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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 Associates are involved in activities related to an 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 Associate for AALANA Faculty

Marcos Esterman

Marcos EstermanMarcos 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.


Contact information:

Phone: 585-475-6922
Office: 1598 J. Gleason Hall

Faculty Associate for Women Faculty

Betsy Dell

Betsy DellBetsy 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 a professor in the manufacturing & mechanical engineering technology department in the College of Engineering 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.


Contact information: 

CREW Website
Office: 1361 Golisano Hall
Phone: (585) 475-6577

Faculty Associate for Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Elena Rakhimova-Sommers

Elena Rakhimova-SommersDr. 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.


Contact information:

Phone: (585) 475-4417
Office: 1315 Liberal Arts Hall

Senior Faculty Associate for ADVANCE

Margaret Bailey

Margaret BaileyMargaret 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 ( She is a professor of mechanical engineering in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.


    The AdvanceRIT project aims to:

    • Refine and strengthen institutional structures and install practices that promote representation and advancement of women faculty.
    • Enhance the working environment and support career advancement of women faculty through empowerment, inclusion, and other symbolic aspects of women’s professional quality of life.
    • Align institutional, administrative, and informal systems of power and resources to support and sustain progress shaping the political frameworks that impact representation and advancement of women faculty.

    Contact information:

    Phone: 585-475-2960
    Office: 2061 J. Gleason Hall

    Faculty Associate for General Education

    Elizabeth Hane

    Elizabeth Hane

    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:

    • To foster a culture of continuous improvement in the general education experiences of RIT students.
    • To support advisors and students as they navigate the general education curriculum.
    • To communicate the life-long importance of the skills (e.g. communication, critical thinking, ethical reasoning, etc.) developed as part of RIT’s general education curriculum.

    Contact Information:

    Phone: (585) 475-4362
    Office: 2110 Gosnell Hall

    Faculty Associate for the Partnership for Effective Access Technology Research & Development

    Dan Phillips

    Dan PhillipsDr. 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 an associate professor in biomedical engineering the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. 


    Contact Information:

    Phone: 475-2309
    Office: 3107 Institute Hall