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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 2017 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."

2015-16 Recipient

2015-2016: Brian Tomaszewski — B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Brian Tomaszewski, Ph.D.

Brian Tomaszewski, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Information Sciences and Technology
B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

  • Joined RIT in 2009
  • Active interdisciplinary, internationally-engaged researcher and scholar with focus on geographic information science and technology, disaster management, and refugee affairs
  • PI or Co-PI on nine sponsored research grants valued over $809,000 including the National Science Foundation, United Nations, UK Department for International Development (UK-DFID), and Grand Challenges Canada
  • Author or co-author of 34 peer-reviewed journal papers, conference proceedings, book chapters and posters, many with RIT student co-authors; author of Geographic Information Systems for Disaster Management, a leading textbook published in 2015
  • Creator of eight new geographic information systems (GIS) courses. Creator and advisor for geographic information systems minor
  • Extended faculty member of the Ph.D. Program in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, and the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
  • Creator of RIT’s first faculty-led study abroad trip to Africa/Rwanda
  • Ph.D. geography, Pennsylvania State University; MA, geography, State University of New York at Buffalo, BA, anthropology, State University of New York at Albany

Past Recipients

2014-2015: Mario Gomes — Kate Gleason College of Engineering

Mario W. Gomes

Mario W. Gomes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

  • Joined RIT in 2009
  • Active interdisciplinary scholar with focus on the dynamics and control of airborne wind-energy systems and highly-efficient robotic walking.
  • Creator of three new courses in Mechanical Engineering: Multibody Dynamics, Wind Energy Engineering, and Engineering Design Tools.
  • Faculty advisor to numerous MS thesis graduate students and committee member of Ph.D. graduate students, and supervisor and faculty mentor for many Multidisciplinary Senior Design Teams.
  • One of the winners of the Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC)’s 100 year anniversary Science Demonstration Competition.
  • Ph.D., Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Cornell University; MS, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; BS, Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University

2013-2014: Robert Garrick — College of Applied Science and Technology

Robert Garrick

Robert Garrick, Ph.D., PE
Associate Professor, Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology (MMET)
College of Applied Science and Technology

  • Joined RIT in 2008
  • Active interdisciplinary scholar in engineering education research with a technology rich interactive learning environment and alternative energy internal combustion engine research. 
  • PI or Co-PI on 8 sponsored research grants valued over $1,000,000. Sponsors include National Science Foundation, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, California Energy Commission, and the Propane Education Research Council.
  • Recipient of the 2009-2010 Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Excellence in Teaching Award  
  • Recipient of the 2012-2013 Provost's Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award.
  • Eight US and European Union Patents
  • Licensed professional engineer in New York State
  • Ph.D. mechanical engineering, University of South Carolina; MS  mechanical engineering, University of Rochester; MBA Rochester Institute of Technology; BS electrical engineering GMI Engineering & Management Institute

2012-2013: 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

2011-2012: 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 nominator must complete and submit the following:

  • The online nomination form
  • Supporting material, such as a URL to a myCourses course shell or video link.
  • Additional student feedback or letters of support, if available, email to:
  • Nomination deadline: December 2, 2016

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