The Council for the Representation & Engagement of Women Faculty (CREW) serves as an advisory council to the AdvanceRIT in support of the career success of women faculty at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

The Mission of the Council for the Representation & Engagement of Women is to support, retain and promote career success of women faculty at RIT. To achieve its mission, the team will:

  • Identify and support effective strategies and activities that promote career success of women faculty
  • Assist women faculty in finding and developing networks
  • Promote leadership development and mentoring activities for women faculty
  • Provide support needed for women faculty to be successful through tenure and promotion
  • Communicate and collaborate with other groups concerned with gender and diversity
  • Identify the issues that women faculty face and develop actions to address these issues
  • Facilitate awareness among administration and the university regarding these issues
  • Make recommendations to leadership on studies or actions needed to address particular issues needed to create an academic environment that fosters the academic success of women faculty at RIT

Each college has a faculty representative to serve on this council.  CREW representatives serve as liaison between the women in their college and AdvanceRIT. They share information with women in their college about AdvanceRIT events or other activities, news and/or events of interest to women faculty. They share information about experiences of women in their college with AdvanceRIT: best practices for supporting women faculty, challenges they are facing, needs that AdvanceRIT could meet.  CREW reps also assist women in you college with growing their network at RIT through their connection with other CREW reps from across RIT and can serve as a resource/mentor to women faculty across RIT in an area pf expertise. Examples include teaching, work-life balance, setting up a research program, productive writing practices, etc.  On our CREW website all CREW members note the areas where they are willing to mentor other faculty.

CREW Representatives

Betsy Dell

Director of AdvanceRIT

Betsy Dell's bio can be found here.

Heidi Nickisher

Principal Lecturer
College of Art & Design

Heidi Nickisher's bio can be found here.

Jeanne Christman

Associate Professor
College of Engineering Technology

Jeanne Christman's bio can be found here.

Caroline Easton

College of Health Sciences and Technology

Caroline Easton's bio can be found here.

Kelly Martin

Director of the School of Communication
College of Liberal Arts

Kelly Martin's bio can be found here.

Kara Maki

Associate Professor
College of Science

Kara Maki's bio can be found here.

Keith Jenkins

Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and Inclusion

Keith Jenkins' bio can be found here.

Sharon Mason

Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Sharon Mason's bio can be found here.

Callie Babbit

Associate Professor
Golisano institute for Sustainability

Callie Babbit's bio can be found here.

Sonia Lopez Alarcon

Associate Professor
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

Sonia Lopez Alarcon's bio can be found here.

Bonnie Jacob

Associate Professor
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Bonnie Jacob's bio can be found here.

Rong Yang

Saunders College of Business

Rong Yang's bio can be found here.

Makini Beck

Visiting Assistant Professor
School of Individualized Study

Makini Beck's bio can be found here.