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Teaching excellence has been formally recognized at RIT since 1965, when the Awards for Outstanding Teaching and their accompanying ceremony were established. The scope of the awards program was broadened in 1967 to include Distinguished Young Teachers. The program was further expanded in 1975 to better recognize the diversity of RIT's education by providing a maximum of four awards to faculty members from various educational disciplines. Although the program has changed, the reasons behind the awards have not: to encourage the professional growth and development of RIT faculty and specifically recognize those members of the academic body who contribute most to enhance student learning. 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.

Nominations are currently closed for the 2019-2020 teaching awards: Eisenhart Awards for Outstanding Teaching, the Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching (for instructors who have taught for three years or less), and the Outstanding Teaching Award for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty. 

For more information on the The Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching, and to view award recipients from previous years, visit

2018-2019 Recipients of the Eisenhart Award
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Hao Zhang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Finance and Accounting
Saunders College of Business

  • Joined RIT in 2010
  • Author or co-author of 14 peer-reviewed publications, which have been cited more than 1,000 times according to Google Scholar
  • Recipient of the Exemplary Teaching Award by Saunders College of Business, 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2017-18
  • Developed a new course, Debt Analysis (i.e. fixed-income securities), for finance master programs
  • Received the Provost’s Learning Innovations Grant to integrate Bloomberg Terminals into finance teaching and received a Certificate of Achievement from RIT Disabilities Services for “demonstrating a positive attitude toward accommodating RIT students with disabilities”
  • Professional experience includes serving as a visiting financial economist at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Member of College Promotion and Tenure Committee, Finance Faculty Search Committee, Ph.D. Exploratory Committee, RIT Academic Affairs Committee, and Financial Management Association student club advisor, 2018-2019
  • Ph.D., finance, State University of New York at Buffalo; BS, MS, economics, Xiamen University
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George H. Zion, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Electrical, Computer, and Telecommunications Engineering Technology
Director, Project Lead the Way
College of Engineering Technology

  • Joined RIT in 1984
  • Current research interests include K-12 STEM education and its impact on post- secondary academic success, curricular assessment and evaluation, as well as discipline-based education research with a principle focus on engineering and technology
  • PI of a $1.1 million research grant from the New York State Education Department to underwrite summer training programs for teachers across the state
  • Former program chair and curriculum coordinator of the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Telecommunications Engineering Technology at RIT
  • Serves as the College of Engineering Technology (CET) representative on University Council, CET Academic Senator, CET Curriculum Committee, and Ph.D. planning taskforce as well as the Department of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering Technology Curriculum Committee
  • Professional experience includes working at Harris R.F. Communications Company, Microwave Filter Company, and Intel Corporation
  • Ph.D., curriculum, instruction and the science of learning, State University of New York at Buffalo; MS, computer science, and BS, electrical engineering technology, RIT
2017-2018 Recipients of the Eisenhart Award

Steven M. Ciccarelli
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical, Computer & Telecommunications Engineering Technology
College of Engineering Technology

  • Joined RIT in 1998 as an adjunct faculty member, full-time tenure track in 2002
  • Author of work focused on microwave radio frequency tomography, and applications of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) featured in IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine and presented at an international conference on waveform diversity and design
  • Author of conference papers for the New York State Engineering Technology Association and the American society of Engineering Educators in the field of engineering education
  • Current research interests include cooperative learning and collaboration to promote deep learning focusing on freshman engineering technology classes and laboratories 
  • Member of three graduate degree thesis committees, the ECTET undergraduate curriculum committee, and chair of the electrical interest group of the New York State Cyber Security and Engineering Technology Association
  • Recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, Rochester City School District Certificate of Appreciation and RIT Disability Services Certificate of Recognition
  • Professional experience includes serving as a senior electrical engineer and director of technology development for companies in the Rochester area servicing the defense industry
  • Former program chair and former associate department chair, ECTET
  • MS, BS, electrical engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology

Alex Lobos
Associate Professor, School of Design and Graduate Director, Industrial Design
College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

  • Joined RIT in 2009
  • PI or co-PI on more than $175K in corporate grants for design research and sponsored student projects
  • Served as the Paul & Francena Miller Professor for International Education 
  • Member of the extended faculty of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability
  • Fulbright Scholar and recipient of the Fusion 360 Education Award and the Frank J. Romano Innovative 3D Project Award
  • Author of 17 publications in industry publications and texts as well as numerous international conference presentations on sustainable design, user experience, and interdisciplinary design education
  • Led workshops on emotion and behavior in design at universities in Guatemala, Italy, Peru, Mexico, Panama, and Taiwan
  • Holds two patents on cleaning products and energy management of household appliances
  • Professional experience includes serving as an industrial designer at General Electric, a design consultant at Autodesk, a design advisory at the Design Research Institute, and a patent illustrator
  • MFA, University of Notre Dame; BID Rafael Landivar University (Guatemala)
2016-2017 Recipients of the Eisenhart Award

Clifford L.Y. Wun
Associate Professor, School of Art
College of Imagine Arts and Sciences

  • Joined RIT in 1999
  • Taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design
  • Recipient of the Phillip Morris Fellowship and the Golden Artist Colors Research and Materials Grant
  • Professional experience includes working as an illustrator, production specialist for set design and events, and art director
  • Fine art painter with a focus on allegorical oil paintings
  • Work has been featured in many public and private galleries including the Nancy Margolis Gallery, the Everson Museum, and the Society of Illustrators
  • Served as a jury panel member for the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s painting and graphic arts grants
  • Teaches courses in undergraduate and graduate ne arts studio, including drawing and painting
  • MFA, Ho berger School of Painting; BFA, illustration, Rhode Island School of Design

Lyn Fuller, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

  • Joined RIT in 1970
  • Author of more than 100 publications; text chapters; and patents related to microelectronics, sensors, and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)
  • Research interests include the integration of microelectromechanical systems with complementary metal-oxide semiconductors (CMOS)
  • Research includes electrode fabrication for cochlear implants; arrays for implantation on the visual cortex; as well as DNA, chemical, and viscosity sensors
  • Led the development of the undergraduate and graduate microelectronic engineering programs at RIT and the development of the cleanroom facility now called the Semiconductor and Microsystems Fabrication Laboratory (SMFL)
  • Recipient of the RIT Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the IEEE Region 1 Award for Proli c Contributions in Education and Research in Microelectronic Engineering
  • Thesis advisor for more than 50 MS students in electrical and microelectronic engineering, as well as Ph.D. students in imaging science and microsystems engineering
  • Fellow of the IEEE, member of the IEEE Electron Device society, and organizer of many IEEE conferences
  • Ph.D., electrical engineering, State University of New York at Bu alo; BS, MS, electrical engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology

Richard Cliver
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical, Computer & Telecommunications Engineering Technology
College of Applied Science and Technology

  • Joined RIT in 1988 as adjunct, full-time tenure-track in 2000
  • Author of several published papers and conference proceedings including for the New York State Engineering Technology Association and the American Society of Engineering Educators
  • Professional experience includes three decades as an electrical design engineer and consultant at Eastman Kodak Co.
  • Developed minor in optics in collaboration with the College of Science
  • Established labs for microprocessor programming, bipolar junction transistors, and eld e ect transistors
  • Facilitated $28,000 matching donations from Kodak and the McGowan Foundation to establish course in laser technology
  • Program evaluator, board of delegates member, and former commissioner for the Accreditation Board (ABET) and Chairman of IEEE’s Committee on Engineering Technology Accreditation Activities
  • MS, electrical engineering, University of Rochester; BS, electrical engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology
2015-2016 Recipients of the Eisenhart Award

Zack Butler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science
B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

  • Joined RIT in 2004
  • Research interests include robotics, computer science education, distributed systems and algorithms
  • Author or co-author of 49 peer-reviewed publications in venues including Robotics and Autonomous Systems, the IEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Control, the International Journal of Robotics Research and the Journal of Computing Science in Colleges
  • Reviewer for several refereed publications including ACM Computing Surveys, IEEE Pervasive Computing, Distributing Computing and Computers and Electronics in Agriculture
  • PI or co-PI  for more than $456,000 in funding  through the National Science Foundation for research related to human-robot interaction, computer science instruction, puzzles and computational tools
  • Involved in the proposal, development and delivery of new courses on robot design and programming, advanced artificial intelligence and computational problem solving
  • Led term-long study abroad programs to RIT Croatia in Dubrovnik in 2011 and 2015
  • Served on several university-level committees including as chair of the Global Education Task Force, co-chair of the Strategic Planning Subcommittee on International Education
  • Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, robotics; BS, Alfred University, electrical engineering

Rajendran Murthy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Marketing
Director of the Saunders Colsulting Group
Saunders College of Business

  • Joined RIT in 2009
  • Research interests include the adoption, use, and abuse of technology within a business context; stakeholder engagement strategies in social media; and factors that drive entrepreneurship and growth
  • Author or co-author of several publications featured in the Harvard Business Review (2 cases), the Sloan Management Review, the Journal of Management, Journal of Marketing Management and Business Horizons.
  • Reviewer for several conference proceedings including the Americas Conference on Information Systems, the American Marketing Association Conference, and the US Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference
  • Thesis advisor for eleven students and mentor to seven students engaged in independent studies, including two Fulbright Scholars and one McNair Scholar
  • Early adopter of using technology and social media to enhance learning within the classroom, including Twitter chats with industry experts, international competitions, and video feedback
  • Coordinator for marketing courses and co-op advisor for all new media marketing students
  • Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, business administration; MBA, Southern Illinois University; BS, University of Madras, computer science and electronics engineering

Leslie Kate Wright, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences
College of Science

  • Joined RIT in 2005
  • Current research interests include:  development and testing of research-based assessment tools,  development of conceptual frameworks to promote learning of molecular biology and genetics concepts, model-based reasoning in STEM Education, development and testing of online learning tools  
  • Publications in the area of biology education research appear in the Journal of College Science Teaching, the Journal of Biology and Microbiology Education, and CBE Life Sciences Education
  • PI or co-PI  for more than $750,000 in external research grants, including two from the National Science Foundation, on STEM education and development of research-based pedagogical tools
  • Co-founder of RIT’s Research Experience for Undergraduates in Model-based Reasoning in STEM Education
  • Member of the College of Science Women in Science (WISe) committee and advisory board
  • Member of the Society of for the Advancement of Biology Education Research
  • Ph.D., University of Rochester, pathology; MS, University of Rochester, pathology; BS, Rochester Institute of Technology, biotechnology 
2014-2015 Recipients of the Eisenhart Award

Katie Terazakis
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
College of Liberal Arts

  • Joined RIT in 2004
  • Single-author of over eighteen scholarly articles and book chapters, and six review articles, in publications including The Pluralist, Dissent, Thesis Eleven, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
  • Author of The Immanent Word: The Turn to Language in German Philosophy, 1759–1801, editor of Engaging Agnes Heller: A Critical Companion, and co-editor of Lukács’s Soul and Form
  • Research and teaching interests include German idealism, critical theory, existentialism, Marxism, ancient Greek philosophy and aesthetics
  • Recipient of the John William Miller Fellowship, and the Paul A. and Francena L. Miller Fellowship, New York Council for the Humanities Major Grant, Multiple Faculty Development Grants
  • Served as College of Liberal Arts Faculty Associate for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, and on the college Tenure Committee
  • D. and MA, philosophy, New School for Social Research; BA, philosophy, , University of Heidelberg (Germany)/ Central Connecticut State University

Thomas Gasek
Associate Professor and MFA Graduate Director
School of Film and Animation
College of Imaging Arts and Science

  • Joined RIT in 2005
  • Author of Frame by Frame Stop Motion: The Guide to Non-Traditional Animation Techniques
  • Animated films featured at national and international festivals including SXSW, the International Animated Film Society (ASIFA) East, the Ottawa International Animation Festival, the New York International Children’s Film Festival and the
  • Recipient of the ASIFA Excellence in Animation Award, the Golden Marble Award, and two national Addy Awards
  • Creative work has been included at exhibits at the Norman Rockwell Museum and the New York Museum of Modern Art
  • Animation work featured in BAFTA winning “Coraline” and “Chicken Run”, winner of the British Animation Award
  • Held workshops and lectures at several universities including the Rhode Island School of Design, Savannah College of Art & Design, the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard, the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and the Pratt Institute
  • MFA, studio arts, Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University; BFA, communication design, Rochester Institute of Technology

Robert D. Garrick, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor, Manufacturing and 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 9 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 Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2009-10), the Provost’s Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award (2012-13) and the Innovative Teaching with Technology Award (2013-14)
  • Awarded eight US and European Union Patents
  • Licensed professional engineer in New York State
  • 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

Christopher Kurz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Master of Science in Secondary Education Program
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

  • Joined RIT in 2004
  • Research interests include teaching and learning in math and science education, curriculum development for mathematics and science that incorporate deaf studies, experiential learning, and technology in the classroom
  • Recipient of more than $1.2M in funding from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs for teacher preparation in the area of Deaf education in math and science
  • Author of 6 peer-reviewed journal articles, two book chapters, and several official reports and media publications
  • Research has been presented at several national and international conferences including the International Congress of Mathematical Education, the International Congress on the Education of the Deaf, the Deaf History International Conference, and the Annual Conference of the Association of College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Mentored 38 graduate students with their capstone projects
  • Member of the Association of College Educators of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the American Educational Research Association, and National Association of the Deaf
  • Ph.D., foundations of education, University of Kansas; M. Ed. deaf education, University of Kansas; BS, applied mathematics, Rochester Institute of Technology
2013-2014 Recipients of the Eisenhart Award

Kirsten Condry, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Psychology Department
College of Liberal Arts

  • Joined RIT in 2006
  • Author of six articles in peer-reviewed publications including the Journal of Cognition and Development, the Journal of Experimental Psychology and Cognition
  • Co-author of two book chapters on early childhood and adolescent cognitive abilities: Emerging Cognitive Abilities in Early Infancy Development and Causal Reasoning in Children and Adults
  • Contributed 12 presentations at national and international conferences including the Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies and the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development
  • Co-PI of $50,000 New York Office of Science Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR) grant: Evaluation and Development of Next-generation Eyetracking Systems
  • Recipient of research grants from the RIT Office of the Vice President for Research and the College of Liberal Arts Faculty Research Fund
  • Serves as the Undergraduate Program Director for the psychology department
  • Member of the Clark Scholarship Committee, the TRiO Student Services Advisory Board and the Faculty Undergraduate Research Advisory Committee, part of the McNair Scholars Program Advisory Board
  • Ph.D., developmental psychology, University of Minnesota; BA, psychology, Swarthmore College

Carl Lutzer, Ph.D.
School of Mathematical Sciences
College of Science

  • Joined RIT in 2000
  • Author of 18 articles in peer-reviewed publications and the textbook Calculus, to be published in fall 2014
  • Contributed presentations to national and international conferences including the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Seaway Section Meeting; the Joint Meeting of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the MAA, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM); and the American Physics Association annual meeting
  • Recipient of the Carl B. Allendoerfer Award for Expository Excellence from the MAA, and Outstanding Faculty of the Year award from the department of mathematics and statistics at RIT
  • Co-PI on Office Naval Research project: Design for a Scalable Ad Hoc Network with Robust Connectivity
  • Recipient of Provost's Learning Innovation Grant: Reinventing General Education in Mathematics
  • Serves as Chair of the School of Mathematical Sciences Curriculum Committee, member of the College of Science Curriculum Committee, the Institute Writing Committee and the General Education Committee
  • Ph.D. and MA, mathematics, University of Kentucky; BS, mathematics, Michigan State University
2012-2013 Recipients of the Eisenhart Award


Linda Fleishman Gottermeier, Au.D.
Associate Professor/Rehabilitative Audiologist
Communication Studies and Services Department
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

  • Joined RIT in 1977 as the hearing aid shop technician in the audiology department
  • Instructor for service learning projects for Margaret's House, Hillside Children's Center, the Open Door Mission, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Casselberry Elementary School and the Red Cross.
  • Author of several published papers on hearing aid use, loudness, speech reading, and technology to facilitate communication between hearing and deaf populations
  • Contributed presentations to several regional and international conferences
  • Co-coordinator of Communication Studies and Services Department Professional Development Committee.
  • Co-investigator on the VATEA Grant for Postsecondary Education to create a website for training instructors in the use of social media and video technologies to teach deaf or hard of hearing learners
  • Fundraising facilitator for Advent House Hospice
  • Facilitator of deaf students' presentations at Imagine RIT
  • Au.D., Salus University; MA, audiology, SUNY Geneseo; BS, audiology/speech pathology, Nazareth College of Rochester, BS, philosophy, Nazareth College of Rochester


Ivona Bezáková, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

  • Joined RIT in 2006 as an assistant professor
  • Faculty leader for a computer science study abroad program in Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Current research interests include: design and analysis of algorithms, Markov chains, discrete random structures
  • Eighteen peer-reviewed publications since 2006, including top-tier international conference and journal papers
  • Refereeing work includes the SIAM Journal of Computing, Theoretical Computer Science, the IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, the ACM Symposium on Theory of Computation and the ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms
  • Principal Investigator on grants totaling over $221,000 since 2007, including the National Science Foundation
  • Organizer of the Northeast North America Round of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest
  • Organizer of "Multiplayer Board Game Strategies in the Introductory Computer Science Curriculum", a workshop for college and high-school instructors from the eastern US
  • Ph.D./MS computer science, University of Chicago, Magister, computer science, Comenius University (Slovakia)


Christina Goudreau Collison, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
School of Chemistry and Materials Science
College of Science

  • Joined RIT in 2003 as a lecturer
  • Current research areas include: pedagogical methods for improving the success of students in organic chemistry, natural product synthesis of biologically significant compounds and organic synthesis using organometallic processes.
  • Mentor for 13 undergraduate and 6 graduate students since 2003
  • Recipient of over $180,000 in funded grant proposals since 2005
  • Reviewer for Tetrahedron, Tetrahedron Letters and the Journal of Organic Chemistry
  • Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Award finalist 2003-2006
  • Co-founder and faculty advisor to the RIT Chemistry Club
  • Member College of Science Curriculum Committee, Women in Science Committee, and Alumni Advisory Board
  • Member of the American Chemical Society and the Council on Undergraduate Research
  • Ph.D., organic chemistry, University of Rochester; MS, chemistry, University of Rochester; BA cum laude, chemistry, Colby College
2011-2012 Recipients of the Eisenhart Award

Daniel S. Bogaard
Associate Professor
Information Sciences and Technology Department
B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

  • Joined RIT in 2001 as an instructor of Interactive Digital Media
  • Co-PI on NSF grant award-Speech to Text Systems: Comparative Analysis of Text Generation and Display Methods
  • Co-PI on RGH grant award-Acute Otitis Media Database Project
  • Co-chaired and presented at international SVG Open 2011 Conference
  • RIT community involvement includes serving as chair of IST Web Curriculum Group and chair of the GCCIS Mid-Tenure committee
  • Active member of SVG Working Group of the W3C
  • Active member of Web Application Security Working Group of the W3C
  • Co-author of several recent international conference presentations
  • Multimedia Graduate Assistant Full Scholarship recipient
  • MS, Information Technology, RIT; BFA, Photography (with honors), Indiana University

Bernard Peter Brooks, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences
College of Science

  • Joined RIT in 2001 as assistant professor, School of Mathematical Sciences
  • Co-PI on NSF HSD grant award — Rumor Propagation: Modeling & Testing Dynamic Social Influence Mechanisms
  • Awarded Provost Learning Innovation Grant : "Reinventing General Education in Mathematics: Politics, Power, Choice and Game Theory"
  • Recent presenter at a national conference and author of a recent journal article
  • Featured on CNBC Europe and NPR
  • Faculty advisor to four graduate students
  • Founding Fellow, Consortium of Mathematical Methods in Counterterrorism
  • Member, Center for Applied and Computational Mathematics
  • Community involvement includes STEP program, STEM Summer Experience and the Middle College Program, Math Crash and the Math League
  • Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, And M.Sc., Biophysics, University of Guelph; MBA, Finance, RIT; B.Sc., Mathematics, Biology and Physics, University of Toronto

Neil Hair, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Area Leader, Marketing and Commercialization
E. Philip Saunders College of Business

  • Joined RIT in 1999, 2004
  • Recipient of the Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching 2006
  • Recipient of the RIT Exemplary Online Faculty Award 2008 and four Provost's Learning and Innovation grants
  • Runner up Teaching with Technology Award 2008
  • Taught over 1000 students since 2004
  • Organized a global study on social media use in innovation and collaboration
  • Developed Advanced Internet Marketing and Commercializing Virtual Worlds courses
  • Presenter at 29 national and international conferences since 2004, author of 22 international conference papers, journal editor, international conference host and 13 peer reviewed journal articles including the Journal of Retailing
  • Professional affiliations include the Chartered Institute of Marketing, American Marketing Association, the British Academy of Management, the Round Table Group, the European Marketing Academy, Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Higher Education Academy
  • Community involvement includes serving on the board of the Henrietta Animal Hospital and Seniors First and as a cornerstone of his pedagogical approach has supervised over 200 student led marketing consulting projects for local organizations (estimated market value of $1.2m)
  • Ph.D., Management, Cranfield University (UK); M.Sc., International Marketing (With Distinction), Sheffield Hallam University; B.Sc., Business Administration, University of Wales (UK)
2010-2011 Recipients of the Eisenhart Award

Cara F. Calvelli, M.D.
Associate Professor
School of Biological and Medical
College of Science

Dr. Cara Calvelli joined RIT in 2003 as the academic coordinator of the Physician Assistant program. She has nine years of clinical experience in residency (internal medicine/pediatrics and dermatology) and clinical practice (dermatology/pediatric dermatology). Named 2010 Program Teacher of the Year, RIT Physician Assistant Program, Dr. Calvelli is Co-PI on NIH R21 grant -Human-centered perceptual and conceptual classification of biomedical images . She also recently presented at a national conference and authored two publications. Dr. Calvelli is active within the RIT community, serving as a member of the GLBT Climate Study Task Force, Premedical Advisory Committee and the Student Affairs Committee. Her professional affiliations include Physician Assistant Education Association and the Buffalo-Rochester Dermatology Society.

Joseph R. Fornieri, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Joseph Fornieri joined RIT in 2000. He is the author or co-author of six books, nine book chapters, thirteen journal, encyclopedia, or newspaper articles, and ten book reviews. He was awarded the Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2002. Dr. Fornieri's accomplishments include serving as 2009 Fulbright Lecturer at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic; member of the 2008-2010 advisory board and faculty of the Lehrman American Studies Summer Institute at Princeton University; jury member of the Lincoln Prize and academic advisor to the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission 1809-2009, and academic advisor to the Lincoln Forum of the United States between 2004 and 2010. He organized and directed three conferences: Lincoln's Statesmanship, 2004, Living in Tocqueville's America, 2006, and Confronting Ideology; Solzhenitsyn's Political Thought, 2008. He was coauthor of learning and teaching objectives for a proposed political science degree and coordinator of the 2008 Student Faculty Research Conference. Dr. Fornieri's current research is on Mazzini's political thought and its resonances with American political theory.