Emily Rice received the Henry Wasser Award for Outstanding Scholarship. The award is given to a tenure-track assistant professor whose scholarship shows great promise.

The Board of the CUNY Academy of the Humanities and Sciences has established the award in honor of Henry Wasser, Professor of English at CCNY, Fulbright professor at universities in Norway and Greece, founding Dean and Academic Provost of Richmond College (now the College of Staten Island), chair of the University Faculty Senate and Professor emeritus of the Graduate School served as Executive Director of the Academy for many years.

From his initial scholarship on Henry Adams, he developed a specialty in the study of higher education, participating in national and international conferences. Throughout his career, Dr. Wasser encouraged younger colleagues to engage in innovative and critical thinking.