Message from the Provost

Message from the Provost

I am very pleased to present the 2020 Faculty Scholarship Report. This compendium of scholarly work by RIT faculty and students represents the best of who we are as scholars and creative artists. The report provides several examples of exceptional individual and group achievements. It contains a list of the awards won, articles and books published, juried shows exhibited, and editorships undertaken by faculty members and students in 2020. I hope you take a few minutes to review the work and take pride in your own and others’ accomplishments.

The scholarly and artistic efforts within this report each contribute to RIT’s growing national reputation. Many have direct and positive impacts on communities here in western New York and around the world. The work, which ranges from researching cellular mechanisms to develop novel treatments for tissue regeneration and pain reduction to open-access apps that create awareness to help stop the spread of hate and violence online to turning harmful waste streams into valuable resources, puts RIT and its research at the heart of some of the world’s most technical, scientific, and social challenges.

RIT’s faculty and students continue to engage in research, pedagogical innovation, and scholarly activities that break down boundaries inside and outside of the university. Under the leadership of our president, Dr. David Munson, Jr., RIT’s vision for the future, embodied in the university’s strategic plan Greatness Through Difference, sets ambitious research and scholarship goals for the year 2025. The work showcased in this report demonstrates the many ways that RIT’s world-class faculty are steadily achieving these goals.

In fiscal year 2020, RIT had a record year in acquiring sponsored research funding. The university received 382 new awards totaling $82 million in funding, and expenditures held steady at an estimated $58 million. RIT now has 339 principal investigators associated with 669 active research awards. Additionally, it is projected that the university will confer at least 50 doctoral degrees in 2020-2021, which would be an all-time high. Building momentum for the university to meet or exceed another 2025 goal.

I want to thank each faculty member who took the time to contribute to this report. The diversity and quality of your scholarly and artistic work exemplify our success as a Carnegie Research 2 Institution.

I hope you will enjoy this report and the spotlight it places on our faculty’s scholarly achievements.

Ellen Granberg, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Rochester Institute of Technology