FACULTY HONORS COMMITTEE 2001-2002 ANNUAL REPORT

Submitted by C.Colatrella, Chair, 2001-2002 Faculty Honors Committee, 8-27-02

 

The activities of the Faculty Honors Committee (FHC) for the past academic year are outlined below:

 

1)                  Revision of the Call for Nominations

During a meeting on September 25, 2001, the FHC made minor revisions in the wording of the Call for Nominations to provide greater clarity and specificity in the documentation requested from nominators.   A copy of the revised Call for Nominations is attached.

 

2)                  Webpage

A website was created soon after so that the Call for Nominations would be available online:

http://www.lcc.gatech.edu/honors/

 

3)                  Solicitation

An e-mail announcement was sent to all deans and department heads in September 2001

soliciting nominations.  A notice was published in The Whistle (October 8, 2001) that included the website address. The nomination deadline was February 15, 2001.

 

4) Award Selections

The FHC convened on February 18, 2002, and followed up with some email correspondence on February 18 and 19, to make award decisions and recommendations.   The following award decisions were made:

·         Class of 1940 W. Roane Beard Outstanding Teacher Award— Barbara Blackbourn Jansma (Modern Languages)
Class of 1940 W. Howard Ector Outstanding Teacher Award—Katharine Seley (Chemistry)

·         Outstanding Service Award— Richard Duke (Mathematics) and
Edward Thomas (Physics)

·         Outstanding Continuing Education Award— Sakis Meliopoulos (Electrical and Computing Engineering)

·         Outstanding Innovative Use of Education Technology Award—Ty Herrington (LCC)

·         Outstanding Interdisciplinary Activities Award—Charles Ume (Mechanical Engineering)

 

In addition, the FHC recommended two names to President Clough for consideration for the Distinguished Professor Award:

·         Jay Bolter (LCC)

·         C. P. Wong (Materials)

 

5)                  Consultation with President Clough

The chair of the FHC met with President Clough on February 19, 2002, to ascertain his and the provost’s selection for the Distinguished Professor Award (Jay Bolter)

 

6)                  Announcement of Awardees

The chair of the FHC informed Aimee Anderson, Project Coordinator, of the award winners by e-mail February 22, 2002, and soon after notified each award winner of his or her award.

 

7)                  Presentation of the Awards

The chair of the FHC presented all of the awards except the Distinguished Professor Award (presented by Dr. Chameau) to the award winners at the Faculty Honors Luncheon (April 10, 2002).

 

 

GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
2002 FACULTY AWARDS
Call for Nominations

[award categories] [nomination packages]

 

AWARD CATEGORIES

The Faculty Honors Committee solicits nominations of faculty members as candidates for recognition in six categories. Considering that the competition for many awards is quite stiff, the committee welcomes re-nominations, which require submission of previously submitted and updated materials as described below.

1) CLASS OF 1934 DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR AWARD:

This award recognizes sustained outstanding achievement in teaching, research and service, and is the highest award given to a faculty member. The award includes a stipend of $20,000. This year's award will be presented to a currently active professor who has made significant, long-term contributions in teaching, research, and public service. Such contributions should have brought broad recognition to the professor, to his/her School and to the Institute.

The Distinguished Professor Award was instituted in 1984 by the Class of 1934 in observance of its 50th Anniversary. In establishing this award, the Class of 1934 stipulated that nominators of candidates for this honor can include Georgia Tech alumni. The Faculty Honors Committee, which has initial responsibility for assessing candidates, along with the President and the Provost, both of whom make the final decision, join in encouraging nominations from alumni groups. Nominations of current professors who have made major contributions to the educational careers and to the personal development of students at Georgia Tech are encouraged.

2) CLASS OF 1940 W. ROANE BEARD OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARD AND CLASS OF 1940
W. HOWARD ECTOR OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARD:

Two awards are presented each year to faculty members who have taught at least six semester hours during the previous academic year. Each recipient will receive a $10,000 stipend. Funds for these awards are provided by the class of 1940.

Criteria used for judging teaching excellence include extraordinary efforts in teaching, inspiration transmitted to students, direct impact and involvement with students, intellectual integrity and scholarship, and impact on post graduate success of students.

3) OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD:

This award is presented to a member of the general faculty who has benefited the Institute, profession, school/department, or the general public in an exemplary manner. The recipient will receive $5,000. Funds for this award are made possible by the Office of the Provost.

4) OUTSTANDING CONTINUING EDUCATION AWARD:

This award recognizes a member of the general faculty who has made significant contributions to the Institute, profession, industry/government, and/or general public in the area of continuing education. The recipient of the award will receive $2,000. Funds for this award are provided by the Department of Continuing Education.

Criteria for judging candidates will include excellence of instruction, value of courses to the participants, and development of successful new courses.

5) CLASS OF 1934 OUTSTANDING INTERDISCIPLINARY ACTIVITIES AWARD:

This award recognizes faculty who have made significant interdisciplinary contributions to teaching and research. It is becoming increasingly clear that many opportunities for innovative teaching and research involve intellectual efforts from more than one discipline. The Institute, through its opportunities for joint appointments, is encouraging such activity. The nomination of multiple people to share in the award is permissible, to enable recognition of distinguished collaborative activities, particularly by young, untenured faculty. This award has been made possible through the generosity of the Class of 1934. It includes a stipend of $7,500.

6) CLASS OF 1934 OUTSTANDING INNOVATIVE USE OF EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY:

This award recognizes a member of the faculty who has developed and instituted innovative techniques to improve the learning environment and the learning process. The recipient of the award will receive $7,500. Funds for this award are provided by the class of 1934.

Send nominations for awards by February 15, 2002 to:

Professor Carol Colatrella, Chair
Faculty Honors Committee
Literature, Communication, and Culture
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332-0165

Professor Colatrella may be contacted by telephone at (404) 894-1241 or by e-mail at carol.colatrella@lcc.gatech.edu. Other members of the 2001-2002 Faculty Honors Committee are Richard LeBlanc (CoC), Jack Marr (PSYCH), Paul Steffes (ECE), and Linda Thomas-Mobley (ARCH), and a student representative.

NOMINATION PACKAGES

The Committee requests six (6) copies of each nomination package, which should include a resume and the nominating and seconding letters describing how the individual is distinguished. All current members of the faculty who have not received the same award in the past ten (10) years are eligible. The awards will be presented at the annual Faculty-Staff Honors Luncheon on Wednesday, April 10, 2002. Recommended guidelines for preparation of the nomination packages are given below.

1) MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

·         Nominating Letter

·         Full Resume

·         Letters of Recommendation

2) ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

(a) For those candidates for either of the two Teaching Awards, please include:

·         Some letters of recommendation from past and present graduate and undergraduate students

·         Evidence of teaching effectiveness that may include one or more of the following: student evaluation scores, senior exit interviews, peer reviews, or other relevant sources of evaluation

(b) For those candidates for the Distinguished Professor Award, please include:

·         Letters of recommendation from colleagues and peers, particularly from those outside of Georgia Tech

·         Documentation of scholarship and impact of research

·         Letters and other documentation regarding impact on graduate and undergraduate students and service to Georgia Tech

·         No more than fifteen (15) recommendation letters