The Faculty Success Series offers opportunities for all faculty to grow your network, discover resources at RIT, and enhance teaching and scholarship. Take a look at the offerings below ... and check the The Wallace Center's calendar for more RIT Library events as well as ILI's Teaching & Learning Services training opportunities.  

FALL 2017 

*This schedule is subject to change. Check back often for additions! 

December 12 -It's Reading Day! Faculty are invited to a free coffee break at TWC!
Take a break at the end of the semester to join your colleagues at The Wallace Center to relax and unwind. Drop in anytime between 10 am - 1 pm on the 1st floor for FREE coffee/tea and a snack. Registration is not required. All faculty are welcome.

Bouncing Back: Strategies for Academic Writers Whose Momentum Stops, November 17
Guest presenter Sharon Cramer facilitates this interactive and practical faculty workshop covers strategies for academic writers whose momentum stops before or after editorial feedback. Topics include methods academic writers might use to successfully move a scholarly work from concept to publication, and offers participants a refreshing alternative to guilt-producing avoidance of half-finished or rejected manuscripts. Lunch is included. 

  • Stivers, J. & Cramer, S. F. (May 2017).   From Rejected to Accepted: Part 2—Preparing a Rejected Manuscript for a New Journal.  The Journal of Faculty Development, 31(2), 63-65. Permanent link to online article in RIT Library
  • Stivers, J. & Cramer, S. F. (January 2017).  From Rejected to Accepted: Part 1--Strategies for Revising and Resubmitting a Manuscript.  The Journal of Faculty Development, 31(1), 1-3. Permanent link to online article in RIT Library.

Adjunct Faculty Community Dinner & Discussion-Facilitating Student Resilience in the ClassroomNovember 8
Join fellow adjuncts for dinner and discussion on this important topic and learn strategies for early identification and intervention with your students. This is an Adjunct Faculty Community Event, but all faculty are welcome if interested. Dinner is included.

Grants Exposed! Mixer, October 5
Join us at this showcase of successfully funded faculty grant projects AND kickoff for the grants program for this academic year. All faculty are welcome!  Read more about faculty grant opportunities here.

Power Reception for New Faculty, September 15 (look for your special invitation soon, for new 2017 faculty)
Our newest cohort of RIT faculty is invited to a special "welcome to RIT" reception hosted by President David Munson.  Enjoy remarks by Dr. Munson and Provost Haefner, plus reconnect and network with your new colleagues.

Informing Public Debate: A Discussion of High-Stakes Scholarship with Prize-winning Author Heather Ann Thompson, September 14
Join your colleagues for a discussion with author Heather Ann Thompson, Professor of History and Afro-american and African Studies at the University of Michigan. Thompson will discuss sharing one’s research with both policymakers and the general public. The first 50 faculty who register will receive a free copy of Thompson’s most recent book, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy.

Your Cultural Surroundings: A Walking Tour of RIT's Art and Architecture, September 8
Join RIT Archivist Becky Simmons for a tour of RIT’s campus art and architecture. The university has continually supported installation of significant pieces both outside and inside buildings. Simmons will discuss the artists and their work and point out key features of our award-winning mid-century campus. The tour concludes at The Wallace Center for refreshments and networking with your colleagues.  All faculty are welcome!

Welcome Back Faculty! Free Coffee at The Wallace CenterSeptember 7
Stop at The Wallace Center for a free coffee and refreshments! Share summer stories and new projects for the year.  Registration is not required -- drop in anytime.  All faculty are welcome!

New Faculty Orientation (NFO), August 16-18
NFO is focused on three key success factors for new faculty: introduction to critical information; socialization with their cohort; and network building within and across colleges and disciplines. New faculty for the 2017-2018 academic year will receive a personal invitation to NFO.

Adjunct Faculty Orientation (AFO), August 10
New and returning adjunct faculty are welcome! This orientation will provide adjunct faculty with an overview of the departments and resources they will need to begin teaching at RIT. 


SPRING 2017 

Adjunct Faculty Orientation - January 12
AFO will introduce you to a wealth of information to help you quickly adjust to the RIT classroom and our student population. All adjunct faculty are welcome. 

Scholarship in the 21st Century: Your Rights as an Author - February 24
Presentation and reception with distinguished speaker, Peter Hirtle, an Affiliate Fellow of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University

Curious About the Mid-Tenure Review Process? - February 28
6th Annual Mid-Tenure Review panel discussion where you can ask questions about requirements for mid-tenure review and learn about this important process from Dr. Christine Licata, Senior Associate Provost, and your colleagues who have earned tenure.

360° Leadership Skills Inventory, Orientation - February 10 and Feedback Session - March 10.  
FCDS partners with the SUNY Leadership Institute ( to offer a 360° (multi-observer) survey for individual professional development of full-time faculty.

Deaf Rochester Film Fest: Filmmaker Workshops and Film Poster Exhibit - March 25
Deaf Rochester Film Fest (DRFF) features films produced by deaf and hard-of-hearing ndividuals and will include workshops from international deaf film-makers to be held on March 25, 10 am-4 pm in the Wallace Center 1st Floor Community Area near the RIT ASL and Deaf Studies Community Center (RADSCC). Deaf Film posters and Deaf press book kits from the Deaf Studies Archive will be displayed in the RADSCC classroom as an exhibit and tour activity. Saturday evening short films will be screened in the Panara theater and The Dyer Art Center (Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall) will also have a Deaf film poster exhibit as well as a Deaf woman artist's exhibit on Ann Silver. Interpreters will be provided. DRFF websiteSlow Professor Book Jacket

The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy Author Visit - April 14
Maggie Berg a professor of English at Queen’s University in Canada, and Barbara K. Seeber, a professor of English at Brock University also in Canada, will begin with a discussion on their book followed by an interactive session over lunch. All faculty are welcome! Faculty attendees will receive a free book at the event (limited to first 50 attendees) and lunch will be provided. Click here to register.

Meet the Scholars - May 2
Each year, RIT launches this report to reflect on the previous year’s successes and to showcase our valued faculty members whose research efforts continue to promote innovation, collaboration and discovery.  The 2016 report marks yet another year of continued growth, with over 1,900 scholarly works included.