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Goergen Awards

Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

The generous support of University Trustee Robert Goergen and his wife, Pamela, enables the College to recognize, reward, and encourage strong and innovative undergraduate teaching.

The Goergen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching recognizes the distinctive teaching accomplishments and skills of faculty in Arts, Sciences and Engineering. The award aims to acknowledge the full scope of work that contributes to excellence in undergraduate education. It can be given for distinguished teaching in large introductory courses or advanced seminars. In addition to being given for superior classroom performance, it can recognize innovation in course design or teaching methods, the creative use of educational technology, the integration of research and teaching, the capacity to elicit superior work from students, or the mentoring of students in independent study projects and senior essays.

Submission and Decision Process

The College invites nominations from all sectors of the College:

  • Undergraduates
  • Graduate students
  • Faculty
  • Staff members
  • Administrators

The required chair or program director nomination letter should provide a summary and relevant highlight of supporting materials. Please acknowledge if your nominee has put extra effort into online teaching during the spring semester.

Nominations should make a case for the nominee’s distinctive achievement in undergraduate teaching. Students wishing to make nominations are encouraged to work with the nominee’s department to assemble the required information. In addition to the chair or program director's letter, the nomination may include:

  • Letters of support from faculty colleagues who have substantial knowledge of the nominee’s teaching or innovation in curricular or pedagogical areas. Please limit these submissions to two.
  • Letters from students, teaching assistants, or others who have been influenced by the nominee’s activities. Please limit these submissions to five.
  • Other supporting documents highlighting excellence, such as SCOQ results, information about grants related to pedagogy or course development, or other teaching awards.
  • The nominee's teaching statement and CV.

All nominations must be submitted to the dean of the College, Jeffrey Runner, no later than Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Early submissions are encouraged. The Hajim School Dean, the School of Arts and Sciences Dean, and the Dean of the College shall make the final decision.

The selection committee may make three awards of $15,000 each. The award is presented at the annual Goergen Awards Ceremony in October.

Please contact Denise Logory at denise.logory@rochester.edu if you have any questions.

History of the Award

The Goergen Awards were originally three separate awards, presented each year since 1997, and were awarded to members of the College faculty and staff, both individually and collectively who demonstrated the range of contributions to undergraduate learning. In 2010 the Goergen Awards program was redesigned to make larger awards focused exclusively on excellence in undergraduate teaching by individual faculty members.

Award Winners

See the previous award winners page to see recipients prior to 2010.

Goergen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
YearRecipientDepartment
2019Matt BaileySheaMusic
019Ryan PrendergastModern Languages and Cultures
019Katherine SchaeferWriting, Speaking and Argument Program
018Hayley ClatterbuckPhilosophy
018Michael JarvisDigital Media Studies Program
018John LambropoulosMechanical Engineering
017Thomas BrownInstitute of Optics
017Sina GhaemmaghamiBiology
017Katherine MannheimerEnglish
016Beth JorgensenModern Languages and Cultures
016Amy LernerBiomedical Engineering
016Bradley NilssonChemistry
015Andrew ElliotClinical and Social Sciences in Psychology
015John KesslerEarth and Environmental Sciences
015Deborah Rossen-KnillWriting, Speaking and Argument Program
014Julie BentleyInstitute of Optics
014Jonathan PakianathanMathematics
014Jeffrey TuckerEnglish
013Bonnie MeguidPolitical Science
013Anne MeridethReligion and Classics
013John MichaelEnglish
012Mark BockoElectrical and Computer Engineering
012Alison FrontierChemistry
012Richard KaueperHistory
011Dan-Andrei GebaMathematics
011John GivensModern Languages and Cultures
011Joanna ScottEnglish
010Carmala GarzioneEarth and Environmental Sciences
010Kenneth GrossEnglish
010Renato PerucchioMechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering