The Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award is made to a faculty member within the College of Engineering in recognition of excellence in engineering education.

The award consists of a memento and an honorarium. More than one award may be made in any year.


The basis for selection will be excellence in engineering education in the areas of teaching and/or educational innovation and educational leadership. The award may be made on the basis of outstanding teaching performance alone, or some combination of teaching, educational innovation, and educational leadership. Examples of contributions that are expected of Teare Award recipients are:

  • writing scholarly texts, especially for classroom use
  • developing new laboratories
  • developing new courses
  • developing new educational programs
  • outstanding classroom teaching
  • leadership in project course activities
  • outstanding laboratory instruction
  • developing or using educational software


The award is open to any faculty member in the College of Engineering, in the regular, research, teaching, and special faculty tracks, without regard to age or academic rank.


Nominations for the award will be submitted by the College of Engineering department heads to the College of Engineering Awards and Recognition Committee for Faculty by the deadline. Documentation to support the nomination should include:

  • a citation of no more than 100 words
  • a nomination letter of no more than two pages, including justification of the nomination
  • a current curriculum vitae for the nominee
  • two letters of reference from Carnegie Mellon faculty
  • three letters of reference from current or former students of the nominee
  • a full set of FCE scores for the nominee (numerical portion only; not student comments)
  • any other optional materials the nominators may consider appropriate, recommended to be not more than ten pages

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

About the donor

Benjamin Richard Teare Jr. received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Wisconsin in 1927 and 1928, respectively. Teare worked several years for General Electric Company and then joined Yale University faculty in 1933, where he received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1937. In 1939, he headed the new electrical engineering graduate program at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, which later became Carnegie Mellon University, and was named Buhl professor of electrical engineering in 1943. He was appointed dean of graduate studies in 1950 and dean of the College of Engineering and Science in 1952.

Teare was involved with the accreditation of engineering schools throughout the United States, and was an advisor on engineering concerns for World Bank international projects. He became Emeritus University Professor of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon after retiring in 1975. Teare was active in many American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) committees, and crucial to the merger of AIEE and the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) into the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).