Judith Kerman Faculty Teaching and Mentor Award in Culture and Technology

Overview and Eligibility

Created by University of Rochester alumna and Professor Emerita of English (formerly Dean of Arts and Behavioral Sciences) at Saginaw Valley State University, this prize is designed to recognize the important relationship between teaching, classroom learning, and mentorship through research opportunities, as well as to foster an awareness of the significance of technology from a humanities perspective.

An award of $5000 will be presented to a tenure track faculty member in the School of Arts and Sciences who excels as a scholar, teacher, and research mentor to undergraduate students and who works at the intersection of technology and humanistic inquiry.

Funding Details

Support may be provided for presentations at national and international conferences related to undergraduate teaching, stipends for student research opportunities, materials to be utilized by the faculty member to enhance the student learning experience, course development, and seed funding for research, creative, and academic activities with direct relevance to students and/or the public.

Special consideration will be given to proposals that raise and/or highlight underrepresented voices or populations.


Self-nominations or nominations by department chairs and/or peers at the University must be submitted by January 31, 2024.

To ensure that nominees have ample time to assemble requested materials, nominators should notify nominees that they are submitting their names for the award no later than December 27, 2023. The award winner will be notified by March 15, 2024, and announced in April during a luncheon presentation hosted by the Humanities Center.

Email nominations and all supporting materials (in PDF format) to sasdean@rochester.edu using the subject line: Kerman Faculty Teaching and Mentor Award.

Submission Guidelines

In a proposal of fewer than 1000 words, nominees should describe an activity that they propose to carry out for the benefit of the undergraduate educational experience. Proposals should be multidisciplinary as well as humanistic in nature and advance knowledge about the interaction/influence of technology as a cultural or social change agent/disruptor.

The 1000-word statement should detail the applicant’s pedagogical philosophy about the following in detail: 1) the importance of humanities research in undergraduate learning and successful examples of this approach in your classes and 2) the role of technology in humanities classrooms and what horizons technology-centered approaches open for undergraduate students. Please also cite examples thereof. No further information apart from the statement is needed of applicants.


Email sasdean@rochester.edu with any questions, nominations, or submissions.

Past Awardees

2023—Joel Burges, Associate Professor of English and Visual and Cultural Studies