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Reginald E. Rogers, Jr., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Reginald E. Rogers, Jr., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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.  After FFCEP, I had the opportunity to undertake a unique opportunity where I was a postdoctoral fellow in the Chemical Engineering department undertaking tasks normally reserved for a tenure-track faculty.  Success during the postdoctoral experience led to me transitioning to a tenure-track positon.  The experience was amazing and truly helped me become the professor that I am today.  The mentoring given to me from my postdoctoral experience to today has been invaluable and I cannot say I would have the level of success that I have achieved without the mentors in my department.  I value the doors FFCEP opened for me and give back by taking part in the program to help others understand the rewards a tenure-track faculty position provides them.  In the end, I can truly say that I have enjoyed every moment of my time at RIT.

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Laura Tubbs

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Professor

Laura Tubbs

Associate 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.  We get to spend time chatting with some wonderful young people who are so excited about what they are doing and about the prospect of a career in academia.  This opportunity to get the word out about RIT to those we meet as well as then hopefully to their friends and colleagues is an important part of our effort to attract strong diverse candidates for all of our academic positions.

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Marcos Esterman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Marcos Esterman, Ph.D.

Associate 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. These intangibles have allowed RIT to differentiate itself and I was impressed enough with RIT’s efforts that I pursued a faculty position here.  Almost a decade later, I find myself in a role as a Faculty Associate to the Provost with a focus on retention of our AALANA faculty.  In that role I have done extensive analysis and the impact that the OFR has had on recruitment is clear. This is not surprising to me as I have been on the road with Renee and seen the efforts taken to make sure that RIT is in the forefront.

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André O. Hudson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, College of Science

André O. Hudson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, College of Science

I have truly enjoyed my time here at RIT. It is a very comfortable and welcoming environment. RIT has taken a holistic approach to address a variety of issues related to diversity, pluralism and inclusiveness. It is evident that this approach is valued by all of the stakeholders, from the board of trustees and the president right down to the students. Diversity is ingrained in the RIT culture and it plays an integral role in who we are. As a faculty member, I have avenues for peer impact and mentoring through the AALANA Faculty Advisory Council and the AALANA Faculty Associate to the various mentoring programs in my home College (Science). RIT has created numerous opportunities for me to be supported and to be advocated for throughout my career.

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Margaret Bailey, Ph.D., P.E.

Senior Faculty Associate to the Provost for ADVANCE – PI, and Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Kate Gleason College of Engineering

Margaret Bailey, Ph.D., P.E.

Senior 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. Together, the team examines the unique challenges experienced by women faculty of color and Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing faculty, and adapts interventions to address the needs of these key sub-populations. Combining research with programming, policy and practice enhancements drive long-term changes that are transforming RIT’s culture, promoting inclusion, and expanding the representation of women on our faculty and among our campus leadership.  Our institutional transformation project as well as our university 2015-2025 strategic plan, Greatness Through Difference, provides us with a unique opportunity to reimagine our careers and our campus culture.  The Office of Faculty Recruitment plays a vital role in our continuing pursuit of embodying inclusivity as a core value.  The office serves as a leader on our campus and throughout the United States in promoting diversity within faculty hiring.  Over the years, it has successfully influenced RIT faculty search and hire practices in order to reduce unconscious bias and support the hiring of an excellent and inclusive community of new RIT faculty.