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The Stephen H. Weiss Awards

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 nomination process requires letters of support from faculty and students, course descriptions and evaluations, and a teaching statement from the nominee. Nominations are due March 31, 2018. A broad definition of excellence in undergraduate education is taken into account when evaluating nominations. Here are the eligibility and prize details for each award:

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 $5,000 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 Previous Winners 

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 $3,000 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 Previous Winners.

Stephen H. Weiss Provost’s Teaching Fellowship Award

These fellowships are for Senior Lecturers, Instructors, Professors-of-the-Practice, Clinical Professors and other non-tenure track 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 $3,000 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 Previous Winners.

Please contact weissawards@cornell.edu if you have questions that are not handled by this FAQ

Last Updated: January 7, 2018 at 10:27 am