Faculty Teaching and Scholarship Award Guidelines

  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 1 and 2 of Fall Semester
    • Nomination deadline, Friday of 4th week of Fall Semester
    • The TTAC contacts nominees by the Friday of 5th 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.