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Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching

Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching

Teaching excellence has been formally recognized at RIT since 1965, when the Awards for Outstanding Teaching and their accompanying ceremony were established. The scope of the awards program was broadened in 1967 to include Distinguished Young Teachers. The program was further expanded in 1975 to better recognize the diversity of RIT's education by providing a maximum of four awards to faculty members from various educational disciplines. Although the program has changed, the reasons behind the awards have not: to encourage the professional growth and development of RIT faculty and specifically recognize those members of the academic body who contribute most to enhance student learning. The late M. Herbert Eisenhart, former president and board chairman of Bausch & Lomb, Inc., was a member of RIT's Board of Trustees for more than 50 years. His contributions to RIT during that span were countless, and he was the recipient of the RIT Founders Awards in 1971. His commitment to RIT was further evidenced by his generous bequest that created the M. Herbert and Elsa Bausch Eisenhart Endowment Fund, which provides permanence to the Eisenhart Awards for Outstanding Teaching as well as a major scholarship fund.

2014-2015 Recipients of the Eisenhart Award

Katie Terezakis — College of Liberal Arts

Katie Terezakis

Katie Terezakis
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
College of Liberal Arts

  • Joined RIT in 2004
  • Single-author of over eighteen scholarly articles and book chapters, and six review articles, in publications including The Pluralist, Dissent, Thesis Eleven, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
  • Author of The Immanent Word: The Turn to Language in German Philosophy, 1759–1801, editor of Engaging Agnes Heller: A Critical Companion, and co-editor of Lukács’s Soul and Form
  • Research and teaching interests include German idealism, critical theory, existentialism, Marxism, ancient Greek philosophy and aesthetics
  • Recipient of the John William Miller Fellowship, and the Paul A. and Francena L. Miller Fellowship, New York Council for the Humanities Major Grant, Multiple Faculty Development Grants
  • Served as College of Liberal Arts Faculty Associate for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, and on the college Tenure Committee
  • D. and MA, philosophy, New School for Social Research; BA, philosophy, , University of Heidelberg (Germany)/ Central Connecticut State University

Thomas Gasek — College of Imaging Arts and Science

Thomas Gasek

Thomas Gasek
Associate Professor and MFA Graduate Director
School of Film and Animation
College of Imaging Arts and Science

  • Joined RIT in 2005
  • Author of Frame by Frame Stop Motion: The Guide to Non-Traditional Animation Techniques
  • Animated films featured at national and international festivals including SXSW, the International Animated Film Society (ASIFA) East, the Ottawa International Animation Festival, the New York International Children’s Film Festival and the
  • Recipient of the ASIFA Excellence in Animation Award, the Golden Marble Award, and two national Addy Awards
  • Creative work has been included at exhibits at the Norman Rockwell Museum and the New York Museum of Modern Art
  • Animation work featured in BAFTA winning “Coraline” and “Chicken Run”, winner of the British Animation Award
  • Held workshops and lectures at several universities including the Rhode Island School of Design, Savannah College of Art & Design, the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard, the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and the Pratt Institute
  • MFA, studio arts, Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University; BFA, communication design, Rochester Institute of Technology

Robert D. Garrick — College of Applied Science and Technology

Robert D. Garrick

Robert D. Garrick, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor, Manufacturing and Mechanical
Engineering Technology (MMET)
College of Applied Science and Technology

  • Joined RIT in 2008
  • Active interdisciplinary scholar in engineering education research with a technology rich interactive learning environment and alternative energy internal combustion engine research
  • PI or Co-PI on 9 sponsored research grants valued over $1,000,000. Sponsors include National Science Foundation, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, California Energy Commission, and the Propane Education Research Council.
  • Recipient of the Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2009-10), the Provost’s Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award (2012-13) and the Innovative Teaching with Technology Award (2013-14)
  • Awarded eight US and European Union Patents
  • Licensed professional engineer in New York State
  • D. mechanical engineering, University of South Carolina; MS mechanical engineering, University of Rochester; MBA Rochester Institute of Technology; BS electrical engineering GMI Engineering & Management Institute

Christopher Kurz — National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Christopher Kurz

Christopher Kurz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Master of Science in Secondary Education Program
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

  • Joined RIT in 2004
  • Research interests include teaching and learning in math and science education, curriculum development for mathematics and science that incorporate deaf studies, experiential learning, and technology in the classroom
  • Recipient of more than $1.2M in funding from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs for teacher preparation in the area of Deaf education in math and science
  • Author of 6 peer-reviewed journal articles, two book chapters, and several official reports and media publications
  • Research has been presented at several national and international conferences including the International Congress of Mathematical Education, the International Congress on the Education of the Deaf, the Deaf History International Conference, and the Annual Conference of the Association of College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Mentored 38 graduate students with their capstone projects
  • Member of the Association of College Educators of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the American Educational Research Association, and National Association of the Deaf
  • Ph.D., foundations of education, University of Kansas; M. Ed. deaf education, University of Kansas; BS, applied mathematics, Rochester Institute of Technology

2013-2014 Recipients of the Eisenhart Award

Kirsten Condry — College of Liberal Arts

Kirsten Condry, Ph.D.

Kirsten Condry, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Psychology Department
College of Liberal Arts

  • Joined RIT in 2006
  • Author of six articles in peer-reviewed publications including the Journal of Cognition and Development, the Journal of Experimental Psychology and Cognition
  • Co-author of two book chapters on early childhood and adolescent cognitive abilities: Emerging Cognitive Abilities in Early Infancy Development and Causal Reasoning in Children and Adults
  • Contributed 12 presentations at national and international conferences including the Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies and the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development
  • Co-PI of $50,000 New York Office of Science Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR) grant: Evaluation and Development of Next-generation Eyetracking Systems
  • Recipient of research grants from the RIT Office of the Vice President for Research and the College of Liberal Arts Faculty Research Fund
  • Serves as the Undergraduate Program Director for the psychology department
  • Member of the Clark Scholarship Committee, the TRiO Student Services Advisory Board and the Faculty Undergraduate Research Advisory Committee, part of the McNair Scholars Program Advisory Board
  • Ph.D., developmental psychology, University of Minnesota; BA, psychology, Swarthmore College

Carl Lutzer — College of Science

Carl Lutzer

Carl Lutzer, Ph.D.
School of Mathematical Sciences
College of Science

  • Joined RIT in 2000
  • Author of 18 articles in peer-reviewed publications and the textbook Calculus, to be published in fall 2014
  • Contributed presentations to national and international conferences including the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Seaway Section Meeting; the Joint Meeting of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the MAA, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM); and the American Physics Association annual meeting
  • Recipient of the Carl B. Allendoerfer Award for Expository Excellence from the MAA, and Outstanding Faculty of the Year award from the department of mathematics and statistics at RIT
  • Co-PI on Office Naval Research project: Design for a Scalable Ad Hoc Network with Robust Connectivity
  • Recipient of Provost's Learning Innovation Grant: Reinventing General Education in Mathematics
  • Serves as Chair of the School of Mathematical Sciences Curriculum Committee, member of the College of Science Curriculum Committee, the Institute Writing Committee and the General Education Committee
  • Ph.D. and MA, mathematics, University of Kentucky; BS, mathematics, Michigan State University

2012-2013 Recipients of the Eisenhart Award

Linda Fleishman Gottermeier, Au.D. - National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Linda Fleishman Gottermeier, Au.D.

Linda Fleishman Gottermeier, Au.D.
Associate Professor/Rehabilitative Audiologist
Communication Studies and Services Department
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

  • Joined RIT in 1977 as the hearing aid shop technician in the audiology department
  • Instructor for service learning projects for Margaret's House, Hillside Children's Center, the Open Door Mission, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Casselberry Elementary School and the Red Cross.
  • Author of several published papers on hearing aid use, loudness, speech reading, and technology to facilitate communication between hearing and deaf populations
  • Contributed presentations to several regional and international conferences
  • Co-coordinator of Communication Studies and Services Department Professional Development Committee.
  • Co-investigator on the VATEA Grant for Postsecondary Education to create a website for training instructors in the use of social media and video technologies to teach deaf or hard of hearing learners
  • Fundraising facilitator for Advent House Hospice
  • Facilitator of deaf students' presentations at Imagine RIT
  • Au.D., Salus University; MA, audiology, SUNY Geneseo; BS, audiology/speech pathology, Nazareth College of Rochester, BS, philosophy, Nazareth College of Rochester

Ivona Bezáková, Ph.D. - Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Ivona Bezáková, Ph.D.

Ivona Bezáková, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

  • Joined RIT in 2006 as an assistant professor
  • Faculty leader for a computer science study abroad program in Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Current research interests include: design and analysis of algorithms, Markov chains, discrete random structures
  • Eighteen peer-reviewed publications since 2006, including top-tier international conference and journal papers
  • Refereeing work includes the SIAM Journal of Computing, Theoretical Computer Science, the IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, the ACM Symposium on Theory of Computation and the ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms
  • Principal Investigator on grants totaling over $221,000 since 2007, including the National Science Foundation
  • Organizer of the Northeast North America Round of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest
  • Organizer of "Multiplayer Board Game Strategies in the Introductory Computer Science Curriculum", a workshop for college and high-school instructors from the eastern US
  • Ph.D./MS computer science, University of Chicago, Magister, computer science, Comenius University (Slovakia)

Christina Goudreau Collison, Ph.D. - College of Science

Christina Goudreau Collison, Ph.D.

Christina Goudreau Collison, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
School of Chemistry and Materials Science
College of Science

  • Joined RIT in 2003 as a lecturer
  • Current research areas include: pedagogical methods for improving the success of students in organic chemistry, natural product synthesis of biologically significant compounds and organic synthesis using organometallic processes.
  • Mentor for 13 undergraduate and 6 graduate students since 2003
  • Recipient of over $180,000 in funded grant proposals since 2005
  • Reviewer for Tetrahedron, Tetrahedron Letters and the Journal of Organic Chemistry
  • Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Award finalist 2003-2006
  • Co-founder and faculty advisor to the RIT Chemistry Club
  • Member College of Science Curriculum Committee, Women in Science Committee, and Alumni Advisory Board
  • Member of the American Chemical Society and the Council on Undergraduate Research
  • Ph.D., organic chemistry, University of Rochester; MS, chemistry, University of Rochester; BA cum laude, chemistry, Colby College

2011-2012 Recipients of the Eisenhart Award

Dan Bogaard — Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Dan Bogaard

Daniel S. Bogaard
Associate Professor
Information Sciences and Technologies Department
B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

  • Joined RIT in 2001 as an instructor of Interactive Digital Media
  • Co-PI on NSF grant award-Speech to Text Systems: Comparative Analysis of Text Generation and Display Methods
  • Co-PI on RGH grant award-Acute Otitis Media Database Project
  • Co-chaired and presented at international SVG Open 2011 Conference
  • RIT community involvement includes serving as chair of IST Web Curriculum Group and chair of the GCCIS Mid-Tenure committee
  • Active member of SVG Working Group of the W3C
  • Active member of Web Application Security Working Group of the W3C
  • Co-author of several recent international conference presentations
  • Multimedia Graduate Assistant Full Scholarship recipient
  • MS, Information Technology, RIT; BFA, Photography (with honors), Indiana University

Bernard Peter Brooks — College of Science

Bernard Peter Brooks

Bernard Peter Brooks, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences
College of Science

  • Joined RIT in 2001 as assistant professor, School of Mathematical Sciences
  • Co-PI on NSF HSD grant award — Rumor Propagation: Modeling & Testing Dynamic Social Influence Mechanisms
  • Awarded Provost Learning Innovation Grant : "Reinventing General Education in Mathematics: Politics, Power, Choice and Game Theory"
  • Recent presenter at a national conference and author of a recent journal article
  • Featured on CNBC Europe and NPR
  • Faculty advisor to four graduate students
  • Founding Fellow, Consortium of Mathematical Methods in Counterterrorism
  • Member, Center for Applied and Computational Mathematics
  • Community involvement includes STEP program, STEM Summer Experience and the Middle College Program, Math Crash and the Math League
  • Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, And M.Sc., Biophysics, University of Guelph; MBA, Finance, RIT; B.Sc., Mathematics, Biology and Physics, University of Toronto

Neil Hair — E. Philip Saunders College of Business

Neil Hair

Neil Hair, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Area Leader, Marketing and Commercialization
E. Philip Saunders College of Business

  • Joined RIT in 1999, 2004
  • Recipient of the Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching 2006
  • Recipient of the RIT Exemplary Online Faculty Award 2008 and four Provost's Learning and Innovation grants
  • Runner up Teaching with Technology Award 2008
  • Taught over 1000 students since 2004
  • Organized a global study on social media use in innovation and collaboration
  • Developed Advanced Internet Marketing and Commercializing Virtual Worlds courses
  • Presenter at 29 national and international conferences since 2004, author of 22 international conference papers, journal editor, international conference host and 13 peer reviewed journal articles including the Journal of Retailing
  • Professional affiliations include the Chartered Institute of Marketing, American Marketing Association, the British Academy of Management, the Round Table Group, the European Marketing Academy, Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Higher Education Academy
  • Community involvement includes serving on the board of the Henrietta Animal Hospital and Seniors First and as a cornerstone of his pedagogical approach has supervised over 200 student led marketing consulting projects for local organizations (estimated market value of $1.2m)
  • Ph.D., Management, Cranfield University (UK); M.Sc., International Marketing (With Distinction), Sheffield Hallam University; B.Sc., Business Administration, University of Wales (UK)

2010-2011 Recipients of the Eisenhart Award

Cara F. Calvelli, M.D. — College of Science

Cara F. Calvelli, M.D.

Cara F. Calvelli, M.D.
Associate Professor
School of Biological and Medical Sciences
College of Science

Dr. Cara Calvelli joined RIT in 2003 as the academic coordinator of the Physician Assistant program. She has nine years of clinical experience in residency (internal medicine/pediatrics and dermatology) and clinical practice (dermatology/pediatric dermatology). Named 2010 Program Teacher of the Year, RIT Physician Assistant Program, Dr. Calvelli is Co-PI on NIH R21 grant -Human-centered perceptual and conceptual classification of biomedical images . She also recently presented at a national conference and authored two publications. Dr. Calvelli is active within the RIT community, serving as a member of the GLBT Climate Study Task Force, Premedical Advisory Committee and the Student Affairs Committee. Her professional affiliations include Physician Assistant Education Association and the Buffalo-Rochester Dermatology Society.

Joseph R. Fornieri, PH.D. — College of Liberal Arts

Joseph Fornieri

Joseph R. Fornieri, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Joseph Fornieri joined RIT in 2000. He is the author or co-author of six books, nine book chapters, thirteen journal, encyclopedia, or newspaper articles, and ten book reviews. He was awarded the Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2002. Dr. Fornieri's accomplishments include serving as 2009 Fulbright Lecturer at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic; member of the 2008-2010 advisory board and faculty of the Lehrman American Studies Summer Institute at Princeton University; jury member of the Lincoln Prize and academic advisor to the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission 1809-2009, and academic advisor to the Lincoln Forum of the United States between 2004 and 2010. He organized and directed three conferences: Lincoln's Statesmanship, 2004, Living in Tocqueville's America, 2006, and Confronting Ideology; Solzhenitsyn's Political Thought, 2008. He was coauthor of learning and teaching objectives for a proposed political science degree and coordinator of the 2008 Student Faculty Research Conference. Dr. Fornieri's current research is on Mazzini's political thought and its resonances with American political theory.

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