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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 protégés to relevant internal and external networks, preserves their intellectual independence, and consistently maintains confidentiality.

Nomination deadline: Friday March 14, 2014.
Click here for the nomination form.

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 protégés may nominate a single mentor.

Protégés 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 protégés 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.


Susan DeWoody
Program Coordinator

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