Provost’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring

The Provost's Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award honors an RIT faculty member who actively helps in the development of a junior colleague’s career 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 commitment to diversity and inclusion in a way that contributes to the future of the university.

Eligibility & Process

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2023-2024 Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award. Nominations will be accepted until January 12, 2024, 11:59 pm EST. 


  1. In addition to emboding the spirit of RIT's values, honor code, and commitment to diversity and inclusion in a way that contributes to the future of the university, nominees being considered for this award must be a full-time faculty member who has:
    • Mentored a junior colleague for at least one year either formally or informally.
    • Helped the mentee(s) develop in specific capacities such as teaching, research and/or scholarship.
    • Provided career advancement advice.
    • Offered assistance and generously provided support.


  1. Nominees who have received this award in the previous ten years are not eligible. Self-nominations are not allowed. Nominees may be asked to supply additional evidence to support the criteria for the award.
  2. A full-time RIT faculty member who has been in a mentee relationship with an RIT faculty member may nominate their mentor. The nominee must not be in a position of authority over the mentee. Groups of mentees may nominate a single mentor.
  3. To nominate a faculty mentor, complete and submit the online application form. A sample of the application is available here. It is strongly recommended that the nomination application be prepared in a Word document, then copy to the Qualtrics form.
  4. Descriptions of mentoring roles and characteristics are available in the Faculty Mentoring Guidebook.
  5. Please note that this award is for faculty-to-faculty mentoring, not faculty-student mentoring. 

Awards Ceremony

Award recipients will be honored at the Provost’s Celebration of Teaching and Scholarship awards. The celebration takes place annually in April.

More information about ceremony

Award Recipients

Christine Kray, CLA
Blanca Lapizco-Encinas, KGCOE

Jerrie Hsieh, Saunders College of Business

Betsy Dell, College of Engineering Technology 

Stephen Jacobs, Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Ann Hager, National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Peter Hauser, National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Katie Terezakis, College of Liberal Arts
Stan Rickel, College of Art and Design

Shal Khanzanchi, Saunders College of Business
Elizabeth A. Kmiecinski, College of Health Sciences and Technology

Caroline DeLong, College of Liberal Arts

Darren A. Narayan, College of Science
Scott Franklin, College of Science

Chun-Keung (Stan) Hoi, Saunders College of Business
Satish Kandlikar, Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Brian J. Landi, Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Hossein Shahmohamad, College of Science
Harvey Rhody, College of Science

Robert J. Barbato, Saunders College of Business
Christopher J. Collison, College of Science
Robert D. Garrick, College of Engineering Technology
Anne Haake, Golisano College of Computing and Information Science
Todd Pagano, National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Patrick M. Scanlon, College of Liberal Arts


For more information, contact Faculty Career Development at