The BTES Emerging Faculty Award (EFA) is a biennial award honoring outstanding teaching ability and commitment demonstrated by an emerging faculty member. This award recognizes building technology educators who are early in their teaching career and display excellence and innovation in their teaching performance, methods, and subject matter. BTES advertises all awards and accepts nominations every other year from November through mid-January, prior to each BTES conference.

ELIGIBILITY

Faculty must teach at a professional program in architecture, architectural engineering, construction or allied building science program, and have a maximum of 15 academic semesters or 22 academic quarters of full-time teaching experience or a maximum of 10 years of part-time teaching experience. Faculty members who have already received tenure, hold the rank of full professor or its equivalent, or are current members of the BTES Board* are not eligible for this award.  Part-time faculty and faculty with adjunct or other non-tenure related appointments are eligible. Any faculty member, administrator, or student may nominate a candidate for the BTES Emerging Faculty Award. All nominees must be a current dues-paying member of the BTES, and may sign-up to be a member any time before award submission.

*Current BTES Board members who will otherwise expire eligibility while serving on the board may submit material from their eligible years of teaching at the first opportunity immediately following their term.

NOMINATION + DOCUMENTATION CRITERIA

Faculty submissions should relate to the teaching specialty areas of environmental control systems, construction methods and materials, structural systems, or other building science and technology disciplines. Submissions should convey excellence and innovation in teaching performance, methods, and subject matter, inspiring student engagement in building technology and its impact on design.

Each submission shall contain the following information:

  • A letter from the nominator, explaining the reasons for the nomination according to the established criteria
  • The candidate’s résumé, summarizing his or her career, not to exceed three pages
  • Two letters of support letters (in addition to the letter of nomination) from colleagues and/or students
  • A letter from the dean, chair, or department head of the nominee’s institution, verifying the nominee has a maximum of 15 academic semesters or 22 academic quarters of full-time teaching experience.
  • Supporting material illustrating or describing the candidate’s achievements. This could include, but is not constrained to, representative syllabi, representative project statements, a summary of selected teaching evaluations, and student work. The supporting material shall not exceed (20) 8-½” x 11” pages and is to be submitted as a single PDF document.

SELECTION & PRESENTATION:

A Jury of three distinguished BTES members will evaluate all submittals for potential award applicability. Up to two nominees will receive this biennial award; repeat nominations are encouraged. The jury, in any year, may choose not to bestow the award. Winners will be recognized and expected to present some aspect of their teaching. The BTES Emerging Faculty Award winner will receive a $1,000 stipend to help cover registration, travel, and lodging for attending the BTES biennial conference.

EFA WINNERS

2017
Chandler Ahrens, Washington University in St. Louis
Lisa Huang, University of Florida

2015
Erin Carraher, University of Utah
Kyle Konis, University of Southern California
Jeana Ripple, University of Virginia

2013
Marci Uihlein, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

2011
Robert Whitehead, Iowa State University