The criteria for the Nomination Committees can be found in Policy E12.1 sections VII and VIII as noted below:
VII. Organization and Selection of Nomination Committees
There shall be a nomination committee for each of the groups.
Each committee shall consist of the following: two full-time tenured faculty members with at least seven years of teaching at RIT from each college or unit assigned to that group; the appointee of the Faculty Senate; and two student representatives appointed by the president of Student Government.
College elections (or appointments) of faculty representatives to nomination committees shall be presided over by the appropriate Institute Council representative. Runners-up, where elections are conducted, shall serve as replacements in the event of resignation of committee members who wish to be considered for the award. The faculty from each college on each nomination committee shall be tenured faculty members.
The term for each nomination committee member shall be a three-year term with a maximum of two consecutive terms. The committee shall annually elect a chair (or co-chair) from the faculty committee members.
Each voting member of a nomination committee shall have one vote and all votes shall be equal.
The recommendation of candidates to the Awards Committee shall be by a majority vote of each nomination committee.
VIII. Charge to the Nomination Committee
The purpose of each nomination committee is to seek out the most outstanding teacher for both the Eisenhart Awards for Outstanding Teaching and the Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in the group that they represent.
To ensure that the search is as fair and unbiased as possible, each committee shall strive to obtain its information from sources other than the candidate or sources provided by the candidate. There may, of course, be exceptions: e.g., a resume, a course outline, etc. However, the spirit of the search is to be as impartial as possible, the responsibility for collecting information resting with the committee.
In its efforts to find the most outstanding teacher, each committee shall accept and evaluate candidates without discrimination, including, but not limited to, discrimination based on gender, age, religion, race, nationality or sexual orientation:
Ascertain that each candidate is eligible.
Obtain a signed consent form from each nominee, agreeing to the evaluation.
Perform a preliminary evaluation that will be limited to:
Current curriculum vitae
List of courses taught in the last three years
Student evaluations for the last three years, if available
Enjoy discretionary power in the evaluation of the finalists. However, the candidates recommended to the Awards Committee shall have clearly and unequivocally demonstrated outstanding and active involvement in assisting RIT students. Furthermore, scholarship as criteria shall be used only as it applies to teaching.
Accept and evaluate recommendations from alumni, students, deans, department head/directors, and faculty members.
Be free to use a variety of procedures and evidence to investigate finalists. These procedures may also include but are not limited to:
Interviews with students, faculty, deans and department heads/directors;
Interview with the finalists by two members of the committee;
A special Eisenhart Award evaluation process developed by the nomination committee.
Standardized assessment forms will be used in deliberations by each committee to enable parity in judgment. Class visitation by two members of the committee is strongly encouraged as part of the evaluation of final candidates, provided the candidate has given his/her prior written consent.
Submit to the Awards Committee, at the discretion of the nomination committee, the name of one candidate for the Eisenhart Awards for Outstanding Teaching and the name of one candidate for the Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching. The recommendations shall be supported with clear, precise and detailed documentation, as well as an oral presentation by the chair to the Awards Committee.