Happy New Year!

The AdvanceRIT project is in the middle the 4th year and our university continues to build momentum towards our vision of “Reimagining our Careers and Campus Culture.” We are on a journey of transforming RIT towards a more inclusive university environment which aligns directly with the RIT strategic plan, Greatness through Difference, 2015-2025. The AdvanceRIT project goal is to increase the representation, retention, and career advancement of women faculty in STEM and SBS fields with a focus on women faculty of color and deaf and hard-of hearing faculty. Project objectives in support of this goal plus much more information are described on our expansive project website at https://nsfadvance.rit.edu/.

This semester we continue data analyses activities while supporting key campus partners in their aligned data assembly and analysis needs (COACHE faculty satisfaction survey data, NSF Indicators – objective faculty related data, faculty exit interview/survey analysis, faculty, evaluation system refinement, faculty salary equity study, President’s Commission on Women student enrollment and climate analyses by gender, etc.)  We are also engaged in supporting and celebrating groups of people on campus who are “reimagining our careers and campus culture” in ways that align with our grant’s objectives and goal, including CREW and Women in Science organizations.  

Below are highlights on upcoming events and funding opportunities sponsored through our grant.  Hope you have a great start to the spring semester!

Margaret B. Bailey

Connect Grant Proposals

The Connect Grant proposals are due Monday, February 13, 2017 at 5:00 PM with our fourth cohort of grant awardees announced in March. The grant is designed to support the leadership and career development of all tenured and pre-tenured faculty.  All tenured and pre-tenured female and male faculty at RIT are eligible to apply.   

Proposal details may be referenced at http://nsfadvance.rit.edu/fundingOpportunities/connectGrants.php.  

The Connect Grants drive discovery and learning within an environment that supports the development of project proposals and the process of peer review. These mini-grants encourage leadership and career development, mentoring, networking and research collaboration, while enhancing and advancing the university’s multifaceted initiatives and scholarship infrastructure.

Faculty Success Networks Workshop

On February 1, 2017, nearly 20 faculty & faculty mentors gathered for 90 minutes to learn about peer/mentor relationships at RIT, facilitated by Talya Meyerowitz, skilled consultant and coach. Ms. Talya Meyerowitz, Carol Marchetti (AdvanceRIT), Anne Marie Canale (Wallace Center), and Cheryl Herdklotz (Wallace Center) presented how to best utilize aspects of the mentoring experience. During this workshop, the participants were provided with guidelines for establishing effective mentoring relationships, as well as presented with resources available through the Wallace Center that they may have been unaware existed.

The most effective portion of this mentoring workshop was the time facilitated for participants to develop their own plans for setting up a Faculty Success Network that suited their needs.

Mid-Career Mentoring for Faculty and Academic Leaders Workshops

Dr. Mary Deane Sorcinelli will be coming to RIT on March 2, 2017 for two separate workshops:

9:00-11:30 am: Mutual Mentoring at Mid-Career: Making Every Connection Count (For Mid-career Faculty -i.e. those at Associate Professor or Senior Lecturer)

1:00-2:30 pm: Network-Based Mentoring Programs to Support Faculty Connections: A Fresh Approach for Academic Leaders (For Deans, Associate Deans, Department Heads, Chairs, and Directors)

Location (both sessions): Campus Center 2610

Register by: February 20, 2017 @ 5:00 PM

Dr. Mary Deane Sorcinelli is Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Professor of Educational Policy. Prior to joining UMass Amherst, she served as director of the Office of Faculty Development at Indiana University Bloomington.

Mary Deane's research interests include: academic career development, faculty development, mentoring, and college teaching and learning. She has published widely and directed a range of grant projects. She is currently PI of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a Mutual Mentoring Initiative and PI of a grant from Microsoft for Blended Learning.

In addition, Mary Deane served as Senior Scholar to the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE), and as President/Executive Board Member of the POD Network. In 2006 she was honored with the Spirit of POD Award for outstanding lifetime achievements and leadership in the enhancement of teaching, learning, and faculty development.

Mary Deane has worked in international settings that include Canada, China, England, Germany, Greece, Spain, Taiwan, and Egypt and was awarded a Whiting Foundation Fellowship to Ireland.

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Deaf Women Education Administrators Workshops

On April 13, 2016, Dr. Amann was named as the site superintendent for the California School for the Deaf (CSD). Dr. Amann earned a B.A. in government, her M.S. in administration from Gallaudet, and a Ph.D. in Language, Reading, and Culture from the University of Arizona. Dr. Amann is currently Director of Special Projects and Development at Deaf Community Services of San Diego, Inc. Prior to this position she was the assistant superintendent of the ASDB. (Source: http://www.gallaudet.edu/news/superintendents.html)

Dr. Nancy Hlibok Amann will join us at RIT for a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Connectivity Series of workshops on February 27 & 28, 2017.

Dr. Amann will be presenting a three-session workshop covering the following topics:

-ASL Series: The value of Deaf Elders

-DHH Connectivity (open to public): More information to come.

-DHH Connectivity (DHH women faculty only): Deaf Women as Deaf Education Administrators: Tribulations and Accomplishments

Check out this video interview to see Dr. Amann talking about her exciting new venture as the new superintendent of CSD.

For more information, please contact Wendy Dannels at w.dannels@rit.edu.

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Michigan Players

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.

Additional details and registration information to follow.