Adjunct Faculty Orientation (AFO)

AFO is held in August and January annually. New and returning adjuncts are welcome and encouraged to attend as content is added often based on feedback and new resources. The agenda below is representative of what you will find at AFO. Please direct questions to the Faculty Development team at

  • The next orientation Friday, January 4, 2019, from 10 am - 12 pm. Learn more and register.
  • There will be a special myCourses training session for adjunct faculty following this orientation from 12:45 pm - 2:45 pm (optional).  

January 2019 Orientation Schedule

I. Welcome and Overview of Orientation
Anne Marie Canale, Faculty Development Research Consultant

II. HR Benefits for Adjunct Faculty
Judy DeCourcey, Sr. Benefits Specialist,

III. Title IX

Stacy DeRooy, Title IX Coordinator,

Overview of RIT’s policies and process for handling Title IX complaints while reinforcing expectations for community behavior. The session will inform the faculty of resources available to them and their obligations related to complying with Title IX and related statutes.

IV. Student Information System (SIS)
Tina Sturgis, Sr. Associate Registrar, 

The Student Information System (SIS) is used to view your schedule of classes, obtain class rosters, and to submit grades.  All instructors have access to the SIS Faculty/Staff Information Center, which includes the Faculty Guide. 

V. Innovative Learning Institute (ILI)/Teaching and Learning Services (TLS)
Marty Golia, Instructional Design Consultant and Researcher,

Information about resources and services provided by RIT’s Academic Technologies, TLS, as well as myCourses support for RIT’s teaching faculty.

VI. RIT Library Resources/Academic Integrity
Sue Mee, Global Education and Distance/Online Learning Librarian, Research and Instruction Services

Information on resources available to faculty and students, on campus and online, as well as information on RIT’s academic integrity polices.

VII. Teaching Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students - Resources & Services
Ann Marie Kuntz, Manager,
Real-time Captioning & Notetaking Service

Information on how to work with deaf/hard of hearing students and the support services provided by the Department of Access Services.

VII. Using Starfish to Send Academic Alerts – (Applies to undergraduate courses only)

Starfish is RIT’s academic alert system that allows instructors to send timely feedback and information to students regarding their performance in a course. All Starfish Early Alert training documentation and tutorials are available online so you may review them at your convenienceDirect questions to: Stephanie Bauschard, Associate Director University Advising Office, sxbrla@rit.eduStarfish Userguide

VIII. "Thoughts on Teaching Effectiveness from the Minds and Hearts of RIT Students,"
by Christine M. Licata, Ed.D., Vice Provost and Professor