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.