A rigorous four-day program designed for African American, Latino American, and Native American (AALANA) scholars and artists to experience a “behind the scenes” glimpse into life as a faculty member at RIT. You’ll spend time learning from and networking with RIT administration, faculty, and students, practicing your interview skills and job-talk presentation – while exploring the research, teaching and service expectations of RIT faculty.
This competitive, nation-wide search welcomes scholars from all disciplines offered at RIT. We encourage you to explore our colleges and departments to see how your research or artistic endeavors best fit into RIT. If chosen to participate, RIT will cover your transportation, lodging, and meals for the duration of the program.
The Future Faculty Career Exploration Program is considered a best practice, and was one of the first faculty diversity and recruitment programs in the nation. Our longstanding history is due to the continuous institutional support of the President and Provost, and the divisions of Academic Affairs and Diversity & Inclusion.
Program Dates: September 23 – 26, 2020
Application Deadline: The deadline for this year’s program has passed.
Attend networking receptions with RIT’s President, Provost, Deans, faculty, staff, and students
Present your research or art to faculty, department chairs and Deans
Tour campus and the greater Rochester community
Gain career development insight and advice from RIT faculty
Learn about current and upcoming faculty positions
Engage in one-on-one, panel and roundtable discussions about life in academia
Receive feedback on your research or art, and job talk to improve your candidacy
Take an all-expense-paid trip to Rochester, New York
Who Can Apply?
Individuals who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:
Able to contribute in meaningful ways to the RIT’s commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism and individual differences. We are primarily interested in applicants of African American, Latin American, American Indian or Alaskan Native descent, and others who are underrepresented and underserved in teaching professions at RIT.
Advanced Ph.D. (ABD status) or MFA candidates, postdoctoral scholars or early-career faculty or researchers.
Studying or researching in the discipline areas offered at RIT.
Desire a rewarding academic teaching and research career at an exceptional institution.
Able to travel to Rochester, New York, for the duration of the program.
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Cover letter: express your interest in FFCEP, and desire for a career in the professoriate. MFA applicants should include a link to their online portfolio.
Diversity Statement: describe your commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout your academic career.
Artistic or Research Statement: summary of current research or artistic endeavors and/or proposal for upcoming work.
Teaching Statement: summary of the guiding principle(s) that inform your pedagogical approach & style.
Day 1 – travel day, meet and greet with participants, job talk pointers
Day 2 – RIT community welcome breakfast, host department activities, panel discussions on faulty support, diversity and student body
Day 3 – Host department activities, panel discussions on faculty life, dinner with RIT administration and community members
Day 4 – Conclude program with a tour of the greater Rochester area, lunch with cohort, departure travel