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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.

Spring 2014

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Upstarts @ RIT - Spring 2014 Newsletter

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Book Early for Destination Intersession 2015!

Wallace Center RejuvenationFor the first time in its 184-year history, RIT had an intersession and Faculty Career Development Services (FCDS) took advantage of the opportunity to partner with friends across RIT to host a variety of sessions, talks, and presentations to renew and re-energize faculty in time for the spring semester! Feedback from Destination Intersession participants was highly favorable and our Faculty Showcase proved to be the signature event with 19 unique and creative faculty presentations enjoyed by more than 190 attendees!

So, book early for Destination Intersession 2015—it’s a perfect opportunity to indulge in great conversation, connection, learning and fun! It all begins January 12, 2015.

Faculty Survey to Inform Professional Development Planning

Last month faculty received a survey asking what professional development programs are of greatest interest. Questions covered the preferred format and venue, suggested topics and speakers, and ways faculty might use a mini-grant. The survey response rate was approximately 10% (120 faculty responded). Results have been shared with colleges and service units to inform professional development planning/programming.  Significant findings from the survey include:

  • The majority of respondents prefer a face-to-face delivery mode in a central location on campus.
  • The most common type of activity is workshops/seminars followed by guest speakers/presentations.
  • Of those responding, the majority would welcome a mini-grant (if available) to support attendance at conferences, workshops, etc.

COACHE Task Force Update

Wallace Center Rejuvenation

Last year the Provost assembled and charged a Task Force to assist in the communication and dissemination of COACHE faculty satisfaction data.  Fall semester was devoted to sharing the data from the COACHE survey for tenure track faculty. Spring semester, lecturer data will be analyzed and shared.  After more than 10 years of successful administration of the Tenure-Track Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey, COACHE has begun to expand the survey to include Non-Tenure Track Faculty.  RIT is one of the first members to take advantage of the new service!


New Subscription to Wiley for All RIT Faculty

FCDS has partnered with Wiley Learning Institute to offer ALL RIT faculty online professional development opportunities. New live and on-demand content is added each month, so check back often! All live events will be recorded, so if you can’t make the live session, register and watch the event later. Visit the RIT page at Wiley Learning Institute to register and begin selecting your programs. 

Scholarly Publishing Studio (SPS) Provides Marketing Collaborations

Open Access WeekSPS assisted with the promotional efforts for the AdvanceRIT program launch in February. RIT’s program launch also served to recognize faculty receiving grants through Advance RIT that will support leadership and career development for tenured and tenure-track faculty at the university.

SPS continues to take on more promotional projects such as this, assisting faculty in marketing their conferences, grants, and special projects.  These campus-wide collaborations provide a wonderful opportunity to support some truly spectacular RIT initiatives. Check out our Design and Layout Services page for additional information.

NSF AdvanceRIT Connectivity Series Upcoming Events

Connect@RITEffective Negotiation: A COACh Workshop for Women Faculty, PhD, Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows. Facilitated by Jane Tucker, PhD, these interactive workshops are designed to build an understanding of mutual interest based negotiations and solution finding. There are three options available:

  • Monday, March 17, 8:30 am-12 pm, for faculty, click here to register.
  • Monday, March 17, 1-4 pm, for PhD, Graduate/Postdoctoral Fellows, click here to register.
  • Tuesday, March 18, 8:30 am-12 pm, for faculty, click here to register.

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Powerful Communication Strategies for Faculty, March 21
Looking for an opportunity to polish your communication and presentation delivery? Join us for lunch and a special workshop with RIT alumna Terri Standish-Kuon.  Read more and register.

Why Use Peer Observation?, April 11
When we hear the term “peer observation,” evaluation of teaching is often the first thing that comes to mind. However, a carefully designed process can also lead to more effective teaching practice, both for individual faculty members and for the departments or schools in which they teach. This session will offer an overview of peer observation, consider some of its purposes and potential outcomes, and begin considering best practices for creating and sustaining a robust, meaningful process. Presenter: Billie Bennett Franchini, PhD, Assistant Director of the Institute for Teaching, Learning and Academic Leadership (ITLAL) at the University at Albany.  Read more and register

Maximizing the Benefits of Peer Observation, April 11
Effective teaching can manifest itself in many different ways, some of which are best assessed by our peers. However, if peer observations aren’t planned and managed thoughtfully, they can do more harm than good. In this interactive session, we’ll consider some best practices for setting up and conducting peer observations and get some hands-on practice as observers with actual classroom scenarios. Participants will come away with a clear idea of the potential pitfalls of peer observation, how to avoid them, and how to excel in the process. Presenter: Billie Bennett Franchini. Read more and register.

Getting Ready for Summer Research with a Better Understanding of NVivo, April 30
Do you work with NVivo qualitative analysis software? Do you have specific questions about the user interface? Do you want to learn more about the NVivo analysis tools? Would you like to see how other qualitative researchers are using NVivo to answer their research questions?  An NVivo trainer from QSR International (Americas), Inc. will be conducting a training webinar at The Wallace Center to answer your questions (submitted in advance) such as, how can you effectively use NVivo for collaborative projects? What are the best practices for exporting data?  Read more and register.

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