The Faculty Career Development Services (FCDS) team maintains web-based resources for faculty career development including best practice examples, tools and templates. Upon request, the team will research topics of interest for RIT faculty including the benchmark universities in RIT’s group of peer institutions.
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WILEY LEARNING INSTITUTE
RIT faculty can now access for free the Wiley Learning Institute, a stand-alone library of workshops, articles and additional resources on teaching, learning and leadership development. Wiley's programs are taught by nationally recognized leaders across disciplines. This is a professional, economical, and timely way for RIT faculty to get the professional development and support they need to excel in their role, whether teaching or directing a department. Visit the RIT page at Wiley Learning Institute to begin selecting your programs. In addition, there is also the Wiley Faculty Network, which does live workshops with many of the same recognized presenters. These are a free resource as well.
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.
- 21st Century Scholar: A Progressive Look at Education
- Faculty Focus: Focused on Today’s Higher Education Professional
- The Idea Center
- Tomorrow’s Professor: Desk-top Faculty Development, 100 times a year
- Inside HigherEd
- National Education Association Higher Education Advocate
- Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning
Recommended Reading for New Faculty
- How to Talk to Your Department Chair
- Bain, Ken. (2004). What the best college teachers do. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Print copy available in RIT Library.
- Brookfield, Stephen. (2006). The Skillful Teacher: on technique, trust, and responsiveness in the classroom. San Francisco,CA: Jossey-Bass. Print copy available in RIT Library.
- How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=9853
- Lang, James. (2008). On Course: A week-by-week guide to your first semester of college teaching.Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Print copy available in RIT Library.
- “Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education” PDF
- Svinicki, M. and McKeachie, W. (2011). McKeachie's Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers, 13th Ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. Print copy available in RIT Library.
FCDS Prior Event Resources
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:
What’s a POTA?
FCDS and the College of Applied Science & Technology (CAST) co-hosted R. Kirby Barrick from the University of Florida in January 2013. Dr. Barrick presented two sessions for Deans, Associate Deans, Chairs and Department Heads. View the session slides and handouts here:
- "A Comprehensive Approach to the Evaluation of Teaching" handout and slides
- Handbook for Peer Observation for Teaching Assessment (POTA) and slides
- Enthusiasm Rating Rubric
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 below, and many of the resources shared are available in the RIT Library databases:
- Assumptions that Grow College Teachers
- Formative Feedback Options
- Reflections Reading List
- The Case Against Teaching (article)