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Provost's Innovative Teaching with Technology Award

Provost's Innovative Teaching with Technology Award

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the 2014 Innovative Teaching with Technology Award. This annual award recognizes a full-time RIT faculty member who uses technology to teach in effective and innovative ways. The range of acceptable entries is broad-such as the incorporation of a new technology, or the use of an existing technology or teaching methodology in a unique way. With the launch of the Innovative Learning Institute (ILI), and its emphasis on fostering the use of technology to positively impact student learning, nominations for this award will be evaluated against the Institute's definition and rubric of innovative teaching and learning:

"Any teaching strategy, approach, technique, or tool that is used, or used in a new way, to produce quantifiable gain for student outcomes or the student experience, and can be implemented widely at RIT."

2012-13 Recipient

Robert Teese — College of Science

Robert Teese

Robert Teese, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy
College of Science

  • Joined RIT in 2002
  • Current interests include physics education research and curriculum development.
  • Researched theoretical elementary particle physics during postdoctoral positions at the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich and at the University of Mainz.
  • Principal investigator (PI) on a grant from National Science Foundation (NSF) for $105,000 to write software for collaborative lab report authoring.
  • PI for the LivePhoto Physics project funded by a series of NSF grants totaling over $850,000 in collaboration with Dickinson College, Tufts University, the University of Maryland and the University of Cincinnati.
  • Participated in LivePhoto Physics project dissemination including a series of three-day and five-day workshops for over 100 faculty from colleges and universities around the nation.
  • Currently leading the LivePhoto Interactive Video Vignettes project.
  • Developing a new genre of online teaching materials, in which short narrative segments are combined with interactive elements that include measurement and analysis activities.
  • Member of the Science and Mathematics Education Research Collaborative at RIT.
  • Ph.D., theoretical physics, MA, experimental physics, University of Texas at Austin

Past Recipient

Victor Perotti — E. Philip Saunders College of Business

Victor Perotti

Victor Perotti, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Area Leader
Entrepreneurship & Digital Business
E. Philip Saunders College of Business

  • Joined RIT in 1997
  • Active interdisciplinary scholar with focus on the transformation of entrepreneurship and revenue models by new information technologies. PI or Co-PI on 8 sponsored research grants valued over $840,000. Sponsors include National Science Foundation, Knight Foundation, Kauffman Foundation, National Collegiate Innovators and Inventors Association.
  • Winner of RIT's highest teaching honors: 1999-2000 Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching and 2003-2004 Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching.
  • Creator of 12 new courses in Management Information Systems and Digital Entrepreneurship areas. Played leadership role in development of 3 academic programs.
  • Leader of RIT's Digital Entrepreneurship Initiative promoting student startups that leverage new information technologies.
  • Leader of Saunders College of Business Digital Business group supporting faculty collaboration on curriculum and research to advance Digital Business knowledge.
  • Faculty advisor to MS (communications) and Ph.D. (Computing) graduate students, McNair scholars, and numerous undergraduate student startup teams. Faculty president/advisor to Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity.
  • Ph.D., MA, Cognitive Psychology, The Ohio State University; MS, BS Computer Science, The Ohio State University

Eligibility Requirements, Nomination and Selection of Award Recipient

  • All full-time RIT faculty with at least one year of experience are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to those entries using existing technology that could be made available to all faculty. Nominees may be invited to demonstrate their application of this technology and share their experiences with the RIT community.
  • Candidates may be self-nominated, or nominated by any member of the RIT community including students, alumni, or colleagues.

Application Process and Deadlines

  • The applicant or the nominator must complete and submit the following:
    • An online application form. Use this preview of the form as a guide while preparing the application.
    • Copies of relevant demonstrations on a CD, DVD, flash drive, or a URL that directs us to your use of the technology. (Please note that a course in myCourses may not be accessible to the review committee.)
    • Additional student feedback or letters of support, if available.

Nomination deadline: December 1, 2013.
Click here for the nomination form.

Selection of Award Recipient

The review committee assesses nominations to determine if they meet eligibility requirements, then individually and collectively ranks the application package according to how strongly each candidate meets the stated criteria. After careful deliberation, one recipient is selected from the pool. The review committee provides its recommendation to the Provost.

Nominations are requested during Fall Semester each year, and one award is given annually in Spring Semester.


The award will be given at the spring Celebration of Teaching ceremony attended by the recipient and guests, Provost, deans, trustees, former winners of this award, and recipients of RIT distinguished teaching and service awards. The recipient will be presented with a framed certificate and a $1,000 award.

For Questions About the Award or Submission Process

Contact Christine Lang