Communicating Your Research with the Press

On November 11, Math Professor and Grandma got STEM blogger Rachel Levy (Harvey Mudd College) presented a mini tutorial on how to effectively disseminate your research to news outlets. Participants practiced how to craft a message by telling a story about their research, considered misconceptions people could have about their work and learned strategies to avoid this, and brain stormed ideas for visually presenting their research. Dr. Levy reviewed how to develop productive collaborations with reporters and showed examples of ways reporters can help make your technical communication clearer. This workshop was hosted by WISe and was funded by an AdvanceRIT Connect grant.

Connections Networking Event-Finding Resource Partners

On November 13, the second in a series of networking events for women faculty was held. The theme for this session was “Finding Resource Partners.”  The faculty shared information about skills they have to offer and skills they need related to their research projects by participating in an interactive activity. “Connections” networking events aim to build and grow professional networking among women faculty at RIT.  

2014 AY Connect Grants Program Call for Proposals

This message is sent on behalf of Jeremy Haefner, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dear Faculty Colleagues,

As part of RIT’s continued commitment to faculty success and career development, I’m very excited to announce the 2014 AY Connect Grants Program offered by the AdvanceRIT project, Faculty Career Development Services (FCDS) and the Office of the Provost.  This grant program is designed to support the leadership and career development of all tenured and pre-tenured faculty.

Please take a few moments to review the current Request for Proposals, corresponding rationale and selection criteria.  There are two distinct funding tracks aligned with AdvanceRIT project goals.  Connect Grants are designed to broaden faculty opportunities and enhance plans of work associated with tenure and promotion preparation and overall career advancement goals; department Connect Grants assist group-led, project-oriented efforts to enhance institutional transformation and support creative department-level initiatives intended to guide and manage faculty through various career stages.

Please find the online application and proposal documents on the AdvanceRIT website. Proposals are due Monday, January 26, 2015 with grant awards announced in February. 

The AdvanceRIT and FCDS teams hope you will consider how the Connect Grants Program may support your career and professional career goals.

Jeremy Haefner
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
NSF AdvanceRIT Leadership Team

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Navigating Departmental Politics-Presented by the Michigan Players

Thursday, December 11th (Reading Day)

  • Faculty Performance: 9-11 AM with registration and continental breakfast beginning at 8:30 AM.
  • Leadership Performance: 1-3 PM with registration and hors d'oeuvres beginning at 12:30 PM. 

The Michigan CRLT Players are visiting the Rochester of Institute of Technology with their acclaimed production of Navigating Departmental Politics. The Players create research-based performances that examine current issues in higher education. Using a range of innovative theatrical techniques, the Players’ performances engage faculty, graduate students, and university administrators in critical reflection, respectful dialogue, and problem solving.

The performances reflect experiences of academic life that can be readily recognized by audiences. Putting such familiar scenes and challenges on stage produces several effects that are harder to achieve in a simple workshop setting. The workshop they will be presenting is “A Faculty Meeting-Navigating Department Politics.”  The performance presents a range of interactions between individuals in a department currently seeking a new faculty hire. This is a richly layered sketch used to focus on two issues important to any university: faculty hiring and departmental climate.

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Continuing the Conversation: Navigating Department Politics

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
10:00-11:30 AM

At this workshop, the AdvanceRIT team will recap how the Michigan Players portrayed how gender, rank, ethnicity, and other aspects of power relations influence the climate and faculty morale; share the assessment results from the Michigan Players "Navigating Department Politics" workshop; and lead discussion sessions on putting into practice the lessons learned from participating in the Michigan Players workshop.