Welcome back! AdvanceRIT has been institutionalized! Federal funding has ended, and we are now funded through the Provost’s office. At RIT, we are on a journey of transforming our university towards a more inclusive university environment which aligns directly with the refined RIT strategic plan. AdvanceRIT supports this initiative with a goal to increase the representation, retention, and career advancement of women faculty with a focus on women faculty of color and deaf and hard-of hearing women faculty. Check out our new website which lists our program objectives in support of this goal and much more information and stop by our program office in SAU, room 1180, next to the Disability Services office. Read about some of our interactive workshops and group sessions offered last semester below and be sure to check out our website periodically to discover upcoming events!

New AdvanceRIT Website!

Our new website is live! Check it out today!

AdvanceRIT: Office Established and Interim Director Appointed

On Wednesday, August 29, 2018, Senior Vice Provost, Chris Licata, announced the official institutionalization of the AdvanceRIT office and highlighted that Dr. Margaret Bailey will serve as the program’s interim director for the upcoming year. We are excited to start this new chapter and look forward to continuing our mission in support of women faculty at RIT. Read the full letter here.

Spring 2018 Session Recap: Let’s Talk About Money: Understanding RIT Pay Practices

Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

All full-time faculty members were invited to attend an interactive workshop titled “Let’s Talk about Money: Understanding RIT Pay Practices” where participants were shown salary-related resources available today and explored how to shape future thinking and discussions regarding salary.

This was a hands-on, 80-minute session where participants discussed what RIT has learned from past studies regarding faculty salary and explored salary-related resources. Learning objectives included realizing learnings from past salary studies conducted at RIT, obtaining salary-related information from Oracle and HR website and checking accuracy, and understanding RIT salary processes. Facilitators were Professors Margaret Bailey (KGCOE), Carol Marchetti (COS/Math), and Maureen Valentine (CAST) from the AdvanceRIT Leadership Team, as well as Judy Bender and Christina Ross from RIT Human Resources. The event was co-sponsored by P&T SMARTS, CREW, and Advocates & Allies.

Over 30 individuals attended this workshop, and the survey responses were positive. When participants were asked what they might do differently as a result of participating in the session, they responded with comments such as “become a better advocate for myself and others” and “be willing to have a conversation with my chair and dean.” The session encouraged great conversation and brought some of RIT’s pay practices to the surface. 

Check out the following resources provided to participants at the workshop!

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Spring 2018 Session Recap: Bystander Awareness and Action Workshops with Professor Maureen Scully & RIT Diversity Theater

Dates: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 and Wednesday, May 2, 2018

All full-time faculty members, academic leaders, and staff who work closely with our students were invited to attend an interactive workshop which focused on bystander awareness, with included time for discussion, practice, role-playing (voluntary), and practical take-a-ways.

Professor Maureen Scully from University of Massachusetts in Boston has visited RIT several times to lead effective bystander awareness education workshops through AdvanceRIT in collaboration with RIT’s Diversity Theater. Tina Chapman DaCosta, Director of RIT Diversity Theater, has partnered with AdvanceRIT on several occasions to present interactive theatre-based workshops. In this event, Dr. Scully and Tina Chapman DaCosta offered a uniquely designed workshop using Playback Theatre, a form of improvisational theatre where participants share stories that are enacted on the spot. These stories formed the basis for shared learning and further reflection on how to support an inclusive climate. The event was hosted by AdvanceRIT in collaboration with Student Affairs, Division of Diversity & Inclusion, Title IX Office, Ombud’s Office, Human Resources, and several units within Academic Affairs.

Between the three sessions, there were 102 attendees consisting of staff, tenured faculty, department head/chair, and more. Initial survey results indicated that 94% of respondents agreed the workshop was a valuable use of their time, and 94% also agreed that they plan to take action to improve their own actions. One attendee said:

“It was a good workshop and it was helpful to be able to examine some previous situations which I didn’t realize that I could have spoken up or didn’t even know how to speak up or respond appropriately…”

Thank-you to Professor Maureen Scully, Tina Chapman DaCosta, and the RIT Diversity Theater for bringing bystander awareness issues to light and creating a safe place to practice how to take action!

Check out resources provided to participants at the session:

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P-Cubed Group Faculty Promotion Series – Spring 2018 Recap

Throughout the spring semester, the Promotion Package Preparation (P³) Group program hosted by AdvanceRIT held three faculty promotion workshops on a variety of topics. Although these offerings were part of the P³ Group program, all full-time faculty interested in submitting a strong package for promotion or planning to do so in the near future were invited to attend any of the three sessions in the series. To read more about P³, please visit the website here. Details about each session are highlighted below:

1. Faculty Promotion: Strategies for Presenting a Strong Case Workshop: A Discussion with the Provost and Senior Leaders

Date: Friday, April 6, 2018

Tenured faculty seeking promotion to full professor and non-tenure track faculty seeking promotion to Senior or Principal Lecturer were invited to attend. Panelists for this session were Jeremy Haefner, Provost; Anne Haake, Dean of GCCIS; Sophia Maggelakis, Dean of COS; Twyla Cummings, Dean of Graduate Education; and Danielle Smith, Professor of Sociology & Honors Program Director. All panelists were asked to prepare answers to the following questions:

  • Can you give an example of a strategy someone used in making their case for promotion that you thought was particularly successful?
  • Can you share what you think are common mistakes that candidates make in preparing their package?
  • If your time since last promotion has involved both mostly-administrative time and teaching/research time – do you have suggestions on packaging our narrative to address needs of promotion guidelines?
  • Are there ever quotas or limits placed on the number of faculty who can be promoted in any given year?

Session feedback indicates that 100% of survey responders agreed that attending the session was a valuable use of time and the post-session discussion enhanced their understanding of the issues presented. Participants noted actions they plan to take in response to the workshop, such as “include more evidence in application” and “update my CV annually.” 

2. Faculty Promotion: University & College Promotion Policies

Date: Friday, April 20, 2018

Through an interactive discussion, we stepped through the university policy on promotion (E6.0) and asked each participant to describe and discuss their college-level promotion policy in small groups assembled by college.  Questions from groups helped shape the remainder of the session. In addition, tips were shared on how to best assemble your listing of accomplishments in scholarship (what you did/accomplished), in service (highlight leadership activities), in teaching (describe how you provide learning opportunities for students outside of the classroom), etc. Workshop facilitators were Professors Margaret Bailey (KGCOE) and Maureen Valentine (CAST) from the AdvanceRIT Leadership Team.

Participant feedback indicates that 100% of survey respondents strongly agreed that they had an interest in the issues presented in the workshop prior to attending, and 100% of respondents agreed that they planned to take action to improve their practices. Key learnings noted included understanding the “difference between college and university policies” and “how to address recommendation [external review] letters.”

3. Faculty Promotion: External Letters & Research Statements

Date: Friday, May 4, 2018

This session explored how to best prepare materials for external reviewers and identify potential reviewers. Participants were asked to get a copy of a colleague’s promotion package (or a portion, such as their research statement). We did not share these with each other, but rather discussed what we learned from reviewing someone else’s statement by asking ourselves the following questions:

  • How well did they sell their work?
  • Were there interesting strategies/formatting used?
  • Were there things you thought could have been done better?

Attendees shared strategies for selecting reviewers and experiences with the process. Did they say yes? What does the university policy say regarding external letters?  Participants were also asked to bring a copy of their college’s promotion policy. Facilitators were Professors Carol Marchetti (COS) and Sara Schley (NTID) from the AdvanceRIT Leadership Team.

This workshop had 13 participants, 9 of which responded to the survey. 89% strongly agreed that attending the session was a valuable use of time. Significant takeaways included “revising my CV to include context notes” and “make your promotion packet easy to read.” Respondents also indicated that they plan to “clarify with my dean” and “choose different external reviewers” because of the workshop.


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