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Faculty Mentoring Grants

  • Applications will be accepted beginning October 1, 2014.
  • Application Deadline: Friday, November 7, 2014, 5 pm

Each peer-mentoring or other faculty mentoring group at RIT may request funding for one project or activity each academic year. Requests of $500 to $2,000 will be considered. The mentoring projects or activities for which you are requesting grant funds must be related to teaching excellence, dissemination of scholarly works, or grant proposal development. The goal is for you to participate in activities or projects that will help your mentoring group be successful. Activities related to general professional development activities/projects will not be considered.

Projects or activities may include: guest speakers, site visits to a corporate or government entity, conference attendance, launch of an e-journal, webinar participation, workshops. See examples of previously funded grant recipients below. 

Upon completion of the activity or project, the mentoring group will submit a brief report on its findings and may be asked to present at a future mentoring event. Any deviation from your original grant proposal submission must be approved by Julia Lisuzzo, Director of Administration, The Wallace Center (


Faculty mentors and their mentees and other RIT peer mentoring groups may apply. “Mentoring groups” are defined as groups (two or more members) that meet on a regular basis for mutual support and development. On the application you will be asked for your mentoring group's name, topic area, and meeting schedule. You may be asked to provide meeting minutes. If you are submitting a proposal for an interdisciplinary project or activity, one person should be selected as the group's leader. Full-time, tenure track and non-tenure track (lecturers, senior lecturers) teaching faculty are eligible to apply. Projects involving staff and/or part-time faculty will be considered only if the lead applicant is a full-time faculty member.

Application Process

  • Applications are due via the online application by Friday, November 7, 2014, 5 pm.
  • A review committee selected by the Provost will determine if the applicant and the project or activity meets eligibility requirements and determine the amount awarded.
  • Grant recipients will be announced at the end of November.
  • If you are awarded a grant, you will receive instructions for accessing funds and reporting on the use of your grant. Any deviation from your original grant proposal submission must be approved by Julia Lisuzzo, Director of Operations, The Wallace Center ( 585-475-2363).
  • All grant-funded projects and activities must be completed by July 1, 2015, with reports submitted no later than August 1, 2015 (extensions may be granted upon request).

Please contact with questions.

2013-2014 Mentoring Grant Recipients

CLA Book Club: Connecting Published Authors with those Interested in Book Writing

CLA Faculty: Hinda Mandell, Kelly Martin, Mike Johansson, Andrea Hickerson, Jonathan Schroeder, Rebecca Scales, Michael Laver, Katie Terezakis, Jessica Lieberman

The CyberSecurity Framework Team

Rajendra Raj, Jennifer Schneider, Professor (CAST), Carol Romanowski (GCCIS), Sumita Mishra (GCCIS)

Development of Biomedical Teaching and Research Scholarly Work of the Pre-tenured Faculty in the area of Biomedical Engineering

KGCOE Faculty: Iris Asllani, Thomas Gaborski , Behnaz Ghoraani, Blanca Lapizco-Encinas, Cristian Linte

ECTET Audio Engineering Education Group

Clark Hochgraf, Mark Indelicato, Sungyoung Kim, Richard Wyffels

Inclusive Excellence in Teaching Spanish Language and Culture

CLA Faculty: Sara Armengot, Diane Forbes, Tim Foxsmith, Godys Armengot-Mejía, Francia González, Beth Adams, Christina Agostinelli, Rosalba Pisaturo

Mechanical, Chemical, and Biomedical Engineering Seminar Series

KGCOE Faculty: Edward Hensel, Jr., Thomas Gaborski, Christiaan Richter, Michael Schrlau, Patricia L. Taboada-Serrano, Wayne W. Walter, Steven Weinstein

Peer Mentoring in Access Technology, Research and Development

Catherine Beaton (GCCIS-IST), Gary Behm (NTID / Access Technology Innovation Lab), Steven Day (KGCOE), Elizabeth DeBartolo, Vicki L. Hanson (GCCIS), Patricia Iglesias-Victoria (KGCOE), Kathleen Lamkin-Kennard (KGCOE), Stephanie Ludi (GCCIS), Tae Oh (GCCIS), Dan Phillips (KGCOE), Stan Rickel (CIAS)

Psychology Women’s Mentoring Group

CLA Faculty: Suzanne Bamonto, Jessamy Comer, Kirsten Condry, Caroline DeLong , Jennifer Lukomski , Lindsay Schenkel , Audrey Smerbeck, Tina Sutton, Tywanquila Walker

Saunders College of Business Research Group

SCB Faculty: Deb Colton, John Ettlie, Clyde Hull, Archana Jain, Shalini Khazanchi, Manlu Liu, Clyde Hull, Sandra Rothenberg, Qian Song, Zhi Tang, John Tu, Rong Yang, Hao Zhang

Studies on American Indian Languages (Topic areas: Linguistic Anthropology, Language Documentation and Conservation)

CLA Faculty: Christine Kray, Wilson Silva. Jason Younker

2012-2013 Mentoring Grant Recipients

Bringing Assessment to the Classroom: Pre-tenure Faculty Development on Test-writing and Classroom Assessment

COS Faculty: Paul Craig, Scott Franklin, Tom Kim, Aaron McGowan, Dina Newman, Bob Teese, Eric West, Leslie Kate Wright

External speakers were invited to campus to give presentations, conduct group discussions, and meet one-on-one with faculty to discuss several aspects of classroom pedagogy. The sessions included research-based curriculum development and assessment, novel pedagogical strategies (particularly activity-based methods), and use of undergraduate classroom assistants in laboratory and guided-inquiry settings.

Software Engineering Faculty Mentoring Group

GCCIS Faculty: Stephanie Ludi, Andy Meneely, Emad Shihab

The grant provided funds for attendance at the two-day National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants Conference—a must for new faculty, researchers, educators, and administrators who want to gain key insight into a wide range of current issues at NSF. Conference highlights included: new programs and initiatives; future directions and strategies for national science policy; proposal preparation; NSF’s merit review process; cross-disciplinary and special interest programs; conflict of interest policies; and breakout sessions by discipline. The grant allowed this group to have up-to-date insight on NSF's roadmap that has helped direct their conversations and planning regarding scholarship.

Gosnell School of Life Sciences (GSOLS) Writing Group

COS Faculty: Greg Babbitt, Margaret Bailey, Dawn Carter, Michael Coleman, Feng Cui, Elizabeth DeBartolo, Elizabeth Dicesare, Mark Fairchild, Maureen Ferran, Elizabeth Hane, Anne Houtman, Karl Korfmacher, Carol Marchetti, Lea Michel, Dina L Newman, Jacob Noel-Storr, Hans Schmitthenner, Paul Shipman, Gary Skuse, Hyla Sweet, Christy Tyler, Leslie Kate Wright

This mentoring project provided an opportunity for faculty to share best practices on writing. An informal workshop was held to initiate the expansion of the writing groups with most faculty from GSOLS attending. After identifying barriers to writing, strategies that work for them, and writing projects, potential writing groups were assembled.  The highlight of the project came at the concluding retreat with an invited speaker who offered practical resources for writing and a new motivation for faculty.  Project members shared, “The external source of energy and enthusiasm was uplifting.”

Mechanical, Chemical, and Biomedical Engineering Seminar Series

KCGOE Faculty:  Thomas Gaborski, Edward Hensel, Jr., Christiaan Richter, Patricia L. Taboada-Serrano, Wayne W. Walter, Steven Weinstein

The goal of this project was to expand the scope of junior faculty mentoring to include both internal and external networking, thus promoting the national visibility and reputation of RIT.  Funding was used to cover costs for three external speakers in the 2013-2014 academic year.  Support for this group has enabled faculty to stay current on cutting-edge research, network with internal and external colleagues, form new national and international collaborations to pursue pioneering research, and ultimately, provide our students with the best education possible. 

Research in the Rough

Saunders College of Business

Faculty: Ashok Robin, Hao Zhang, James Baroody, John Ettlie, John Tu, Joy Oguntebi, Michael Palanski, Mithu Dey, Sandra Rothenberg, Sean Hansen, Zhi Tang, Archana Jain, Hao Zhang, Rong Yang, Chian Song

Funding was used to support this series, aimed at creating a community of scholars that can support each other toward scholarly excellence.  Specifically, tenure-track faculty members present their on-going research projects in order to seek feedback and input on a variety of research-related issues.  In addition, portions of their sessions were devoted to the discussion of general research-related topics such as the journal review process and challenges of data collection in organizations. In response to this series, they have created a "research group" comprised of tenure-track faculty members who get together periodically to discuss ways to generate awareness about on-going research in the college.

2011-2012 Mentoring Grant Recipients

Technology Rich Learning Environment Education Research Team

Betsy Dell (CAST), Rhiannon Hart (CLA),  Michael Stinson (NTID), Larry Villasmil (CAST), and Nancy Ares, Warner School of Education, University of Rochester

The group's NSF FIRE proposal received very positive feedback but was not funded due to the need for improvements in the education research methodology and evaluation plan. This grant was utilized to contract with an objective external evaluator team to enhance the research methodology section for submission to the NSF-RDE and NSF-TSL Project.

Integrated Mathematical Models to Combat Dry Eye Syndrome

Kara Maki (COS), David Ross (COS), Steve Weinstein (KGCOE)

This group worked on developing a mathematical model of the mechanical interactions between a contact lens suspended in a tear film and the viscous liquid in which it is suspended. Dr. Richard Braun, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Delaware, one of the leading experts in modeling the tear film dynamics, was invited as a guest speaker on "Modeling the Tear Film" for their group. In addition, one of the members presented in a mini-symposium and will speak about the mentoring group’s recent efforts, in collaboration with Bausch & Lomb, to understand the settling dynamics of contact lenses.

Molecular Imaging Group

COS Faculty: Hans Schmitthenner, Joseph Hornak

Funds provided membership to World Molecular Imaging Society (WMIS) and registration for the World Molecular Imaging Conference (WMIC), the most important conference in the new field this group is starting at RIT.

Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series

KGCOE Faculty: Wayne Walter, Edward Hensel, Michael Schrlau, Mario Gomes, Jason Kolodziej, Kathleen Lamkin-Kennard, Benjamin Varela

The group mentors junior faculty how to recruit graduate students and disseminate their research. Funds provided by the grant allowed us to host speakers from off-campus that increased the academic networks between RIT and the home institutions of these speakers, and increased the likelihood of future collaborations including the dissemination of scholarly works, writing joint grant proposals, and sharing research help and ideas.

Junior Faculty External Funding Success Club

COS Faculty: Chris Collison, Loraine Tan, Lea Michel, Michael Coleman, Jeremy Cody

Funding was requested to discuss successes and opportunities in grant application, proposal writing, persuasive writing and networking and was used to pay for visits to funding agency program managers since this approach has led to success for the team mentor.

SMERC (Science and Mathematics Education Research Collaborative)

COS Faculty: Dina L. Newman, L. Kate Wright, Thomas Kim, Scott Franklin, Robert Teese

Funds used for two new mentoring activities: monthly workshops on best practice pedagogy and assessment, and a spring quarter seminar speaker/workshop leader. Through the workshops, faculty can expand their knowledge of best-teaching practices, review and discuss evidence-based teaching methodologies, and promote a culture committed to student learning.