Faculty Opportunities

Faculty Engagement Programs

We offer a variety of programs that engage our students and faculty, both inside and outside the classroom. Learn how you can get involved.


Food for Thought

Our Food for Thought program allows students the opportunity to invite a faculty member to dine in our residential dining halls.

Students can pick up a meal ticket in Taconic 346 and we will cover the cost of the meal for a faculty member.

Food for Finals

We partner with Student Affairs and University Auxiliary Services to offer students a special meal served by faculty, staff and administrators before finals begin. We encourage students to take a study break and connect with their campus community to discuss helpful study tips and receive words of encouragement. 

Every year, we witness firsthand just how appreciative students are of having our campus community there for encouragement and support as they prepare for their final exams. 

We offer the following each semester:

Fall Semester features up to 100 faculty, staff and administrator "celebrity servers" in residential dining halls serving up Late Night Breakfast.

Spring Semester features "celebrity servers" on the Academic Podium for a Late Night BBQ the night before final exams begin.

Faculty & Staff Advisor Program

Student organizations are required to have an advisor and we encourage faculty and staff to consider being an advisor for the various student organizations on our campus. We honor faculty and staff advisors with a recognition ceremony each spring.

Torch Professor

Torch Night originated as the Torch Light Ceremony and Procession, and dates to the 1930s. We began recognizing outstanding teaching at the Torch Night Ceremony in the 1990s. When we established Student Engagement, the process of selecting the Torch Award Professor was revised to reflect a broader student nomination process and the winner is now chosen by an elite group of prior Torch Award faculty.

Faculty are nominated by graduating seniors who have made a positive impact on their academic and personal success and nominate and one is selected to be the Torch Professor. This award culminates in both the student and faculty member being introduced at a reception in April and recognized during May Commencement Weekend.

Nominations include a description of the level of engagement between a faculty and student and the impact they’ve made during a student’s undergraduate career. We consider all types of academic engagement (e.g., faculty that work with students in classes, labs, independent research projects, within their major and as thesis advisors.)


Faculty Torch Award Recipients
Year Recipient/Department

Jeffrey Berman, English


Samantha Friedman, Sociology


Julie Novkov, Political Science


Susanna Fessler, East Asian Studies


Victor Asal, Political Science


Sheri Stevens, Social Welfare


Shawn Jasinski, Writing and Critical Inquiry


David Smith, Finance


Seth Chaiken, Computer Science (Retired)


James Lilley, English


Melinda Larsen, Biology


Katy Gonder, Biology (Former Employee)


Jeffrey Haugaard, Honors College, Counseling Psychology (Retired)


Christopher Fernando, Student Support Services (Former Employee)


Rachael Harris, Judaic Studies (Former Employee)


John Delano, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences (Retired)


Jeanette Altarriba, Psychology


Maurice Richter, Sociology (Retired)


John Levato, School of Business (Deceased)


Anne Hildreth, Political Science (Retired)


Rabi Musah, Chemistry

2001 N/A
2000 N/A
1999 N/A
1998 N/A
1997 N/A
1996 Richard Hamm, History
How to Get Involved

Would you like to teach a first-year experience course or start a Living-Learning Community for your department? There are many opportunities for faculty to get involved with First-Year Experience.


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If you’d like to learn more, please get in touch with our team.

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