Upstarts @ RIT - Summer 2013 Newsletter
Thanks for the Memories: Farewell to FITL
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, marked an end and a beginning. For 14 years, RIT faculty flocked to the Faculty Institute on Teaching and Learning (FITL) to conclude the academic year with an event that offered opportunities to network, present, and learn through workshops, seminars and speakers. Nearly 200 participants joined us for our final FITL which focused on unlearning -- examining those attitudes, beliefs and habits that prevent you from progressing on your goals. The FITL team thanks all of you who made FITL a success year after year!
Be on the lookout for a new event showcasing novel developments from the Innovative Learning Institute (ILI) and Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity (MAGIC). In the meantime the FITL team is working on a new opportunity for faculty development, Destination Intersession: Your Ticket to Paradise--you won't want to miss it!
Better than Botox--TWC Gets a Face-Lift and New Colleagues!
Did you know that on any given day, The Wallace Center (TWC) has nearly 3,000 visitors? Most are students who stay hours at a time. Now they and you will have a better collaboration and work space! The makeover is focused on the entry way and first floor of TWC, and includes improvements to the lobby, new carpeting, better space utilization, improvements in lighting, and new furnishings! The goal is to have everything completed before the students return this fall.
Other exciting developments include the move of the Writing Center and the RIT American Sign Language & Deaf Studies Community Center to the first floor of TWC. These centers complement TWC's mission--to be "the heart and intellectual nexus of the institute" and will open up many collaboration possibilities while greatly benefiting our students.
Dr. Bruce Austin Selected RIT Press Director
Dr. Bruce Austin from the department of communication in the College of Liberal Arts has settled well into his new role as RIT Press Director. Bruce complements his success as a scholar, teacher and academic leader at RIT with first-hand experience in print media. Most recently, Bruce curated the internationally acclaimed exhibit, "Frans Wildenhain 1950-75: Creative and Commercial American Ceramics at Mid-Century," at RIT. This highly complex, collaborative effort included the publication of an accompanying 256-page hard cover exhibition catalog, which has been described as "exhaustively researched and stunningly presented" by the Art Libraries Society. Housed within TWC, the RIT Press underscores the institute's commitment to faculty research and scholarship.
NSF ADVANCE Connect@RIT: Understand. Enhance. Transform.
The RIT ADVANCE Connect@RIT program, Creating Opportunity Networks for Engagement and Collective Transformation, was created to drive institutional transformation that will improve the recruitment, retention and advancement of women faculty. The project focuses on women faculty in the RIT's STEM/SBS disciplines by working to eliminate existing barriers to, and developing new opportunities for, career advancement.
Over the first year of this five-year project, the program team has been building collaborations with campus partners, laying the groundwork for upcoming faculty programming, and raising awareness of the project among faculty.
- With the Provost's Office, the ADVANCE project oversaw administration of the COACHE faculty survey. Deans and Department Heads will soon be reviewing results and creating action plans.
- The ADVANCE team supported refinements of policies and procedures related to tenure and promotion that have been making their way through the Faculty Affairs Committee and the Academic Senate.
- Human Resources joined forces with ADVANCE to create a faculty exit interview process.
- Institutional Research and Human Resources have collaborated with ADVANCE to administer a faculty salary equity study conducted by an external firm.
- The Wallace Center is partnering with ADVANCE to enhance the Faculty Mentoring @RIT program and create career development opportunities for faculty, as well as for department heads.
- Going forward, the ADVANCE team is ramping up for additional faculty and department head opportunities such as Leadership and Career Development Grants, Dual Career Hiring Initiatives, Eminent Scholar Grants for Female Faculty, and Department Heads Grants Program