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The Outstanding Teaching Award for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty recognizes excellence in teaching by non-tenure-track teaching faculty at RIT who have made a significant commitment to students at RIT.

2018-2019 Award Recipient


Aaron Deever, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer
Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Department of Computer Science
B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Informational Sciences

  • Joined RIT in 2012
  • Instructs undergraduate and graduate computer science courses
  • Teaching philosophy focuses on creating a positive learning environment for students that not only excites them about the subject matter, but also encourages everyone to be accountable and learn more
  • Industry experience includes serving as a senior principal research scientist at Eastman Kodak Company, where Dr. Deever served as the sole researcher
  • responsible for the design and implementation of algorithms to automatically select key frames from a digital video and determine a highlight video. He also developed a solution that allowed in-camera digital video stabilization during video capture.
  • Holds 30 U.S. patents
  • Author or co-author of two journal publications and three book chapters
  • Ph.D. and MS, applied mathematics, Cornell University; BS, computer science and mathematics, Pennsylvania State University
2017-2018 Award Recipient

Philip C. Gelsomino II, CPA, CGMA
Visiting Lecturer, Saunders College of Business

  • Joined RIT in 2013
  • Instructs courses in accounting, taxation, and entrepreneurship at undergraduate and graduate level at the main RIT campus and at Beijing Jiaotong University in China 
  • His teaching philosophy focuses on integrating academic theory with practice and emphasizes relatiionship development
  • Recipient of the Saunders College of Business Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Co-op and faculty advisory for Saunders College of Business and adviser for student club Next Generation of Accountants
  • Member of Saunders Honors Program and Imagine RIT committees
  • Industry experience includes serving as president of a private financial services company, a senior accountant at an accounting firm, and owner of a CPA firm
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Global Management Accontant (CGMA)
  • BS, accounting, Rochester Institute of Technology



2016-2017 Award Recipient

Heather L. Smith-Schmitz
Senior Lecturer, Department of Visual Communication Studies
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

  • Joined RIT in 2009
  • Scholarship and creative works include animated videos related to the impact of classroom technologies on deaf and hard-of-hearing students
  • Co-principal investigator, deaf pioneers adventure app development, on research related to 3D modeling and animation for deaf and hard-of-hearing students
  • Co-authored and developed courses for the new AAS degree program, 3D graphics technology
  • Co-PI, Perkins IV / CTEA, a program to enhance technical skills related to 3D animation and digital graphics careers for deaf and hard-of-hearing students
  • Faculty advisor, Tiger Media AY 2014-2016
  • MFA, computer graphics design, Rochester Institute of Technology
2015-2016 Award Recipient

Yufang Liu
Adjunct Professor of Chinese, Department of Modern Languages
College of Liberal Arts

  • Joined RIT in 2008
  • Research interests include the motivation, perceptions and communication skills of deaf and hard-of-hearing students
  • Author or co-author of several published papers featured in the China Journal of Special Education, the American Annals of the Deaf, and the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education.
  • Authored and directed two plays for students in Chinese language courses to perform at Imagine RIT
  • Co-taught American Sign Language in Shanghai, China
  • Initiated the redesign of the Chinese Language Program in the College of Liberal Arts
  • Served as a research associate for The Postsecondary Education Network-International (PEN-International) at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf
  • Studied Second Language Acquisition at the University of Rochester Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development
  • MA, education, Johnson State College; BA, English, Shanghai International Studies University
2014-2015 Award Recipient

Joe Williams
Lecturer and Field Experience Coordinator, Department of Criminal Justice
College of Liberal Arts

  • Joined RIT in 2009
  • Active interdisciplinary professional with experience in criminal justice, policy analysis, state budgetary analysis, higher education and underserved populations
  • Teaching interests include criminology and corrections
  • Former Policy Analyst with the Children and Families Committee in the New York State Assembly reviewing and drafting legislation as well as assessing budgetary issues relating to pending legislation
  • Provides analysis of issues and legislation concerning corrections, judiciary, children and families, juvenile justice and other issues for state legislators
  • Recipient of the Rochester Business Journal Forty under Forty Award, the Martin Luther King Jr. Award from Nazareth College, and the Student-Centered Instructor Award from the RIT First Year Enrichment Program
  • Serves as a mentor for the Men of Color, Honor and Ambition (MOCHA) Program, and Faculty Advisor for the Criminal Justice Student Association
  • MA, liberal studies, State University of New York at Brockport; BA, criminal justice, Rochester Institute of Technology
2013-2014 Award Recipient

Jonathan Weissman
Adjunct Professor
Computing Security Department, Information Sciences and Technology Department
B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

  • Joined RIT in 2008
  • More than 13 years of experience teaching networking, security, administration, forensics, ethical hacking, programming, hardware, database design, web design, and more, both in a classroom setting and online
  • Conducted research on pedagogical approaches and best practices on applications of technology in the classroom
  • Reviewed and edited several books on software, hardware and networking and served as technical editor for four McGraw-Hill books on CompTIA networking
  • Recipient of the Educational Opportunity Fund Champion Award, and served on teams which were awarded the Outstanding Team Distinguished Service Award
  • Currently serves as president of the Congregation at Beth Sholom Synagogue, and is also a member of the board of trustees for Ora Academy
  • Achieved 34 high-level industry certifications, including Cisco Certified Network Professional, IPv6 Forum Certified Gold Level Engineer, Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 7 Programmer, CompTIA Security+, Network+, A+, and Linux+, EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker and Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator 
  • Member of the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education, and the Computer Science Teachers Association
  • Tenured assistant professor at Finger Lakes Community College, and industry consultant
  • MA, computer and information science, Brooklyn College; BS, communications, College of Staten Island
2012-2013 Award Recipient

Alan Reddig
Senior Lecturer
Department of Industrial Design
School of Design
College of Art and Design
(formerly known as the College of Imaging Arts & Sciences)

  • Joined RIT in 2002
  • More than thirty years of professional experience in industrial design, manufacturing and design management at Eastman Kodak Company, DCA Ltd. and Harris/RF Communications.
  • Faculty advisor for the student-run "Thought At Work" conference.
  • Awarded one European and seven US Patents
  • Member of the Faculty Guiding Committee for the Massimo and Lella Vignelli Center for Design Studies
  • Member of the IDSA for 38 years, and faculty advisor to the IDSA student chapter at RIT
  • Served as chair of the central NY chapter of the IDSA, and on the IDSA Board of Directors.
  • Recipient in 2009 of the inaugural Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) Honors Education Award
  • Bachelor of industrial design, Syracuse University
2011-2012 Award Recipient

Tim Landschoot
Senior Lecturer
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

  • Joined RIT in 2005 as a Mechanical Engineering Lecturer
  • Eleven years of experience in automotive engineering, including positions in test engineering, structural finite element analysis, product design and project management
  • Awarded five US Patents for fuel injector component designs
  • Faculty advisor for 24 undergraduate mechanical engineering students
  • Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society for Engineering Education, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Pi Tau Sigma Engineering Honor Society
  • Past Chair and current Governing Board member of the Western New York senior section of the Society of Automotive Engineers
  • Current Chair of the Rochester senior section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Faculty advisor for RIT American Society of Mechanical Engineers and RIT Disc Club
  • MS/BS, Mechanical Engineering, RIT; MBA, University of Rochester Simon School


  • Candidates must be Non-Tenure-Track Teaching Faculty at the Rochester Institute of Technology as defined in E6, Policy on Faculty Rank), and in each of the three consecutive years preceding the nomination has either 1) taught at least one course each academic term, or 2) taught at least four courses over the span of an academic year.
  • The candidate shall not have been a recipient of this award in the preceding seven years.


A selection committee appointed by the Provost will be composed of the Provost or a dean, a department program chair, the chair of Academic Senate (or a representative), a student appointed by Student Government, a staff member appointed by Staff Council, and three faculty members each with a minimum of five years teaching experience at RIT. Appointment to the selection committee will be for a given nomination cycle.

The Selection Committee will solicit nominations from faculty, staff, students and administration.

Each nominee will be asked to submit a resume, a statement of teaching philosophy, student evaluations, and recommendations from the college dean and department chair. The selection committee may interview finalists selected from the pool of nominees.

The award recognizes excellence in teaching. A faculty member should be selected who has demonstrated excellence in teaching, and an ongoing devotion to enhance classroom teaching and student engagement.

A maximum of two awards will be given per year contingent on funding.


The award will be given at the annual dinner organized by the Provost's Office to honor the winners of this award, the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching, the Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Trustees Scholarship Award. The awardee will be presented with a framed certificate and a check for $1,000.00.

Susan Provenzano
Academic Affairs