the spring Academic Convocation.