A number of resources geared toward faculty career and academic organizational development and leadership provide best practices and opportunities for personal development. Take advantage of these free resources provided just for you!

Magna Publications Free Subscriptions: Academic Leader & The Teaching Professor

Magna LogoFaculty Career Development (FCD) provides a subscription for all faculty to Academic Leader and The Teaching Professor. As a member of our campus community, these resources from Magna Publications are available at no cost to you, compliments of your FCD team in the Innovative Learning Institute (ILI). 

Since 1972 Magna has been a leading provider of higher education professional development resources. Academic Leader provides the information deans, chairs, and other academic decision-makers use for effective leadership within their colleges or departments to fulfill their institution's primary missions of teaching and scholarship. The Teaching Professor is a forum for discussion of the best strategies supported by the latest research for effective teaching in the college classroom.

There are two ways to access the latest content or browse the archives:

  1. On-campus: Go to www.magnapubs.com/group to view RIT's group subscription content at Magna. It is not necessary to create an account or log in to access the subscription on-campus.
  2. Off-campus: For full instructions on accessing RIT’s group subscription from an off-campus computer you will need RIT’s unique Authorization Code. Click here for the code and detailed instructions. Authentication is required using your RIT username and password. Do not share this code with non-RIT faculty or staff.

Teaching & Learning Services in the ILI also provides access to the Magna Mentor Commons with videos and other resources such as Magna's 20-Minute Mentor Commons offering on-demand versions of all of their popular 20-Minute Mentor programs covering a variety of faculty development topics. TLS has purchased a group subscription that allows RIT faculty and staff unlimited access to Magna's 20-Minute Mentor Commons. Learn more on the TLS Website. 

Need help? Call Magna Publishers direct at 800-433-0499 ext. 2 (outside the U.S. & Canada call 608-246-3590 ext. 2.). Our office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time, Monday through Friday or email support@magnapubs.com. Or, contact the FCD team at FCDS@rit.edu.

Articles, News and Publications on Faculty Career Development @ RIT
RIT Library Access to The Department Chair


RIT Libraries has recently added this publication to its collection of online journals, just for you! The Department Chair is an award-winning periodical featuring in-depth articles that deliver sound insight and proven strategies essential for successfully leading an academic department. It is a unique resource for chairs, deans, academic vice presidents, and other administrators, delivering practical information in every issue. Click here for direct access.  If you are off-campus, you will be prompted for your RIT username/password.

Resources from Past FCD Events and Workshops

Peer Evaluation and Observation of Teaching

FCDS, in collaboration with the History department (CLA), hosted Dr. Billie Franchini from the University of Albany on April 11, 2014. Dr. Franchini presented two sessions for faculty interested in peer evaluation and observation of teaching. View the session slides here:

The Teaching Professor on Teaching the Professor

FCDS hosted Maryellen Weimer, editor of The Teaching Professor newsletter and Emeritus Professor from Penn State. She presented three sessions for RIT faculty: Creating climates that grow teachers and promote learning, Principles that promote career-long growth for teachers,and Constructive feedback: discovering how your teaching impacts efforts to learn.

Maryellen’s bibliographies are available via the links below, and many of the resources shared are available in the RIT Libraries databases: