The Philip L. Dowd Fellowship is awarded to a faculty member in engineering to recognize educational contributions and to encourage the undertaking of an educational project such as textbook writing, educational technology development, laboratory experience improvement, educational software, or course and curriculum development.

The Dowd Fellowship Award will usually consists of a plaque and a discretionary fund to support the nominee's education project.

This fund can be used for salary support (subject to the normal College of Engineering and Carnegie Mellon rules for summer salary support), editing, travel, reproduction fees, graphic services, etc.

The appointment and the right to hold the Dowd Fellow title is for one calendar year and may be awarded to a previous holder after a one-year lapse.


The basis for selection will be excellence in education as measured by:

  • teaching accomplishment and innovation,
  • educational contributions, and
  • merit of the proposed educational project.



Any faculty member is eligible for the nomination from his or her department head. Department heads are encouraged to nominate senior faculty in the year of or immediately following their Senior Faculty Review. In addition, former Dowd Fellowship holders may submit faculty nominations.


Nomination requirements

Nominations for the award will be submitted by the College of Engineering department heads or former Dowd Fellows to the College of Engineering Recognition Committee for Faculty by the deadline. Documentation will consist of:

  • a letter nomination of no more than two pages
  • a citation of fewer than 100 words
  • a current curriculum vitae for the nominee
  • A senior faculty review package may also be submitted.

Only one nomination may be made by each department head in each year.

Selection of the award winner or winners is performed by the College of Engineering Faculty Awards Committee. All awards will be announced at the Annual College of Engineering Faculty Awards Banquet.