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The Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Award for Excellence in 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 Award Recipient

Jason Kolodziej, Ph.D. - Kate Gleason College of Engineering

Jason Kolodziej

Jason Kolodziej, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

  • Joined RIT in 2008
  • Eight years of experience in fuel cell hybrid vehicle systems
  • Research focus in online system analysis and measurement in engineering systems as related to fault detection, diagnosis and prognostic health management
  • Awarded seven U.S. Patents related to hybrid fuel cell vehicle systems
  • Faculty lead for RIT's Aero Design Team
  • Mentored eight graduate students between 2009-2012
  • Funded research projects include collaborations with MOOG, Dresser-Rand and General Motors
  • Recent presenter at two national conferences
  • Ph.D., MS, BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of New York at Buffalo

2010-2011 Award Recipient

Sandra J. Connelly, Ph.D. - College of Science

Sandra Connelly

Dr. Sandra Connelly joined RIT in 2009 and teaches courses in applied General Biology and Ecology of UV Radiation. Dr. Connelly's current research interest is investigating the fitness of freshwater and marine invertebrates with climate change, effect of temperature and UV on induction of DNA damage, genomic shifts in freshwater invertebrates with UV exposure, and enhancement of pigments in Daphnia with temperature and UV, and the biochemical effects of Vitamin D on freshwater invertebrates in high UV-radiation systems. She has authored or co-authored five publications and six professional presentations since 2007 and has mentored 12 independent study research students, including 3 deaf or hard-of-hearing students, between 2008 and 2011.

Focusing on student success, Dr. Connelly redesigned an introductory biology sequence (lectures and labs) for non-biology majors, implementing the use of the iClicker Student Response System and redesigned labs for Comparative Physiology to better achieve learning outcomes.

For more information on the The Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and to view award recipients from previous years, visit http://rit.edu/eisenhart