CALS Louis and Edith Edgerton Career Teaching Award
The award was established in 1980 and is presented annually to honor a meritorious and senior faculty member of the College who has, throughout a long and continuous career in CALS, provided outstanding teaching and advising to students.
There are several considerations for this award:
- Years of teaching
- Continuity of service to teaching (at least one course per calendar year)
- Excellence in teaching (formal and informal evidence of quality and innovation, demonstrated primarily in undergraduate courses)
- Commitment to students (evidence of instruction that guides them in their search for knowledge)
- Scholarly self-renewal (evidence of effort to make available to students up-to-date knowledge related to the field of expertise)
A plaque in recognition of this career award is located on the mezzanine in Roberts Hall. Additionally, a monetary award is made to the department of the recipient to be used for activities and resources that enhance, strengthen or improve instructional capabilities of the department's teaching faculty.
- Office Managing the Award Process: Office of Academic Programs, contact: Christina Schmidt (cms536 [at] cornell.edu)
- Date of Announcement: Early March
- Deadline for Submission: March 31, 2023 (use this online form)
- Eligibility: The Louis and Edith Edgerton Career Teaching Award is presented to a faculty member with at least 25 years of teaching at Cornell.
- Presented at: Dean's Awards Ceremony, Summer
Using this online form, nominators submit information about the nominee (name, title, department, current appointment: percent teaching, research and outreach) and upload a single PDF that includes the following:
1. SUMMARY: A nominating statement (maximum of three pages) that:
- Confirms their eligibility for this award and presents evidence of the nominee’s commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring.
- Explains how the nominee has demonstrated a career-long dedication to teaching and advising students by continuously providing engaging instruction.
- Presents evidence of participation in the scholarship of teaching and learning (e.g. any publications about teaching and learning, committee service related to teaching, participation in educational groups within professional societies, participation at teaching workshops/conferences or other professional development, any previous educational awards).
- Details use of innovative, evidence-based pedagogy and impact in mentoring.
2. TEACHING: A table indicating teaching experience, highlighting the nominees primary teaching responsibilities (include course titles), years taught, and approximate numbers of students per course for the last 10 years. In addition, please include written comments from students and information from course evaluations.
3. LETTERS OF SUPPORT: A letter of support from the department chair and up to three additional letters of support, including at least one from a colleague familiar with the nominee’s teaching (may also include letters from students). Support letters should focus on adding perspective to the nomination, not restating accomplishments and recognitions.
4. TEACHING CV: CV (maximum of three pages) focusing on relevant teaching experiences and accomplishments.
Previous Awardees of The Louis and Edith Edgerton Career Teaching Award Since 1980
Robert H. Foote, Animal Science
Adrian M. Srb, Genetics and Development
Russell D. Martin, Communication
John G. Seeley, Floriculture & Ornamental Horticulture
William C. Kelly, Vegetable Crops
Ari van Tienhoven, Poultry and Avian Sciences
Dana C. Goodrich, Jr., Agricultural Economics
Kenneth L. Robinson, Agricultural Economics
Richard G. Warner, Animal Science
Robert G. Mower, Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture
Richard D. Aplin, Agricultural Economics
Edgar M. Raffensperger, Entomology
Daniel G. Sisler, Agricultural Economics
Stanley A. Zahler, Genetics and Development
A. Jane Gibson, Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology
Richard J. McNeil, Natural Resources
George J. Conneman, Agricultural, Resource, and Managerial Economics
Harold F. Hintz, Animal Science
Leonard D. Topoleski, Fruit and Vegetable Science
Gene A. German, Agricultural, Resource, and Managerial Economics
Wayne A. Sinclair, Plant Pathology
Richard A. Baer, Natural Resources
Douglas A. Haith, Biological and Environmental Engineering
Richard B. Root, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Brian O. Earle, Communication
Eddy L. LaDue, Applied Economics and Management
E. John Pollak, Animal Science
William C. Ghiorse, Microbiology
Ronald M. Harris-Warrick, Neurobiology and Behavior
Carl D. Hopkins, Neurobiology and Behavior
Elizabeth D. Earle, Plant Breeding and Genetics
George W. Hudler, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
James P. Lassoie, Natural Resources
Thomas D. Fox, Molecular Biology and Genetics
John Parks, Animal Science
|2015||Richard Harrison, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology|
|2016||David Levitsky, Nutritional Science|
|2017||Tom Owens, School of Integrative Plant Sciences, Plant Biology section|
|2018||Bruce Johnson, Neurobiology and Behavior|
|2019||Jim Blankenship, Molecular Biology and Genetics|
|2020||Dennis Miller, Food Science|
|2021||Cindy Van Es, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management|
|2022||Mark Wysocki, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences|