Sinclair and Hewit Win Cornell Distinguished Awards

These College-wide awards recognize faculty who have distinguished themselves and Rollins in the areas of outstanding service and teaching.

Established by the Board of Trustees in 2004 in honor of George D. ’35HAL ’85H and Harriet W. Cornell, the Cornell Distinguished awards recognize faculty members for outstanding service or teaching.

Cornell Distinguished Service Award

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John Sinclair, the John M. Tiedtke Professor of Music, has set a high standard for service to the College and the Central Florida community.

Sinclair is recognized for his service on several important Rollins committees including Student Life, Academic Affairs, Professional Standards, and Faculty Evaluation. In addition to teaching, he has chaired his department for nearly 20 of his 27 years at Rollins. His accomplishments include founding the Rollins College Community School of Music and leading several successful accreditation reviews of the College’s music program by the National Association of Schools of Music. He has conducted approximately 550 collegiate concerts and organized and directed 21 collegiate tours as well as numerous ensembles, orchestras, and chamber groups. He is well known in the community as the director of the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park and the conductor for the annual Candlelight Processional for Walt Disney World.


Cornell Distinguished Teaching Award

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This year’s recipient is Associate Professor of Education and Director of Teacher Education Scott Hewit.

Since arriving at Rollins in 1994, Hewit has modeled to students what it means to be an excellent teacher. Students can count on him to be helpful, knowledgeable, and clear. His specialties include public policy, the role of families and the community in the effective school effort, and meeting diverse student needs in inclusive settings. Since 2010, he has taken multiple trips to a rural school in Rwanda, where he has helped teachers and administrators deliver a quality education to 3,000 students. Hewit says, “It came down to an opportunity to help families who want a better future for their children and their country. When I realized how hungry they were to learn, it was easy to make that commitment.”