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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. Stay tuned for more information from the COACHE task force coming in early January.

Web-Based Resources

Web-based Resources

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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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.


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.

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Recommended Reading for New Faculty 

  • How to Talk to Your Department Chair
  • Bain, Ken. (2004). What the best college teachers doCambridge, 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
  • 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:

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:


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Individual Consultations

Faculty may meet with faculty career consultants to discuss any needs they have related to their specific career paths or roles.

Contact Anne Marie Canale or Cheryl Herdklotz at