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Being a new faculty member (or faculty member moving to a different rank) can be a bit of a roller coaster ride.  First, the elation and excitement—sharing and celebrating with family and friends—imagining new opportunities!  This exhilaration may be followed by anxiety, nervousness about new responsibilities and colleagues, and managing your work/life balance. This important transition does not have to be full of tension and anxiety.  With the right strategies and support, stepping into your new role can be energizing and enjoyable. These checklists have been designed to help you get your career off to a great start!


  • Attend New Faculty Orientation (NFO)
  • Have your professional photo taken at NFO.

If not already done:

  • Evaluate annual milestones for goals established for your  Plan of Work
  • Set goals for the next academic year for your Plan of Work
  • Attend faculty opportunities designed just for you:
  • Evaluate mentoring roles and benefits of relationship
  • Maintain a healthy work/life balance.
  • Congratulate yourself on a job well done!
  • Reflect on your first year and see your department chair if concerns around your roles in:
    • Teaching - Take a look at your teaching evaluations. Not what you expected? Don't beat yourself up over them—it’s your first year and there are many resources here at RIT to help!  Consider what you might do next year to improve – and seek support and guidance from all across Campus.
    • Scholarship
    • Service
  • Consider how you have balanced your work and life responsibilities this year. Does something need to be adjusted?  If so, consider the many resources RIT provides to you as a faculty member.
  • Revisit your "kudos file" for positive reinforcement.
  • Plan your summer vacation!
Recommended Reading & Resources
Free Professional Development Resources for Faculty

Magna Publications serves the higher education community by producing online programs, newsletters, conferences, and other products that support faculty and staff development. Through a group subscription provided by Teaching and Learning Services and Faculty Career Development Services, RIT faculty and staff have access to:

  • The Teaching Professor, a source of cutting-edge information and inspiration for educators.
  • Academic Leader, which examines current trends, challenges, and best practices to help leaders advance teaching, scholarship, and service.
  • Magna 20-Minute Mentors, highly focused 20-minute video presentations answering a single teaching or leadership question and providing actionable insights.

 Click here for instructions on how to access the publications.

Institutional Membership to National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)

The Divisions of Academic Affairs and Diversity & Inclusion are partnering together to offer career development tools through the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD).  NCFDD  provides skills and strategies intended to help RIT faculty, post docs and graduate students thrive in academic life. The NCFDD offers a wide variety of resources, from tools to increase your research productivity, to writing, and time management. Click here to become a member.

Recommended Reading  
  • Bain, Ken. (2004). What the best college teachers doCambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Print copy available in RIT Library.
  • Brookfield, Stephen. (2006). The Skillful Teacher: on technique, trust, and responsiveness in the classroom. San Francisco,CA: Jossey-Bass. Print copy available in RIT Library.
  • Chickering, A., & Gamson, Z. (1987). Seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education. PDF -
  • Reiness, G. (2009). How to talk to your department chair. Available at
  • How people learn: Brain, mind, experience and school. National Academy Press.  Available at
  • Lang, J.. (2008). On Course: A week-by-week guide to your first semester of college teaching. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Print copy available in RIT Library.
  • Lang, J. (2019). Small teaching. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass
  • Svinicki, M. and McKeachie, W. (2011). McKeachie's Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers, 13th Ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. Print copy available in RIT Library.