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Each college nominates a faculty representative to serve on this council. They are then invited by the Provost to join CREW.

CREW Representatives:

Faculty Associate to the Provost for Women Faculty and Chair - Betsy Dell

Meet Professor Betsy Dell

Home Department: Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology

Interests (Teaching/Research):  Polymer Science & Engineering, Bioplastic blends, Materials Characterization; Gender in STEM Education

Years @ RIT: 10 (2005)

Favorite place(s) on campus: Eating outside at Global Village in the warm weather

Mentorship areas: inclusive environments in the classroom, using technology in the classroom, getting started in funded research.

1. Proud Professional Moment: Receiving awards for my work related to gender diversity at RIT: the Edwina Award for Excellence in Gender Diversity and Inclusiveness in 2012 and the Isaac L. Jordan Sr. Faculty Pluralism Award (2015).

2. Trials and Foils: When I started in a tenure track position in 2006, I was told by my chair that completing one conference paper per year would be adequate for achieving tenure.  Expectations changed dramatically over the next several years and I had to transition from being primarily a teacher to a teacher-scholar.  I was fortunate to have a great group of colleagues who formed a peer mentoring team (UFAST) that helped me successfully maneuver to a new level of expectations.

3. Words of Wisdom: You are the master of your career.  Don’t expect anyone else to make things happen for you. Get started on your tenure package right away.  The sooner you start, the easier it will be ask colleagues to review their packages for your mid-tenure review, ask someone to look yours over and provide constructive feedback.

4. Future Aspirations: The percentage of women students in my department is around 10%.  I would like to see that grow-perhaps double before I finish my career.  To learn ASL!

Office of Diversity & Inclusion - Keith Jenkins

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Office of Faculty Recruitment - Renee Baker

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ADVANCE grant representative - Maureen Valentine

Meet Professor Maureen Valentine, PE

Home Department: Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management and Safety, CAST

Interests (Teaching/Research): Teaching: geotechnical engineering, Research: Gender and Equality for students and faculty in STEM

Years @ RIT: 22 years

Favorite place(s) on campus: McGowan Commons in ENT building and Henry’s Restaurant

Mentorship areas: Teaching, policy interpretation, preparing for tenure/promotion, work-life

1. Proud Professional Moment: I was incredibly honored to be chosen as the 2013 Engineer of the Year by the Rochester Engineering Society.  This award is chosen by a committee of engineers from the Rochester community, acknowledging the value of the work we do as educators, developing young engineers, creating a diverse group of engineers.  Peer recognition is the most valued recognition I could receive.   

2. Trials and Foils: When I began my career at RIT I was not required to have a PhD or a research agenda.  As the focus of the work here has changed I was challenged to learn and grow.  I was given an opportunity to begin a PhD program in Education, focused on the Curriculum, Instruction and the Science of Learning, which I continue to pursue.   

3. Words of Wisdom: Learn to say yes wisely….You can’t say yes to every opportunity that is presented, so learn to step back and assess whether you will learn from what you are being asked to do, whether you will enjoy it.

4. Future Aspirations: I would like to retire from RIT knowing that it is a safe and welcoming environment for all who wish to study here.

College of Applied Science and Technology - Maureen Valentine

Meet Professor Maureen Valentine, PE

Home Department: Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management and Safety, CAST

Interests (Teaching/Research): Teaching: geotechnical engineering, Research: Gender and Equality for students and faculty in STEM

Years @ RIT: 22 years

Favorite place(s) on campus: McGowan Commons in ENT building and Henry’s Restaurant

Mentorship areas: Teaching, policy interpretation, preparing for tenure/promotion, work-life

1. Proud Professional Moment: I was incredibly honored to be chosen as the 2013 Engineer of the Year by the Rochester Engineering Society.  This award is chosen by a committee of engineers from the Rochester community, acknowledging the value of the work we do as educators, developing young engineers, creating a diverse group of engineers.  Peer recognition is the most valued recognition I could receive.   

2. Trials and Foils: When I began my career at RIT I was not required to have a PhD or a research agenda.  As the focus of the work here has changed I was challenged to learn and grow.  I was given an opportunity to begin a PhD program in Education, focused on the Curriculum, Instruction and the Science of Learning, which I continue to pursue.   

3. Words of Wisdom: Learn to say yes wisely….You can’t say yes to every opportunity that is presented, so learn to step back and assess whether you will learn from what you are being asked to do, whether you will enjoy it.

4. Future Aspirations: I would like to retire from RIT knowing that it is a safe and welcoming environment for all who wish to study here.

College of Health Sciences & Technology - Liz Kmiecinski

Meet Elizabeth (Liz) Kmiecinski, RDN, MS

Home Department: Wegmans School of Health & Nutrition, CHST

Interests (Teaching/Research): Have taught a variety of food, nutrition, leadership, senior capstone courses, currently enrolled in PhD program at University of Buffalo

Years started at RIT: 1988

Favorite place(s) on campus: SLC

Mentorship areas:

  1. Proud Professional Moment: Outstanding Dietetic Educator (2010), Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics – alumni driven national award.
  2. Words of Wisdom: My objectives as a faculty member have always been as follows: 1. Service the student; 2. Be a good steward of the Nutrition Management program (one of RIT’s oldest, quality programs); 3. Family first
  3. Future Aspirations: Become a better researcher
College of Imaging Arts and Sciences - Robin Cass

Meet ROBIN CASS

Home Department: Professor - Glass Program, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies - College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

Interests (Teaching/Research):
- Intersections of art and science
- Conceptual associations of materials; especially glass and metal
- New applications of traditional glassblowing processes
- Discovery, categorization, collection, and display of living organisms

Years @ RIT: 17

Favorite place(s) on campus: The developing edges of campus are always great places to walk and explore. I’m interested in the how the “unofficial” routes people take from place to place that progress from beaten grass to paved paths over the years. These moments reveal the ongoing conversation between dictated plans and improvised responses to the unexpected.

Mentorship areas:
- promoting your work
- work-life balance
- preparing for tenure/promotion

1. Proud Professional Moment: What is the most significant/proudest accomplishment in your career?

When I hear back from students who are doing well professionally – it is affirming as an educator, especially now that I’ve moved into an administrative role.

2. Trials and Foils: What is the one challenge you had @ RIT and how did you overcome it?

When I first started teaching here in 1998 as an adjunct instructor, I was so close in age to students that it was challenging to establish myself as authority figure. I was also constantly mistaken for a student by staff and administrators. These situations led me to focus on trying to really earn respect from students and peers based on my words and actions, rather than on my appearance or demeanor.

3. Words of Wisdom: What is the one thing you know now, that you wish you knew when you arrived first year?

I’ve come to appreciate the importance of seeking a wider perspective when facing difficult situations or professional relationships. In every workplace, some groups can be insular and isolated. This limited horizon can be discouraging. RIT is an expansive community with so many resources, cultures, etc. … it’s important to get outside of your “bubble” and talk to people who experience their time on campus differently than you do. It can help you look back on your own immediate environment with new ideas and optimism.

4. Future Aspirations: What you would like to accomplish in the next 10-15 years?

I’d like to figure out how I can help effect positive changes for the various parts of our college and university community – students, staff, and faculty. Often, this seems to involve helping facilitate and empathy between members of these different groups.

I’m also interested in orchestrating and strengthening international connections between RIT and entities based on cultural exchange, especially in Asia.

College of Science - Manuela Campanelli

Meet Dr. Manuela Campanelli

Home Department: School of Mathematical Sciences, Astrophysical Sciences and Technology, Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, COS

Interests (Research): My research focuses on the study of the most extreme conditions of gravity and matter there is in the universe that is close to merging black holes. These mergers are so powerful that they can release an energy equivalent to a billion years' worth of an entire galaxy's starlight in just few minutes. Interests (Teaching): I truly enjoy bringing my research in the classroom environment, and working very closely with my PhD students.

Years @ RIT: Since 2007

Favorite place(s) on campus: The Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation

1. Proud Professional Moment: What is the most significant/proudest accomplishment in your career?

I am proud to have produced key revolutionary advances that allowed astrophysicists

worldwide to simulate merging black holes in supercomputers. I also discovered that supermassive black holes can be ejected from most galaxies at very high speeds. I was one of the very few women scientists that received a fellowship of the American Physical Society for my research. I also received the Trustee Research Award for involving students in my research. One of my papers is one of the General Relativity’s Centennial landmark papers, enjoying the company of Albert Einstein and Steven Hawking papers!

2. Trials and Foils:  What is the one challenge you had @ RIT and how did you overcome it?

There are always challenges in one’s career. The biggest of all challenges was to create a new research center at RIT, the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, and to bring it to international success. Passion, drive, persistence and professional integrity were essential to my success.

3. Words of Wisdom: What is the one thing you know now, that you wish you knew when you arrived first year

Have a dream. Never give it up.

4. Future Aspirations: What you would like to accomplish in the next 10-15 years?

Black holes are some of the most powerful and mysterious objects in the universe. Much works is still left for me to try to unveil some of their most hidden secrets.

Another major goal of mine in the next 10-15 years is to work to improve the research culture and scholarship of all RIT faculty and students. I believe that RIT is uniquely positioned to become a successful modern research university in the future. Outside RIT, I am actively engaged to improve the protection and care of animals, helping animal right organizations, shelters and fighting animal cruelty. I am also advocating for a more sustainable future for our planet.

College of Liberal Arts - Katie Terezakis

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Home Department: Philosophy (CLA)

Interests (Teaching/Research): German Idealism, Critical Theory, and Aesthetics. At RIT I also teach a range of classes from seminars in Ancient Greek Philosophy to Existentialism to Nineteenth Century Philosophy and Contemporary Philosophy. 

Year started at RIT: Fall 2004-5.

Favorite place(s) on campus: The outer loop walk/run around campus.

Mentorship areas: Teaching and research/teaching/service balance.

1. Proud Professional Moments: Publishing a collection of essays (2009) on the work of my mentor, the philosopher Agnes Heller, and soon after, bringing out a new edition (and writing the afterword to), the early essays of her mentor, the philosopher George Lukacs (2010).

2. Trials and Foils: In 2014, my dean appointed me to head a taskforce on parental leave. Our group did wide-ranging research quickly and efficiently. Within six weeks, we presented to the dean and college a set of progressive, feasible recommendations, on which further “family leave” policies (such as those related to elder care) could be based. All of our recommendations were grounded on the current practices of selected peer- or benchmark universities. Ultimately, the College of Liberal Arts (unanimously) adopted a modified version of our core proposal and has since established several of our satellite suggestions. However, at about the same time that we were initiating our research in the CLA, the university began considering an update to the general RIT policy, when then consisted of nothing more than the federally mandated Family Medical Leave Act of 1993, supplemented by “disability” insurance covering six-weeks of full-time pay for faculty. Although there seemed to universal agreement that the then-current policy had disadvantaged women, especially junior faculty, and clear evidence that it was applied differently in different departments and colleges—resulting in significant inequity between faculty—the administration seemed to find the creation of a better policy challenging. Once the updated university policy was finally announced, we learned that it did represent an improvement in the number of weeks officially covered under “disability,” but that it ignored the more fair and progressive practices which were, by then, already working well in our college. In part because the number of weeks of paid leave is not consistent with the number of weeks in a semester, faculty across the colleges are now experiencing the same discrepancies that characterized faculty life under our initial policy-as-FMLA restatement. I have now informally documented a number of cases, over only a year, of completely different applications of the policy to different women. In the worst of these, tenure-track faculty and those coming up for tenure during a pregnancy have judged it better not to contest the leave weeks of which they are being deprived, or to bring differences between their cases and others to wider attention. In sum then, the university has so far missed an opportunity to embrace the policy adopted by the CLA, which itself is based on the best practices of our benchmark institutions. I would like to see the amendment of the family leave policy become a focal point for the new administration we anticipate welcoming to RIT next year.  

3. Words of Wisdom: Protect the time and the passion for your own research and writing. If you are depleted, spend less time on committees and other non-essential collegiate activities. Decide on a reasonable amount of time to spend on each of your responsibilities each day or week; time yourself with each of them; record and regularly reassess your times; and continue to stick to your timed schedule as much as possible.  

4. Future Aspirations: In the immediate future, I’d likely to finish my current book, which is based on conclusions I began drawing in a 2007 monograph and have been developing since then.

 

Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences - Sumita Mishra

Meet Dr. Sumita Mishrasumatra mishra

Home Department: Computing Security, GCCIS

Interests (Teaching/Research): Applied Cryptography, Privacy, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Cybersecurity Pedagogy
Years @ RIT: Since 2007
Favorite place(s) on campus: Midnight Oil, Global Village 

Mentorship areas: Teaching, Student advisement, Balance between research/teaching/service

1.    Proud Professional Moment: GCCIS Outstanding Educator Award (2013), First NSF grant (2013)

2.    Trials and Foils: When I took on administrative responsibilities as the graduate program director of my department in 2014, I had not gauged the additional workload accurately, and how it would impact my research and other activities. I was spending a lot of time taking care of some of the unexpected challenges that came with my new role. After the first year, through effective prioritization strategies, I adapted and found ways to balance between my research, teaching and service/administration activities. I thoroughly enjoy advising and mentoring graduate students, an opportunity that came through this role. 

3.    Words of Wisdom: Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize. No matter how busy it gets, take time out for yourself. Spend some time reflecting on your accomplishments.

4.    Future Aspirations: Be a part of RIT’s future growth through roles and responsibilities where I can contribute in a meaningful way. 

Kate Gleason College of Engineering - Dhireesha Kudithipudi

Meet Dr. Kudithipudi

Home Department: Computer Engineering

Interests (Teaching/Research): Brain-inspired Computing, Energy Efficient computing, Unconventional-computing paradigms

Years @ RIT: 2007

Favorite place(s) on campus:  Javas and Nanocomputing research lab

Mentorship areas: Research/Teaching Balance

1. Proud Professional Moment: What is the most significant/proudest accomplishment in your career?

While there are a few proud moments during the course of my career, including the first time I received a research grant to receiving a standing ovation at my PhD graduation (I was the first student to obtain PhD from the college). The one I am most proud of is when my professional role model (aka research rock star) personally complimented on my groups research work and that he follows our work.

2. Trials and Foils: What is the one challenge you had @ RIT and how did you overcome it?

Advancing my research primarily with BS/MS students during early career days was quite challenging. It took a while to understand the learning culture of the students and build a robust research group with them. I fostered a strong sense of belonging in my lab through different group activities, travel opportunities to lead conferences, and weekly technical discussions. Today I am so proud of their contributions. Since then we have a few PhD students join our group, but BS/MS students are still integral to our research.

3. Words of Wisdom: What is the one thing you know now, that you wish you knew when you arrived first year?

Take a long-term view of your career, beyond tenure.  It is also very important to (re)prioritize your goals for every 5-year time window.

4. Future Aspirations: What you would like to accomplish in the next 10-15 years?

I would like to establish a premier research center at RIT and also engage in the transformation of our institution through leadership roles.

National Technical Institute for the Deaf - Bonnie Jacob

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Home Department: NTID Science and Mathematics

Interests (Teaching/Research): I teach and tutor a variety of mathematics courses.  My research focuses mostly on the intersection of graph theory and linear algebra, including zero forcing and minimum rank problems.  

Year started at RIT: 2010

Favorite place(s) on campus: The nature trails, especially in fall, and the Tojo Memorial Garden.

Mentorship areas: Preparing for third-year review, early career work-life balance

1. Proud Professional Moment: Publishing papers with students always makes me proud. Also, winning the 2017 NTID Pre-tenure Scholarship Award recently was very exciting for me. 

2. Trials and Foils: In general, balance of the different aspects of life is a challenge. First and foremost is learning how to balance family and work.  Achieving a healthy balance in the different aspects of my job (research, teaching, and communication) is an ongoing struggle.  A silver lining is knowing that the struggle to balance only exists because of how much I value all of these facets of life and career. 

3. Words of Wisdom: Learn to balance independence and collaboration.  Independence is critical, but so is knowing when to reach out to others.  

4. Future Aspirations: I plan to continue to involve students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing in mathematical research.  I hope to someday expand this endeavor internationally.  

Saunders College of Business - Shal Khazanchi

Meet Dr. Shal Khazanchi

Home Department: Management and International Business, SCB

Interests (Teaching/Research): Teaching: Negotiation, Organizational Behavior, and Organizational Change, Research: Creativity and Innovation; Workplace Fairness; Gender Differences

Year Started at RIT: 2005

Favorite place(s) on campus: Dyer Art Center and exhibits there.

Mentorship areas: Teaching, policy interpretation, preparing for tenure/promotion, work-life balance

1. Proud Professional Moment: Often, it is when students reconnect years after graduating to say that what they learnt is making a difference or that they were inspired to bring about change as a result of what they learnt in class.   It is most fulfilling to know that I was able to make a difference.

2. Trials and Foils: The biggest challenge is work-family balance, which I refer to as trade-off because there is often no balance. It is about trade-offs and everyday choices to prevent one side tipping over the other. 

3. Words of Wisdom: Recognize and leverage your strengths.  It is important to understand where you find greatest enjoyment, and how you can have the greatest impact.   Spend less time managing your weaknesses.

4. Future Aspirations:  At some point, I would like to study gender inequalities in education, especially, in developing nations.