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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.

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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