Awards Ceremony

Student Center
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Penthouse, 3:45 p.m.

Award for Excellence in Teaching

Brian P. Sowers, Classics
presented by Rose Bonczek, Theater

This award and a $5,000 stipend are presented each year to a full-time faculty member who has been judged by colleagues to be a first-rate teacher. Evidence for excellence in teaching includes portfolios of instructional materials and syllabi, a statement of pedagogic philosophy, classroom observations, student evaluations, comments from peers, students and alumni, and samples of research and creative activities.

Award for Excellence in Creative Achievement

Ben Lerner, English
presented by Gerald Oppenheimer, Health and Nutrition Sciences

This award and a $5,000 stipend are presented each year to a full-time faculty member who has been judged by colleagues to have done excellent creative work as related to his/her role in the academy. The award is based on accomplishments such as publications in refereed journals or in prestigious presses; original works across the whole range of academic disciplines, including literature or the arts; performances in venues of excellence, and other types of national and international recognition.

Eric M. Steinberg Award for College Citizenship

Peter M. Taubman, Secondary Education
presented by Mark Kobrak, Chemistry

The award and a stipend of $5,000 are presented each year to a full-time faculty member for meritorious service chiefly to Brooklyn College, but also for fulfillment of the college's mission in its relationships with communities in the Greater New York area and beyond. The award is based on the breath of the activities and the duration of commitment to meritorious service, with emphasis on the character and quality of the service.

Claire Tow Distinguished Teacher Award

Roberto Sánchez-Delgado, Chemistry
presented by Hervé Queneau, Finance and Business Management

The award and a stipend of $10,000 recognizes a senior member of the faculty for outstanding qualities as a teacher and for being a role model to students and other faculty. The award was established through a generous gift from Leonard Tow, a member of the Class of 1950 and a trustee of the Brooklyn College Foundation, in honor of his wife, Claire Tow, a member of the Class of 1952. The award is primarily based on excellence in teaching -including creative application of pedagogy and dedication to helping students achieve the highest academic standards.