"To boldly go … " -Captain James T. Kirk, Star Trek
You have to appreciate the simplicity of the mission of the USS Enterprise, Star Trek’s iconic starship: To boldly go where no one has gone before. When it comes to its teaching and learning mission, RIT shares this passion for exploration. It was, after all, the first institution to offer a number of unique degrees such as software engineering, microelectronics engineering, biotechnology, and a Ph.D. in imaging science to name a few. And in the 90s it was a leader in online education, offering one of the first online program in the country. Innovation and teaching go hand-in-hand at RIT.Read More
"The more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play." - Capt. James T. Kirk, "Shore Leave," Star Trek
When he was young, one of my sons (who will remain nameless to protect his innocence) had a propensity to collect things. By ‘collect things’, I don’t mean Beanie Babies, Magic Cards, or anything resembling a cow. Rather I mean anything small, usually shiny, that he could find on the sidewalk and put in his pocket. In parent terminology: trash.Read More
To our students, faculty and staff, I welcome all of you to the start of spring semester 2016. It seems out of sorts to say spring in January but on the other hand, El Niño has certainly made Rochester more spring-like than winter-like over the past few months.Read More
As we return from winter break, many students will be returning from, or beginning their co-ops. With that in mind, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on one of the “crown jewels” of an RIT degree: a career-focused, experiential learning opportunity for our students.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
So here they are - the 25 things for pre-tenure faculty to consider prior to submitting their dossier for tenure review:Read More