P³ (Promotion Package Prep):

AdvanceRIT and the Council for the Representation & Engagement of Women Faculty (CREW) partnered to launch a new peer support group, referred to as the P³ Group, for women faculty preparing their materials for promotion to professor. The group consists of faculty from across multiple colleges (CAST, COS, GCCIS and KGCOE).  The group met regularly and discussed topics such as: finding external reviewers, reviewing the individual colleges’ procedures and policies, and best practices learned from other faculty for preparing the promotion package.  In August, a panel session was held with Provost Jeremy Haefner, GCCIS Dean Anne Haake, and NTID Professor Peter Hauser.  They shared tips on making a compelling case for promotion. The P³  Group plans to celebrate the submission of their promotion packages soon.  AdvanceRIT and CREW plan to continue the P³ Group effort for faculty considering submitting for promotion.

Connections Welcome Breakfast

The 2016-2017 Connections Welcome Breakfast was held on Friday, September 23. The event was cohosted by AdvanceRIT and the Council for the Representation & Engagement of Women Faculty (CREW). Connections aims to build and grow relationships among women faculty at RIT. This event provided participants an opportunity to connect with faculty from all over campus regarding academic, research, teaching, social, and work-life balance issues. Participants were able to meet the AdvanceRIT Team, meet or catch up with other women faculty, and find out what AdvanceRIT and CREW has planned for the 2016-2017 academic year. Participants shared PowerPoint slides with hobbies, family, aspirations, research interests, etc.

2016-2017 Connect Grant Recipients

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 award funding to tenured and pre-tenured faculty to support projects that encourage leadership and career development, mentoring, networking and research collaboration, while enhancing and advancing the university’s multifaceted initiatives and scholarship infrastructure.

This year, eleven projects and their PIs were awarded Connect grants:

Development of Categorical Perception in Sign and Speech: Preliminary Investigations

PI - Dr. Emily Prud’hommeaux

Co-PIs - Dr. Joseph Bochner, Dr. Matt Huenerfauth, Dr. Vince Samar


Mentorship for an Interdisciplinary Numerical and Experimental Investigation of Colloidal Transport within Evaporating Droplets under an Electric Field

PI - Dr. Kara Maki

Co-PI - Dr. Michael Schertzer


Mathematical Sciences Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Group on Advising Student Researchers

PI - Dr. Laura Munoz,

Co-PIs - Dr. Manuela Campanelli, Dr. Nathan Cahill


WISe Distinguished Seminar Series

PI - Dr. Leslie Kate Wright

Co-PIs - Dr. Lea Michel, Dr. Sukanya Chakrabarti


Development of a Women in Liberal Arts Group

PI - Dr. M. Ann Howard

Co-PIs - Dr. Silvia Benso, Dr. Caroline Delong, Jessica Lieberman, Dr. Corinna Schlombs


RIT Women’s Research Colloquium Series presented by CREW

PI - Robin Cass

Co-PIs - Betsy Dell, Dr. Callie Babbitt, Dr. Dhireesha Kudithipudi, Dr. Stephanie Ludi


Supporting Young Investigator’s Career Advancement through Mentoring and Collaboration

PI - Dr. Anju Gupta

Co-PIs - Dr. Satish Kandlikar,


International Collaboration: Understanding Trauma in Culturally Diverse Northern Nigeria

PI - Dr. Conerly Casey


Charting a Course Towards Full Professor

PI - Dr. Adrienne Decker


Health Information Technology Adoption and Usage in the Greater Rochester Area

PI - Dr. Manlu Liu

Co-PIs - Dr. Sean Hansen, Dr. Quang Bui   


Salivary Testing Training: Extending RIT Faculty Expertise and Mentoring in Behavioral Science

PI - Dr. Stephanie Godleski

Co-PI - Dr. Joseph Baschnagel


To learn more about the Connect Grants, please visit nsfadvance.rit.edu.

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An Introduction to the Advocates and Allies Program at RIT

Intentionally involving men faculty in the transformation of departmental cultures and practices at RIT for the advancement of women faculty.

Friday, September 30

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Co-facilitators: Betsy Dell (Project PI) & Rob Garrick (Advocate Coordinator)

In 2015, RIT was awarded funding to launch an Advocates & Allies program through funding from the National Science Foundation. The Advocates & Allies project is based on an innovative approach designed to intentionally involve men faculty in the transformation of departmental cultures and practices at North Dakota State University. 

At this session, RIT Advocates and members of the Advocates & Allies Advisory Board talked about the Advocates & Allies program at RIT, an upcoming Ally training session (Nov. 2), and shared information about how you can be involved.

The goals of Advocates and Allies programs are to:

  • educate men faculty about gender inequity in academia.
  • introduce men faculty to strategies for bringing about positive change in their departments and colleges.
  • build a supportive network of male Advocates and Allies for all faculty.

Advocates are:

  • men faculty with a strong commitment and record of supporting women faculty in their department, colleges, and the university.
  • active and effective proponents of gender diversity and equity.
  • committed to increasing their understanding of gender bias and its impact on the academic careers of women. 
  • expected to have an awareness of the dynamics of institutional and structural bias and privilege and be interested in learning about issues of discrimination and privilege in the workplace.
  • a group that  meets regularly  (monthly) and works toward specific goals and outcomes, discusses recommended readings and case studies and is involved in the development and delivery of training programs for male faculty who are interested in becoming Allies.

Allies are:

  • men faculty who have participated in gender equity (Ally) training.
  • expected to take action primarily within their departments including: speaking up at a meeting, inviting female colleagues to collaborate on research, or serving on a committee as the gender equity proponent in place of their female colleagues to reduce the inequity in service loads.
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Women’s and Gender Studies Program’s Fall Open House

Thursday, September 29

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This event was an opportunity to meet other faculty and staff interested in Women’s and Gender Studies issues and to learn more about the program itself and some of our plans for the coming year.

There were refreshments and a selection of luncheon snacks provided.