The purpose of the Faculty Associates Program is to enable faculty members to focus their attention and talents on areas of priority for the university and Academic Affairs while providing leadership and support to their colleagues. This program provides an excellent professional development opportunity for those interested in pursuing a director, chair or dean position as part of their career direction.
The Faculty Associate are involved in activities related to the area of focus and provide ideas on how to use this role and make a positive difference on the experience of faculty populations at RIT.
"Faculty associates are faculty members who have agreed to take on what I consider non-traditional leadership roles at the campus level. Serving as a faculty associate is a relatively new opportunity at RIT and the assignment is typically the equivalent of a one or two course offload. I firmly believe in the importance of faculty associates to provide crucial, visible support for high-priority issues, especially in light of the increasing demands on faculty time.
The faculty associates not only serve the university in important ways, but also provide an opportunity for the faculty member to develop their leadership skills. The position they hold is vital to the success of the university, by fulfilling a critical need while developing future academic leaders."
Jeremy Haefner, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Marcos is working closely with the campus leadership to identify strategies that help AALANA faculty succeed and thrive at RIT. He is an associate professor in industrial & systems engineering in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.
Goals as Faculty Associate:
My goals are to identify data-driven strategies and actions that (1) allow our AALANA faculty to achieve tenure and promotion; (2) create an environment that allow AALANA faculty to succeed and thrive in the RIT community; (3) remove barriers and concerns that are relevant to AALANA faculty.
Betsy serves as a liaison for women faculty across the campus and to help develop a support network for female faculty. She provides guidance and support to those who seek tenure or promotion at the broad university-level. In addition, she chairs the Council for the Representation & Engagement of Women Faculty (CREW). She is an associate professor in the manufacturing & mechanical engineering technology program in the College of Applied Science & Technology.
Goals as Faculty Associate: My goals as Faculty Associate are to identify and promote successful strategies for the career success of women faculty at RIT. These strategies are those that support recruitment, retention and advancement of women faculty. It is my goal that women faculty will feel more connected to each other and the RIT community through my efforts.
Dr. Elena Rakhimova-Sommers serves as a liaison for non-tenure track faculty across the campus. Elena’s role includes professional mentoring and advocacy. Working closely with the Office of the Provost, she identifies strategies for RIT to better support professional and career development of this large group of faculty. Elena is a senior lecturer in Russian and global literature in the College of Liberal Arts, and an Academic Senate representative for the College.
Goals as Faculty Associate: to identify ways to better support non-tenure track faculty in order to help RIT develop a vision and a long-term plan that acknowledges and incorporates professional and career needs of this vital group of faculty.
Phone: (585) 475-4417
Office: 1315 Liberal Arts Hall
Margaret is the PI for our ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant and is leading a large effort in support of our female faculty working in STEM fields (http://nsfadvance.rit.edu/). She is a professor of mechanical engineering in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.
The AdvanceRIT project aims to:
Dr. Elizabeth Hane serves to support RIT’s general education program. She is an associate professor and associate head in the Gosnell School of Life Sciences in the College of Science.
Goals as Faculty Associate:
Phone: (585) 475-4362
Office: 2110 Gosnell Hall
Dr. Phillips serves as a leader and recognized point of contact for Effective Access Technology efforts, collaborates with cross-disciplinary teams of faculty pursuing research and development that target enhancements in accessibility for individuals with varying abilities, and generates interest and capacity among faculty and community partners to make Effective Access Technology Research and Development a signature program for RIT. He is associate professor in biomedical engineering the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.
Office: 3107 Institute Hall