Estevan Fuertes Award for Outstanding OADI Faculty Partner

The Estevan Fuertes Award for Outstanding OADI Faculty Partner recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated his/her commitment to the development of OADI scholar-leaders in any of our programs and who serves as an advocate for students across the university, particularly in regards to social justice and diversity-related issues. This individual’s dedication to student achievement is matched only by his/her own thirst for knowledge and lifelong learning and development, which ultimately supports OADI’s mission and enriches the overall campus community.

Eligibility Criteria 

  • Any full-time, part-time, tenure-track or adjunct faculty member who has taught at Cornell University for at least two semesters is eligible.

The 2018-19 winner was Steve Johnson.

Dr. Estevan Fuertes was Cornell’s first professor of color. Originally from Puerto Rico, Dr. Fuertes became Cornell’s first dean and professor of civil engineering in 1873. He led the construction of Cornell’s first observatory (located on the Arts Quad) and is the namesake of the current (and fourth) Fuertes Observatory built in 1917 on North Campus. Using astronomical observations, Fuertes monitored the accuracy of the McGraw Tower’s clock in its early years.