Faculty Career Development's Faculty Success Series offers opportunities for all faculty to discover resources, enhance teaching and scholarship,and network with colleagues. Take a look at the offerings below (click on the titles to learn more and register), and check back often for additions to the series.  Feel free to send suggestions to the team at FCDS@rit.edu.

January 11 - Adjunct Faculty Orientation
AFO introduces new and returning adjunct faculty to a wealth of information to help you begin teaching at RIT. 

February 2 - Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award Nominations  - due by 5 pm.

February 28 - Curious About the Mid-Tenure Review Process? 
Join colleagues at the Annual Mid-Tenure Review panel discussion where you can ask questions about requirements for mid-tenure review and learn about this important process from Dr. Christine Licata, Senior Associate Provost, and your colleagues who have earned tenure.

March 8 - Establishing and Developing International & Interdisciplinary Research Coalitions
Faculty and graduate students are invited to this interactive workshop where participants will not only share their experiences with international and interdisciplinary research collaborations, but will learn how to expand, develop, and lead their new network. Dr. Michael Radin, Associate Professor of Mathematics, College of Science, who has a passion for research collaboration, will serve as facilitator.

March 27 - Network-Based Mentoring Programs to Support Faculty Connections: A Fresh Approach for Faculty 
Faculty mentoring can offer a vital contribution to a successful academic career. At this session participants will explore different models of mentoring; identify common roadblocks to success for faculty across the career trajectory; recognize both traditional and emerging models of mentoring; explore how to design and implement a networked mentoring program; and discuss outcomes, best practices, and resources on network-based mentoring for use by faculty and administrators.

March 30 - Learning from Love Canal and Beyond: Environmental Studies at RIT
Join your colleagues at this two-part session on environmental studies at RIT. In part 1, Dr. Richard Newman, author of Love Canal: A Toxic History From Colonial Times to the Present, will discuss his research on one of the most famous disasters in American history and the way RIT shaped the book in both the classroom and the scholarly archive. Part 2 includes a panel of RIT experts discuss related issues in their work and teaching. Panelists include:

  • Dr. Callie Babbitt, Golisano Institute for Sustainability: The Environmental Implications of Emerging Technologies
  • Dr. Kaitlin Stack Whitney, College of Science/College of Liberal Arts: Diversifying Environmental Studies
  • Dr. Kristoffer Whitney, College of Liberal Arts: Environment and Disability
  • Dr. James Winebrake, Dean, College of Liberal Arts: Environmental Policy and the Transportation Industry

This event offers RIT faculty and students a terrific opportunity to learn more about interdisciplinary approaches to the environment, whether in the classroom, in their research and grants, or in the broader community. FREE Books: The first 50 faculty registering will receive a free copy of Dr. Newman’s book provided by Faculty Career Development, College of Liberal Arts, and the Provost's Office.

April 5 – Syllabus Design (or Re-design!) Workshop
Enjoy dinner at this active-learning session as instructional designer Michael Starenko discusses the multiple purposes and elements of a course syllabus and explores how to design a syllabus that facilitates both effective teaching and student learning.   

April 6 - Faculty Promotion - Strategies for Presenting a Strong Case: A Discussion w/the Provost & Senior Leaders
All full-time faculty who want to submit a strong package for promotion OR are planning to do so in the near future. Tenured faculty seeking promotion to full professor and non-tenure track faculty seeking promotion to Senior or Principal Lecturer are invited to attend. Panelists for this session include Jeremy Haefner, Provost; Doreen Edwards, Dean of KGCOE; Anne Haake, Dean of GCCIS; Sophia Maggelakis, Dean of COS; Twyla Cummings, Dean of Graduate Education; and Danielle Smith, Professor of Sociology & Honors Program Director

May 1  – Faculty Appreciation Coffee Break 
Take a break to join your colleagues at The Wallace Library to relax and unwind. Drop in anytime between 10 am - 1 pm on the 1st floor for FREE coffee/tea and a snack. All faculty are welcome. Registration is not required. 


    Fall 2017

    Fall 2017 

    August 10 - Adjunct Faculty Orientation (AFO)
    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. 

    August 16-17 - New Faculty Orientation (NFO)
    NFO is focused on three key success factors for new faculty: introduction to critical information; socialization with their cohort; and network building within and across colleges and disciplines. New faculty for the 2017-2018 academic year will receive a personal invitation to NFO.

    September 7 - Welcome Back Faculty! Free Coffee at The Wallace Center
    Stop at The Wallace Center for a free coffee and refreshments! Share summer stories and new projects for the year.  Registration is not required -- drop in anytime.  All faculty are welcome!

    September 8 - Your Cultural Surroundings: A Walking Tour of RIT's Art and Architecture
    Join RIT Archivist Becky Simmons for a tour of RIT’s campus art and architecture. The university has continually supported installation of significant pieces both outside and inside buildings. Simmons 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!

    September 14 - Informing Public Debate: A Discussion of High-Stakes Scholarship with Prize-winning Author Heather Ann Thompson
    Join your colleagues for a discussion with author Heather Ann Thompson, Professor of History and Afro-american and African Studies at the University of Michigan. Thompson will discuss sharing one’s research with both policymakers and the general public. The first 50 faculty who register will receive a free copy of Thompson’s most recent book, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy.

    September 15 - Power Reception for New Faculty
    Our newest cohort of RIT faculty is invited to a special "welcome to RIT" reception hosted by President David Munson.  Enjoy remarks by Dr. Munson and Provost Haefner, plus reconnect and network with your new colleagues.

    October 5 - Grants Exposed! Mixer
    Join us at this showcase of successfully funded faculty grant projects AND kickoff for the faculty development grants program for this academic year. All faculty are welcome!  Read more about faculty grant opportunities here.

    November 2 - RIGA Technical University & RIT: Research Collaborations and Opportunities for Exchange Programs
    All faculty and students are invited to this presentation about research collaborations and opportunities for exchange programs at Riga Technical University (RTU), in Riga, Latvia. Guest presenters include RTU doctoral Students Mara Pudane, Department of Artificial Intelligence & Systems Engineering; Maksims Zigunovs, Department of Applied Mathematics; and Michael Radin, Associate Professor of Mathematics, College of Science, RIT. The presentation includes information on the location of the university in Latvia; the English-speaking bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs; and research projects and research opportunities for students and faculty. Mara and Maksims will share their experiences as students at RTU and their research projects. Michael will share his teaching and research experiences at RTU. Agenda: 2-3 pm-Presentation; 3-4 pm-Discussion with presenters, Q&A, and social hour.

    November 6 - Grant applications due by  5 pm!  Links to websites for all grants: Faculty Grant Opportunities

    November 8 - Adjunct Faculty Community Dinner & Discussion-Facilitating Student Resilience in the Classroom
    Join fellow adjuncts for dinner and discussion on this important topic and learn strategies for early identification and intervention with your students. This is an Adjunct Faculty Community Event, but all faculty are welcomE. Dinner is included.

    December 7 - Syllabus Design (or Re-design!) Workshop, 4-5:30 pm
    Register: http://bit.ly/SyllabusDesign
    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! 

    December 12 - Celebrate Reading Day! Faculty are invited to a free coffee break! 
    Take a break at the end of the semester to join your colleagues at The Wallace Center to relax and unwind. Drop in anytime between 10 am and 1 pm on the 1st floor for FREE coffee/tea and a snack. Registration is not required. All faculty are welcome.