- Register for New Faculty Orientation (NFO): http://rit.edu/newfaculty
- Email your department chair/unit head with arrival date and set a time to meet. See: http://www.rit.edu/overview/rit-colleges
- Meet your department’s administrative assistant; s/he will be a key contact, and great source of information.
- Explore a campus map to familiarize yourself with the community and parking http://maps.rit.edu/. Your temporary parking pass and information is in your benefit packet from HR.
- Discover workshops and trainings to assist with effective teaching, technology and classroom setup: https://wallacecenter.rit.edu/events/
- Familiarize yourself with RIT’s unique deaf culture: http://www.rit.edu/ntid/teach2connect/
- Familiarize yourself with the Rochester community at large if you are new to the area: http://www.rit.edu/overview/rochester-ny
- Browse the RIT Policy website: http://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/policiesmanual/
- Notify firstname.lastname@example.org and Susan.DeWoody@rit.edu if you have a new mailing address OR email address.
Being a new faculty member (or faculty member in a new place) can be a bit of a roller coaster ride. First, the elation and excitement—sharing and celebrating with family and friends—imagining new opportunities! This exhilaration may be followed by anxiety, nervousness about new responsibilities and colleagues, and managing your work/life balance.
This important transition does not have to be full of tension and anxiety. With the right strategies and support, stepping into your new role can be energizing and enjoyable. This website is designed to help you get your career off to a great start!
Associate Provost for Faculty Development and The Wallace Center
- Attend New Faculty Orientation (NFO), August 13-15, 2014 (http://rit.edu/newfaculty)
- Have your professional photo taken at NFO. This is a service provided by The Wallace Center (view NFO schedule for times)
- If not already done so:
- Complete your I-9 Form
- Obtain your RIT Identification card
- Register your vehicle for on-campus parking
- Obtain your RIT user ID and password to access email and campus networks
- Register your portable computing devices with ITS (iPad, laptop, etc. for accessing wireless)
- Meet with your department chair
- Attend the Required Compliance Trainings:
- Attend the optional university New Employee Orientation with the opportunity to complete two of the required compliance trainings. http://www.rit.edu/fa/cpd/orientation/newemployee.html
- Become familiar with the Individual Conflict of Interest and Commitment (ICIC) http://www.rit.edu/fa/cpd/leadership/icic
- Start a "kudos" file for yourself to keep positive notes from students, colleagues, peers, and department heads.
- Create a Plan of Work with your department chair/unit head around your teaching, scholarship, and service, if applicable
- Depending on your department’s policy, meet with your assigned mentor
- Learn about the Faculty Mentoring @ RIT opportunities, and start building your mentoring network on campus link to http://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/facultydevelopment/mentoring/overview
- Attend at least one networking activity, see FCDS Faculty Success Series link to https://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/facultydevelopment/faculty-success-series
- Explore the resources available to you from:
- Reconnect with your library liaison met at NFO http://library.rit.edu/research/meet-your-librarian
- Evaluate annual milestones for goals established for your Plan of Work
- Set goals for the next academic year for your Plan of Work
- Participate in at least one professional development activity (workshops/guest speakers)
- Evaluate mentoring roles and benefits of relationship
- There's a lot going on at the end of the semester – remember that work/life balance is key to your success!
- Congratulate yourself on a job well done!
- Reflect on your first year and see your department chair if concerns around your roles in:
- Teaching - Take a look at your teaching evaluations. Not what you expected? Don't beat yourself up over them—it’s your first year and there are many resources here at RIT to help! Consider what you might do next year to improve – and seek support and guidance from all across Campus.
- Consider how you have balanced your work and life responsibilities this year. Does something need to be adjusted? If so, consider the many resources RIT provides to you as a faculty member.
- Revisit your "kudos file" for positive reinforcement.
- Plan your summer vacation!