Adjunct Community Mentoring Group

Faculty Career Development Services hosts professional development and networking activities exclusively for RIT adjunct faculty. These are professional development and networking activities by RIT faculty and staff for RIT adjunct faculty. Each semester you will be invited to presentations on important topics that you suggest. This community of adjuncts comes together to network and share conversation around teaching in today’s classroom, to learn about the many RIT resources available, and to provide guidance and support to assist you when you have concerns or challenges – or just to mingle with your peers! Suggestions for future Adjunct Community topics may be emailed to

Fall 2017 Opportunities for Adjunct Faculty 

December 7 - Syllabus Design (or Re-design!) Workshop, 4-5:30 pm
Instructional designer Michael Starenko will lead this active learning-style workshop will discuss the multiple purposes and elements of a course syllabus and explore how to (re)design a syllabus that facilitates both effective teaching and student learning. All faculty are welcome! 

Some of the questions addressed in the workshop include:

  • What RIT policies are required or expected to be in every syllabus?
  • What course-specific policies ought to be included in my syllabus and how should I frame them?
  • What message is my syllabus sending to students?
  • How can my syllabus inform, guide, and motivate students when they’re not in class?
  • What resources and services are available for planning, writing, and formatting my syllabus?

Adjunct Faculty Community Dinner & Discussion-Facilitating Student Resilience in the Classroom 
November 8, 5:30-7 pm
Location: LBR - Liberal Arts Hall (06), Stan McKenzie Commons,Campus Map
*Focuses on identifying the personal, non-cognitive barriers that students bring to the classroom.  Trends in college student well-being will be presented as well as strategies to identify early signs of distressed and distressing behavior. Additionally, practical skills and strategies for effective prevention and early intervention will be examined.  The end result will be a slightly more tuned learning environment that inspires students to manage challenges and setbacks more effectively and fulfill their academic plan.  Presenters include David Reetz, Ph.D., RIT's Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, and Kristina Walker, LMHC, Mental Health Therapist and Outreach Coordinator
*Agenda: 5:30-6:00 pm Dinner and networking6:00-7:00 pm Presentation, Q & A 

Completed Events  

Grants Exposed! Mixer
October 5, 3:30-5 pm
Location:  The Wallace Center (05), 2nd Floor, Outside Cary Library- Campus Map
*Join us at this showcase of successfully funded faculty grant projects AND kickoff for the grants program for this academic year. 

Your Cultural Surroundings: A Walking Tour of RIT's Art and Architecture 
September 8, 1-2:30 pm
Location:  The Wallace Center (05) - Campus Map
*Join RIT Archivist for a tour of RIT’s campus art and architecture. The university has continually supported installation of significant pieces both outside and inside buildings. The tour will discuss the artists and their work, and point out key features of our award-winning mid-century campus. The tour concludes at The Wallace Center for refreshments and networking with your colleagues. All faculty are welcome!

Welcome Back Faculty! Free Coffee at The Wallace Center
September 7, 10am-1pm
Location:  The Wallace Center (05), 1st Floor - Campus Map
*Stop at The Wallace Center for a free coffee and refreshments! Join your colleagues to share summer stories and new projects for the year!  Registration is not required! Drop in anytime.

Adjunct Faculty Orientation
August 10, 3-5 pm
Location:  Thomas Gosnell Hall (08), A-300 - Campus Map
*New and returning adjunct faculty are welcome! This orientation will provide adjunct faculty with an overview of the departments and resources they will need to begin teaching at RIT.

Prior Academic Year Adjunct Community Events 

*Read about our Adjunct Community Group Pilot here.

How to find more professional development opportunities at RIT 

  • The Wallace Center and ILI Events Calendar
  • Many campus-wide events are posted on the main RIT Events Calendar 
  • Your Department and College
    • Check with your home department and college for professional development activities related to your discipline.