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Provost's Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring

Nominations for the 2020 Excellence in Faculty Mentoring award are now open and will be accepted until Monday, December 9, 11:59 pm.  

This award recognizes an RIT faculty member who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to faculty mentoring by actively helping less experienced faculty in developing their career(s) at RIT by offering advice, feedback and guidance that reflects a deep understanding of their department, college and university.

The faculty member receiving this award embodies the spirit of RIT's values, honor code and diversity statement, actively engages in research and/or related scholarly activities possesses a publication record that meets College standards (if applicable), and receives consistently satisfactory/acceptable teaching evaluations. He or she also connects mentees to relevant internal and external networks, preserves their intellectual independence, and consistently maintains confidentiality.

Guidelines, Nomination and Selection of Award Recipient

A full-time RIT faculty member who has been in a mentee relationship with an RIT faculty member may nominate their RIT faculty mentor. The mentor must not have positional authority over the mentee, and should have acted as their mentor in a formal or informal capacity for at least one year, and may not have won the Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award in the preceding two years. Groups of mentees may nominate a single mentor. Self-nominations are not allowed.

Mentees making a nomination must submit a brief summary of their mentoring relationship and specific examples of how they have benefited from the mentoring relationship in the online application 2020 Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award. To assist you with the required information for your submission, a sample is provided here.

Finalists will be selected from the pool of nominees, and the mentees making the nominations may be interviewed by the selection committee. Nominees may be asked to supply additional evidence to support the criteria for the award. Descriptions of faculty mentoring roles and characteristics may be found here

Selection of Award Recipient

The selection committee consisting of RIT faculty will review each nominee’s application and a recommendation will be provided to the Provost. Award recipients are announced in March.

Presentation of Award

The recipient will be formally recognized at the annual spring Celebration of Teaching & Scholarship ceremony and presented with a framed certificate and a cash award. The recipient will also be recognized at the spring Academic Convocation.


Faculty Development Team
Faculty Career Development/Innovative Learning Institute

For more information on mentoring, visit the Faculty Mentoring @ RIT.

2018-2019 Award Recipients
ann m. hager


Ann M. Hager
Associate Professor, Department of Business Studies
National Technical Institute for the Deaf


  • Joined RIT in 1988
  • Recipient of the NTID Outstanding Service Award and the Student Government Outstanding Teaching Award
  • Recipient of multiple grants, including the Ronald D. Dodge Memorial grant
  • Faculty tutor/instructor for deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled in courses in RIT’s Saunders College of Business
  • Primarily teaches/tutors students in areas of accounting, finance, and hospitality
  • Industry experience includes internal auditing at Chase Lincoln First Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Hager Productions, LLC
  • PI or co-PI on research projects that developed instructional and educational resources for faculty and evaluated effective tutoring approaches for deaf and hard- of-hearing students
  • Developed the associate of science degree program in business
  • Member of the American Accounting Association
  • MS, deaf education and secondary education-social sciences, University of Rochester; BS, accounting, Nazareth College
peter hauser

Peter Hauser, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of American Sign Language and Interpreter Education
Center Director, NTID Center on Cognition and Language
Program Director, Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

  • Joined RIT in 2002
  • PI or co-PI for 14 research grants, including one from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), which is part of the National Institutes of Health, for $600,189 to study the “Mechanism of Health Literacy and Information Accessibility”
  • Recipient of numerous awards, including the NTID National Advisory Group Outstanding Service Award, Isaac L. Jordan, Sr. Pluralism Award, and the Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2004-2005
  • Author or co-author of 45 peer-reviewed publications, 17 book chapters, and three book reviews
  • Research interests include deaf cognition, sign language research, psychosocial well- being, and post-secondary science mentoring
  • Clinical experience includes serving as a clinical neuropsychologist in private practice
  • Previously taught at Gallaudet University, Miami Dade Community College, and University of Miami School of Medicine
  • Ph.D., MA, psychology, MA, linguistics, Gallaudet University; BA, philosophy, BA, psychology, Central Connecticut State University
2017-2018 Award Recipients
Katie Terezakis, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy College of Liberal Arts

Katie Terezakis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
College of Liberal Arts

  • Joined RIT in 2004
  • Recipient of the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching
  • Assisted in the development of a new cluster mentoring initiative piloted by the Council for the Representation & Engagement of Women faculty (CREW)
  • Established a faculty writing group for members to consult and review pre-publication drafts and tenure portfolios
  • Led efforts to create a more supportive family leave policy as a member of the College of Liberal Arts Family Leave Task Force
  • Served as College of Liberal Arts Faculty Associate for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, and on the college Tenure Committee
  • Ph.D., MA, philosophy, New School for Social Research; BA, philosophy, University of Heidelberg (Germany) / Central Connecticut State University

Stan Rickel

Stan Rickel
Associate Professor, Industrial Design
College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

  • Joined RIT in 2001
  • Named one of Design Intelligence’s “Most Admired Industrial Design Educators”
  • PI or co-PI on several corporate and foundation grants for design research and sponsored student projects from Autodesk, Mondelez, ABVI, Staples Lab, and the National Science Foundation
  • Presented papers and led workshops at national and international conferences including the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the IDO International Design Workshop Hong Kong, and Dubai Silicon Oasis Entrepreneur Conference
  • Advised more than 80 MFA industrial design candidates, serves on the Graduate Council, is a committee member for interdisciplinary work, and is a mentor for the Albert J. Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Founder and chief innovator of studio930, an RIT-based, interdisciplinary design consultancy focused on access and health technologies products
  • Member of Center for Accessibility and Inclusion Research committee advisory board
  • Professional experience includes serving as principal, design director, and maker creating consumer products, housewares, exhibits, toys, and furniture
  • Previously taught at Pratt Institute School of Design and Syracuse University
  • MID (master of industrial design), Syracuse University; BID, (bachelor of industrial design), Pratt Institute
2016-2017 Award Recipients

Shal Khanzanchi, Ph.D.
Department Chair and Associate Professor, Management, International Business, and Entreprenuership
Saunders College and Buiness

  • Joined RIT in 2005
  • Research interests include creativity and innovation, work relationships, workplace fairness issues, and gender differences
  • Author/co-author of several published articles featured in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Applied Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Organization Studies, as well as several conference proceedings
  • Editorial board member of the Journal of Organizational Behavior, and reviewer for several journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Creative Behavior, Journal of Managerial Psychology, and Human Relations
  • Recipient of Zutes faculty research fellowship
  • Ph.D., organizational behavior/theory, University of Cincinnati; MBA, University of Pune; B.Sc, chemistry (physics), South Gujarat University

Elizabeth A. Kmiecinski
Associate Professor, Wegmans School of Health & Nutrition
College of Health Sciences and Technology

  • Joined RIT in 1998
  • Serves as program director for undergraduate nutrition management program
  • Co-author of three-year USDA grant project developing curriculum and delivering training for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program providers nationwide
  • Professional experience includes 35 years of full-time and consulting work in the fields of health care and community wellness
  • Taught a wide variety of courses in food, nutrition, and hospitality including medical nutrition therapy, sports nutrition, and community nutrition
  • Co-teaches nutrition and Mediterranean diet course, which includes faculty-led study abroad component to Croatia and Bosnia
  • Awarded Outstanding Dietetic Educator by the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
  • MS, clinical nutrition, University of Kentucky; BS dietetics, Ohio State University
2015-2016 Award Recipient

Caroline DeLong, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
College of Liberal Arts

  • Joined RIT in 2008
  • Research interests include bioacoustics, comparative cognition, and human cognition and perception
  • Author/co-author of 15 published articles featured in the International Journal of Comparative Psychology, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Journal of Comparative Psychology, Animal Cognition, PLoS ONE, and Behavioral and Brain Sciences, as well as several conference proceedings
  • Over 50 presentations at national and international conferences (most with student co-authors), and 11 student presentations at the RIT Undergraduate Research Symposium and RIT Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium
  • Over 20 RIT undergraduate and graduate students mentored in her lab have conducted research on auditory perception in dolphins and humans, visual perception and cognition in fish and otters, and tool use in orangutans
  • Leader of the RIT Psychology Women and Gender Minority Mentoring Group
  • Ph.D., MA, psychology, University of Hawaii; BA, psychology and biology, New College of Florida
2014-2015 Award Recipients

Darren A. Narayan, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Mathematical Sciences and Director of Undergraduate Research
College of Science

  • Joined RIT in 2000
  • Principal investigator for several grants from the National Science Foundation research grants and National Security Agency, totaling over $1 million
  • Research interests include distance and metrics in graphs including analysis of biological, transportation and social networks and mathematics and computer Modeling
  • 54 research papers accepted for publications, and additional 20 peer reviewed publication in journals and conference proceedings
  • Recipient of the Henry L. Alder Award from the Mathematical Association of America for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning Faculty Member
  • Adviser for 14 undergraduate research students and 6 MS students
  • D., MS, mathematics, Lehigh University; BS, mathematics, State University of New York at Binghamton

Scott Franklin, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy
Director, Center for Advancing Science/Math Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
College of Science

  • Joined RIT in 2000
  • Author/co-author of 18 published articles featured in Physical Review E, Physics Review Letters,   Journal of Statistical Mechanics, Physics Today and Euro-physics Letters, as well as several conference proceedings
  • Research interests include geometrically cohesive granular materials and physics and discipline-based education
  • Principal investigator or co-PI on several research grants including more than $1.5 million in funding from the National Science Foundation
  • Recipient of the Edwina Award for Gender Diversity and Inclusiveness
  • Secretary and treasurer of the American Physical Society Topical Group on Physics Education Research
  • Ph.D., physics, University of Texas at Austin; BA, physics, University of Chicago
2013-2014 Award Recipients

Chun-Keung (Stan) Hoi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Finance
E. Saunders College of Business

  • Joined RIT in 1997
  • Teaching interests include corporate finance, investment, international finance and economics.
  • His current research interests include corporate finance, law and finance, and corporate governance
  • Published work has appeared in the Journal of Finance and the Financial Management.
  • Dean Zutes Fellow and recipient of the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching, the Outstanding Faculty Service Award and Outstanding Teaching Award
  • Ph.D., business administration, Arizona State University; MS and BS (1987) economics, University of North Texas.

Satish Kandlikar, Ph.D.
James E. Gleason Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

  • Joined RIT in 1980
  • Research interests include the area of flow boiling, developing ultra-high performance pool and flow boiling heat transfer surfaces, stabilizing flow boiling in microchannels, interface mechanics during rapid evaporation, advanced chip cooling with single-phase liquid flow, and fuel cells
  • Chief editor of text Handbook of Phase Change, lead author of a book on microchannels and minichannels
  • Published over 350 journal and conference papers
  • Recipient of the RIT Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching, the RIT Trustees Scholarship Award, the Rochester Engineer of the Year Award, the ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award and the ASME Dedicated Service Award
  • Principal investigator for several National Science Foundation and US Department of Energy research projects
  • Advisor to 6 completed and seven current/admitted PhD students, and over 50 MS thesis students
  • Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and founder of the ASME Heat Transfer chapter in Rochester
  • Ph.D and M.Tech., mechanical engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, BS, mechanical engineering, Marathawada University

Brian J. Landi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering Department
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

  • Joined RIT in 2006
  • Co-author of 100 total publications including 55 journal articles, 41 conference proceedings and 4 book chapters
  • Co-author of 81 oral and 49 poster presentations at national and international conferences
  • Presented 20 Invited talks with notable presentations at the OECD, NASA Headquarters, Air Force Research Labs, Naval Research Labs, and NY Advanced Energy Conference
  • Principal investigator (PI) or co-PI for $5.4 million in grant funding
  • Reviewer for several journals including Energy and Environment Science, Chemical Communications, and the Journal of Materials Chemistry
  • Co-organizer for 2013 Materials Research Society “Transport Properties in Nanocomposites” and 2013 American Chemical Society “Advances in Materials for Batteries” symposia
  • Awarded 3 patents and (2 pending) related to carbon nanotubes or lithium ion batteries
  • Recipient of the RIT Trustee's Scholarship Award
  • Advisor for student chapter of American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Member, Materials Research Society (MRS), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Ph.D., microsystems engineering, RIT; MS/BS chemistry, RIT



Hossein Shahmohamad
Professor of Mathematics, School of Mathematical Sciences
College of Science

  • Joined RIT in 2001
  • Research interests include graph theory, combinatorics, discrete mathematics, number theory and algebra
  • Author/co-author of 20 published articles, reviewer of six texts and six journals
  • Recipient of Mathematical Association of America (MAA) SEAWAY Section Clarence F. Stephens Distinguished Teaching Award
  • Recipient of RIT Eisenhart Award for teaching excellence
  • Directed 4 graduate students master's theses & served on 2 Ph.D. dissertation committees
  • Director of Graduate Programs 2002-2011 and mentored 36 graduate degree students since 2004
  • Principal organizer of six mathematics conferences and participant/presenter at over 50 conferences, invited speaker at seven conferences
  • Fellow of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications (ICA)
  • Member of RIT Graduate Council, Institute Council, and Academic Senate
  • Ph.D., mathematics, University of Pittsburgh; MA, mathematics, California State University, Long Beach; MBA, 2009, management and leadership, RIT; BS, computer science and mathematics, California State University, Long Beach

Harvey Rhody, Ph.D.
Professor, Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Sciences
College of Science

  • Joined RIT in 1970
  • Research interests include imaging systems, remote sensing, imaging algorithms and image processing
  • Author or co-author of nine recent journal publications including IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, the Journal of Electronic Imaging, and IS&T/SPIE
  • Contributed to presentations featured at national conferences including the IEEE International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium, the IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, and the IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging Conference
  • PI or co-PI on several research grants from the New York State Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), NASA, ITT, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and the US Department of Defense
  • Life Member of IEEE and a member of the executive committee of the Applied Imagery Pattern Recognition Workshop
  • Ph.D., electrical engineering, Syracuse University; MS electrical engineering, University of Cincinnati; BS, electrical engineering, University of Wisconsin


2012-2013 Award Recipients

Robert J. Barbato, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Management
E. Saunders College of Business

  • Joined RIT in 1979
  • Primary teaching and research interests are in the areas of business ethics, leadership, and entrepreneurship.
  • In addition to his teaching responsibilities has lectured in Dubai, Kosovo, Saudi Arabia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, South Korea, Ethiopia and England.
  • Recipient of the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2005
  • Research has been cited in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, and his publications have appeared in journals such as: the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Business Venturing, and the Journal of Small Business Management.M.
  • BA in Mathematics from Le Moyne College in 1972, and a Ph.D. in Management from Michigan State University in 1979.
  • He and his wife Linda have two daughters.

Christopher J. Collison, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry in the School of Chemistry and Materials Science
College of Science

  • Joined RIT in 2004
  • Core Faculty - Microsystems Engineering KGCOE
  • Polymer Photovoltaics Group Leader - NanoPower Research Laboratory
  • Author of 23 articles and papers on conjugated polymers and fluorescent materials targeted for application in organic solar cells and light emitting diodes, collectively cited 1064 times
  • Principal investigator for research into novel squaraine materials targeted for organic photovoltaic devices currently funded by the National Science Foundation.
  • Co-PI, working towards aerosol jet printing organic photovoltaic devices to convert high efficiency prototypes to devices that can be made cheaply and efficiently on a commercial scale funded by the National Science Foundation.
  • Received Provost's Mentoring Grant Award in 2012 for proposal titled "Junior faculty external funding success club"
  • BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and PhD in Chemistry from Imperial College, London; Post-Doctoral Research at University of Rochester

Robert D. Garrick, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Engineering Technology
College of Applied Science and Technology

  • Worked for 25 years in Automotive Component Industry in various positions including, Product Design Engineer, Engineering Manager, Product Team Leader, Staff Research Engineer
  • Joined RIT in 2008
  • Author of publications on Engineering Education, Natural Gas IC Engine Emissions, Engineering Design, New Faculty Peer Mentoring, Accelerating Un-tenured Faculty Scholarship, and Electronic Throttle Control
  • Author of books/book chapter including; Creating Technology Rich Learning Environments for the Classroom, and Mechanics of Fluids and Fluid Power (in publication)
  • Holder of 7 U.S. Patents related to internal combustion engine air control.
  • Licensed Professional Engineer in New York State
  • Awards: Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2010)
  • BS in Electrical Engineering, GMI Engineering and Management Institute; MBA, Rochester Institute of Technology; MS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Rochester; Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina

Anne Haake, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship and Professor
B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Science

  • Joined RIT in 2000
  • Served in interdisciplinary curriculum development as member of advisory committees for Bioinformatics, Medical Informatics, Ph.D. in Computing & Information Sciences, and as co-author of MS HCI program.
  • Co-Author of Textbook: Bioinformatics: A Computing Perspective. McGraw-Hill, 2008.
  • Leadership in interdisciplinary research, as co-Director of Multidisciplinary Vision Research Laboratory, PI of NSF and NIH-funded research, mentor for undergraduate research co-op experience and RIT Summer Undergraduate and Innovation Program and graduate research.
  • Author of articles and papers on cell and molecular biology, biomedical informatics, knowledge representation, human-computer interaction and curriculum development.
  • As a technical consultant, delivered instructional workshops, evaluated design of information systems, evaluated research proposals and made recommendations to inform future research directions.
  • BA in Biology, Colgate University; MS and Ph.D. in Developmental Biology University of South Carolina; MS in Software Development and Management, RIT


Todd Pagano, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of Laboartory Science Technology
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

  • Joined RIT/NTID in 2002
  • Led the implementation of the Laboratory Science Technology program, set up a state-of-the-art instrumentation laboratory, architected the new degree program, and helped to place a large number of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals into careers in the sciences.
  • Works on several chemical & pedagogical research projects and has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in both fields. This year's interdisciplinary publications are related to the fluorescence detection of climate change agents toward access to safe drinking water, fruit biochemistry of native & invasive fruits for migratory songbirds, and teaching science to deaf and hard-of-hearing learners.
  • Serves on the American Chemical Society's (ACS) Joint-Board Committee on Chemists with Disabilities, is a consultant to the ACS Committee on Technician Affairs, serves on the Executive Board for the Rochester Section of the ACS, and has consulted for the National Academy of Science.
  • Selected Awards: Tufts University's Outstanding Career Achievement Award (2013), U.S. Professor of the Year (2012), Dreyfus Foundation National Award for Encouraging Underrepresented Students into the Chemical Science's (2012), Named to Rochester Business Journal's "Forty Under 40 List" (2012), Named a Fellow of the ACS (2011), Delta Sigma Phi's Faculty Humanitarian Award (2008), ACS's Stanley C. Israel Medal (2008), Dawan Albritton Faculty Humanitarian Award (2007), ACS's Salutes to Excellence Award (2007), Richard & Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2005)
  • BA in Chemistry, SUNY Oswego; MS, Ph.D. in Chemistry, Tufts University
2011-2012 Award Recipients

Patrick M. Scanlon, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman of the Department of Communication
College of Liberal Arts

  • Joined RIT in 1988
  • Served as Institute Writing Director, Chairman of Humanities, and Coordinator of Undergraduate Degree Programs in the Department of Communication
  • Author of articles and papers on English Renaissance literature, fiction, literacy, technical writing, technical communication education, the teaching of writing in distance learning programs, technical graphics, self-plagiarism, and Internet plagiarism among college students
  • Author, A Discipline the University Didn't Know it Wanted: A brief history of the Department of Communication at Rochester Institute of Technology
  • As a technical communication consultant, has written extensively on fiber optics, data communication networks, and glass substrates for flat-screen displays, and has authored speeches, presentations, technical papers and scores of articles for trade journals, corporate newsletters, and company magazines
  • Awards: Excellence In Online Teaching and Learning Department Award, with other members of the Department of Communication faculty (2005); Applied Scholarship Award, College of Liberal Arts Advisory Board (1995); Society of Technical Communication Outstanding Journal Article of 1994
  • BA in English, Albany University; MA, Ph.D. in English, University of Rochester