Faculty Teaching and Scholarship Awards

Award Recipients

2020

2020 NTID Scholarship Award for Pre-tenure Faculty
Dr. Jason Nordhaus

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Dr. Jason Nordhaus is a leader in general relativistic magneto-hydrodynamics (GRMHD), as demonstrated by his documented history of substantial contributions to the field with more than 93 publications (2,100 citations). He is the lead author on more than 25 of his journal publications, and he is regularly invited to give presentations at other institutions and conferences

Since joining the RIT faculty, Dr. Nordhaus published an upper limit to the energy that neutrinos can provide in a supernova explosion. This is a critical, non-intuitive result that continues to be tested.  To date, it has held up as no computer simulation has ever produced a supernova with energies above his published limit.   

In May of 2017, Dr. Nordhaus and a student published three-dimensional simulations of the L2 Puppis system. By modeling how gas moves around the star, they could match what the telescopes saw only if a planet were orbiting in the system.  After they published their work in May of 2017, observers in Europe started hunting for this hypothetical planet.  In December 2017, they found it with ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter Array).  The success of this method of predicting hidden companions from the motion of gas lead NASA to award Dr. Nordhaus a grant to continue this work for stars that the Hubble Space Telescope is observing.   

Dr. Nordhaus' scholarly funding record is outstanding. He has received a total of 3.9 million dollars on various grants as PI, co-PI, senior personnel, or co-investigator. He is a principal investigator on grants funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation and an award of nearly $300k from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation entitled, "Lost in Translation: Removing Barriers for Deaf Participation in STEM Fields." With his CCRG colleagues, he is a co-PI on several grants received from NASA and NSF. He is also currently a co-PI on REU Site: Summer Undergraduate Research for Students who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing in Applying Mathematical and Statistical Methods to Problems from the Sciences ($303,000; PI: Dr. Bonnie Jacob), an NSF-funded project to support three-year research experiences for undergraduates (REU) program. The REU grant supports ten deaf and hard-of-hearing students each summer and includes some support for faculty working with them.

What sets Dr. Nordhaus apart from many is how he regularly includes deaf students in his research work.  Since joining RIT, he has supervised tens of undergraduate students on projects, including deaf and hard of hearing graduate students in the Bridges to the Doctorate program.  In 2016, Jason's students (presented at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Grapevine, TX.  This was the first time a deaf student had presented their research at the AAS.  Dr. Nordhaus strives to provide his students with unique skills and research experiences that will allow them to pursue their goals in technically challenging fields.  

As a faculty member affiliated with the RIT College of Science graduate program in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology, Dr. Nordhaus is actively working to recruit deaf and hard-of-hearing students to that program, and he is also serving as the Ph.D. Readiness Director for NTID's own Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate program. In this position, he is actively preparing students who are currently in RIT master's degrees for entry into doctoral programs; which means that he plays a significant role in mentoring a new generation of deaf and hard-of-hearing scientists advanced careers in academia, government, and industry.

Dr. Nordhaus' scholarship statistics as of 10.23.2020 (data from ADS):

  • 94 publications with 2,155 citations (26 publications since starting tenure track)
  • 25 first-author publications with 987 citations
  • h-index: 26

Funded awards since starting tenure track (see CV for complete details):

  • As Principal Investigator: $710,824
  • As Co-Principal Investigator: $2,180,383
  • As Senior or Co-Investigator: $1,001,665
  • Dollar-weighted success rate: 60.3% ($6,452,329 in total applications)

Dollar-weighted success rate: 60.3% ($6,452,329 in total applications)

2020 NTID Scholarship Award for Tenured Faculty
Dr. Kim B. Kurz

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Dr. Kurz has been the principal author or co-author for 18 peer-reviewed journal publications, one book chapter, several conference proceedings and book reviews, and a web publication. Additionally, Kim has given 42 international, national, state, and local presentations. Her research agenda spans the areas of teaching and pedagogy, application, integration, and discovery. Researchers, professionals, teachers, and trainers have cited Dr. Kurz's scholarship across the country and other countries. When calculating Dr. Kurz's research output, she publishes an average of 1-2 academic articles annually. In 2020 alone, she has three co-authored chapters in press for a forthcoming book on educational interpreting and co-authored an article on the resilience of Deaf professionals.

In addition to her research work, Dr. Kurz has taught research methods to interpreting undergraduate students through her "Issues in Interpreting" and "Introduction to K-12 Interpreting" courses, as well as serving on several Ph.D. dissertation committees at other
universities.

In her letters of recommendation, one comment stood out to the committee and summed up the letter's overall sentiment. "I have repeatedly seen Dr. Kurz's motivation to read, study, and produce research. It is evidenced in how she conducts and publishes her own studies, in how she guides students in their work, and in how she frames her teaching. Frankly, her passion for research comes out in every conversation we have ever had, even when I just want to share a cup of coffee!"

2020 NTID Teaching/Tutoring Award for Lecturers
Lisa Johnston

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Lisa Johnston, a lecturer at NTID American Sign Language and Interpreting Education (ASLIE) department since 2015, has been recognized by her students and colleagues for her effective teaching style in the classroom. Also impressive is her extensive involvement with various curriculum development efforts within her department.  A student noted, in her letter of support toward Ms. Johnston’s nomination, that she “cares deeply for her students.  She makes sure to provide us with all the resources available for us to succeed … I admire her teaching style … she is prepared and ready to go” when coming to classes.  One of Ms. Johnston’s colleagues stated that she “…demonstrated an enthusiastic and personal excellence in teaching and learning.”

2020 NTID Teaching/Tutoring Award for Lecturers
Jennifer Swartzenberg

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A lecturer at NTID Science and Mathematics department, Jennifer Swartzenberg’s primary role at NTID has been tutoring NTID-supported students enrolled in College of Science (COS) chemistry classes since 2013. Her exemplary work as a tutor was recognized by her chair, NTID and COS colleagues, and her students.  Her collaboration with COS School of Chemistry and Materials Science is notable, especially her participation in an NTID-COS research collaboration addressing language access involving NTID-supported students to better understand the complexity of chemistry.  A COS colleague notes that Ms. Swartzenberg “gives generously of her time, has had lots of experience in the classroom, and truly cares about her students’ education.”

2019

2019 NTID Scholarship Award for Pre-tenure Faculty
Matthew Dye

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Since arriving at RIT/NTID three years ago, Dr. Matt Dye has overseen nine deaf or hard-of-hearing students in his deaf lab, as well as multiple deaf or hard-of-hearing graduate students, post-baccalaureates and postdocs as well.  Students who work in Dr. Dye’s lab serve critical roles in the research process and have opportunities to engage in multiple facets of externally funded research: from training in ethical conduct to lab skills to writing.  Currently PI on two NSF awards and one NIH award, Dr. Dye’s research primarily focuses on selective visual attention in deaf individuals and currently includes temporal aspects of visual attention in deaf children. 

2019 NTID Scholarship Award for Tenured Faculty
Dr. Jess Cuculick

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Dr. Jess Cuculick, as a 20-plus year member of the Department of Liberal Studies and one of the few Deaf qualitative researchers, has been leading cross-institutional collaborative grant and research efforts in the study of deaf health literacy in order to understand how deaf and hard-of-hearing people receive, process, and exchange health-related information in print and online. Compared to hearing individuals, deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals have relatively worse health outcomes and poor health literacy that cannot be solely explained by either reading skills or educational background. Dr. Cuculick’s publications have focused on areas including health literacy among deaf adults, health literacy disparities between deaf and hearing college students, and the relationship between Deaf culture and breastfeeding success. ​
 
In 2016 sparked by the collaboration with the University of Michigan, Brandeis University, and Dartmouth University and the reception of three NIH sub-awards, Dr. Cuculick established the Deaf Health Laboratory that has since involved the work of 15 deaf and hard-of-hearing undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows. She has made deliberate efforts to recruit and include students --- including deaf and hard-of-hearing students, students of color, and women ---  in all phases of her research and to create a lab culture that pairs qualitative and quantitative research to address critical research needs regarding the physical and mental health of the Deaf community. In addition to teaching research and dissemination skills, Dr. Cuculick has developed and taught numerous seminars on the soft skills that are critical in a deaf researcher’s career, for example, how to work with ASL interpreters, how to give an effective presentation, and how to maintain a professional network.
 
Dr. Cuculick has proven herself to be a talented and productive scholar who has made an impact with her qualitative research at a STEM-heavy institution; has broken through barriers as a Deaf woman scholar who has made a career change from a traditional teaching faculty to an externally-funded researcher with multiple grants in a short time; and is noted for her dedication to teaching, mentoring, and supporting Deaf scholars, leading to the creation of a pipeline for future Deaf researchers to diversify future generations of scholars.

2019 NTID Teaching/Tutoring Award for Lecturers
Sarah Sarchet

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A senior lecturer in the NTID Science and Mathematics Department, Ms. Sarah Sarchet is a well-respected instructor and tutor for biology and laboratory science courses.  Ms. Sarchet’s ability to adapt her teaching and tutoring style to meet the needs of all students, regardless of degree level and communication preference, is appreciated by her students and colleagues.  She also is a mentor to many students outside of her classroom and to future teachers in the classroom.  A former student, in her letter of recommendation, stated that Ms. Sarchet is a “highly dedicated professional who knows how to motivate her students to strive for excellence.”

2019 NTID Teaching/Tutoring Award for Pre-tenure Faculty
Dr. Viet Le

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As an assistant professor in the NTID Science and Mathematics Department, Dr. Viet Le seeks to tailor difficult-to-teach concepts to visual-based approaches in the classroom.  His innovative approaches help his students better develop their understanding of new materials.  He implements active learning techniques to promote understanding among students.  Dr. Le is also a mentor to several students in his department’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program – a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. 

2019 NTID Teaching/Tutoring Award for Tenured Faculty
Dr. Vincent Samar

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A professor in the NTID Liberal Studies Department, Dr. Vincent Samar is co-director of the NIH-funded RIT Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) – a scientist-in-training program for deaf and hard-of-hearing undergraduates.  Dr. Samar is a tutor for research methods courses required for bachelor degree-bound psychology students and is an instructor for senior-level projects in psychology.  His academic efforts are recognized by numerous students, both past and present.  These students consider him a valued mentor, crediting him with laying the foundation for their success in graduate school and their professional lives.  

2018

2018 NTID Teaching/Tutoring Award for Non-Tenure Faculty
Michael Kane

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Senior Lecturer Michael “Mike” Kane from the Department of Business Studies is the 2018 Teaching/Tutoring Award winner for Non-Tenure Track Faculty.  Mike has been utilizing emergent technologies in his classroom resulting in varied approaches to content delivery in his classroom.  His teaching style has evolved so that now he turns the ownership of learning over to his students, guiding them to develop their own video recorded lectures and concept map study guides for his courses.  He is committed to his students’ success and is treasured by his department. 

2017

2017 NTID Scholarship Award for Pre-tenure Faculty
Dr. Bonnie Jacob

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Since 2010, Dr. Bonnie Jacob, Assistant Professor in the Department of Science and Mathematics, has advised 11 deaf or hard-of-hearing students in undergraduate mathematics research. She has co-authored refereed journal articles with six students. Dr. Jacob’s area of study is graph theory, which defines relationships between various objects. “She brings to work a strong background in STEM-focused research and has succeeded thus far in working with our students to expose research concepts, thereby helping them to further develop their analytical thinking skills.” Dr. Jacob has been awarded several internal awards that have involved students in research projects leading to their conference presentations as well as publications. Mathematics research with students is her primary passion.

2017 NTID Scholarship Award for Tenured Faculty
Dr. Vincent Samar

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Dr. “Vince” Samar, Associate Professor in the Department of Liberal Studies, has made significant contributions to the scholarship of discovery including diverse fields in deaf health research, social determinants of health, cognitive development, and attentional enhancement among a few other topics of special interest. Since 2012, Dr. Samar has taught and mentored RIT Psychology baccalaureate students, as well as taught Senior Project in Psychology to 24 deaf out of 26 total undergraduate students resulting in numerous poster presentations and research projects as co-authors. “Dr. Samar has a record of prodigious scholarship, including 63 publications in refereed journal as well as dozens of presentations at local, regional, national and international conferences.” Most recently, his goals have turned to seeking and writing funds to completely renovate the NTID research lab facilities to better support research experiences in experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience for future RIT students.

2017 NTID Teaching/Tutoring Award for Lecturers
Kathleen Szczepanek

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The 2017 Teaching/Tutoring Award for Lecturers goes to Ms. Kathleen Szczepanek from the Department of Business Studies.  Her reflective approach to teaching, her dedication to and support of student success, and the great respect she has garnered from her peers is why she is a valued member of the faculty.   Her students recognize, appreciate, and commend the impact she has made on their education and their career.

2017 NTID Teaching/Tutoring Award for Pre-tenure Faculty
Jason Nordhaus

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Dr. Jason Nordhaus from the Department of Science and Mathematics is the 2017 Teaching/Tutoring Award winner for Pre-Tenure Faculty.  He teaches both in the classroom and through his research and collaborations where he exposes students to projects in astrophysical research.  Through his tutoring and teaching Dr. Nordhaus strives to create independent, logical problem solvers who can creatively contribute to society. 

2016

2016 NTID Scholarship Award for Pre-tenure Faculty
Dr. Campbell McDermid

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Dr. Campbell McDermid, Assistant Professor in the American Sign Language and Interpreting Education Department received the NTID Pre-tenured Scholarship Award. Dr. McDermid has made significant contributions in the field of interpreter education and sign language teaching, through a book on ASL paraphrasing, and several peer-reviewed articles. He has been invited to many presentations worldwide to share his findings.

Dr. McDermid has involved several undergraduate and graduate students in his research projects, and has provided them with important skills and experiences to obtain graduate training in sign language and interpreting research. He has also served as an advisor and consultant for several students in the program. Dr. Campbell McDermid has obtained several grants, including one to examine International Sign Acquisition. McDermid’s scholarship in the field of sign language interpreting has significantly advanced the training of sign language interpreters internationally.

2016 NTID Scholarship Award for Tenured Faculty
Dr. Gerald Berent

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Dr. Gerald Berent, Professor in the Department of Liberal Studies, has significantly advanced the field of language acquisition in deaf and hard of hearing individuals through his 36-year outstanding track record of research. His colleagues have noted that his work in this area has informed generations of both faculty and students. His efforts to understand the impact of secondary disabilities and ADHD on DHH students' abilities to learn effectively have been transformative. Dr. Berent’s creation of the Supporting English Acquisition (SEA) website has been a great contribution and tool for English language teachers everywhere. He has also shared his research findings and teaching methodologies through over 50 publications in refereed journals and book chapters, 25 technical reports and publications in newsletters and bulletins. He has also given over 66 presentations at national and international symposia/conferences. Dr. Berent has obtained several grants to further his research, totaling over $800K.

His colleagues have also noted that Dr. Berent's scholarship in English language acquisition in DHH students and his dedication to sharing and applying it in NTID classrooms and classrooms across the world is simply outstanding. His passion for the scholarly process and its role in Deaf education is limitless. In addition to his own research and publication, he dedicates countless hours supporting the scholarly efforts of others. In the role of advisor, mentor, reviewer, editor and NTID IRB committee chair, Dr. Berent tirelessly works to share his expertise and promote the work of other scholars. He demonstrates energy, enthusiasm and creativity, combined with a solid professional base of knowledge to empower his students.

2016 NTID Teaching/Tutoring Award for Lecturers
Eric Kunsman

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The 2016 Teaching/Tutoring Award for Lecturers goes to Eric Kunsman in the Visual Communications Studies Department. He culls from his own experience the value of hard work, determination and respect and aims to instill those qualities in his students. His ability to be creative in the classroom can be seen in his use of “Time Wasting Tickets”, developed to improve his students’ time management skills and as a way to teach them to become self-motivated, productive member of the workforce. He is well respected by both his peers and students. 

2016 NTID Teaching/Tutoring Award for Pre-tenure Faculty
Dr. Austin Gehret

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The 2016 Teaching/Tutoring Award winner for Pre-tenure is Dr. Austin Gehret, Assistant Professor in the Department of Science and Mathematics. He is a tremendous asset to both the NTID and RIT communities. Serving as a support faculty for Deaf and hard of hearing students taking a variety of biochemistry courses in the College of Science, Dr. Gehret was able to use that experience to shape his associate-level Laboratory Science Technology biotechnology courses in a way that not only provides hands-on experience that is vital for success in biotechnology related careers, it prepares students for success in their future RIT biochemistry courses. He also serves as a co-advisor for a graduate student. Dr. Gehret’s patience with and respect for students, puts them at ease as he helps them succeed in the classroom and at their Co-op placements. 

2016 NTID Teaching/Tutoring Award for Tenured Faculty
Keith Mousley

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As a great role model and exceptional educator, Keith “Moose” Mousley, Associate Professor in the Department of Science and Mathematics, is the 2016 NTID Teaching/Tutoring Award winner for Tenured Faculty. His relaxed teaching style is constantly evolving based on research and his vast experience working with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students. He uses humor to keep them interested and actively engaged in classroom learning. He has an open door policy to tutor both current and former students, sharing his passion for math with everyone.

2015

2015 NTID Scholarship Award for Pre-tenure Faculty
Dr. Deirdre Schlehofer

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Dr. Deirdre Schlehofer, assistant professor in the Department of American Sign Language and Interpreter Education, received the AY2014-2015 NTID Pre-tenure Scholarship Award. The selection committee cited the following: “In her work, Dr. Schlehofer involves ASLIE and RIT deaf and hard-of-hearing students and serves as a model for involving students in scholarly activities. Her impact on students is high as a result of engaging students in her projects, serving as a mentor to students through natural interaction in the research environment, and utilizing practical research that students can relate to.”

2015 NTID Teaching/Tutoring Award for Pre-tenure Faculty
Gary Behm

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Gary Behm, assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Studies, received the NTID Pre-tenured Teaching and Tutoring Award. “Gary wears many different hats here at the institute, and his teaching/tutoring is highly recognized by his peers and his students. The committee was impressed at the amount of energy that Gary puts into everything he does, and while his workload is split between two areas, he commits well over 100% of his time to both. He is a role model for many students and I would say faculty as well.” 

2015 NTID Teaching/Tutoring Award for Tenured Faculty
Mark Pfuntner

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Mark Pfuntner, associate professor in the Department of Business Studies, received the NTID Tenured Teaching and Tutoring Award. According to the committee, “Mark is integral to the support and success of the cross registered students there. He embraces a teaching/tutoring philosophy that goes above and beyond the normal classroom approach. He demonstrates energy, enthusiasm and creativity, combined with a solid professional base of knowledge to empower his students.

2014

2014 NTID Scholarship Award for Pre-tenure Faculty
Gary Behm

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Gary involved 29 students in his research up to this point and serves as an excellent model involving students in scholarly activities. Many of these students benefitted by receiving their cooperative experience through the CAT Innovation Lab at different companies. Students gain greater awareness of the research process by using Gary’s approach as a model. Gary engages students in the projects and serves as a mentor to students through the natural interaction in the research environment. He utilizes practical research ideas that students can relate to. He had 11 internal presentations and 28 external presentations and 13 patents for his work through IBM and 5 submitted through RIT.

2014 NTID Teaching/Tutoring Award for Lecturers
Stacey Davis

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The committee unanimously agreed that Stacey was the "stand-out" candidate in the pool of candidates. Her letter of support from her Chair Matt Lynn was one of the strongest statements we had seen. Her personal statement was also impressive and showed her commitment to doing whatever it takes to help students succeed. Many people noted that her workweek includes regular Sunday review sessions for students she works with. She is a role model for others in our opinion. 

2014 NTID Teaching/Tutoring Award for Pre-tenure Faculty
Scot Atkins

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Scot was clearly student centered and goes above and beyond to support student success. He too had outstanding SRS ratings and his letters of support were great. The committee was also impressed that his nomination for the award came from an RIT faculty member.

2014 NTID Teaching/Tutoring Award for Tenured Faculty
Brian Trager

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Brian submitted an impressive personal statement, outstanding SRS evaluations and a wonderful letter of support provided by his chairperson. While the other candidate was also very qualified, the personal connection that Brian makes with so many students was the deciding factor for us.

2013

2013 NTID Scholarship Award for Pre-tenure Faculty
Dr. Raja S. Kushalnagar

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Student Involvement:

  • Involved 11 students in his research up to this point- serves as an excellent model involving students in scholarly activities.
  • Patiently instructs his research students.
  • Students have been involved in three different research projects overall.
  • He has students present at conferences.

Student Impact:

  • The focus of his research efforts revolves around visual learners that directly impact our students.
  • Students gain greater awareness of their own accessibility challenges in the classroom through their research experiences.
  • Enables students to be immersed in research.
  • He serves as a mentor to students through the natural interaction in the research environment.
  • Provides training in research methods as his investment in student’s future.
  • Implements solutions based on research findings, such as using real-time replay for missed information after finding there is missed information through visual learning from his eye-tracking research.

Dissemination:

  • Consistent dissemination activities, papers at a variety of conferences including the ACM Special Interest Group for Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), ACM Special Interest Group for  Information Technology Education (SIGITE), and other conferences in accessible technology (RESENA and ASSETS).
  • Presentations at international and national level conferences.

Overall Rank/Summary:  Average Rank of 5, Outstanding

  • Collaborates with other faculty to pursue his research efforts.
  • PhD in Computer Science
  • Obtained grants, including as a PI for the NSF Grant on Collaborative Captioning totaling $80,146.00
  • “He is deeply engaged in research and involves other faculty and NTID students with the many research opportunities he has pursued.  He has been a great asset in explaining research methodologies and supporting students and other faculty members.” -Letter of Support from David Lawrence

2013 NTID Teaching/Tutoring Award for Lecturers
Carla Deibel

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One of the comments that was often written in her letters of support from her chairperson and her colleagues was that she was a "leader", even though she is a lecturer among her tenured and tenure track colleagues. Her workload as a lecturer not only includes an incredibly large number of tutoring hours with a wide variety of science students, but she is also the coordinator for the B.S. Support Team in the COS. No other coordinator role is held by a lecturer. In her letter from Dr. Sandra Connelly, a professor in the COS, she was described as one of the "greatest tutors/teachers at RIT!"

She not only successfully supports the students in professor Connelly's classes, but she is also working as part of a RCFTL project with Sandi and Matt Lynn, where her years of expertise make her an invaluable member of the project. Her letters from students not only praise her skill in tutoring, but also her in-depth knowledge of the medical career paths that science students dream about.  Her career advising shows a deep understanding of the fields that her students are interested in pursuing.  She gives them honest advice and encourages them to work hard to achieve their goals. Her SRS results are extremely strong, ranging from 4.6 to 5.0.

2013 NTID Teaching/Tutoring Award for Pre-tenure Faculty
Annemarie Ross

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Her personal statement was inspiring to all of us as she identified her teaching approach to that of Anne Sullivan, the teacher behind Helen Keller's successes and she truly is motivated to make a difference in the lives of her science students. One comment from her Chairperson stood out when he described her as a "treasure". Students and colleagues alike respect and appreciate her endless hours of dedication to her students and her passion for science.

She left her industry position at IBM to "give back to the deaf community," and her efforts at NTID have truly reflected that commitment. Her letters of support (from faculty and students) were impressive, especially the one from her colleague Todd Pagano. He clearly holds Annemarie in the highest regard, stating that "everything she does so clearly warrants recognition by the institute". She challenges her students with high (but fair) expectations and often leads by example, inspiring students to share her passion and believe that they can achieve that same success. Extremely strong SRS results ranging from 4.7 to 5.0.

Award Information and Nomination Forms

  1. Awards selection committee structure
    • There will be two selection committees to review NTID award candidates:
      • One committee to evaluate teaching/tutoring awards (3 awards). This committee will be known as the Teaching/Tutoring Awards Committee (TTAC).
      • One committee to evaluate scholarship awards (2 awards). This committee will be known as the Scholarship Awards Committee (SAC).

      Both the TTAC and the SAC will consist of five members. The TTAC will include at least one tenured faculty member, one pre-tenure tenure-track faculty member, and one lecturer as well as at least one member from each of the four academic areas identified in the tenure and promotion guidelines. The SAC will include at least one tenured faculty member and one pre-tenure tenure-track faculty member as well as at least one member from each of the four academic areas identified in the tenure and promotion guidelines. The SAC will not include lecturers on its membership.

      The normal term for each committee member will be two years. For the first term, in order to create a staggered term structure, three members will serve two-year terms and two will serve three-year terms.

  2. Award nomination process
    • Anyone may nominate an individual for any of the awards by submitting the candidate’s name and a brief rationale for the nomination.
    • There will be an online nomination form that describes eligibility for each award.
    • The form will ask for the following information:
      • Nominee’s name
      • Nominee’s department
      • Name and contact information of nominator
      • In which courses have you observed the nominee (for teaching/tutoring awards)
      • What makes this faculty member’s teaching/tutoring outstanding (for teaching/tutoring awards)
      • What makes this faculty member’s research/scholarship outstanding (for scholarship awards)
      • How the nominee’s scholarship involves/impacts students (for scholarship awards)
  3. Timelines/due dates


    Teaching/Tutoring Awards

    • Call for nominations in weeks 3 and 4 of Fall Semester
    • Nomination deadline, Friday of 5th week of Fall Semester
    • The TTAC contacts nominees by the Friday of 6th week of the Fall Semester.
    • Documentation from the nominee due by the Wednesday  before Thanksgiving in November
    • Recommendations made to NTID administration by the Friday of 1st week of February
    • Awards presented at State of the Institute presentation
       

    Scholarship Awards

    • Call for nominations in weeks 1 and 2 Fall Semester
    • Nominations due Friday of 3rd week of Fall Semester
    • The SAC contacts nominees during the 4th week of the Fall Semester
    • Documentation due by the Friday of 5th week of Fall Semester
    • Award recommendations made by the Friday of 8th week of Fall Semester
    • Award recipient contacted October 31st so that the individual can prepare any further documentation for the RIT-wide Trustees Scholarship Award presented at the State of the Institute presentation (The college selection process begins in November.)
       
    ** Timelines are abbreviated to allow the recipient to be considered for the RIT-wide Trustees Scholarship Award.
     
  4. Eligibility requirements for each award
    1. Tenured Teaching/Tutoring Award
      • Completed at least seven years at NTID by June 30th of the year in which the award is given
      • Must be tenured
      • Must be a full-time employee with primary responsibility for teaching/tutoring (teaching or balanced portfolio)
      • The seven years of teaching/tutoring do not have to be contiguous. They can be interrupted by service-such as Department Head or by official leave.
      • Candidates who already received the NTID Pre-Tenure Teaching/Tutoring award are eligible.
      • The nominee shall be a full-time faculty member for the entire year in which the award is given and cannot be on official leave for any of this period.
      • The candidate shall not have been the recipient of the award in the preceding seven years.
      • Committee members shall not be eligible for nomination in the years in which they serve, but may resign to become eligible if nominated. Such members will be replaced by the person who received the second highest number of votes in the original ballot.
         

      The recipient of this award will be formally nominated for the RIT-wide Eisenhart Award by the NTID Selection Committee. (Note: Due to the Eisenhart Award nomination timeline, the NTID recipient will be formally nominated for the following year’s Eisenhart Award competition).

    2. Pre-tenure Teaching/Tutoring Award
      • Completed six years or less at NTID by June 30th of the year in which the award is given
      • Must be tenure-track
      • Must be a full-time employee with primary responsibility for teaching/tutoring (teaching or balanced portfolio)
      • The nominee shall be a full-time faculty member for the entire year in which the award is given, and cannot be on official leave for any of this period.
      • The candidate can only win this award once.
      • Committee members shall not be eligible for nomination in the years in which they serve, but may resign to become eligible if nominated. Such members will be replaced by the person who received the second highest number of votes in the original ballot.
         

      The recipient of this award will be formally nominated for the RIT-wide Richard & Virginia Eisenhart Provost Award by the NTID Selection Committee. (Note: Due to the Richard & Virginia Eisenhart Provost Award nomination timeline, the NTID recipient will be formally nominated for the following year’s Richard & Virginia Eisenhart Provost Award competition)

    3. Non-Tenure Track Teaching/Tutoring Award
      • Must be non-tenure track
      • The candidate must have completed at least three years teaching full-time at NTID by June 30 of the year in which the award is given.
      • Must have primary responsibility for teaching/tutoring
      • The nominee shall be a full-time faculty member for all of the year in which the award is given, and will not be on official leave for any of this period.
      • The candidate shall not have been the recipient of the award in the preceding seven years.
      • Committee members shall not be eligible for nomination in the years in which they serve, but may resign to become eligible if nominated. Such members will be replaced by the person who got the second highest number of votes in the original ballot.
         

      The recipient of this award will be formally nominated for the RIT-wide Non-Tenure-Track Teaching Award by the NTID Selection Committee. (Note: Due to the RIT-wide Non-Tenure Track Teaching Award nomination timeline, the NTID recipient will be formally nominated for the following year’s RIT-wide Non-Tenure Track Teaching Award competition.)

    4. Tenured Scholarship Award
      • This award recognizes NTID faculty members who have demonstrated an outstanding track record of academic scholarship directly involving students over a period of at least three years while at NTID.
      • In accordance with the Trustees Scholarship Award, it must be scholarship which “is integral to, and not separated from, all aspects of a student's educational experience at RIT” (Category of One University: RIT Strategic Plan for 2005-2015, p. 8) and which fits within one or more of the following classifications: teaching/pedagogy, application, integration, or discovery.”
      • Must be tenured.
      • Must be a full-time employee.
      • Candidates who already received the NTID Pre-Tenure Scholarship award are eligible.
      • Committee members shall not be eligible for nomination in the years in which they serve, but may resign to become eligible if nominated. Such members will be replaced by the person who received the second highest number of votes in the original ballot.
         

      The recipient of this award will be formally nominated for the RIT-wide Trustees Scholarship Award by the NTID Selection Committee.

    5. Pre-tenure Scholarship Award
      • This award recognizes NTID faculty members who have demonstrated an outstanding track record of academic scholarship directly involving students over a period of at least two years while at NTID.
      • In accordance with the Trustees Scholarship Award, it must be scholarship which “is integral to, and not separated from, all aspects of a student's educational experience at RIT” (Category of One University: RIT Strategic Plan for 2005-2015, p. 8) and “which fits within one or more of the following classifications: teaching/pedagogy, application, integration, or discovery.”
      • Nominees must have completed at least two years at NTID by June 30th of the year in which the award is given.
      • Must be tenure-track.
      • Must be a full-time employee.
      • The candidate can win this award only once.
      • Committee members shall not be eligible for nomination in the years in which they serve, but may resign to become eligible if nominated. Such members will be replaced by the person who received the second highest number of votes in the original ballot.
         
  5. Required supplemental documentation to support, in addition to the nomination form, to complete the process
     

    Teaching/Tutoring awards:

    • Letter of support/eligibility from the nominee’s chairperson
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • A summary of SRS evaluations (all courses from the most recent three years). If the nominee has been teaching/tutoring for less than three years, then a summary of all evaluations for all the years at NTID are required.
    • One letter of support from a colleague
    • One to two letters of support from students (current, past, or alumni)
    • A 1-2 page narrative describing how the nominee’s teaching/tutoring has had an impact on students’ success
       

    Scholarship awards:

    • Letter of support/eligibility from the nominee’s chairperson
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • A 1-2 page narrative (written by the nominee) describing how the nominee’s research either has an impact on students and teaching/tutoring and/or involves students directly
    • No more than two letters of support from peers familiar with the nominee’s research/scholarship (letters can be internal or external to NTID)

For all awards, finalists may be interviewed by the respective Awards Committee or asked for additional materials.