RIT/NTID names Gary Behm interim associate vice president for academic affairs

Behm will oversee NTID’s academic departments, curriculum and faculty/staff professional development, among other duties

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Gary Behm

Gary Behm of West Henrietta, N.Y., has been named interim associate vice president for academic affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

In his role, Behm will oversee NTID’s academic departments, curriculum, course scheduling, degree certification, communication services and assessment, and faculty/staff professional development. NTID’s academic departments include Liberal Studies, Business Studies, Science & Mathematics, Creative & Cultural Studies, Visual Communications Studies, Engineering Studies, Information & Computing Studies, American Sign Language and Interpreter Education, and Master of Science program in Secondary Education of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

“Gary has brought a wealth of practical and theoretical experience to RIT/NTID classrooms and the Center on Access Technology Innovation Lab,” said Gerry Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean. “I’m certain he will bring the same innovative and energetic approach to this interim role as associate vice president for academic affairs.”

Behm, an associate professor, serves as director of RIT/NTID’s Center on Access Technology Innovation Laboratory, and is an engineering lead for the faculty, researchers and students in the conceptualization, design, development, building and testing of engineering solutions that address the accessibility needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals primarily in the post-secondary educational environment.

Behm earned an associate degree in electromechanical technology and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology from RIT/NTID, and a master’s degree in manufacturing systems engineering from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

Prior to teaching, Behm worked for IBM in various locations throughout the country, serving as an engineer, project leader and project manager. He then moved into the IBM Faculty Loan program and served as a visiting scholar, lecturer, adviser and tutor in RIT/NTID’s engineering studies department.