The Tooker Professor program is being established in the Fulton Schools of Engineering to recognize and encourage innovation in our academic mission. Base funding for this program comes from an endowment established by Diane and Gary Tooker. Diane is a former elementary school teacher, and Gary is one of our engineering alumni and the former CEO of Motorola; both are passionate about creating exciting learning environments that attract students to and retain them in STEM fields. The Dean’s Office is also co-investing in this program.
I would like to invite faculty to submit proposals for the 2012-2014 Tooker Professor appointments. In this round, we are especially interested in supporting innovations that lead to increased retention and persistence of undergraduate students within Engineering; innovations in course delivery at any level that lead to more rewarding experiences for both students and faculty; innovations that lead to increased yield of women and under-represented groups from high-school STEM-related advanced placement courses; and innovations that lead to future-looking degree programs, with more multidisciplinary learning and competitive resume-building opportunities.
Tooker Professors will be selected via a competitive proposal process. They will be appointed for one- to two-year terms and may re-compete for subsequent appointments. We intend to appoint two to four faculty in early 2012, depending on the strength of proposals, resource requests and available resources. The deadline for proposals is Monday, Jan. 16, 2012.