The annual Poole & Kent Company Teaching Award for senior faculty in the Clark School of Engineering will recognize a faculty member with a plaque and a cash award (processed through payroll).

Nominations from faculty, staff, and students are being solicited, one per academic department. Please work with the faculty member’s respective department to gather and submit all nomination

The evaluation factors in determining the award recipient are:

  • Associate Professor with more than 10 years full-time teaching experience or Full Professor at time of nomination;
  • Colleague and student appraisals (evaluations from CoursEvalUM will be gathered and reviewed by the awarding committee);
  • Significant contribution(s) to teaching, preferably at both the undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • Innovative classroom techniques and classroom materials;
  • Ability to motivate students to learn.

The packet submitted for nominees must not exceed 15 pages and to include the following:

  • A letter of nomination;
  • Three letters of recommendation consisting of one each from: a student, University colleague (e.g., faculty member, administrator), and his/her Department chair;
  • A one page statement from the nominee which including the nominee’s department(s), time at the University of Maryland, and academic rank;
  • A listing of classes taught at the University during the past 10 years (or since being appointed at UM, if shorter);
  • Specific examples of innovative classroom techniques and classroom materials used by the nominee.
  • Any additional materials, including appendices, beyond the 15 page maximum may not be reviewed by the committee.
Submit a Nomination

Meet Our 2023 Recipient

Kaye L. Brubaker

Director, Maryland Water Resources Research Center and Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Brubaker has made many significant contributions to teaching during her time at the university, where her focus is on project-based learning through practical examples. She has excelled at developing rigorous courses that are accessible to students from a wide range of backgrounds by incorporating innovative teaching methods and elements of her research into the classroom. Her teaching contributions have also extended beyond the classroom, where she has demonstrated relentless leadership in creating new educational opportunities for students through activities, such as the solar decathlon team project. Dr. Brubaker has garnered many accolades as a result of her extraordinary commitment to excellence in teaching at multiple levels, and has been an inspiration to both her students and her colleagues.

Kaye Brubaker, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Past Recipients

Note: Prior to 2000, the Poole and Kent Teaching Award for Senior Faculty was known as the Outstanding Teaching Award for Senior Faculty.