Engineering Teaching Awards

The Teaching Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Teacher Award and Jacobs Excellence in Education Awards.

The Distinguished Teacher Award is the premier teaching award at NYU Tandon and awarded to only one individual. The award will be presented at the School of Engineering Commencement exercise. The awardee of the Distinguished Teacher Award will receive a $5,000 award.
The Jacobs Excellence in Education Award is given to individuals or groups who have demonstrated educational innovation and excellence. The award will be given each year as a part of a gift made by Dr. Joseph Jacobs to recognize and foster teaching excellence. Each awardee (individual or team) of the Jacobs Excellence in Education Award will receive a $5,000 award.

Please note that faculty members may be nominated for both awards in a given year, but would only be eligible to be awarded one.

Nomination Guidelines:

All completed nomination packages must be received by the nominee’s department chair by March 15, 2017.

Completed nomination packages are sent to:

Professor Anne Ronan
Department of Civil and Urban Engineering
NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Brooklyn, New York 11201
aronan@nyu.edu
646.997.3410

Previous Winners

Year Distinguished Teacher Award Jacobs Excellence in Education Award
2016 Professor Yao Wang
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor Justin Cappos
Computer Science and Engineering
2015 Professor Anne Ronan
Civil and Urban Engineering
Professor Phyllis Frankl
Computer Science and Engineering
2014 Professor Matthew Campisi
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor Vikram Kapila
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Professor Maurizio Porfiri
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

2013 Professor John Di Bartolo
Applied Physics

Professor Jin Ryoun Kim
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Professor Katherine Isbister
Computer Science and Engineering

2012 Professor Evgeny Vulfson
Chemical and Biological Sciences
Professor Tommy Lee
Chemical and Biological Sciences

Professor Allan Goldstein
Technology, Culture and Society

2011 Professor Michael Knox
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor Vikram Kapila
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Professor Maurizio Porfiri
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Professor Roger Roess
Civil and Urban Engineering

2010 Professor Lawrence Chiarelli
Civil and Urban Engineering
Professor John Sterling
Computer Science and Engineering

Professor Jin Montclare
Chemical and Biological Sciences

2009 Professor Rastislav Levicky
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Professor Magued Iskander
Civil and Urban Engineering
2008 Professor Janice Aber
Chemical and Biological Sciences
Professor Vikram Kapila
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Professor Joel Wein
Computer Science and Engineering

2007 Professor Walter Zurawsky
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Professor Edward Wolf
Applied Physics
2006 Professor Mary Cowman
Chemical and Biological Sciences
Professor Said Nourbakhsh
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Professor Magued Iskander
Civil and Urban Engineering

Professor Mark Green
Chemical and Biological Sciences

2005 Professor Jean Gallagher
Humanities and Social Science
None given
2004 Professor Haldun Hadimioglu
Computer and Information Science
None given
2003 Professor Vikram Kapila
Mechanical Engineering
Professor Ivan Selesnick
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Professor Frank Cassara
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Professor William McShane
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

2002 Professor Magued Iskander
Civil Engineering
Professor Vikram Kapila
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Professor Nasir Memon
Computer Science and Engineering

Professor Malathi Veeraraghavan
Electrical and Computer Engineering

2001 Professor Walter Zurawsky
Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and
Materials Science
(Award not yet created)
2000 Professor Bruce Garetz
Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and
Materials Science
(Award not yet created)
1999 Professor Jovan Mijovic
Chemical Engineering

Professor George C. Vradis
Mechanical Engineering

(Award not yet created)
1998 Professor K. Ming Leung
Physics
(Award not yet created)
1997 Professor Peter Voltz
Electrical Engineering
(Award not yet created)
1996 Professor Lawrence R. Dodd
Chemical Engineering

Professor William P. Vafakos,
Mechanical Engineering

(Award not yet created)
1995 Professor Zivan Zabar
Electrical Engineering
(Award not yet created)
1994 Professor Janice Yates
Civil Engineering
(Award not yet created)
1993 Professor Edward N. Ziegler
Chemical Engineering
(Award not yet created)
1992 Professor Frank Romano
Mechanical Engineering
(Award not yet created)
1991 Professor Henry Rustin
Computer Science
(Award not yet created)
1990 Professor A. George Schillinger
Management
(Award not yet created)
1989 Professor Douglas A. Davids
Electrical Engineering
(Award not yet created)
1988 Professor Bruce Garetz
Chemistry
(Award not yet created)
1987 Professor Istvan Palocz
Electrical Engineering
(Award not yet created)
1986 Professor Burton B. Lieberman
Mathematics
(Award not yet created)
1985 Professor Ravinder Nanda
Industrial Engineering
(Award not yet created)
1984 Professor Frank A. Cassara
Electrical Engineering
(Award not yet created)
1983 Professor Bernard Rechtschaffen
Humanities
(Award not yet created)
1982 Professor Andrew Terzuoli
Mathematics
(Award not yet created)
1979 Professor Robert J. Flynn
Mathematics
(Award not yet created)
1978 Professor Carmine D'Antonio
Metallurgy

Professor Rutton D. Patel
Chemical Engineering

(Award not yet created)
1975 Professor Louis S. Castleman
Metallurgy
(Award not yet created)
1974 Professor George Bachman
Mathematics
(Award not yet created)
1972 Professor John J. Dropkin
Physics
(Award not yet created)
1971 Professor Kalinath Mukherjee
Metallurgy

Professor Sebastian V. Nardo
Aerospace Engineering and Applied
Mechanics

(Award not yet created)
1965 Professor Louis J. Pignataro
Civil Engineering

Professor Donald F. Hunt
Electrical Engineering

(Award not yet created)
1964 Professor Ernest I. Becker
Chemistry


Professor Clifford A. Wojan
Mechanical Engineering
(Award not yet created)
1963 Professor E. James Angelo
Electrical Engineering

Professor F. Marshall Beringer
Chemistry

(Award not yet created)

Distinguished Teacher Award Guidelines

Primary Evaluation Criteria

  • Personal commitment to student learning as indicated by supporting statements
  • Preparation, revision, organization, delivery, and testing of lecture materials
  • Accessibility to students both in and out of class
  • The writing of textbooks, course notes, and laboratory notes
  • The development of new curricula, new courses, new laboratory experiments, or new media for learning

Eligibility

  • All full-time the School of Engineering faculty members are eligible for the award. This includes tenure series faculty of all levels, industry professors of all levels, and full-time lecturers. Department chairs with prior or current teaching responsibilities are also eligible. Members of the Administration above the Department Chair level are not eligible. A minimum of five years of teaching experience is required.
  • Candidates from previous years may be nominated again; however, documents must be updated and resubmitted. Previous recipients are eligible after they completed their service on the selection committee for three years following their award, during which time they are not eligible. The Distinguished Teacher Award and the Jacobs Innovation Awards cannot be awarded to the same individual in the same year or in consecutive years.

Selection Committee

  • Two full-time faculty appointed by the Faculty Executive Committee
  • The two most recent previous recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Award
  • One designee of the Dean of Engineering
  • One undergraduate student and one graduate student selected by the Student Government
  • One alumnus appointed by the Polytechnic Alumni Association Executive Committee

The Chair of this Committee is elected by the Committee’s members from among faculty members, and he or she is the custodian of the files of the Committee.
Duties: This Committee selects a Distinguished Teacher from among the School of Engineering full-time faculty each year in time for the planning of Commencement exercises. The Committee reports to the FEC and Dean only the name of each year’s Distinguished Teacher. Those recommended but not selected for the Award may be reconsidered in subsequent years.

Nomination Materials

Nomination materials must be submitted by the nominee's department chair to the chair of the Teaching Awards Committee by the due date. Department chairs are asked to confirm that nomination packages are complete so that a nominee is not taken out of consideration due to missing materials. All nomination materials, with the exception of digital-media products such as web pages, must be paper copies. Digital-media products can be submitted as electronic files.

Nomination materials for the Distinguished Teacher Award consist of:

  • A nomination letter from any of the following sources, to be submitted to the nominee's department chair:
    • One or more students (including alumni)
    • One or more colleagues
    • The candidate's department chair. Please note that nominations made by department chairs are limited to one per degree program.
  • Supporting statements, addressing the criteria listed under "Primary Evaluation Criteria," from at least three current or former students of the candidate. If the nomination is not made by the department chair, then a supporting statement from the department chair is also needed.
  • Course survey results for all of the nominee's courses for the past 3 years
  • Current curriculum vitae of the nominee

Jacobs Excellence in Education Awards Guidelines

Primary Evaluation Criteria

  • Recognition or awards received for educational activities at the national level, such as:
    • Receipt of an educational grant
    • Invitation to present at conferences or meetings focused on education
    • Invitation to give an educational workshop
    • Use of nominee's web materials by educators outside of the School of Engineering, as documented by tracking of website hits and testimonials from users
    • Invitation to participate in educational showcases
    • Publication of articles focused on education in nationally distributed journals
  • Commitment to students and active learning as indicated by supporting statements and documents (e.g. student assessments, testimony from relevant student groups)
  • Development and use of lecture material involving active learning and/or innovative delivery style in a traditional classroom, online, or in a distance-learning course
  • Development of innovative curricula, innovative courses, innovative laboratory experiments, or use of media or technology in education in an innovative way

Eligibility

  • All members of the School’s full-time instructional staff of all ranks, tenure series or not, or teams led by full-time instructional staff are eligible for the award. Full-time non-instructional staff and/or full-time students may be members of a team. Department chairs with prior or current teaching responsibilities are also eligible.
  • Candidates from previous years may be nominated again; however, no candidate may receive an award in two consecutive years or while they serve on the Teaching Awards Committee.
  • More than one candidate can be nominated per department

Selection Committee

  • Two full-time faculty appointed by the Faculty Executive Committee
  • The two most recent previous recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Award
  • One designee of the Dean of Engineering
  • One undergraduate student and one graduate student selected by the Student Government
  • One alumnus appointed by the Polytechnic Alumni Association Executive Committee

The Chair of this Committee is elected by the Committee’s members from among faculty members, and he or she is the custodian of the files of the Committee.

Nomination Materials

Completed nomination package must be submitted by the nominee's department chair to the chair of the Teaching Awards Committee by the due date. Department chairs are asked to confirm that nomination packages are complete so that a nominee is not taken out of consideration due to missing materials. All nomination materials, with the exception of digital-media products such as web pages, must be paper copies. Digital-media products can be submitted as electronic files.

  • A nomination letter for the nominee(s), describing why the person or group should receive an award, to be submitted to the nominee(s)'s department chair(s). The nomination letter may come from any of the following sources:
    • One or more students (including alumni), or student organizations
    • One or more members of the full-time instructional staff, not necessarily from the nominee(s)’s department(s)
    • The nominee(s)'s department chair(s). Department chairs can nominate more than one individual or team for the Jacobs Excellence in Education Award.
  • A supporting statement from the department chair, if the department chair does not make the nomination. If the nominee is a department chair, another department chair will take on this role, with the concurrence of the Provost.
  • Supporting statements, addressing the criteria under "Primary Evaluation Criteria," are needed from at least three of any of the following:
    • Current or former students of the nominee, or relevant student group
    • Full-time instructional staff members, not necessarily from the nominee’s department
  • Student survey results for all courses taught by the nominee(s) for the past 3 years
  • Current curriculum vitae of the nominee(s)