Submitted by P. Steffes, Chair, 2002-03 Faculty Honors Committee

21 April 2003


1.)                Selection of Chair (August 2002): The Committee Chair for the 2001-02 year (Carol Colatrella) requested indications of interest/nominations for the 2002-03 Chair. Professor Steffes was selected by the Committee.


2.)                Revision of the Call for Nominations: Professor Steffes circulated a draft of the revised Call for Nominations. After receiving input from the committee members, a final draft was accepted. (September 20, 2002, copy attached).


3.)                Webpage: A website was created so that the Call for Nominations would be available online: http://www.facultyhonors.gatech.edu . The website became available on October 14, 2002.


4.)                Solicitation: An e-mail announcement was sent to all deans and department heads (October 23, 2002) soliciting nominations. A notice was published in The Whistle (October 28, 2002) that included the names of the awards, the names of the committee members, and the website address. The nomination deadline was January 31, 2003, which was necessary in order to receive, collate, and distribute the packages to the Committee members in time for the February 14 selection meeting.


5.)                Committee Meeting (January 10, 2003): A meeting was held to introduce new members and review the selection process, and to discuss the potential need for adding members to the Committee so as to broaden the available range of expertise. (Minutes attached.) It was also recommended that some form of notification to submitters of unsuccessful nominations be conducted after the selection meeting.


6.)                Award Selection: The Committee met on February 14, 2003 to make award decisions and recommendations. The following award decisions were made:

* Class of 1940 W. Roane Beard Outstanding Teacher Award ($10,000

award and plaque): Professor Karen K. Dixon (CEE)

* Class of 1940 W. Howard Ector Outstanding Teacher Award ($10,000

award and plaque): Professor Ali Adibi (ECE)

* Outstanding Service Award ($5,000 award and plaque): We have decided

to split this award among two winners, Professor Said I. Abdel-Khalik

(ME) and Professor Roozbeh Kangari (ARCH)

* Outstanding Continuing Education Award: Professor Monson H. Hayes III


* Outstanding Interdisciplinary Activity Award ($7,500 award and

plaque): Professor William D. Hunt (ECE)


* Outstanding Innovative Use of Education Technology Award ($7,500

award and plaque): Professor Ronald W. Schafer(ECE) and Professor James

H. McClellan(ECE) (nominated as a team, award will be shared)


In addition, the Committee recommended two names to President Clough for consideration for the Distinguished Professor Award, Professor Kevin F. Brennan from the School of ECE and Professor David M. McDowell from the School of ME. The nomination packages for these candidates were delivered to the Presidentís office on February 17. 2003.


7.)                Announcement of Awardees: The chair informed Aimee Anderson (Project Coordinator, ICPA) of the award winners by e-mail on February 17, 2002.On February 19, 2003, the winners were notified by e-mail of their awards. On March 6 and 7, all nominators of unsuccessful award candidates were notified, and encouraged to resubmit nominations next year.


8.)                Presentation of the Awards: The chair presented all of the awards, except for the Distinguished Professor Award (presented by Drs. McMath and Clough) to the award winners at the Faculty Honors Luncheon (April 9, 2003).



























Georgia Institute of Technology

2003 Faculty Awards

Call for Nominations



Award Categories


The Faculty Honors Committee solicits nominations of faculty members as candidates for recognition in six categories. Considering that the competition for many awards is quite stiff, the committee welcomes re-nominations, which require submission of previously submitted and updated materials as described below.


1)                 Class of 1934 Distinguished Professor Award:


This award recognizes sustained outstanding achievement in teaching, research and service, and is the highest award given to a faculty member.The award includes a stipend of $20,000.This yearís award will be presented to a currently active professor who has made significant, long-term contributions in teaching, research, and public service.Such contributions should have brought broad recognition to the professor, to his/her School and to the Institute.


The Distinguished Professor Award was instituted in 1984 by the Class of 1934 in observance of its 50th Anniversary.In establishing this award, the Class of 1934 stipulated that nominators of candidates for this honor can include Georgia Tech alumni.The Faculty Honors Committee, which has initial responsibility for assessing candidates, along with the President and the Provost, both of whom make the final decision, join in encouraging nominations from alumni groups.Nominations of current professors who have made major contributions to the educational careers and to the personal development of students at Georgia Tech are encouraged.


2)                 Class of 1940 W. Roane Beard Outstanding Teacher Award and Class of 1940 W. Howard Ector Outstanding Teacher Award:


Two awards are presented each year to faculty members who have taught at least six semester hours during the previous academic year.Each recipient will receive a $10,000 stipend.Funds for these awards are provided by the class of 1940.


Criteria used for judging teaching excellence include extraordinary efforts in teaching, inspiration transmitted to students, direct impact and involvement with students, intellectual integrity and scholarship, and impact on post graduate success of students.



3)                 Outstanding Service Award:

This award is presented to a member of the general faculty who has benefited the Institute, profession, school/department, or the general public in an exemplary manner.The recipient will receive $5,000.Funds for this award are made possible by the Office of the Provost.


4)                 Outstanding Continuing Education Award:

This award recognizes a member of the general faculty who has made significant contributions to the Institute, profession, industry/government, and/or general public in the area of continuing education.The recipient of the award will receive $2,000. Funds for this award are provided by the Department of Continuing Education.


Criteria for judging candidates will include excellence of instruction, value of courses to the participants, and development of successful new courses.


5)                 Class of 1934 Outstanding Interdisciplinary Activities Award:

This award recognizes faculty who have made significant interdisciplinary contributions to teaching and research.It is becoming increasingly clear that many opportunities for innovative teaching and research involve intellectual efforts from more than one discipline.The Institute, through its opportunities for joint appointments, is encouraging such activity.The nomination of multiple people to share in the award is permissible, to enable recognition of distinguished collaborative activities, particularly by young, untenured faculty.This award has been made possible through the generosity of the Class of 1934.It includes a stipend of $7,500.


6)                 Class of 1934 Outstanding Innovative Use of Education Technology:

This award recognizes a member of the faculty who has developed and instituted innovative techniques to improve the learning environment and the learning process.The recipient of the award will receive $7,500. Funds for this award are provided by the class of 1934.


Send nominations for awards by January 31, 2003 to:


Professor Paul G. Steffes, Chair

Faculty Honors Committee

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA 30332-0250


Professor Steffes may be contacted by telephone at (404) 894-3128 or by e-mail at paul.steffes@ece.gatech.edu . Other members of the 2002-2003 Faculty Honors Committee are Carol Colatrella (LCC), Kirsten Ely (MGT), Narayanan Jayaraman (MGT), Linda Thomas-Mobley(ARCH), and a student representative.The 2003 call for nominationsisalso available at http://www.facultyhonors.gatech.edu


Nomination Packages


The Committee requests six (6) copies of each nomination package, which should include a resume and the nominating and seconding letters describing how the individual is distinguished.All current members of the faculty who have not received the same award in the past ten (10) years are eligible.The awards will be presented at the annual Faculty-Staff Honors Luncheon on Wednesday, April 9, 2003.Recommended guidelines for preparation of the nomination packages are given below.


1)                 Minimum Requirements:


ź Nominating Letter


ź Full Resume


ź Letters of Recommendation


2)                 Additional Requirements:


(a)   For those candidates for either of the two Teaching Awards, please include:


□ some letters of recommendation from past and present graduate and undergraduate students


□ evidence of teaching effectiveness that may include one or more of the following: student evaluation scores, senior exit interviews, peer reviews, or other relevant sources of evaluation


(b)  For those candidates for the Distinguished Professor Award, please include:


□ letters of recommendation from colleagues and peers, particularly from those outside of Georgia Tech


□ documentation of scholarship and impact of research


□ letters and other documentation regarding impact on graduate and undergraduate students and service to Georgia Tech


□ no more than fifteen (15) recommendation letters