For a better experience, click the Compatibility Mode icon above to turn off Compatibility Mode, which is only for viewing older websites.

Allen Rothwarf Award for Teaching Excellence

The Allen Rothwarf Award for Teaching Excellence is given to a tenure-track junior faculty member with at least two years of service at Drexel who exemplifies and coordinates high standards of teaching while developing research in their areas of expertise. The award includes a certificate and a monetary award.

Dr. Allen Rothwarf

Dr. Rothwarf was a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Born in Philadelphia, he received a BA in Physics from Temple University and MS and PhD degrees in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rothwarf continued his studies at the University of Pennsylvania as a post-doctoral fellow and later taught at the University of Delaware and Rutgers University. He was Director of the Ben Franklin Superconductivity Center, where he coordinated research on the development and applications of superconductors. Dr. Rothwarf wrote many articles and papers on his research until the year of his untimely death in 1998. He was devoted to mentoring young faculty in both research and teaching in the College of Engineering. In his honor, Drexel established the Allen Rothwarf Award for Teaching Excellence along with a professorship in his name.


  • Candidate is a tenure-track junior faculty member with at least two years of service at Drexel University
  • At least half of the candidate's teaching has been at the undergraduate level

Nomination package

  • Candidates will provide a comprehensive dossier with a teaching portfolio, course syllabi, student evaluations from one term, and peer reviews of teaching, if available. These materials should demonstrate innovation and a commitment to pedagogical excellence.
  • Candidates will arrange for at least two letters of recommendation by colleagues at Drexel that can attest to teaching excellence. These confidential letters are to be submitted by the recommenders.


Faculty members who are interested in submitting a proposal should prepare their application in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the Drexel University Funding Portal, for each competition respectively.