The Stephen H. Weiss Teaching Awards

PANDEMIC-RELATED ANNOUNCMENT

The nomination processes associated with the Weiss Teaching Awards and the recently established Provost Award for Teaching Excellence in Graduate and Professional Degree Programs have been paused because of the pandemic. The situation will be reviewed in the summer. Dossiers that have already been received will automatically become part of the pool once the nomination processes are reactivated with the understanding that they can be augmented with additional supporting materials. The same comments apply to the Carpenter Advising Award. It is fully expected that there will be heroic examples of teaching and advising during the Spring 2020 semester. Achievements of this sort need to be called out and highlighted in future nominations as appropriate.


Recognizing the importance of undergraduate education and the vision of Stephen H. Weiss,  the Board of Trustees has established three university-wide  awards for teaching and mentoring:

The Presidential Fellow Award
The Junior Fellowship Award
The Provost’s Teaching Fellowship Award

The nomination process requires letters of support from faculty and students, course descriptions, and course evaluations. An FAQ for nominators and letter-writers is provided.  An intend-to-nominate email that specifies the nominee’s department and title must be sent by March 2, 2020 (see the nomination process).  Nomination dossiers are due April 10, 2020.  A broad definition of excellence in undergraduate education is taken into account when evaluating nominations.  Eligibility and prize details are given below.  For reference we provide a list of college-level teaching awards.

Please contact weissawards@cornell.edu if you have questions.


Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow Award

These fellowships are for tenured faculty members who, in addition to being successful researchers, have a sustained record of commitment to the teaching and mentoring of undergraduate students and to undergraduate education.

The title  Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow is a permanent designation. Recipients receive a $7,000 a year award, for five years, as long as they continue to hold a professorial appointment at Cornell. Faculty are permitted to hold the title simultaneously with any other named professorship. Up to four awards will be given annually.

List of Recipients


Stephen H. Weiss Junior Fellowship Award

These fellowships are for tenured associate professors who, in addition to being successful early-career researchers, have a sustained record of commitment to the teaching and mentoring of undergraduate students and to undergraduate education.

The title Stephen H. Weiss Junior Fellow may be used during the five-year term of the award. Recipients receive a $4,000 per year award for five years as long as they continue to hold a professorial appointment at Cornell. Up to two awards will be given annually.

List of Recipients


Stephen H. Weiss Provost’s Teaching Fellowship Award

These fellowships are for Senior Lecturers, Lecturers, Full and Associate Professors-of-the-Practice, Full and Associate  Clinical Professors, and other RTE title holders who have a sustained record of commitment to the teaching and mentoring of undergraduate students and to undergraduate education.

The title Stephen H. Weiss Provost Teaching Fellow is a permanent designation. Recipients receive $4,000 per year for five years as long as they continue to hold a professional appointment at Cornell. Up to two awards will be given annually.

List of Recipients

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