FACULTY DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
The Ralph A. Ciancio Award
for Excellence in Teaching
The Ralph A. Ciancio Award was established in 2000
in honor of this distinguished faculty member in the English Department
of Skidmore College. This annual award recognizes a faculty member
at Skidmore College for excellence in teaching. The Faculty Development
Committee welcomes nominations and will evaluate the qualifications
of nominees on the basis of criteria such as teaching rigor, effectiveness,
motivation, knowledge of subject matter and overall dynamism. Nominees
must be tenured or be a writer-in-residence, artist-in-residence
or a senior teaching associate with at least 5 years of teaching
experience at Skidmore College. Past recipients include John Anzalone,
Professor of French (2001-02); Carolyn Anderson, Professor of Theater
(2002-03); Gregory Pfitzer, Professor of American Studies (2003-04);
Tadahisa Kuroda, The David H. Porter Professor (2004-05); Ronald
P. Seyb, Associate Professor of Government (2005-06); Penny Jolly,
Professor of Art History (2006-07).
The Faculty Development Committee does not provide
a special form for submitting a nomination, but would appreciate
receiving from you a letter identifying the faculty member and the
reasons that lead you to make your nomination. As you report the
qualifications of the candidate, please speak to the following:
1. Cite evidence that demonstrates the nominee's excellence in
teaching according to the guidelines set forth in the Skidmore Faculty
Handbook (Part One, V "Evaluative Criteria for Continued Service").
2. Report on the nominee's exemplary performance in areas such
A. Developing lectures and facilitating discussion at levels,
appropriate for the students' experience, knowledge, and ability
to grasp material.
B. Clarifying the context and goals for the proceeding of the
course and the daily classroom.
C. Stimulating and challenging students to learn, to interact
with the substance of the course, and to move beyond the classroom
in the acquisition of knowledge and the solution of problems.
D. Interacting with students in the classroom and in the office,
encouraging curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, inviting, between
faculty and students, collaborative learning and scholarship.
E. Providing teaching excellence at different levels of the curriculum
(e.g. introductory classes, advanced classes...).
3. In addition to the nominating letter and teaching evaluations,
each nominee for the Ciancio award should submit the following two
items to FDC, to help provide as full a picture as possible of the
nominee's contributions as a teacher at Skidmore:
A. A written statement from the nominee;
B. A supporting letter from a second Skidmore faculty member,
different from the faculty member who submitted the original nomination.
The statement and letter should address the criteria for the Ciancio
Award as outlined in the description of the award, with emphasis
on information that might go unmentioned in teaching evaluations,
and also on information that might more appropriately be addressed
by one's peers than by one's students. For example, such information
might include descriptions of contributions to teaching that may
not be directly observable in the classroom, such as innovative
teaching techniques, or the nominee's role in helping to shape the
curriculum of one or more programs, or teaching and student mentoring
other than in the traditional classroom setting.
The deadline for submitting nominations is February 5,
Please send your nomination and supporting declaration to Mark
C. Hofmann, Associate Dean of the Faculty.
Creative Thought Matters.