Doherty Award-Celebration of Education - Carnegie Mellon University

The Robert E. Doherty Award for Sustained Contributions to Excellence in Education

2016 Doherty Award Recipient

Eric GrotzingerEric W. Grotzinger

Professor Emeritus, Department of Biological Sciences

Eric W. Grotzinger currently serves as senior advisor in the Division of Campus Affairs. In this capacity, he is working on the university’s persistence initiative. This program aims to maximize the number of students that start college at Carnegie Mellon and persist to graduation. He also serves as faculty athletic representative to the University Athletic Association and the NCAA.

Grotzinger has been a member of the Carnegie Mellon community since 1979. He served as assistant and then associate department head of Biological Sciences overseeing the graduate and undergraduate programs for 11 years. During that time, he helped to increase both the undergraduate and graduate enrollment in biological sciences and to increase the number of students who participated in undergraduate research. His most substantive tenure was for 24 years as associate dean of the Mellon College of Science (1991-2015). As associate dean, he worked to increase the number of women and under-represented students in the college, to increase the retention rate of first-year students in science to an average of 95% per year, and helped to develop both the Science and Humanities Scholars Program and the Bachelor of Science and Arts Program. From 2010 to 2015 he chaired or co-chaired several committees that created and implemented an outcome-based MCS Core Education for broadly and deeply educating MCS students to equip them with the knowledge, skills and experiences to be successful 21st century scientists.

Grotzinger received his A.B. with honors in chemistry from Gettysburg College in 1969 and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1974. He has won the Carnegie Mellon Undergraduate Advising Award and was the recipient of the Exemplary Service Award from the Pennsylvania Governor’s Schools of Excellence. He has been an integral part of the CMU community for more than three decades as professor, associate dean, advisor and leader of multiple initiatives. He continues to be a vital member of CMU in his advocacy of student success.

The Robert E. Doherty Award for Sustained Contributions to Excellence in Education is given to a member of the university community who has made substantial and sustained contributions to excellence in education.

The award is intended to recognize contributions to educational programs in the following ways:
  • development and implementation of innovative educational programs
  • development of widely used curriculum materials, such as text books and educational software
  • establishment of educational programs that bridge the university with the community