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Picture more flexibility in our views about scholarship

March 4, 2014

One of the best decisions I made this year was to purposefully visit as many academic departments as I could fit into my schedule during the academic year. I have delighted in the conversations and getting to know many of the incredibly hard-working and dedicated faculty and staff we have here at RIT. Much of the conversation has centered on the semester conversion but there have been great discussions on topics such as promotion, bureaucratic paperwork, work overload, and scholarship.

The Center for Multidisciplinary Studies

February 24, 2014

At a university as complex as RIT, it is extraordinarily challenging to be aware of the various gems we have scattered across campus. One such gem is the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies (CMS). For this posting, I thought I'd spend some time discussing the Center and provide three important updates.

COACHE Update

February 24, 2014

As you know, we have spent considerable focus this year on the information and data we collected in 2012-2013 from the climate, engagement and COACHE surveys. This is a handy venue to provide a short update about where we stand in our efforts to address key issues identified in this wealth of data.

Research Space Task Force

February 19, 2014

"Space: the final frontier"

     - Star Trek

 

"… an amazing part of my break."

February 11, 2014

Love is a potion mixed up by careless fools
And it takes two and it takes two
Love isn't certain, it comes right out the blue
And when she casts her spell, there's nothing you can do
- Sub Focus, "Out the blue"

I'm learning that sometimes a posting can just fall out of the blue and onto your lap. Here's a delightful email passed onto me from Alla Bailey who taught an innovative course during the intersession. 

Thanks, Alla, for your pioneering effort!

 ____

Colleagues,

Was Socrates a jerk?

February 4, 2014

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

     - Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Pop quiz: Which one of the following are the least enjoyable to you:

a) A week-long headache that will not go away.

b) A long winter of polar vortex type temperatures; or

c) A colleague who is such a jerk that you dread coming to work.

ADVANCE Advances

January 29, 2014

ADVANCE encourages institutions of higher education and the broader science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) community, including professional societies and other STEM-related not-for-profit organizations, to address various aspects of STEM academic culture and institutional structure that may differentially affect women faculty and academic administrators.

RIT Ingenuity

January 20, 2014

"Good news, everybody" 

-- The professor from Futurama

Quirky and gifted. These words keep coming up in discussions we have with the Strategic Planning Steering committee to describe our students. Quirky, well, that's just the RIT way and who doesn't want to be a bit quirky anyway. But gifted isn't something you just say you are, nor is it a characteristic you learn—it is unsurprisingly a result of some gift you've been imbued with. 

Our First Intersession

January 20, 2014

"This course is going great"
"I love this class"
"It's a Godsend"
"Research, research, research"
"I can breathe again!"

-- various comments about the intersession by students, staff and faculty at RIT

Let's face it. 

Launching the Provost’s Reflections

January 20, 2014

Every revolutionary idea seems to evoke three stages of reaction. They may be summed up by the phrases: 1- It's completely impossible. 2- It's possible, but it's not worth doing. 3- I said it was a good idea all along.

--- Arthur C. Clark, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey

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