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Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award

Provost's Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring

Provost's Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring

This award recognizes an RIT faculty member who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to faculty mentoring by actively helping non-tenured, tenure-track faculty in developing their career(s) at RIT by offering advice, feedback and guidance that reflects a deep understanding of their department, college and university.

The faculty member receiving this award embodies the spirit of RIT's values, honor code and diversity statement, actively engages in research and/or related scholarly activities, possesses a publication record that meets College standards, and receives consistently satisfactory/acceptable teaching evaluations. He or she also connects mentees to relevant internal and external networks, preserves their intellectual independence, and consistently maintains confidentiality.

Information on the 2015 award will be posted in spring semester.

2013-2014 Award Recipients

Chun-Keung (Stan) Hoi — College of Business

Chun-Keung (Stan) Hoi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Finance
E. Saunders College of Business

  • Joined RIT in 1997
  • Teaching interests include corporate finance, investment, international finance and economics.
  • His current research interests include corporate finance, law and finance, and corporate governance
  • Published work has appeared in the Journal of Finance and the Financial Management.
  • Dean Zutes Fellow and recipient of the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching, the Outstanding Faculty Service Award and Outstanding Teaching Award
  • Ph.D., business administration, Arizona State University; MS and BS (1987) economics, University of North Texas.

Satish Kandlikar — College of Engineering

Satish Kandlikar, Ph.D.
James E. Gleason Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

  • Joined RIT in 1980
  • Research interests include the area of flow boiling, developing ultra-high performance pool and flow boiling heat transfer surfaces, stabilizing flow boiling in microchannels, interface mechanics during rapid evaporation, advanced chip cooling with single-phase liquid flow, and fuel cells
  • Chief editor of text Handbook of Phase Change, lead author of a book on microchannels and minichannels
  • Published over 350 journal and conference papers
  • Recipient of the RIT Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching, the RIT Trustees Scholarship Award, the Rochester Engineer of the Year Award, the ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award and the ASME Dedicated Service Award
  • Principal investigator for several National Science Foundation and US Department of Energy research projects
  • Advisor to 6 completed and seven current/admitted PhD students, and over 50 MS thesis students
  • Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and founder of the ASME Heat Transfer chapter in Rochester
  • Ph.D and M.Tech., mechanical engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, BS, mechanical engineering, Marathawada University

Brian J. Landi — College of Engineering

Brian J. Landi, Ph.D.

Brian J. Landi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering Department
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

  • Joined RIT in 2006
  • Co-author of 100 total publications including 55 journal articles, 41 conference proceedings and 4 book chapters
  • Co-author of 81 oral and 49 poster presentations at national and international conferences
  • Presented 20 Invited talks with notable presentations at the OECD, NASA Headquarters, Air Force Research Labs, Naval Research Labs, and NY Advanced Energy Conference
  • Principal investigator (PI) or co-PI for $5.4 million in grant funding
  • Reviewer for several journals including Energy and Environment Science, Chemical Communications, and the Journal of Materials Chemistry
  • Co-organizer for 2013 Materials Research Society “Transport Properties in Nanocomposites” and 2013 American Chemical Society “Advances in Materials for Batteries” symposia
  • Awarded 3 patents and (2 pending) related to carbon nanotubes or lithium ion batteries
  • Recipient of the RIT Trustee's Scholarship Award
  • Advisor for student chapter of American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Member, Materials Research Society (MRS), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Ph.D., microsystems engineering, RIT; MS/BS chemistry, RIT

Hossein Shahmohamad — College of Science

Hossein Shahmohamad, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics, School of Mathematical Sciences
College of Science

  • Joined RIT in 2001
  • Research interests include graph theory, combinatorics, discrete mathematics, number theory and algebra
  • Author/co-author of 20 published articles, reviewer of six texts and six journals
  • Recipient of Mathematical Association of America (MAA) SEAWAY Section Clarence F. Stephens Distinguished Teaching Award
  • Recipient of RIT Eisenhart Award for teaching excellence
  • Directed 4 graduate students master's theses & served on 2 Ph.D. dissertation committees
  • Director of Graduate Programs 2002-2011 and mentored 36 graduate degree students since 2004
  • Principal organizer of six mathematics conferences and participant/presenter at over 50 conferences, invited speaker at seven conferences
  • Fellow of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications (ICA)
  • Member of RIT Graduate Council, Institute Council, and Academic Senate
  • Ph.D., mathematics, University of Pittsburgh; MA, mathematics, California State University, Long Beach; MBA, 2009, management and leadership, RIT; BS, computer science and mathematics, California State University, Long Beach

Harvey Rhody — College of Science

Todd Pagano

Harvey Rhody, Ph.D.
Professor, Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
College of Science

  • Joined RITin 1970
  • Research interests include imaging systems, remote sensing, imaging algorithms and image processing
  • Author or co-author of nine recent journal publications including IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, the Journal of Electronic Imaging, and IS&T/SPIE
  • Contributed to presentations featured at national conferences including the IEEE International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium, the IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, and the IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging Conference
  • PI or co-PI on several research grants from the New York State Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), NASA, ITT, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and the US Department of Defense
  • Life Member of IEEE and a member of the executive committee of the Applied Imagery Pattern Recognition Workshop
  • Ph.D., electrical engineering, Syracuse University; MS electrical engineering, University of Cincinnati; BS, electrical engineering, University of Wisconsin

2012-2013 Award Recipients

Robert J. Barbato — College of Business

Robert J. Barbato

Robert J. Barbato, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Management
E. Saunders College of Business

  • Joined RIT in 1979
  • Primary teaching and research interests are in the areas of business ethics, leadership, and entrepreneurship.
  • In addition to his teaching responsibilities has lectured in Dubai, Kosovo, Saudi Arabia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, South Korea, Ethiopia and England.
  • Recipient of the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2005
  • Research has been cited in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, and his publications have appeared in journals such as: the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Business Venturing, and the Journal of Small Business Management.M.
  • BA in Mathematics from Le Moyne College in 1972, and a Ph.D. in Management from Michigan State University in 1979.
  • He and his wife Linda have two daughters.

Christopher J. Collison — College of Science

Christopher J. Collison, Ph.D.

Christopher J. Collison, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry in the School of Chemistry and Materials Science
College of Science

  • Joined RIT in 2004
  • Core Faculty - Microsystems Engineering KGCOE
  • Polymer Photovoltaics Group Leader - NanoPower Research Laboratory
  • Author of 23 articles and papers on conjugated polymers and fluorescent materials targeted for application in organic solar cells and light emitting diodes, collectively cited 1064 times
  • Principal investigator for research into novel squaraine materials targeted for organic photovoltaic devices currently funded by the National Science Foundation.
  • Co-PI, working towards aerosol jet printing organic photovoltaic devices to convert high efficiency prototypes to devices that can be made cheaply and efficiently on a commercial scale funded by the National Science Foundation.
  • Received Provost's Mentoring Grant Award in 2012 for proposal titled "Junior faculty external funding success club"
  • BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and PhD in Chemistry from Imperial College, London; Post-Doctoral Research at University of Rochester

Robert D. Garrick — College of Applied Science and Technology

Robert D. Garrick, Ph.D.

Robert D. Garrick, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Engineering Technology
College of Applied Science and Technology

  • Worked for 25 years in Automotive Component Industry in various positions including, Product Design Engineer, Engineering Manager, Product Team Leader, Staff Research Engineer
  • Joined RIT in 2008
  • Author of publications on Engineering Education, Natural Gas IC Engine Emissions, Engineering Design, New Faculty Peer Mentoring, Accelerating Un-tenured Faculty Scholarship, and Electronic Throttle Control
  • Author of books/book chapter including; Creating Technology Rich Learning Environments for the Classroom, and Mechanics of Fluids and Fluid Power (in publication)
  • Holder of 7 U.S. Patents related to internal combustion engine air control.
  • Licensed Professional Engineer in New York State
  • Awards: Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2010)
  • BS in Electrical Engineering, GMI Engineering and Management Institute; MBA, Rochester Institute of Technology; MS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Rochester; Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina

Anne Haake — B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Science

Anne Haake, Ph.D.

Anne Haake, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship and Professor
B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Science

  • Joined RIT in 2000
  • Served in interdisciplinary curriculum development as member of advisory committees for Bioinformatics, Medical Informatics, Ph.D. in Computing & Information Sciences, and as co-author of MS HCI program.
  • Co-Author of Textbook: Bioinformatics: A Computing Perspective. McGraw-Hill, 2008.
  • Leadership in interdisciplinary research, as co-Director of Multidisciplinary Vision Research Laboratory, PI of NSF and NIH-funded research, mentor for undergraduate research co-op experience and RIT Summer Undergraduate and Innovation Program and graduate research.
  • Author of articles and papers on cell and molecular biology, biomedical informatics, knowledge representation, human-computer interaction and curriculum development.
  • As a technical consultant, delivered instructional workshops, evaluated design of information systems, evaluated research proposals and made recommendations to inform future research directions.
  • BA in Biology, Colgate University; MS and Ph.D. in Developmental Biology University of South Carolina; MS in Software Development and Management, RIT

Todd Pagano — National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Todd Pagano

Todd Pagano, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of Laboratory Science Technology
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

  • Joined RIT/NTID in 2002
  • Led the implementation of the Laboratory Science Technology program, set up a state-of-the-art instrumentation laboratory, architected the new degree program, and helped to place a large number of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals into careers in the sciences.
  • Works on several chemical & pedagogical research projects and has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in both fields. This year's interdisciplinary publications are related to the fluorescence detection of climate change agents toward access to safe drinking water, fruit biochemistry of native & invasive fruits for migratory songbirds, and teaching science to deaf and hard-of-hearing learners.
  • Serves on the American Chemical Society's (ACS) Joint-Board Committee on Chemists with Disabilities, is a consultant to the ACS Committee on Technician Affairs, serves on the Executive Board for the Rochester Section of the ACS, and has consulted for the National Academy of Science.
  • Selected Awards: Tufts University's Outstanding Career Achievement Award (2013), U.S. Professor of the Year (2012), Dreyfus Foundation National Award for Encouraging Underrepresented Students into the Chemical Science's (2012), Named to Rochester Business Journal's "Forty Under 40 List" (2012), Named a Fellow of the ACS (2011), Delta Sigma Phi's Faculty Humanitarian Award (2008), ACS's Stanley C. Israel Medal (2008), Dawan Albritton Faculty Humanitarian Award (2007), ACS's Salutes to Excellence Award (2007), Richard & Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2005)
  • BA in Chemistry, SUNY Oswego; MS, Ph.D. in Chemistry, Tufts University

2011-2012 Award Recipient

Patrick M. Scanlon — College of Liberal Arts

Patrick M. Scanlon

Patrick M. Scanlon, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman of the Department of Communication
College of Liberal Arts

  • Joined RIT in 1988
  • Served as Institute Writing Director, Chairman of Humanities, and Coordinator of Undergraduate Degree Programs in the Department of Communication
  • Author of articles and papers on English Renaissance literature, fiction, literacy, technical writing, technical communication education, the teaching of writing in distance learning programs, technical graphics, self-plagiarism, and Internet plagiarism among college students
  • Author, A Discipline the University Didn't Know it Wanted: A brief history of the Department of Communication at Rochester Institute of Technology
  • As a technical communication consultant, has written extensively on fiber optics, data communication networks, and glass substrates for flat-screen displays, and has authored speeches, presentations, technical papers and scores of articles for trade journals, corporate newsletters, and company magazines
  • Awards: Excellence In Online Teaching and Learning Department Award, with other members of the Department of Communication faculty (2005); Applied Scholarship Award, College of Liberal Arts Advisory Board (1995); Society of Technical Communication Outstanding Journal Article of 1994
  • BA in English, Albany University; MA, Ph.D. in English, University of Rochester

Guidelines, Nomination and Selection of Award Recipient

A non-tenured, tenure-track RIT faculty member may nominate an RIT faculty member who does not have positional authority over him/her and who has acted as their mentor in a formal or informal capacity for at least one year. Groups of mentees may nominate a single mentor.

Mentees making a nomination must submit a brief summary of their mentoring relationship and specific examples of how they have benefited from the mentoring relationship. Finalists will be selected from the pool of nominees, and the mentees making the nominations may be interviewed by the selection committee. Nominees may be asked to supply additional evidence to support the criteria for the award. Descriptions of faculty mentoring roles can be found here.

Selection of Award Recipient

A selection committee, including a representative from the Provost's Faculty Associates, will be appointed by the Provost.

Each nominee's application will be reviewed against the requirements and criteria and a recommendation provided to the Provost.

Presentation of Award

The award will be given at the spring Celebration of Teaching & Scholarship ceremony. The recipient will be presented with a framed certificate and a check for $1,000. The recipient will also be formally recognized at the spring Academic Convocation.

Questions

Susan DeWoody
Program Coordinator
Susan.Dewoody@rit.edu
585-475-6024

For more information on Faculty Mentoring @ RIT, visit http://www.rit.edu/facultymentoring