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Each year, RIT recognizes members of the faculty who have done the most to enhance student learning with the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching. Four recent award winners share their views on their roles as mentors and teachers.
L. Kate Wright, College of Science
L. Kate Wright, associate professor of biotechnology and molecular bioscience, tries different engagement strategies in her courses, and as a result, her classrooms are student-centered and active. “I like when students come up with questions that I hadn’t even thought of, and when we can answer them together, it’s even better.”
Reginald Rogers, Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Reginald Rogers, assistant professor of chemical engineering, helps the next generation of chemical engineers face challenges through teach- ing and mentoring. “I try to set up situations in the classroom where students can be challenged, not only by course information, but also about how to adapt to changing situations. To be a seasoned engineer takes patience. I want them to be common-sense engineers.”
Zachary Butler, B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
Zachary Butler, associate professor of computer science, sees teach- ing as a puzzle—one in which he is trying to figure out the best way to help each student understand a concept. “I encourage all my stu- dents to tell me if they don’t understand something, because I want them to know I’ll do whatever it takes to make sure everyone gets it.”
Katie Terezakis, College of Liberal Arts
Katie Terezakis, associate professor of philosophy, believes that teaching keeps you honest. “You cannot stand in front of people, day after day, without clarifying what you really mean, deciding which ideas and values work and which do not, and updating your own studies accordingly.”
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Our faculty have extensive experience in the classroom and their professional fields. Their real-life experiences and their involvement in applied research and consulting means that their teaching is well informed and up to date. They’ll talk with you about career choices and graduate school. Our professors think about your future almost as much as you do, and they are committed to your success.
Sandra Rothenberg, Associate Professor of Management
Sandra Rothenberg, an associate professor of management and a Zutes Faculty Fellow, is conducting a study of environmental activists who changed careers to work in industry. Much of her interest focuses on corporate environmental strategy and management as well as environmental activism within companies. In addition to researching environmental management, she heads the Joan Rothenberg Family Foundation, which supports organizations that promote environmental protection.
Keith Jenkins, College of Liberal Arts
Eisenhart Award winner and associate professor of communication in the College of Liberal Arts, says, “I want students to believe that they can follow their passions and be successful, while also instilling the idea that thoughtful and committed people can change the world.” Jenkins has focused on engaging students in the classroom, through experiential learning opportunities and through his research work, which includes a study of the impact of race on rhetoric and an analysis of the public speeches of President Barack Obama.
Willie Osterman, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
Willie Osterman, professor of photography in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, used his Fulbright award to assist the University of Zagreb in developing curricula for the first degree in photography created at a Croatian university. “The experience was an excellent supplement to my teaching at RIT,” says Osterman
Manuela Campanelli, School of Mathematical Sciences
Manuela Campanelli, professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences, was part of a team that put none other than Albert Einstein to the test. Campanelli’s team validated the discovery of gravitational waves from colliding black holes. The signal matched their simulations of colliding black holes on supercomputers.. A recipient of the RIT Trustee’s Scholarship Award (2013-2014), Campanelli is a Principal Investigator in multiple NSF- and NASA-funded research projects, a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, and has served in numerous panels at the NSF and NASA.