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The Finest Hour

May 10, 2017

The following is an excerpt of remarks given at the Celebration of Teaching and Scholarship, April 25, 2017.
 

June 18, 1940. The Nazis had invaded France and everyone expected Britain to be next. Winston Churchill addresses the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom:

A place of learning

March 23, 2017

At the core of our mission, RIT is about teaching, learning, and the discovery of new knowledge. Of course, students, faculty and staff make all this work. But increasingly so, space and technology are part of the elixir that makes teaching and new ideas flow. So when space, technology, faculty, students come together just right, learning magic occurs. 

News & Numbers from the Innovative Learning Institute

October 12, 2016

I’m pleased to share with you some recent data from the Innovative Learning Institute regarding online enrollment, course availability, and faculty resources.

Purpose and Grit

September 2, 2016

Note: The following is a transcript of remarks given at the 2016 President's Address to the Community. 

It has been a short but great summer. Really short. Really, really short.  It seems like RIT starts earlier with each passing academic year. Makes you wonder who is in charge of the academic calendar … oh, wait! …

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.

Hope and the Art of Teaching

September 5, 2014

"The difficult I'll do right now

The impossible will take a little while."

 — Billie Holiday from “Crazy He Calls Me”

 

 “Hope is not prognostication. It is an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart.”

-- Vaclav Havel, The Impossible Will Take a Little While

 

Why RIT needs to embrace 'liberating education'

April 1, 2014

"Liberal education: An approach to college learning that empowers individuals and prepares them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change." 

Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU), “What is a 21st Century Liberal Education?”

 

I like the word 'general', I really do. I use it to set a discussion around 'general principles' or to indicate a collection of ideas that dominate a topic such as 'generally speaking …’