Schedule from NFO 2016 - check back this summer for 2017 Schedule

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
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 9:50am
Faculty Career Development Services (FCDS) Overview
Gosnell Auditorium, A-300

Cheryl Herdklotz and Anne Canale, Faculty Career Development Consultants

FCDS is dedicated to the support of faculty careers at RIT. Our team provides faculty with opportunities geared toward advancement through the different stages of an academic career. FCDS provides support for all faculty through RIT’s faculty mentoring program, academic leadership development, and other special events and presentations. See a quick, online tour of our offerings!


9:50am to 10:15am
Work Together, Play Together
Gosnell Auditorium, A-300

Grant Cos and Babak Elahi, Associate Professors, College of Liberal Arts (CLA)

Hear from veteran RIT faculty how their connection at NFO created lasting bonds, personally and professionally. Grant and Babak will share their experiences and offer tips on making connections, academic collaboration, and building your own mentoring network. As colleagues who have taught together and published together, their personal collaboration has also deepened their academic partnership.  

10:15am to 10:30am
10:30am to 11:45am
Working with Your Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students Panel Discussion
Gosnell Auditorium, A-300

Panelists: Mark Rosica (Moderator) Interim Associate Dean, Student & Academic Services; Karen Beiter, Information & Computing Studies; Ann Hager, Associate Professor, SCB/NTID Support Faculty; Ann Marie Kuntz, Manager, Real Time Captioning/Notetaking; Steve Nelson, Director of Operations, Access Services

An overview of information and resources that provide 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 deaf and hard-of-hearing 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.

Presentation Slides (PDF document, 8 pages, text is partially in color)

11:45am to 12:00pm
Group Photo of RIT’s New Faculty Cohort
Gosnell Atrium
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Lunch & Networking with Research Division/Sponsored Research Services (SRS)
University Gallery (BOO, Rm 2765)

Continue building your network at this opportunity to meet your SRS liaisons and chat with your new colleagues over lunch.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
RIT Survival Skills – If I only knew then what I know now!
Gosnell A-300

Moderator: Christopher Collison, Associate Professor, COS and Academic Senate Executive Chair 

Panelists: Muhammet Kesgin (CAST/Assistant Professor, Hospitality and Tourism Management); Ammina Kothari (CLA, Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies: Journalism, School of Communication);  Deana Olles (COS/Professor, School of Mathematical Sciences); Mark Olles (CAST/Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Technology)

We’re confident you will survive in the RIT wilderness but we think it valuable to imagine your road through personal uncharted territory! This segment will cover some skills you might need to “survive” in a variety of conditions. It helps to be ready to face any problem that RIT has to offer! How do you cope with uninterested students, teaching hours that conflict with family commitments, a restricted swimming pool schedule, parking at peak times, tenure expectations, etc.? What are your biggest concerns? We’ll ask you to tell us what this survival guide should include and our panel of hardened RIT survival experts will provide solutions for success based on their own experiences!

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Your RIT Career Trajectory
Gosnell Auditorium, A-300

Christine Licata, Senior Associate Provost

Wrap up the day with a presentation on how to traverse the 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 make a difference in your career at RIT.

Presentation slides (PDF document, 3 pages, black and white text)

Video link:, ""Important Aspects of Effective Teaching," Chris Licata and RIT Students


3:00pm to 3:05pm
Wrap-up Day 1 & Evaluations
Gosnell Auditorium, A-300

Anne Canale / Cheryl Herdklotz

3:05pm to 4:00pm
The Finish Line: Wine and Hors d’oeuvres Reception
Gosnell Atrium

Special Treat:  RIT Better Me Chair Massage (3:15 – 4:00 pm) Gosnell Atrium 

Thursday, August 11, 2016
Time Session & Location
8:00am to 9:15am
College Breakfasts
Various dates/times/locations (check listing) below!








Ross Hall/ROS, Bldg 10, Room A252,  Dean's Conference Room




Gannett Hall/GAN -Neblette Conf Room 1104, Dean's Office area




Liberal Arts College, Bldg. 6, Room 1251, Commons Room




Thomas Gosnell Hall/GOS, Bldg 8, Room 1300




Golisano /GOL, Bldg 70, Room 1610




Kate Gleason/GLE, Bldg 9, Conference Room 3119




Lowenthal Hall/LOW, Bldg  12, Room 1135




Dyer Arts Center

*NOTE 1) the dates for SCB’s and NTID’s events; and 2) no college breakfast is scheduled for CHST or GIS

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 Communications 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.  This session shows faculty how to perform essential tasks in both Faculty Center and Advisor Center.

Link to Faculty SIS site.

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:

  • An overview of the system and its purpose.
  • User roles in the Starfish system and processes.
  • How to access the Starfish system and send academic alerts through Progress Surveys.
  • How to access additional training and support for the Starfish system.

Faculty Starfish Quick Guide
Starfish Academic Alert Training Guide
Presentation Slides - Starfish 
(PDF document, 16 slides, full color)


11:00am to 11:15am
11:15am to 12:00pm
RIT Libraries – Resources & Your College Librarian
The Wallace Center (TWC), 1st Floor

We are here to help! Enjoy an overview of services the RIT Libraries provides in support of faculty success. From classroom instruction on library resources to course reserves to our newest initiative on academic integrity, we are here to help! Also, you will have time to meet with your College Library Liaison, so please bring your questions. 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
Afternoon Sessions – Gosnell Auditorium A-300
1:00pm to 1:20pm
Teaching and Learning Services
Gosnell Auditorium, A-300

An overview of the support and resources available from Teaching and Learning Services (TLS), your source for support and ideas about course design, classroom activities and technology, online learning, technology, and media.

Presentation slides (all TLS sessions) (PDF document, 30 full color slides)

1:20pm to 1:30pm
What to Expect in the Classroom
Gosnell Auditorium, A-300

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 2:00pm
myCourses Orientation
Gosnell Auditorium, A-300

A high-level tour of the functions and abilities of RIT’s Learning Management System. New faculty are strongly encouraged to also sign up for myCourses training and one-to-one consultation.

2:00pm to 2:10pm
2:10pm to 3:00pm
What’s On Your Mind?
Gosnell Auditorium, A-300

An interactive session to help new faculty share questions and concerns about teaching at RIT, how TLS can assist them in achieving student success, and upcoming workshops and events.

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 wonderful opportunity for you to obtain information on campus units and services provided for all faculty. Meet representatives from the offices of research, advising, diversity and the Wallace Center, to name a few. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to expand your RIT network.

You will also receive your “Welcome to RIT” NFO gift!

Friday, August 12, 2016
Time Session & Location
8:15am to 8:30am
Day 3 Registration & Beverages/Pastries
Gosnell Entryway and Atrium
8:30am to 9:00am
Meet Your Faculty Associates
Gosnell Auditorium, A-300

Marcos Esterman Faculty Associate for AALANA faculty
Margaret Bailey, Senior Faculty Associate for ADVANCE
Betsy Dell, Faculty Associate for Women faculty
Elizabeth Hane, Faculty Associate for General Education
Daniel Phillips, Faculty Associate for the Partnership for Effective Access
    Technology Research & Development
Elena Sommers, Faculty Associate for Non-Tenure track faculty

FA Photos (PDF file)

Hear first-hand from the RIT Faculty Associates about their role addressing areas of priority for RIT, while providing leadership and support for their colleagues. The Faculty Associates provide critical visible support especially in light of the increasing demands on faculty time.

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

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.

PRESENTATION SLIDES (PDF document, 20 pages, black and white text)

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

HR Representatives

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