Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Time Session & Location
8:30am to 8:55am
Registration & Continental Breakfast
Gosnell Entryway and Atrium - Lower Level
8:55am to 9:00am
Opening Remarks
Gosnell Auditorium, A-300

Lynn Wild, Associate Provost

9:00am to 9:30am
Welcome to RIT
Gosnell Auditorium, A-300

Provost Jeremy Haefner 

9:40am to 10:40am
Facilitating Student Resilience in the Classroom: Strategies for Early Identification and Intervention
Gosnell Auditorium, A-300

David Reetz, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services

Focuses on identifying the personal, non-cognitive barriers that students bring to the classroom.  Trends in college student well-being will be presented as well as strategies to identify early signs of distressed and distressing behavior.  Additionally, practical skills and strategies for effective prevention and early intervention will be examined.  The end result will be a slightly more tuned learning environment that inspires students to manage challenges and setbacks more effectively and fulfill their academic plan.  


10:40am to 10:50am
10:50am to 12:00pm
Working with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students Panel
Gosnell Auditorium, A-300

Panelists: Mark Rosica (Moderator), Associate Professor/Counselor, Student & Academic Services, NTID/RIT; Karen Beiter, Information & Computing Studies; Kelly Davis, Financial Accounting, SCB; Ann Marie Kuntz, Manager, Real Time Captioning/Notetaking; Steve Nelson, Director of Operations, Access Services


Provides an overview of information and resources that assist instructors with classroom teaching strategies that foster collaborative learning among deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing students. A panel discussion will inform new faculty about the key roles and resources to support student success in the classroom. Panelists include RIT and NTID faculty and staff from Access Services and Academic Services, all of whom will provide recommendations to help make instruction more accessible for the deaf/hard-of-hearing student. Panelists will share the roles and expectations of key players in the classroom learning environment (student, faculty, interpreters, captionist, notetaker, etc.) and will share key campus resources for both faculty and students.


12:00pm to 12:15pm
12:15pm to 1:00pm
Lunch & Networking with Research Division/Sponsored Research Services (SRS)
University Gallery (BOO, Rm 2765)

Continue building your network!  Meet your SRS liasons and chat with your new colleagues.  

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Your RIT Career Trajectory
Gosnell Auditorium, A-300

Christine Licata, Senior Associate Provost

Better understand how to effectively traverse the faculty expectations placed on you.  Hear what RIT faculty and students say is important to being successful.  Review strategies for matching your personal interests with institutional priorities.  Learn how to ignite your career at RIT. 

Thoughts on Teaching Effectiveness Video


2:15pm to 3:15pm
Conversations with Chairs
Gosnell Auditorium, A-300

Sharon Beckford-Foster, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of English, CLA
Shalini (Shal) Khazanchi, Chair and Associate Professor, Management, IB & Entrepreneurship, SCB
Steve Zilora, Chair and Professor, Information Sciences & Technologies, GCCIS

Introduces current RIT Department Chairs who will offer suggestions and strategies to guide faculty in acclimating to their new department and the RIT community, offering tips for communicating and interacting with new colleagues. The panelists will share what new faculty should be talking about with their Chair, and when, during the course of their career at RIT.

Sample topics for discussion, followed by Q & A with the panelists:

  • Best practices for communicating with leadership and new colleagues in your department and across disciplines
  • Recommendations for what NOT to do in your first years
  • Advice on annual reviews, plan of work, promotion and/or tenure, and student evaluations


3:15pm to 3:25pm
Faculty Career Development Overview & Day 1 Wrap-up
Gosnell Auditorium, A-300

Cheryl Herdklotz and Anne Canale, Faculty Career Development Consultants

Learn how the FCD team provides faculty with opportunities geared toward advancement through the different stages of an academic career.  Hear how it provides support through RIT's faculty mentoring program, academic leadership development, and other special events and presentations.  

Presentation Handout: About Faculty Development and our Faculty Success Series 

3:30pm to 4:30pm
The Finish Line: Wine and Cheese Reception
Gosnell Atrium

Relax and unwind with your new colleagues!

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Time Session & Location
7:30am to 9:15am
College Breakfasts
Various dates/times/locations (check listing) below!

Individual College breakfast times to be announced. 

9:15am to 9:30am
Day 2 Registration
Gosnell Entryway
9:30am to 4:00pm
Individual Professional Photos Available (no appointment necessary)
The Wallace Center, A-405 (lower level)

Elizabeth Torgerson-Lamark, RIT Production Services

9:30am to 10:15am
Orientation to SIS
Gosnell Auditorium, A-300

Tina Sturgis, Senior Associate Registrar; Luke Auburn, Senior Communication Specialist

All RIT class instructors must use the Faculty Center within RIT’s Student Information System (SIS) to enter grades and access their class schedules, class rosters and historic grade rosters. All permanent, non-adjunct faculty have access to Advisor Center as well, which provides a modified view of what students see when they log in to the SIS. Advisor Center serves as a central location that allows you to see a student’s schedule of classes, advisors, holds, course history, unofficial transcript and more.  
Link to Faculty SIS site.
Orientation Handout

10:15am to 11:00am
Using Starfish to Send Academic Alerts
Gosnell Auditorium, A-300

Stephanie Bauschard, Associate Director, University Advising Office

RIT’s academic alert system allows instructors to send timely feedback and information to students regarding their performance in a course.  This session will serve as an introduction to the system including:


11:00am to 11:15am
11:15am to 12:00pm
RIT Libraries – Resources & Your College Librarian
The Wallace Center (TWC), 2nd Floor, ViaLab, Room 2430

Margaret Bartlett, Sr. Manager Research & Instruction Services, RIT Libraries, TWC, & Staff 

Enjoy an overview of services provided by RIT Libraries in support of faculty success-from classroom instruction on library resources to course reserves to one of our newer initiatives on academic integrity! Also, you will have time to meet with your College Library Liaison, so please bring your questions.  They are here to help!  Link to RIT Library website.

12:00pm to 12:45pm
Networking Lunch & Overview of Innovative Learning Institute (ILI)
The Wallace Center (TWC), 1st Floor

Neil Hair, Executive Director, ILI

12:45pm to 1:00pm
1:00pm to 1:15pm
Teaching and Learning Services
Gosnell Auditorium, A-300

Ian Webber, Director of Teaching & Learning Services

An overview of the support and resources available from the Innovative Learning Institute and TLS, your source for support and ideas about course design, classroom activities, online learning, academic technology, and media.  


1:15pm to 1:30pm
What to Expect in the Classroom
Gosnell Auditorium, A-300

Matt Nicosia, Supervisor of Classroom Technology Operations

An orientation to the technology and controls you’ll find in most classrooms. New faculty can also sign up for an orientation in their scheduled classrooms.

1:30pm to 2:15pm
myCourses Orientation
Gosnell Auditorium, A-300

Ken Kindler, Manager of Academic Technology Systems 

A high-level tour of RIT’s Learning Management System, myCourses. New faculty can also sign up for myCourses training and one-to-one consultation.

2:15pm to 2:25pm
2:25pm to 3:00pm
Your Teaching Mindset
Gosnell Auditorium, A-300

Jeremiah Parry-Hill, Interim Manager for Instructional Design-TLS

An interactive session to help new faculty determine and reflect on their teaching mindset, and how TLS can help them achieve their teaching goals.  

3:00pm to 3:05pm
Wrap-up Day 2 & Evaluations / Walk to TWC
Gosnell Auditorium, A-300

Anne Canale & Cheryl Herdklotz

3:05pm to 4:00pm
Resource Fair
The Wallace Center (TWC), 1st Floor

Campus Representatives

This exposition is a valuable opportunity to obtain information on campus units and services that can assist you and your students. Meet representatives from advising, academic support, the writing center, sponsored research, and our university press, to name a few. Please don’t miss this opportunity to discover RIT’s wonderful resources while expanding your RIT network.


4:00pm to 4:25pm
Title IX

Stacey DeRooy, Title IX Coordinator

Provides an overview of RIT's policies and process for handling Title IX complaints while reinforcing expectations for community behavior. The session will inform faculty of resources available to them and their obligations related to complying with Title IX and related statutes. 
Orientation Slides


Friday, August 18, 2017
Time Session & Location
8:15am to 8:30am
Day 3 Registration & Continental Breakfast
Gosnell Entryway and Atrium
8:30am to 9:00am
Meet Your Faculty Associates
Gosnell Auditorium, A-300


Margaret Bailey, Senior Faculty Associate for ADVANCE

Kijana Crawford, Coordinator of the AALANA Faculty Advisor Council

Betsy Dell, Faculty Associate for Women faculty

Marcos Esterman Faculty Associate for AALANA faculty

Elizabeth Hane, Faculty Associate for General Education

Daniel Phillips, Faculty Associate for the Partnership for Effective Access

Technology Research & Development


FA Photos (PDF file)

Meet the Provost's Faculty Associates and learn about their role addressing areas of priority for RIT, while providing leadership and support for their colleagues. 

9:00am to 11:00am
Human Resources – RIT Employee Benefits
Gosnell Auditorium, A-300

Judy DeCourcey, Senior Benefits Specialist 

We know how important this topic is to our new faculty. At this session you will hear all about Employee Benefits at RIT. Immediately following this information-filled presentation, new faculty will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with benefits representatives to get answers to your questions. A representative will also be available to help complete the I-9 form and other paperwork as needed.


11:10am to 12:00pm
Optional Personal Meetings with HR Representatives
Gosnell Auditorium, A-300

HR Representatives: Val Leigey and Brett Lagoe 

I-9 Completion, Gosnell Atrium

Information Technology Services, Gosnell Atrium
ITS representatives will be available to answer questions concerning RIT email access, etc.

12:00pm to 2:00pm
Individual Professional Photos Available (no appointment necessary)
The Wallace Center, A-405 (lower level)

Elizabeth Torgerson-Lamark, RIT Production Services