Michigan Players: The Chair's Role in Faculty Mentoring

Michigan Players: The Chair’s Role in Faculty Mentoring

Date: May 16, 2017

Times: 9:00am - 11:00am and 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: CSD1300-1310 (Bldg. 55 -Student Development Center - NTID)

Fashioned as three thematically related vignettes, this workshop explores the department head’s role in faculty mentoring. In these workshops participants see a department head discuss a third year review letter with a junior faculty member, welcome a new faculty hire, and check in with an associate professor regarding promotion readiness to the rank of Professor. Developed to showcase positive and  potentially problematic mentoring behaviors, this interactive workshops allow department heads and other academic leaders to think through the ways that they might create a more positive climate for faculty mentoring, both structurally in their department’s policies and interpersonally in the behaviors they adopt and use with their faculty colleagues.

Learning goals for the session follow:

  • To consider the different roles a chair might play in mentoring faculty at different stages of their career trajectory
  • To identify useful and less useful approaches a chair might take in mentoring faculty
  • To identify common challenges that attend different sides of the faculty/chair mentoring relationship
  • To generate ideas for improving mentoring practice


Please visit The Wallace Center here to register for the 9-11 AM performance. 
Please visit The Wallace Center here to register for the 1-3 PM performance.

You may view the flyer for this event here

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Promotion Package Preparation

Are you planning or considering being reviewed for a promotion in rank this coming year? AdvanceRIT and CREW are facilitating the formation of peer support groups for faculty who will be preparing their materials for promotion review this coming fall. These teams are referred to as for Promotion Package Prep or “P3” (P cubed) Groups. 

The P3 Group was a new initiative that started when a few faculty women discussed the idea of getting together to prepare their packages for promotion to full professor.  The idea was brought to AdvanceRIT at the end of the 2015 academic year.  AdvanceRIT and the Council for the Representation & Engagement of Women Faculty (CREW) collaborated on this initiative. The group consisted of seven women faculty from five different colleges (Science, Engineering, Applied Science & Technology, Computing and NTID).  

Based on the positive feedback from participants this past year, AdvanceRIT and CREW are facilitating the formation of P3 Groups for ALL tenured faculty seeking promotion to Full Professor and lecturers seeking promotion to Senior or Principal Lecturer.

For those considering or planning to submit for promotion to Full Professor, we encourage you to attend a panel session with the provost and other senior leaders: Promotion to Professor: Strategies for Presenting a Strong Case. The flyer and registration link for this event can be found on the AdvanceRIT Connectivity Series page.

Please complete this survey https://rit.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9GK3yR7PIiMPkax by April 7 to indicate your interest in participating in P3 Group.  We also need faculty participating in these groups to agree to serve as the group lead and therefore, indicate your interest in serving as a group lead on the survey.  There is also an option to participate in an affiliation group (women, AALANA).

Interested participants will be contacted by April 15 with more details and information about a kick-off session.

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P&T SMARTS Presents…

Promotion to Full Professor: Strategies for Preparing a Strong Case

Date: Friday, April 21, 2017

Times: 2:00-4:00 PM

Location: GIS Auditorium 81-1130

Intended Audience: All Faculty, who want to submit a strong package for promotion to full professor OR are planning to do so in the near future.

At this session, a panel consisting of the Provost and other Senior Leaders will be sharing tips and strategies for making a compelling case for promotion from Associate to Full Professor. Panelists will include:

  • Jeremy Haefner, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Twyla Cummings, Dean of Graduate Education, Professor in the School of Media Sciences
  • Sophia Maggelakis, Dean of the College of Science, Professor of Mathematics
  • Doreen Edwards, Dean of Kate Gleason College of Engineering
  • Peter C. Hauser, Professor, Director, NTID Center on Cognition and Language

A similar session was held in August, 2016. Fourteen faculty attended and 100 % of the participants agreed the session was a valuable use of their time and that the objective of identifying strategies for making a compelling case for promotion was achieved.  Feedback included the statement: “This was a great panel, very helpful.” 

This session is being hosted by P&T SMARTS, AdvanceRIT and the Council for the Representation & Engagement of Women Faculty (CREW).

Support for this P&T SMARTS hosted workshop is provided by AdvanceRIT, the Offices of the Provost, Diversity and Inclusion, Wallace Center, AALANA Faculty Advisory Council, and Council for the Representation & Engagement of Women Faculty.  P&T SMARTS is continuing to actively support non-tenure-track, pre-tenured, and tenured AALANA faculty to develop successful careers at RIT and to retain them by offering a series of workshops crafted to provide information, skills, and strategies for career navigation.

To register for this event, please visit The Wallace Center. The registration deadline is April 18, 2017. Space is limited.

For additional information about P3, please visit our page on the AdvanceRIT website.

You may view the flyer for this event here

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Ally Training Sessions

Advocates & Allies Training Session On March 29 and 30, 2017, over 25 male faculty attended the Advocates and Allies training sessions.

These sessions were presented by:

  • Dr. Larry Buckley, Faculty, COS School of Life Sciences
  • Dr. Marcos Esterman, Faculty, KGCOE Industrial & Systems Engineering
  • Dr. Vincent Serravallo, Faculty, CLA Sociology / Anthropology
  • Dr. Javier Espinosa, Faculty, CLA  Economics
  • Dr. Christopher Collison, Faculty, COS School of Chemistry & Materials Science

The following information was shared and discussed:

  • research related to the role gender plays in the career lives of women faculty,
  • data related to the representation of women faculty at RIT, and
  • results from RIT climate surveys (i.e. COACHE),
  • discussion of case studies and
  • steps you can take to improve institutional climate at RIT.

The Allies were enthusiastic about this effort and requested to have another training session scheduled during the summer and/or in the fall. Stay tuned for more information. For more information and additional Advocates & Allies resources, please visit our page on the AdvanceRIT website.

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