The number of submissions has grown each year since the inaugural report in 2009. More than 1,800 citations are represented in the latest report. The number of citations has also steadily increased each year.
"We started this project knowing that it would take several years to really get to a point where we had a review that spoke volumes of the research and scholarly activity at RIT," said Jeremy Haefner, RIT provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs. "I'm happy to report we have reached this point. The report, with so many submissions, has a terrific, professional look and feel. We have a terrific story to tell of the wonderful scholarship we do at RIT."
To be considered for inclusion in the report, the scholarship must be peer-reviewed, published, and disseminated. The provost and the deans set the criteria standards.
In addition to the compilation of citations, professors from each college are profiled in the report's "featured faculty section" based on nominations from each dean. The Wallace Center's Scholarly Publishing Studio produces the report. The entire project—graphics, photography, website development and design—is all done internally.
"Not only does the report showcase the scholarship that is done here at RIT, but it showcases the creativity and the technical expertise of The Wallace Center," said Nick Paulus, manager of Scholarly Publishing.
The Faculty Scholarship report is just one of the ways the university illustrates faculty's engagement in research and scholarly endeavors.
"Our scholarly aspirations are really compatible with our teaching mission," said Haefner. "When students see faculty 'learning' through their scholarly or creative work, the students see the value of continual improvement through learning, and this is important to us as educators. Secondly, I believe that research, creative work, and scholarly activity make substantial contributions to the intellectual life of a campus. The more that our faculty are engaged in the discovery of new ideas or the application of ideas to new fields, the more exciting it is to be part of campus. All great universities are known for intellectual vibrancy and RIT is no different!"