Faculty Institute Awards

David M. Darrin '40 Counseling Award

The income from an endowment established in 1974 by the late David M. Darrin ’40 is awarded annually to a member of the faculty who has made unusual contributions in the counseling of students. Mr. Darrin, Institute benefactor and former trustee, was a Presidential Counselor. Nominations are by students and the recipient is chosen by Phalanx, the student honor society.

Early Career Award

This prize in recognition of early career achievement is funded and awarded by the faculty. The recipient, chosen by the Faculty Committee on Honors by nominations of the faculty, must have been on the faculty at Rensselaer for a minimum of three years and have a maximum of 10 years of professional experience. The award honors productivity in both teaching and research, with outstanding achievement in one of these areas. Funded by gifts from Rensselaer faculty and staff during a Rensselaer Campaign, the Early Career Award is being given for the 22nd time and may not be given every year.
Nomination Form

Jerome Fischbach '38 Faculty Travel Award

Since 1963, an annual award to permit a member of the Rensselaer faculty to participate in an international meeting as a representative of Rensselaer has been funded by Jerome Fischbach ’38, to express appreciation for the many contributions faculty have made to the students. The award is given to a member of the faculty, selected by the Faculty Committee on Honors, who has been actively associated with Rensselaer for 20 years or more.
Nomination Form

William H. Wiley 1866 Distinguished Faculty Award

This prize, honoring those who have won the respect of the faculty, was established in 1977 by the late Edward P. Hamilton ’07, a trustee of Rensselaer for 34 years. He set up an endowment in memory of his uncle, William H. Wiley, also an alumnus, Class of 1866. The recipient is chosen by the Faculty Committee on Honors, by nomination of the faculty. The award is based on excellence in teaching, productive research, and interest in the totality of the educational process.
Nomination Form

Rensselaer Alumni Association Teaching Award

The RAA Teaching Award was created in 1994 by its Board of Trustees and is designed to recognize current members of the Rensselaer Faculty for their outstanding teaching techniques, contributions to the campus experience and commitment to the students. The candidate shall practice creative and innovative teaching techniques, contribute toward improving the campus experience, be readily available to students, possess a warm, supportive attitude towards students and treat students as valued colleagues within the community of scholars. Nominations may be made by any member of the Rensselaer Community and is selected by the RAA Awards Committee.

Trustees' Outstanding Teacher Award

The Trustees’ Outstanding Teacher Award was established in 1994 through the generosity of several members of the Board of Trustees. Given annually, this award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in classroom instruction. Selection is made based on evidence of sustained outstanding teaching as reflected by student evaluations, peer evaluations and letters of support from colleagues, alumni and students. Nominations are sought from the Rensselaer Community and reviewed by a selection committee, with final selection made by the President. The award is presented to the recipient by the Board of Trustees in September.

Class of 1951 Teaching Awards

Class of 1951 Outstanding Teaching Fellowship

(nominations solicited in even years)

The Class of 1951 Outstanding Teaching Fellowship was established by the members of the Class of 1951 at their 50th Class Reunion. The goal of the award is to recognize faculty members at Rensselaer for their outstanding accomplishments in education. The purpose of this award is to provide support for deserving faculty who wish to experiment and/or develop new and novel methods for improving student learning. The award consists of a grant to the faculty member of approximately $6,000 to support the development of new and novel teaching techniques and methodologies.

Class of 1951 Outstanding Teacher Award

(nominations solicited in odd years)

The Class of 1951 Outstanding Teacher Award was established by the members of the Class of 1951 at their 50h Class Reunion. The goal of this award is to honor and reward faculty members at Rensselaer for their accomplishments and for outstanding performance in undergraduate teaching. The award will consist of a cash award in the amount of $2,000 to the faculty member.

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