The NTID Faculty Fellowship (NFF) is a program designed to develop individuals (“fellows”) to pursue careers in deaf education at the post-secondary level. NFF emphasizes recruitment of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds in an effort to diversify the pool of potential applicants for future faculty positions at colleges and universities. While NTID is particularly interested in increasing the number of STEM faculty from underrepresented groups, candidates from other disciplines offered by NTID are eligible to apply.
NFF provides fellows with up to 3 years of mentoring experiences, teaching experiences, support, and resources to prepare them for academic careers. Each fellow has an individualized professional development network that guides their overall career development and success. The program has two tracks: one for those who desire a post-secondary teaching career (lecture track or non-tenure track) and the other for those who desire a balanced teaching and scholarship career (assistant professor track or tenure track).
NFF is a collaboration of the NTID Academic Affairs (led by Gary Behm, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs) and the NTID Office of Diversity and Inclusion, (led by Alesia Allen, Assistant Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion).
The NFF program is run by the Director (Sarah Sarchet), and Faculty Mentors (Karen Tobin, Colin Allen, and Jess Cuculick) with support from the Sr. Staff Assistant (Christan Monin). The fellows are placed within one of two tracks; either the pre-non-tenure track (PNTT) or pre-tenure track (PTT). Additionally, the NFF Director collaborates closely with the chairs of the academic departments.
A team of scientists at RIT will expand its work after receiving a large grant from the National Science Foundation to make chemistry more accessible for students who rely on American Sign Language interpreters in class. The team has been awarded nearly $380,000 for its proposal to transform chemistry for deaf and hard-of-hearing students via the design, implementation, and evaluation of a descriptive sign language lexicon.
RIT is hosting a two-day virtual program to help African American, Latino American, and Native American scholars and artists successfully navigate the career search process. RIT’s Future Faculty Career Exploration Program (FFCEP) will welcome its 17th cohort, inviting 16 scholars from universities across the nation.