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Series

The CPD has bundled courses together to offer several series that guide faculty and staff in their professional development. In some cases certificates are available for completing a series.

Series offered through CPD

Bridges is a competency-based training program, designed to help impart knowledge, awareness, and skills regarding diversity, and that also enhance inclusive behavior for the faculty, staff, teaching assistants, and graduate assistants of the RIT community.

The program offers four certificates that are designed to enhance work-related skills at the university. The four certificates are:

Certificate #1 - Group Communications: Inclusive Approaches

Certificate #2: Group Dynamics and Diversity

Certificate #3: Ally Development

Certificate #4: Sustainability and Social Change

Each certificate requires completion of two introductory core programs, and also the three basic programs which comprise each content area.  Both introductory core programs and all three components of programs must be completed to receive one of the certificates. 

Each class is supported by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and facilitated by Mike D’Arcangelo, Director of Diversity Education, along with other faculty and staff from within the university.

The classes are based on a variety of information and assessments that have been designed to reflect the interests, professional growth, and challenges of the RIT community. 

Each class contributes to the development of a conceptual base and skill that fosters common language and culture for all members of the university. 

Learning outcomes are based on upon the concepts in The Framework for Inclusive Excellence and the “Intercultural Competence Value Rubric” model created by the American Association of College and Universities.

This series of workshops and panel discussions has been designed to educate the RIT community on our academic support services as well as create a meaningful dialogue surrounding some of our more commonly used tools for helping students.

Oracle is the University's financial and human resource platform for all transactions and databases. This series of three classes is very important to new faculty and staff who have budget development/operations and/or purchasing responsibility.

The following classes are designed for new Oracle users or those who need a refresher course for basic applications in the general ledger and purchasing.  Seats in these sessions are limited to those who use Oracle within their current position.

The Center for Professional Development and the RIT Advisors Council have collaborated to offer an exciting series of professional development workshops for faculty and staff with advising responsibilities. These workshops will offer interactive opportunities to learn more about our students and RIT services to better support our advisees. All workshops will be facilitated by RIT professionals with expertise in the workshop topics.

Enrollment in the sessions in this series is open to RIT faculty and staff who have advising roles and responsibilities.

Workshop Link
Workshop 1 Building an Advising Relationship
Workshop 2 *FERPA and Records Management for Advisors
Workshop 3 Understanding the Needs of First Generation and Low Income College Students
Workshop 4 RIT's Global Community: Understanding our International Students
Workshop 5 Case Management: A Practical Approach
Workshop 6 Strategies for Enhancing Multicultural Advising
Workshop 7 Strategies and Best Practices for Working with Students on Probation
Workshop 8 Study Abroad for Academic Advisors
Workshop 9

Academic Advising with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

Workshop 10

Understanding the Accommodation Process

Workshop 11

Student Motivation

Workshop 12

Supporting Students on a Continuum of Academic Success

Workshop 13

Non-Registered Student Outreach Project Training

Workshop 14

Mental Health and College Students: What's an Advisor To Do?

*Advisors who complete FERPA and Records Management for Advisors and four additional sessions of their choice will receive a certificate of recognition for their commitment towards professional development in advising.

This series is designed to familiarize employees with RIT accounting and budget practices, procedures and protocol, as well as with basic accounting terminology used at RIT.

Workshop topics include the chart of account structure; the budget process; understanding journal entries, transfers and chargebacks; accounts payable and payroll processes; accounting for fixed assets and capital projects; using Oracle standard and fsg reports and reconciling monthly statements; purchasing; travel and procurement card processes; accounting for grants and contracts, accounting for gifts and other project income and expenses; purchasing processes and procedure; and, completing accounting and payroll forms. Employees who perform financial functions, including travel and procurement card administration, as part of their role at RIT will benefit from the concepts taught in the series. The program will be presented by RIT subject matter experts in a series of thirteen workshops conducted throughout the academic year. Employees who attend all required workshops in the Accounting Series will receive a certificate of completion. Required courses are bolded. Note: All workshops include information that will benefit RIT employees who work at NTID.

Please note: There are new requirements for the certificate.

Workshop Link
Workshop I Introduction to Accounting
Workshop II The Budget Process at RIT 
or
The Budget Process at NTID
Workshop III Understanding Journal Entries & When to Use Transfers
Workshop IV Accounts Payable Process
Workshop V Accounting for Fixed Assets & Capital Projects
Workshop VI Payroll Processes
Workshop VII Using Oracle Reports to Reconcile Your Budget
Workshop VIII Introduction to Accounting for Grants and Contracts
Workshop IX Accounting for Gifts, Endowments & Other Projects
Workshop X Purchasing Processes & Procedures
Workshop XI Travel Policies & Procedures
Workshop XII Procurement Card Processes
Workshop XIII Accounting & Payroll Forms
Workshop XIV Balance Sheet Account Reconciliations
Workshop XV Internal Controls and Fraud in the Workplace

To receive a certificate of completion in recognition of the investment you have made in your career development and enhancing your skill set at RIT, you will need to complete all of the above bolded workshops.

Teams are an integral part of our organization and contribute to the overall success of RIT. As a manager, or project leader, it is your responsibility to stimulate engagement and motivation within your team, as well as supervise and maintain the project’s optimum completion. Many factors can contribute to the success or failure of a team or project. To overcome these obstacles, requires the manager or project leader, to employ unique skills which support the team and execution of the project as a whole.

Programs within this series are designed to develop these unique skills.  Pending the class, participation is open to managers, and/or managers with their teams.  Follow the links below to learn more about each session as well as register for them.

Building a Targeted and Focused Team: Shared Vision and Common Ground

Continuous Process Improvement for Managers and Project Leaders

Continuous Process Improvement for Team Performance

Designing Team/Department Retreats

Lean Six Sigma: “White Belt in Team Performance”

Teambuilding with DISC

Overview of Lean Six Sigma

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

The Sponsored Programs Accounting & Regulatory Certification (SPARC) training program is specifically designed for department administrators and other staff who provide direct post award fiscal and administrative support of sponsored projects to Principal Investigators.

The series is comprised of five workshops and each of the workshops in the series will be conducted throughout the academic year. They will be presented by our subject matter experts from the Sponsored Programs Accounting Office.

Certification Process

To obtain the SPARC, employees must complete the required workshops in Track I (and receive a certificate of completion) within 2 years of completing Track II. After attending all of the SPARC workshops, employees are required to satisfactorily complete a competency test. The test, which will be offered online, will be comprised of true and false and multiple choice questions. When taking the test, employees may refer to workshop materials and information on the SPA web site.

In addition to workshop handouts, attendees will receive a comprehensive training manual, designed to be a reference guide for later use.



Workshop Link
Workshop I Introduction to Accounting for Grants and Contracts
Workshop II Other Direct Costs
Workshop III Compensation and Effort Reporting
Workshop IV Accounting for Cost Share Commitments
Workshop V Audits and Compliance

Annual Recertification Workshop

In order to maintain the SPARC, employees will be required to attend an annual update/refresher workshop. Topics will include: 1) emerging trends in the world of sponsored programs; 2) RIT process and procedure changes that impact the fiscal administration of grants and contracts; and, 3) current developments and other compliance and regulatory issues of interest to grant administrators. This session is a round-table discussion where participants will be encouraged to ask questions and share information and experiences regarding sponsored project administration with others.

The Wellness Certificate Series is a collaborative program developed by Student Wellness, Better Me, and The Center for Professional Development to educate faculty and staff about trending wellness behaviors, unhealthy and risky behaviors and their impact on success at RIT. By engaging in this certificate, faculty and staff will have a better understanding of some of the health-related issues for our students, ourselves, and the resources available to support our community.

Participants may attend any or all sessions. Those who complete 6 sessions during spring semester will receive a certificate of achievement.