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Dr. Neil Hair
Executive Director, Innovative Learning Institute

Dr. Neil Hair is the Executive Director of the Innovative Learning Institute, and an Associate Professor of Marketing from the E. Philip Saunders College of Business at RIT. He holds Chartered Marketer Status from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a PhD from Cranfield as well as degrees from Sheffield and Cardiff Business Schools. His research and consulting activities focuses on relationship marketing, more specifically they include analyzing perceptions of advertising and customer value in popular online social networks like facebook and Pinterest, personal branding in virtual space, virtual ethnography in online worlds, and most recently a Cisco sponsored global study on social media use for collaboration and innovation looking at over 100 of the world’s thought leaders operating in this space.Neil is also passionate about his role as a facilitator and has been awarded five of RIT's teaching awards for excellence including; The Provosts Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006, the Exemplary Online Faculty Award in 2008, recipient of RIT’s Executive MBA Faculty Recognition Award in 2013, The Saunders College of Business Alumni award for 2014 and RIT's highest teaching honor, The Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2012. His teaching interests have involved developing the world's first program on the commercialization of virtual worlds, and in pedagogy of immersive online student learning experiences. In his role as Executive Director of the ILI he has been tasked with leading RIT’s charge towards innovative teaching practices across the board, promoting faculty awareness of successful innovations, and executing RIT’s online portfolio of learning products.

Serving as part of the Academic Affairs leadership team, the Executive Director of the Innovative Learning Institute (ILI) is responsible for:

  • Preparing, directing, and executing strategic planning for the ILI units and their resources, developing, tracking, and improving operational metrics related to these.
  • Overseeing the development and management of the ILI, RIT Online and TLS brands, and the effective marketing of ILI initiatives.
  • Leading the creation of partnerships, both internal and external, in support of creating awareness and support of ILI initiatives.
  • Collaborating with faculty, department chairs, deans, and the Provost to identify new online learning opportunities and opportunities for experimentation with new approaches towards teaching and learning.
  • Managing, directing, and supporting instructional design consultants and mentoring the ILI leadership.
  • Coordinating resources to assist academic units in the design and development of programs related to teaching and learning excellence.
  • Facilitating research in areas of pedagogy and academic technology, to further develop leading models for exemplary learning in online, blended, and classroom formats.

Dr. Neil Hair
Executive Director, Innovative Learning Institute
The Wallace Center, Room A-650 (Bldg. 5)
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 475-6322
neil@rit.edu

Dawn Severson
Senior Staff Specialist
The Wallace Center, Room A-656 (Bldg. 5)
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 475-2167
dmsili@rit.edu