This award, offered through the joint support of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and BP America, provides Georgia Tech with the opportunity to highlight the excellent teaching and educational innovation that junior faculty bring to campus. CTL's goal is to grant up to six $3,000 awards annually, depending on the funding available and the quality of nominations. If an academic unit nominates more than one faculty member, the unit must rank the nominees when providing the nomination packets to the selection committee.
Questions? Contact Joyce Weinsheimer.
- Nomination packets are due by 5 p.m. on February 1.
- Awards will be presented at the Faculty/Staff Honors Day Luncheon in April.
- Candidates must be full-time tenure-track faculty members who do not have tenure. (This includes BME faculty with joint Emory appointments.)
- Candidates should have completed at least three semesters of teaching at Georgia Tech and at least one academic year on the tenure-track at the Institute.
- Self-nominations are permitted.
- First-time nominations are preferred.
The nomination packet (which should be no more than 15 pages) should be submitted electronically as a PDF file through the Georgia Tech awards portal: https://gatech.infoready4.com/ It should include the following items:
- Letter of nomination.
- A reflective statement on teaching from the candidate.
- Illustrations of the candidate’s teaching excellence and the impact on student learning.
- If applicable, provide evidence of impact on engineering undergraduate students. (This evidence can be included in other elements of the packet, and it will only be used to determine the source of funding for the award.)
- Five letters of support (these letters do not count toward the page maximum listed above). These letters should be from the following individuals: (1) Candidate’s department head or chair (if this person is the nominator, the nomination letter will suffice for this requirement); (2) One colleague who has observed the candidate in the classroom. (3) Three students, at least one of whom must currently be a student at Georgia Tech, and at least two of whom should be undergraduate students (if the candidate’s program teaches undergraduates).
In the past, the committees that have judged the candidates for this award have stressed the characteristics below. While there is no guarantee that future committees will look at the packets in the same way, these are some of the basic properties and activities that are considered:
- Educational innovations.
- Impact on students' lives, both in and beyond the classroom.
- Passion for teaching and learning.
- Connections between research and teaching.
- Educational outreach beyond the classroom and laboratory.
- Teaching excellence in core classes, required classes, and large classes.
- Accessibility to all students, even those who were not performing well in the class.
- Good Georgia Tech citizenship.
Joe Lachance, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences (Nomination Packet)
Dr. Joe Lachance is renowned in the School of Biological Sciences for his amazing mentorship and innovative teaching skills. A key element in his teaching is the use of active learning exercises with computer simulations or analysis of real-world genetic data. Dr. Lachance has taught and mentored people of all learning levels across the world, and there is a unanimous admiration of his creativity and his dedication to helping them succeed, both inside and outside of the classroom. He provides his students with a comfortable environment to grow and challenges them to push their creativity and intelligence to new heights.
Martin Mourigal, Assistant Professor, Physics (Nomination Packet)
The School of Physics offers some of the most difficult courses offered at Georgia Tech, but Dr. Martin Mourigal consistently receives high praise from his students for his teaching skills. His old-fashioned technique of writing on the board in sections in different colors seems simple, but it is highly effective and refreshing in the era of technology. Dr. Mourigal works hard to make sure his students leave the class feeling confident in their understanding of the content. He’s admired for his quirky and engaging teaching and has an enthusiasm for physics that resonates with his students, years after they’ve left the classroom.
Morvarid Rahmani, Assistant Professor, Scheller College of Business (Nomination Packet)
Dr. Morvarid Rahmani does three things to help her students succeed in MBA classes: create a friendly environment for students to learn in, develop innovative assignments, and relate in-class concepts to real-world situations. She observes the business challenges of Operations Management regularly and modifies the content of her courses to discuss these challenges. Dr. Rahmani’s courses are constantly evolving to match that of the constantly evolving business world, and she genuinely cares about her students’ comprehension of both in-class and real-world events. One student states, “I wholeheartedly believe we are all better students and critical thinkers because of her.”
Amit Reddi, Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry (Nomination Packet)
Students of all levels regard Dr. Amit Reddi as someone who stimulates his students’ desire for knowledge by shaping the curriculum assignments around actual discussions happening in the biochemistry world. His passion for his subject resonates with his students, as does his passion for their success. Dr. Reddi pushes his students to consider biochemistry not as facts set in stone, but as malleable concepts that are constantly changing as biochemists learn more about them. His students say that he comes across as humble and kind, and he is consistently pushing himself to improve his teaching methods, something that his high CIOS reviews show pays off.
Chaowen Ting, Assistant Professor, Music (Nomination Packet)
Five years ago, Dr. Chaowen Ting helped to develop Georgia Tech’s orchestra program into the talented group of performers that it is today. The orchestral director is known for her passion and her ability to work with students of all skill levels in music. Her love for music shines clearly through her performance, both in rehearsal and in concert, and her desire to teach students about more than how to play the music, but also to understand the significance of it. Dr. Chaowen Ting evokes passion in her students and encourages them to pour this into every rehearsal.
Morris B. Cohen, Electrical and Computer Engineering (Nomination Packet)
Nassim Jafari Naimi, Literature, Media, and Communication (Nomination Packet)
Jenna Jordan, International Affairs (Nomination Packet)
Taesoo Kim, Computer Science (Nomination Packet)
Mark D. Losego, Materials Science and Engineering (Nomination Packet)
O. Cem Ozturk, Scheller College of Business (Nomination Packet)
Susan N. Thomas, Mechanical Engineering (Nomination Packet)
Jeremy D. Ackerman, Biomedical Engineering (Nomination Packet)
Grigoriy Blekherman, Mathematics (Nomination Packet)
Margaret E. Kosal, International Affairs (Nomination Packet)
Marius Florin Niculescu, Scheller College of Business (Nomination Packet)
Dong Qin, Materials Science and Engineering (Nomination Packet)
John M. Smith, History, Technology, and Society (Nomination Packet)
J. Brandon Dixon, Mechanical Engineering (Nomination Packet)
Flavio H. Fenton, Physics (Nomination Packet)
Brian K. Hammer, Biology (Nomination Packet)
Kamran Paynabar, Industrial and Systems Engineering (Nomination Packet)
Anne Pollock, Literature, Media, and Communication (Nomination Packet)
Kari E. Watkins, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Nomination Packet)
Julie Champion, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Shatakshee Dhongde, Economics
Karen Head, Literature, Media, and Communication
Manpreet Hora, Scheller College of Business
Olivier Pierron, Mechanical Engineering
Christopher Rozell, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Jin Liu, Modern Languages
Christopher J. Peikert, Computer Science
Michael Stilman, Interactive Computing
Mark P.W. Styczynksi, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Todd A. Sulchek, Mechanical Engineering
Jochen Teizer, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Michael A. Filler, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Eric M. Overby, Management
Kelley R. Comfort, Modern Languages
Johnna S. Temenoff, Biomedical Engineering
Yonathan S. Thio, Polymer, Textile, and Fiber Engineering
Facundo M. Fernandez, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Laurie A. Garrow, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Michael P. Hunter, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Hang Lu, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Valeria Tohver Milam, Materials Science Engineering
Matthew Baker, Mathematics
Jaehong Kim, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Chris Paredis, Mechanical Engineering
Victor Breedveld, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Joel Sokol. Industrial and Systems Engineering
Lena Ting, Biomedical Engineering
Marcus Weck, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Pinar Keskinocak, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Sylvia Maier, International Affairs
Nael McCarty, Biology
Christopher Jones, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Harish Radhakrishna, Biology
Nora Cotille-Foley, Modern Languages
David Scott, GTRET
Andres J. Garcia, Mechanical Engineering
William E. Singhose, Mechanical Engineering
Marc Levenston, Mechanical Engineering
Donald R. Webster, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Kirk Bowman, International Affairs
Imme Ebert-Uphoff, Mechanical Engineering
Mark Prausnitz, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Gordon Kingsley, Public Policy
John Olds, Aerospace Engineering
Suzanne Shuker, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Tom DiChristina, Biology
Karen Dixon, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Mary Lynn Realff, Polymer, Textile, and Fiber Engineering
Stephen Quirk, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Stephen Ruffin, Aerospace Engineering
Anne Steinemann, Architecture
Dana Hartley, Earth and Atmospheric Science
Ken Hughes, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Scott Wills, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Bert Bras, Mechanical Engineering
Patricia Dove, Earth and Atmospheric Science
Jacqueline Bridge, Mechanical Engineering
William Roberts Clark, International Affairs
Ashhok Goel, Interactive Computing
David Collard, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Narayan Jayaraman, Management
Richard Catrambone, Psychology
Jianmin Qu, Mechanical Engineering
Bonnie Heck, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Larry Jacobs, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Erian Armanios, Aerospace Engineering
Margaret Graff, Physics