I applaud the efforts the Office of Faculty Recruitment have made to diversify our university. An underlying thread in RIT’s 2025 strategic plan, entitled “Greatness Through Difference,” recognizes the power of diversity to shape the future of higher education as well as the students we serve. High priority elements of the plan include decreasing the achievement gap among minority students, increasing AALANA graduation rates, and establishing RIT as a model of inclusive excellence for faculty and staff.
Our Diverse Faculty
RIT attracts diverse faculty to enrich our students' experiential learning and better prepare them for careers in a global economy.
Excellence Through Diversity, Journey Through Greatness. Doing it the RIT Way.
We assist the institution in achieving a more diverse and inclusive faculty by building a pipeline of underserved populations through relationship networking. Every search committee’s recruitment efforts are supported by the Office’s strategic sourcing of AALANA and women scholars.
TestimonialsFormer RIT Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
TestimonialsAssociate Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
The OFR has played a significant role in increasing access to diverse talent at RIT. I have been in the unique position to have seen these efforts from a variety of perspectives. As a participant in RIT’s inaugural signature FFCEP program, I personally experienced the many small intangibles that are needed to develop the relationships that give institutions an edge in access to a talent pipeline that while relatively small, is in high demand.
My first involvement with RIT started in 2009 with the Future Faculty Career Exploration Program. I didn’t know anything about RIT at the time so I was open minded with the opportunity. The experience during FFCEP was very enlightening and showed me the potential of being a faculty member at a top university.
TestimonialsSenior Faculty Associate to the Provost for ADVANCE – PI, and Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Funded through a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant (NSF 209115), AdvanceRIT is a long-term, multi-faceted project designed to increase the representation and enhance career advancement of women faculty at RIT in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines which include social and behavioral science. The Office of Faculty Recruitment is a vital partner of AdvanceRIT.
TestimonialsAssociate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Professor
My favorite part of my job as the COS College Liaison to OFR is attending the Compact Conference for Diversity each fall. Minority Ph.D. students and recent Ph.D. recipients from all over the country who are interested in academic careers attend this conference. Several of the College Liaisons join Renee Baker as recruiters for RIT at the conference each year...
Future Faculty Career Exploration Program
The Future Faculty Career Exploration Program is the cornerstone of our recruitment strategy and critical to the success of RIT’s diversity goals. This program increases the diversity among faculty at the Rochester Institute of Technology. We bring brilliant scholars who are nearing the end of their doctoral or MFA studies, as well as post-docs and junior faculty, to experience RIT as a prospective faculty member.Read More