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Celebration of Teaching and Scholarship 

Since 1965, RIT has recognized recipients of the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching. In the decades since, the event has grown into a celebration to recognize those members of the academic body who contribute most to enhance student learning. Our recipients are recognized at an awards ceremony with the president and provost, followed by a formal dinner. At dinner, participants hear from awardees of the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching - RIT's highest honor for teaching - and the Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching, which recognizes a high-acheiving professor early in their career.

The late M. Herbert Eisenhart, former president and board chairman of Bausch & Lomb, Inc., was a member of RIT's Board of Trustees for more than 50 years. His contributions to RIT during that span were countless, and he was the recipient of the RIT Founders Awards in 1971. His commitment to RIT was further evidenced by his generous bequest that created the M. Herbert and Elsa Bausch Eisenhart Endowment Fund, which provides permanence to the Eisenhart Awards for Outstanding Teaching as well as a major scholarship fund.

This annual event recognizes the recipients of:

2016-2017 Award Recipients

The Eisenhart Awards for Outstanding Teaching

Richard Cliver, Associate Professor, College of Applied Science and Technology

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Lynn Fuller, Professor, Kate Gleason College of Engineering

Clifford Wun, Associate Professor, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

The Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Benjamin Banta, Assistant Professor, College of Liberal Arts

The Outstanding Teaching Award for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty

Heather Smith, Senior Lecturer, National Technical Institute for the Deaf

The Trustees Scholarship Award

John Ettlie, Professor, Saunders College of Business

Carlos Lousto, Professor, College of Science   

Risa Robinson, Professor, Kate Gleason College of Engineering

The Isaac L. Jordan, Sr., Faculty Pluralism Award

Scott Franklin, Professor, College of Science

The Provost's Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring

Shal Khazanchi, Associate Professor, Saunders College of Business

Elizabeth Kmiecinski, Associate Professor, College of Health Science and Technology

The Provost's Innovative Teaching with Technology Award

Elizabeth Reeves O’Connor, Principal Lecturer, College of Liberal Arts
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The Excellence in Student Learning Outcomes Award

Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts

The Provost's Award for Excellence in Academic Advising 

Brittany Rourke, Academic Advisor, College of Applied Science and Technology

Michelle Firnstein, Senior Academic Advisor, School of Individualized Study

Event Photos