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May 31, 2018

Welcome to the Academic Affairs newsletter! The Division has had a busy, productive semester abounding with travel, recognition, and exciting new partnerships. Members of the faculty and staff have received national recognition for their scholarly and professional achievements, and new programs have expanded our reach both here and abroad. Learn more about the departments and people of Academic Affairs in the articles below. If you have any questions or feedback, please email

May 29, 2018

A group of ten RIT parents and students had the opportunity to explore the Adriatic region this May. This one-week, hands-on experience, was organized by the Office of Parent and Family Programs and RIT Global, and led by Rick Lagiewski, Ph.D. (assistant professor in Hospitality and Tourism Management) and Chelsea Petree, director of Parent & Family Programs. Families visited several cities in Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro and explored Adriatic culture, history and ecology through lectures, guided tours, nature excursions and gastronomic sampling.

May 28, 2018

The spring Capstone Symposium held on April 25 in the University Gallery featured the largest showing of SOIS student work to date.  Nine graduate students, 28 undergraduate students, and one student from WNY Tech Academy high school presented a vast range of disciplinary research and problem solving at the symposium.  In addition to student research, more than 15 students from the team-based SOIS Wicked Problems course presented their solutions to the wicked problem “Improving Access to Education for People with Disabilities.”   

May 25, 2018

SOIS hosted more than 125 students, faculty, staff, alumni,​ and friends at the 4th annual Difference Makers Dinner on March 20 in the University Gallery.  This event recognizes and celebrates the remarkable academic and civic achievements of SOIS students, faculty, staff,​ and alumni.  Highlights from the evening include a keynote by SOIS alumna, disability rights activist,​ and research analyst for the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Initiatives, Luticha Doucette, and a conversation via skype to Peru with SOIS alum Lorenzoa Llosa, who shared his work in sustainable cocoa bean production and t

May 24, 2018

Dr. Carl Lutzer has been appointed as the interim direcor of the Honors Program. Dr. Lutzer joined the faculty at RIT in 2000 and currently serves as the coordinator of undergraduate programs within the School of Mathematical Sciences. He has helped design honors courses in the COS and has taught them including “The Mathematics of Politics and Power.” He is known most especially for his student-centeredness and commitment to student success. We are very fortunate to have Dr. Lutzer moving into this interim role. 

May 23, 2018

SOIS faculty member Daniel Worden was awarded funding for research and scholarship related to the study of comics. These interdisciplinary projects engage faculty and staff from RIT Libraries and the College of Liberal Arts.

Lucy Shelton Caswell Research Award from the Ohio State University's Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum (BICLM)

May 22, 2018

Sara May, Marketing & Communications Manager at RIT Libraries, will receive a PR Xchange Award from the American Library Association at their annual conference in June 2018. The social media campaign “Where in Wallace,” which promoted RIT’s Art Collection and Graphic Design Archive, was selected from 400 entries submitted by libraries nationwide. 

May 21, 2018

Several authors and artists visited campus during the academic year as part of the Comics Studies Lecture Series through SOIS:

May 18, 2018

Two members of the RIT advising community were recently recognized for their outstanding work by NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising.

May 15, 2018

RIT Libraries was awarded the region's 2018 Academic Library of the Year by the Rochester Regional Library Council (RRLC) based on the quantity and enthusiasm of nominations from students and faculty. Patrons submitted comments to the RRLC commending RIT Libraries’ supportive staff, collaborative learning spaces, and special collections. Read more >>

May 14, 2018

In collaboration with COLA, IHST, CAST,​ and others, SOIS helped to facilitate the signing of a partnership with Foodlink, Inc. at Imagine RIT on April 28.  This partnership will support the continued development of mutually beneficial programming, scholarship and grant proposals,​ and experiential learning opportunities for students across RIT while aiding the fight against hunger in our region.

May 11, 2018

The U.S. Department of State recognized Rochester Institute of Technology for success providing study-abroad opportunities for students with disabilities. RIT was named to the inaugural list of U.S. higher education institutions that sent the most students overseas on the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in academic year 2016-2017.

May 7, 2018

The Office of the Provost and the Office of Educational Effectiveness Assessment (EEA) are pleased to announce the Student Learning @ RIT Assessment Grant.  This assessment grant is designed to support the development and  implementation of student learning assessment activities in academic programs and the General Education curriculum.

May 7, 2018

Digital initiatives librarian Frances Andreu was awarded an Early Career Fellowship from the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP). Recipients of the highly competitive fellowships are chosen based on their high level of engagement in their fields and diverse range of skills in scholarly publishing and librarianship.


May 4, 2018

Student Spotlight: An interview with Sonja Armbrecht, a first-year international business major, and Petar Kleskovic, second-year web and mobile computing major, from RIT Croatia.

May 3, 2018

The Excellence in Student Learning Outcomes Award is given to recognize an academic degree program that is committed to best practices in assessment, improving student learning, and is dedicated to continuous program improvement.

May 2, 2018

At the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, "The Luminous Print" celebrates photogravure, a printing process that combines the fine detail of photography with the wide tonal range of fine arts intaglio printing. At RIT Archive Collections, "Photography and Photographers at RIT" highlights RIT's 116 years of photography education, encompassing advertising, fine art, and photojournalism.

May 2, 2018

ROC the Project is a team competition designed to engage Rochester-area college students in the practice of project management and to develop their leadership skills. Student project teams were formed in January of this year and were provided with a real-life business challenge faced by Rochester-area organizations, for which they must provide a solution.

May 1, 2018

Rochester Institute of Technology and the Universidad Autónoma de Occidente recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding, an agreement between the two universities that would include student and faculty project and research exchanges focused on international product design theory and commercialization for developing economies. Both universities emphasize innovation and entrepreneurship to broaden regional economies, and having students prepared to lead global commercialization initiatives is an expected outcome of the new international collaboration.

April 30, 2018

Leah Bradley, assistant director of Educational Effectiveness Assessment, Dr. Elizabeth Hane, associate professor in the School of Life Sciences and Dr. David S. Martins, associate professor and director of the University Writing Program presented If We Build It, Will They Come?

April 27, 2018

Jennifer Roeszies, Information Delivery Services Technician at RIT Libraries and museum studies undergraduate, presented about using social media to promote the RIT Archive Collections at the Museum Association of New York Annual Conference on April 9, 2018.

April 26, 2018

Moving away from home and adapting to a new culture can quite often be nerve-wracking and stressful. But not for this RIT Tiger, Josip Begonja, who talks about his transition and experience at RIT Croatia in Zagreb. Josip Begonja is a 4th-year student at RIT Croatia in Zagreb majoring in International Business.

April 25, 2018

Criminal justice and public policy double major Tayler Ruggero was working as a research assistant doing crime analysis when she saw posters for a faculty-led study-abroad trip to Rwanda where she could use mapping technology to help refugees. “I was interested in learning GIS (geographic information systems) for my criminal justice research position and I always wanted to study abroad, so I thought why not go to Rwanda for it.”

April 19, 2018

Susan Mee, Cheryl Herdklotz, and Anne Marie Canale recently presented at the 18th Distance Library Services Conference (DLSC) in San Antonio, Texas. The DLSC focuses on the challenges and rewards of delivering library services and resources to distance students and faculty.

April 17, 2018

The April 17 Celebration of Teaching and Scholarship event recognized faculty and staff for their commitment to teaching and learning at RIT. Since 1965, RIT has held the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching in an annual award ceremony. In the decades since, the event has grown into a celebration to recognize members of the RIT community who contribute significantly to student learning and academic scholarship. The recipients are recognized at an awards ceremony with the president and provost, followed by a formal dinner.