Faculty Career Development Services

An End and A Beginning: May 22, 2013 – Our Final FITL

The Faculty Career Development Services (FCDS) team has been busy planning RIT’s final Faculty Institute on Teaching & Learning conference (FITL). Faculty will experience engaging speakers on topics such as "unlearning," change management, and successful work-life balance.

Attendees will enjoy . . .

  • Jack Uldrich, noted global futurist and best-selling author
  • Dr. Brad Berk, CEO, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Margaret Seidler, author and expert in "polarity thinking"
  • Lauren Dixon, owner/CEO of Dixon Schwabl, Rochester’s successful marketing company with a "unique" corporate culture
Conference details and registration information are now available at http://rit.edu/fitl

The Mysteries of Mid-Tenure Revealed at Panel Discussion

In January, FCDS hosted over 50 pre-tenure faculty to learn about mid-tenure review as revealed by their experienced colleagues. Provost Haefner welcomed the group and provided a fascinating history and overview of the entire tenure process. Attendees found the discussion valuable, particularly the panelists’ honesty, openness, and their different perspectives about the process. Panelists included: Clyde Hull (SCB), Alex Lobos (CIAS), Paul Craig (COS), Grant Cos (COLA), Elizabeth Kronfeld (CIAS), and Kathleen Lamkin-Kennard (KCGOE).

Experts Speak to the Role of Effective Teaching throughout Faculty Careers

In collaboration with College of Applied Science & Technology (CAST), FCDS co-hosted Kirby Barrick, Ph.D., from the University of Florida in January. Barrick presented two sessions for deans, associate deans, chairs and department heads: "A Comprehensive Approach to the Evaluation of Teaching" and "Peer Observation for Teaching Assessment. "

Maryellen Weimer, Ph.D., editor of The Teaching Professor newsletter and professor emeritus from Penn State presented three sessions: "Creating climates that grow teachers and promote learning", "Principles that promote career-long growth for teachers," and "Constructive feedback: Discovering how your teaching impacts efforts to learn."

Handouts and other resources from both speakers are available to faculty on the FCDS website under Web-based Resources and Special Reports.

The FCDS team will continue to offer similar events as part of its continuum of support geared toward faculty advancement throughout their academic career at RIT. Visit the FCDS website to learn more.

RIT Libraries

The Wallace Center Partners with Public Library to Get Students Access to More Resources

On February 13 RIT Libraries partnered with the Henrietta Public Library (HPL) to offer a public library card drive. Members of the RIT community could stop by the Wallace Center (TWC) between 11 am and 1pm to sign-up or renew their Monroe County public library cards. The goal was to help RIT students, particularly those living on campus, gain access to HPL’s rich online resources. With library cards in hand students can access Overdrive, an online platform to "check-out" popular eBook and audiobook titles for free (http://overdrive.libraryweb.org). The library card drive was a success and has opened the door for future collaborations with HPL.

Commuter Spirit Week

RIT Libraries participated in the first annual week- long series of events by hosting mini-open houses throughout the week. The participating commuters were pleased to have sessions specifically for them.

Imagine RIT @ TWC: The Wizard of Wallace

This year’s theme is "The Wizard of Wallace". Events and exhibits will include: Wizard of Wallace photo stand; cookie party with the Tin Man; "There's no place like home" map activity; "Collage the Orange Brick Road!" project; "Innovative impressions: Letterpress posters" interactive activity and more. Most offerings will be hands-on. During last year’s festival, TWC welcomed more than 6,000 visitors! (Pictured: Interactive map activity from 2012’s festival)

Upcycled Furniture Contest

In collaboration with sustainability efforts at RIT, TWC is once again sponsoring the Upcycled Furniture Contest. A primary qualification to participate is incorporating library materials that have been withdrawn from our collection. At this time we have furniture design students and an entire industrial design class from the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences set to participate. All entries will be featured in the Wallace Library during the Imagine RIT Festival. (Pictured: Last year’s winning submission).

RIT Copyright Policy

TWC staff collaborated with representatives from Academic Senate and the Office of Legal Services to draft an RIT Copyright Policy. The draft policy was presented to all governance groups by RIT Libraries Director Shirley Bower. It was overwhelmingly approved by all. This is a significant step towards keeping RIT and its community protected.

LIV@RIT Tutorials Now Required for Incoming Undergrad and Grad Students

RIT Libraries collaborated with Center for Imaging Science faculty to update and include suggested changes in LIV@RIT. As a result of this collaboration, all incoming undergraduate and graduate students will be required to complete these tutorials on information veracity. LIV@RIT is a self-paced interactive tutorial designed to introduce RIT students to a variety of important concepts related to the use of information resources in an academic setting.

RIT Production Services - Web/IT Services

RIT Production Services Wins Addy Award for Mobile Apps

The RIT Production Services Web Team received an Addy award on March 15 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center for design and development of the RIT SportsZone mobile applications.

These apps provide easy access to complete episodes of current and past seasons of RIT SportsZone, game highlights, show times and more. The app can be downloaded for iPhone, iPad and Android devices at http://rit.edu/szapp

"This award is a continued testament to the immense talent we have here at RIT," says Raman Bhalla, assistant director for Web/IT Services. The apps were developed by Harry Groover, designed by Megan Bastian and Randall Church, and content provided by RIT SportsZone staff. "This award has special significance because this was our very first attempt at building mobile apps for iPhone and Android devices."

The Addy Awards is the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition. The awards were given out by the Rochester Advertising Federation (RAF). (Pictured: SportsZone app for iPad).