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The importance of a welcoming department

November 6, 2015

Last spring Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Kevin McDonald and I hosted an informal luncheon for a number of our AALANA faculty who have succeeded in achieving tenure. It was a terrific conversation and, to be honest, very uplifting. Several of them talked about the mentoring they received from others, the collaborative spirit of their department, and how they felt they were supported in significant ways. 

RIT in 1985

October 27, 2015

As you may know, this past Wednesday (October 21, 2015) was Back to the Future Day – the day in which the film's protagonist Marty McFly traveled from 1985 to 2015 in Back to the Future II. In honor of this, I thought we’d take a look back at where RIT was in 1985. Thanks to RITpedia and the RIT Archive for this timely information.

Challenging stereotypes about computer science programs

October 9, 2015

Over the summer, I came across an opinion piece by Daniel Gelernter “Why I’m not looking to hire computer-science majors,” in The Wall Street Journal. This blog post is a response to that commentary.

In my opinion, Mr. Gelernter paints today’s college graduates with too broad a brush. I would suggest that rather than dismissing computer science graduates, he instead focus on looking in the right places for his employees.

25 things to consider before tenure review

September 25, 2015

new faculty

 

A few weeks ago, I had an opportunity to speak to the new tenure-track faculty at the new faculty orientation and I chose to give to them a list of 25 things for them to consider by the time they come up for tenure. The idea was not to undergird the usual suspects (“write lots of papers", "get good teaching evaluations", "serve on committees”) but rather think of what we will be looking for in 6 years from now.

 

Frankenstein, symbolic logic, and student-centered research at RIT

September 11, 2015

babbage and lovelaceOccasionally, I read a really great book that is worth sharing and I’m pleased to share Walter Isaacson’s book “The Innovators: How a group of hackers, geniuses, and geeks created the digital revolution”. It is about those people who created the computer and the Internet and how innovation occurred, bringing about one of the most important revolutions in our lives. 

We are in the dream business

September 4, 2015

On Sunday, August 16, I attended an Ironman race in Mont-Tremblant, Canada. Over 2,500 participants swam 2.4, biked 112, and ran 26.2 miles while more than 5,000 spectators watched and almost 4,000 volunteers assisted.

Welcome back!

August 28, 2015

To all faculty, staff and students, I extend a very hearty and warm welcome to the 2015-2016 academic year at Rochester Institute of Technology. It is delightful to see the campus brimming with activity, excitement, and friends. 

Promotion: A New Era

April 20, 2015

 

This message was sent to RIT faculty on April 20, 2015

Colleagues,

With the promotion to full professor letters now distributed and with changes to our promotion policy (E6.0) effective this fall, this is a perfect time to discuss how those changes should impact faculty. 

Encouraging a robust portfolio of online general education courses

April 10, 2015

It is fascinating to reflect on the constantly changing landscape of online education. Just a few years ago, we could not open an issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education without reading about MOOCs. Of course, MOOCs remain popular but how they will become an integrated part of the critical strategy of higher education remains to be seen. At the same time, with pressure from student demand, institutions have ramped up their offerings of online courses. 

Interdisciplinary, Co-teaching Request for Proposals in Process

March 27, 2015

If you have been engaged with the RIT strategic planning process, you would know how prevalent the topic of interdisciplinary education and research pervades the plan. Every strategic planning task force mentioned this in one form or another.

Wanting to waste no time in moving forward with encouraging new interdisciplinary courses and to facilitate team teaching, President Destler has set aside funding and asked me to lead a request for proposal process. This is absolutely a terrific opportunity for RIT to move forward with its aspirations to be great through our uniqueness.

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