Newly Tenured and Newly Promoted Faculty

Congratulations to the following faculty who received tenure/promotion with the start of the 2011-12 academic year:

  • Robert Stevens, KGCOE
  • Dan Deluna, CIAS
  • Lorrie Frear, CIAS
  • Vincent Pandolfi, CLA
  • Jason Scott, CLA
  • Christopher Collison, COS
  • James Ferwerda, COS
  • Dawn Hollenbeck, COS
  • Manuel Lopez, COS
  • Mary Boyd, CAST
  • Carol Romanowski, CAST
  • Deborah Colton-Hebert, SCB
  • Neil Hair, SCB
  • Shalini Khazanchi, SCB
  • Michelle Harris-Homan, GCCIS
  • David Schwartz, GCCIS
  • Edward Brown, KGCOE
  • Steven Day, KGCOE
  • Daniel Johnson, CAST
  • Joseph Rosenbeck, CAST
  • Elizabeth Lawley, GCCIS
  • Denis Cormier, KGCOE
  • Daniel Lawrence, KGCOE
  • Michaël Amy, CIAS
  • Juan Carlos Caballero, CIAS
  • Twyla Cummings, CIAS
  • Robert Dorsey, CIAS
  • Michael Ruhling, CLA
  • Christopher Schreck, CLA
  • William Basener, COS
  • Manuela Campanelli, COS
  • Scott Franklin, COS
  • Naval Rao, COS
  • Michael Savka, COS
  • Carl Salvaggio, COS
  • Marianne Gustafson, NTID
  • Stephanie Polowe, NTID
  • Geoff Poor, NTID
Assistant Professor
  • Brian Trager, NTID
Associate Professor
  • Edward Steffens, CAST
  • Lawrence Hill, GCCIS
  • Jeffrey Sonstein, GCCIS
  • Catherine Clark, NTID
  • Jennifer Gravitz, NTID
  • Ann Hager, NTID
  • Mark, Pfuntner, NTID
  • Cynthia Sanders, NTID
Senior Lecturer
  • James Jacobs, CAST
  • Richard Lagiewski, CAST
  • Robert Boehner, SCB
  • William Evans, SCB
  • Timothy Landschoot, KGCOE
  • Roy Melton, KGCOE
  • John Wellin, KGCOE
  • Heidi Nickisher, CIAS
  • Alan Reddig, CIAS
  • Kim Sherman, CIAS
  • Jeffrey Burnette, CLA
  • Yukiko Maru, CLA
  • Elizabeth Reeves O'Connor, CLA
  • Elena Sommers, CLA
  • Alla Bailey, COS
  • Joseph Lanzafame, COS

Staff Announcement

Karel Shapiro

Please join Academic Affairs in welcoming Karel Shapiro as the new Staff Assistant to the Senior Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. Karel came to RIT from Monroe Community College where she was a Program Assistant in the Human Services Department. She earned her AAS degree in Human Services in August 2010. Karel started in her new position in Academic Affairs in July 2011.

Institute of Health Science and Technology Launches New Center

Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-regulation

Pursuing innovation in health care, IHST has established its first new center. The Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-regulation (CAPS) is initiating projects that advance the emerging field of psychophysiological care. Initial projects include: the development of a therapeutic videogame with physiological controllers to help young people with anxiety disorders; the “Minding Anxiety Project” (MAP) in the Counseling Center that builds students’ stress reduction skills; a new course in the College of Health Sciences and Technology; and a professional development program for community child health care providers. CAPS Director Laurence I. Sugarman, MD, says,“CAPS is driving innovation in health care by helping people help themselves.”

Academic Program Management

Calendar Conversion

The countdown has begun! The work of the ICC and Grad Council this fall is focusing on the review of: 3 remaining Undergraduate Programs; 3 remaining Graduate Programs as well as Certificate and Advanced Certificate Programs. In addition, the BS/MS and BS/ME programs will be forwarded to NYSED after the programs comprising these dual degrees have been approved.

The dashboard below displays our current status. Keep in mind that our goal is to have all programs approved by NYSED by next year at this time.

Conversion Status Dashboard


Commision on Higher Education Logo

Another countdown is also underway! RIT’s Periodic Review Report (PRR) is due to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education on or before June 1, 2012. A university-wide steering committee, chaired by Senior Associate Provost Chris Licata, has been working together to compile required data, evidence and analysis. The PRR occurs five years after the decennial self study and evaluation team visit. While considered a major accreditation event, the PRR does not entail a site visit or self study. Instead, the university is asked to reflect on its progress and accomplishments and develop plans or create consensus regarding important next steps. In this way, the PRR provides significant institutional progress and planning information to MSCHE and assists the Commission in determining whether the institution remains in compliance and can sustain compliance with accreditation standards. As part of the format for the report, MSCHE asks the university to respond to prescribed questions and topics covering five broad areas: (1) RIT’s response to all self study recommendations from 2007; (2) discussion of the major challenges and opportunities facing the university; (3) enrollment and financial data; (4) assessment evidence (student learning outcomes assessment and institutional effectiveness assessment) and (5) evidence on how the university links planning and budgeting. The PRR is reviewed by three external peer reviewers assigned by MSCHE who then provide a recommendation to MSCHE.

Members of the Steering Committee include: Twyla Cummings (CIAS) Bridget Gleeson (COLA); Joan Graham (Institutional Research); Anne Wahl (Student Learning Outcomes Assessment); Rick Cliver (CAST); Ross Koenig (Finance and Administration) and Heath Boice-Pardee (Student Affairs). In addition, three subcommittees, comprised of approximately 30 additional faculty and staff, also support this work.

It is expected that a draft of RIT’s response will be ready for review and discussion by the community in late January 2012. Stay tuned!

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment

Outcomes' Team on Retreat

From Quarters to Semesters – Crossing the Assessment Bridge

The Office of Student Learning Outcomes Assessment is working with programs as they continue to assess program-level student learning outcomes during the transition to semesters.

The focus during this transition is to:

  • Assess 1-2 program-level student learning outcomes each year while in the quarter system
  • Collect outcome data from courses and assignments that are included in both quarter and semester programs (capstone, co-op, major project)
  • Work on major elements of program-level assessment plan (e.g., develop/refine scoring guides/rubrics, analyze existing data)
  • Create opportunities for conversations about assessment data
We welcome the opportunity to work with you and your faculty. Please call us at: SLOA OFFICE: 585.475.2310, or visit

General Education Assessment Update - Scientific, Mathematical, and Technological Literacy (SMTL) Mini-Retreat Summer 2011

General Education Team Meeting

One of the most exciting aspects of the assessment process is when the assessment results are used to improve future learning. We are committed to reviewing and reflecting on our assessment processes to determine which aspects worked and which didn’t work and how to improve effectiveness and efficiency. An examination of the goals, instruments, and methodology are part of this annual review. Click here for more information on General Education assessment at RIT

The goal of the Gen Ed Scientific, Mathematical, and Technological Literacy Team summer retreat was to conduct further review and analyses of the 2009.10 General Education assessment findings, prioritize, and develop a work plan and timeline for implementation.

The following faculty and staff reviewed our assessment processes as well as focused on The analyses of the SMTL data to improve student learning: Christine Licata, Rebecca Dagger, Dick Doolittle, Elizabeth Hane, Carl Lutzer, Deanna Olles, Helen Timberlake, Laura Tubbs, Anne Wahl, and John Waud.

Institutional Assessment: Connecting the Puzzle Pieces - Middle States Presentation

Dr. Christine Licata, Senior Associate Provost and Dr. Anne Wahl, Director of Student Learning Outcomes Assessment will present at the MSCHE 2011 Annual Conference in December 2011. Their presentation, Institutional Assessment: Connecting the Puzzle Pieces, is an opportunity to showcase the work done at RIT and progress made in relation to RIT’s institutional and student learning outcomes assessment practices. In particular, this presentation highlights three major accomplishment areas and describes the steps taken to get there: 1) infrastructure - planning and implementation, 2) programmatic learning outcomes assessment, and 3) enhanced work in the area of institutional assessment/effectiveness.

Study Abroad and Fellowship

The Study Abroad & Fellowships Office wrapped up the 2010-2011 academic year with 275 students studying abroad, of which 98 studied at one of RIT’s global campuses. Other destinations included Italy, Spain and France. Brazil, Cambodia, Peru and Senegal were also among the new study destinations.

For students who studied abroad this summer and fall, many participated in a pilot photo contest program called ‘Tigers Abroad’. Each student received a miniature stuffed tiger to take abroad with them and their goal was to photograph the tiger “participating” in their many experiences abroad. Students could then submit their photos to the Study Abroad & Fellowships Office to compete in quarterly contests, with the top three winners of each quarter submitted into a grand prize contest at the end of the year. 79 pictures were submitted for summer quarter and they can be seen on Flickr here.

Currently seven RIT students are competing for a prestigious Fulbright fellowship. The Fulbright fellowship allows students the opportunity to conduct research in a country of their choice. The Fulbright Committee, led by Dr. Jessica Lieberman is in the process of interviewing candidates. More information about candidates’ progress will be available as decisions are made in the next few months.

Study Abroad in Croatia

A cohort of 10 Biomedical Sciences students accompanied Dr. Douglas Merrill to Croatia this fall, to participate in a unique 10-week study abroad experience. Seen here at the famous Pile Gate ofDubrovnik, these students will study medical physiology and medical ethics in a case-based, problem-based learning format used by many American medical colleges. In addition, they will travel to Rijeka and Zagreb, two major cities with Medical Center hospitals, where they will observe surgeries and other major medical procedures and learn first-hand about a health care system that is very different from that found in the United States.

RIT Biomedical Science Students in Croatia

Honors Program

The Honors Program admitted a record breaking 1st year class of 216 incoming students. The Honors Program has expanded to include students from USP, CMS, NTID and CHST, to now represent students from all RIT colleges and programs.

Enrollment Management notes that incoming freshmen to honors represent the top 7 or 8% of freshmen nationally.

The profile of our incoming Honors class reflects impressive demographic and geographic backgrounds and academic accomplishment. (See below).

Profile of the 2011 entering Honors class

Demographic Profile Academic Profile
Entering Freshman 216 Mean SAT Critical Reading 670
From outside NYS 112 Mean SAT Math 694
Percent from outside NYS 52% Mean SAT Writing 649
Female 86 Combined SAT (3 score) 1364
Percent Female 40% Combined SAT (2 score) 2010
AALANA 7 Mean ACT Composite 31
Percent AALANA 3% Mean Rank in Class 95%
Mean GPA 96%

This fall, the Honors Program and the International Studies Program are again sponsors of the seminar series, ‘Applying to Graduate School: Mini Prep Sessions’. The series offer practical and conceptual tools to help students during the graduate school application process. The successful series open to all students was first offered last year, with more than 100 students attending the sessions.


Nicole Arroyo, Honors Council President, and Alexandra Atzl, Honors Council Secretary, will moderate panel sessions at the National Collegiate Honors Council annual conference in October. Nicole will moderate the session Form v. Function - Integrating the First Year Experience into an Honors Program. Alexandra will moderate the session Selecting a Public University and its Honors Program: An Exploration of Decision Making by Talented Students.

Alexandra Atzl (CIAS) was recently notified that she has been awarded the Outputlinks Woman of Distinction Scholarship from EDSF (Electronic Document Scholarship Foundation). The scholarship honors an outstanding female student who excels both academically and in participation of extracurricular activities.

Professor David Long School of Film and Animation, recently announced that the Honors Program and the Motion Picture Science student, Alex Pagliaro, has been awarded by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers with the 2011 Lou Wolf Memorial Scholarship. According to Professor Long, this award recognizes only one student each year from an international collection of candidates. In addition to the scholarship, Alex has been invited to attend SMPTE’s annual technical conference in Hollywood this October.


Molly Vebeliunas, 2011 graduate of the College of Science, is working for Kerry Ingredients and Flavours, an Irish food ingredient company that has facilities around the world and over 40 plants in the U.S. The facility where Molly now works in Lakeland, FL is Organic Certified, and the plant produces flavorings for drinks (such as Coke with Lime) and fragrances for products (like cleaners made with ‘real oranges’).

Rob Modzelewski, a graduate of RIT's industrial design program ('09), is running a one-man design business specializing in WordPress design for entrepreneurs and startups. He's passionate about the work entrepreneurs do, and is active in the Chicago entrepreneurial scene. Since being introduced to entrepreneurship nine months ago, he has participated in numerous events, including Startup Weekend, a Chicago Hackathon, and the startup competition SPARK Chicago, in which his team was a finalist.

Josh Thomson, COS 2010 is teaching at Da Vinci Science High School, a charter school in Hawthorne, California. He teaches chemistry and a seminar class in aerospace engineering. The engineering class is offered through the national organization, ‘Project Lead the Way’ In addition to teaching, Josh is a graduate student at Loyola Marymount University pursuing a Master's degree in Education with a focus in School Policy and Administration.

Eric Yellin (CIAS alum) a graduate of the School of Film and Animation has worked for four years in the television industry, with credits including HBO, CBS, ABC, ESPN, Travel, FSN, and two Sports Emmy nominations. Eric is currently working towards his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Long Island University.

LaToye Adams, CIAS alum is in her last semester of graduate studies at Teachers College, Columbia University, completing a Master’s in Developmental Psychology with a concentration on Education. After five years of production and research work on various animated preschool series at Nickelodeon, she has joined Michael Cohen Group, LLC as a Senior Research Associate, working on Dept of Education grants such as Ready to Learn and with private media clients.

Institute Advising Office and Learning Communities Program

Ten professional academic advisors have been hired to support semester conversion advising in five colleges. The new advisors participated in a three week training program that was designed to acclimate them to RIT processes and best practices in advising.

For our learning communities, the year kicked off with just over 1000 students participating in academic learning communities across four colleges and seventeen academic programs. We also launched a living learning community pilot with four new communities: University Studies, Global Leadership, Sustainability, and Entrepreneurs’ Hall. Sixty-five students are participating in the exciting pilot initiatives.

We anticipate a busy year as we define next steps to implement the new advising model, build the advisor’s toolkit for semester conversion advising, and continue to work with the GeneSIS team on the creation of CRM for Retention.

The office recently welcomed Stephanie Bauschard, Assistant Director for Learning Communities and Student Success and Kaaren Thompson, Retention and Advising Technology Manager.

University Studies

University Studies Program brings in its largest Freshman Class as they begin Year 3

Fall 2011 begins the third year that University Studies has been available as an option for RIT students. New freshman enrollment has been growing at approximately 10% each year, with 58 new first year students joining the program this Fall. Including internal and external transfers, and students continuing from a prior quarter, the program overall headcount is 92.

Everyone needs a little TLC: The Living Learning Community Kick Off Event for University Studies was a hit! A fall picnic was held on the residence side of campus to welcome the students living together in Residence Hall B, the Living Learning Community for USP. USP staff cooked for the students, and all played games and had some fun getting to know each other a little better as the new students adjust to their academic and social lives at RIT.

University Studies Students

University Studies Program Student Team Produces New USP Recruitment Brochure Capitalizing on the strengths of the students who have changed majors into the various RIT colleges, the USP program utilized a four-person student team to create and produce the new program recruitment brochure. Primary Photographer, David Beyerlein is majoring in Imaging and Photographic Technology, Assistant Photographer, Andrea Warren is a Visual Media major, Communication Coordinator, Dan English is an Advertising and Public Relations major, and the Project Leader was Christopher Tarantino, majoring in Marketing. Anyone who would like a copy of the brochure may contact Ms. Susan Lindsay at

Registrar's Office

Joe Loffredo and his staff are working feverishly on the GeneSIS project. To date, one million data lines have been entered in preparation for “Go Live” with more data to come.

In order to ensure accurate information for the new SIS, Tina Sturgis, SIS - Semester Conversion Integration Project Manager in the Registrar’s Office and Charlene Reagan, Administrative Assistant in the Sr. Associate Provost’s Office teamed up to schedule individual meetings with Department Chairs and Scheduling Officers to review and update course information as it appears on the Semester Conversion Database, (SemCon) and within Table 1 and Table 2 in the NYSED documentation. These reviews and resulting updates ensure accurate and relevant data in the SemCon database. Approximately 3,500 new courses have been entered on our SemCon Database.