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COACHE is a research initiative that gathers benchmarking data on best practices for faculty recruitment and retention. In fall 2012, RIT participated the COACHE survey and we will repeat the process in 2015-2016. Visit the COACHE website to learn more, including results from the 2012 survey.

Fall 2013

Mon, 10/28/2013 - 1:19pm -- gpltwc

Upstarts @ RIT - Fall 2013 Newsletter

The fall issue of Upstarts is designed with YOU in mind-wherever you may be on your career continuum-just beginning or well on your way!

Wallace Center Rejuvenation

Wallace Center Rejuvenation

This summer brought a transformation of the first floor of the Wallace Center (TWC) to better support academic success and scholarship. Renovations include better space utilization, improvements in lighting, new carpeting and flexible furniture, and study areas that increased seating on the first floor for our students by 40%. Complementing services already offered by the Wallace Center, the new design features the addition of the Writing Commons and the RIT American Sign Language & Deaf Studies Community Center (RADSCC).

We are proud that the newly renovated space reflects input received by several student groups and was designed by Elizabeth Leszynski, an interior designer with hbt architects and a 2010 RIT graduate. The newly renovated space reflects the integral role played by the Wallace Center in the academic lives of our students and faculty. Stop in and visit, and read more about TWC in our 2012-2013 Annual Report.

Faculty Getaway: Destination Intersession

Faculty Getaway: Destination Intersession

Faculty Career Development Services (FCDS) has partnered with friends across campus to provide faculty with an escape that doesn't require a passport or plane. If one of your 2014 New Year's Resolutions is to recharge your teaching, ramp up your scholarship, build community or just have some fun-then we have just the ticket for you! Check out the full range of offerings on the Destination Intersession website, and register today!


New Subscription to Wiley for All RIT Faculty


The faculty role in higher education requires time allotted for personal support and professional development. FCDS recently acquired a new subscription to the Wiley Learning Institute that includes unlimited access for individual faculty to live webinars, a library of on-demand workshops, and additional resources geared toward teaching, learning and leadership development. The Wiley programs are taught by recognized leaders across disciplines and provide the benefit of networking with peers from other universities around the world. View one or view many over the next academic year.

Visit the RIT page at Wiley Learning Institute to begin selecting your programs; see examples below:

  • The Case Method and Problem-Based Learning
  • Surviving and Thriving in Times of Institutional and Departmental Change
  • Scholarship Made Easier: Best Practices for Writing and Publishing

Curious About Open Access, or Thinking About Starting Your Own Open Access Journal?

Open Access Week

Building off the excitement generated by International Open Access Week which ran from October 21 - October 25, The Scholarly Publishing Studio is hosting two sessions that will take participants on a tour of our new Open Access journal management system, bepress Digital Commons. The sessions, which will run December 4, 10-11 am, and December 6, 10-11 am will walk you through:

  • Customizing designs for layouts and covers
  • Editorial & peer review management
  • Journal settings and policies
  • Conference proceedings publications

If you have any questions, contact Nick Paulus at:

Register for the Wednesday, December 4 session here.
Register for the Friday, December 6 session here.

NSF ADVANCE Connect@RIT: Understand. Enhance. Transform.


The RIT ADVANCE Connect@RIT program, Creating Opportunity Networks for Engagement and Collective Transformation, is now in its second year. The grant research team has been building collaborations with campus partners, laying the groundwork for upcoming faculty programming, and raising awareness of the project among faculty.

Several upcoming activities across campus are associated with the ADVANCE Connect@RIT program:

  • Connect Grants for faculty and departments will be launched this fall. Proposals will be sought for activities/initiatives which are aligned with the ADVANCE grant goals. 
  • The Connectivity Series for female faculty will have its initial campus-wide offering during intersession with a workshop focused on enhancing career navigation.
  • Conversations about the COACHE faculty survey results are underway across campus at Academic Senate, a Town Hall meeting, Department Head/Chair/Director meeting, and within colleges.
  • Faculty exit interviews have been underway since spring 2013.
  • The faculty mentoring program administered by the Wallace Center is undergoing refinements and continues to improve opportunities for faculty.
  • The faculty salary equity study continues alongside Institutional Research and Human Resources.
  • The project's social science researchers are analyzing results of focus groups conducted in spring 2013 on faculty who self-identified as women of color (WoC) and deaf and hard-of-hearing (D/HH).  Based on their findings, the Connectivity Series has been launched for women faculty within these two sub-populations to meet their identified needs.
  • In a related effort, the strong and growing WISe (Women in Science) team is providing information and opportunities to women faculty and students.  The ADVANCE project is collaborating with WISe to support and enhance this work.

To learn more about the project or related initiatives, visit our website or contact the RIT Advance Team.


PANEL SERIES COMING THIS SPRING!  FCDS will be collaborating with faculty and academic leadership to host two panels: 

  • "Curious about the Mid-Tenure Review Process?"
    An opportunity for pre-tenure track faculty to learn about this important process from recent tenured faculty and faculty who have served on mid-tenure committees.
  • "So, You Want to be a Mentor?"
    Experienced mentors will share strategies and rewards of participating in this enriching, valuable relationship. The panel will be facilitated by Dr. Patrick Scanlon (CLA) and will include our past Excellence in Faculty Mentoring awardees.  
  • Stay tuned for more information!  If you're interested in participating as a panelist, contact Anne Marie Canale at

Fall Book Give-Away

FCDS now has a Facebook page where we'll share items of interest and events worth noting for all RIT faculty. Find us on Facebook and "Like Us" to be eligible to win a free book! You have until midnight on November 30 to enter.


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