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!