Professional Development

Professional Development at NTID is a process of self-directed continuous improvement to increase one's knowledge, understanding, vitality, and effectiveness on the job and in the classroom.

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About PD


The mission of NTID’s Professional Development (PD) Program is to initiate and facilitate professional growth opportunities for all faculty and staff.

Our goal is to foster the continued growth of faculty and staff as they progress through various career stages. We achieve this through collaboration with many professional development organizers within and external to RIT.

The Professional Development Team designs programs that address the following areas:

  • Teaching
  • Workplace Skills and Productivity
  • Communication
  • NTID Culture and Diversity
  • Technology
  • RIT/NTID Policy
  • Mentorship
  • Scholarship/Research/Grants
  • Leadership

Visit the PD Archives or annual reports of professional development programs and outcomes.

Opportunities for Professional Growth

In addition to NTID's PD program, the university has many professional development resources, including:

New Faculty and Staff

Welcome to NTID! As a new member of our community, we hope you will have a positive and productive experience. RIT/NTID provides employees with many opportunities for professional growth and development. Development can occur in a variety of ways including workshops, seminars, and individual research.

To help you become acclimated to the university, we have prepared guidebooks with some essential information. We hope this information will help you get off to a good start as you begin your career at RIT.

Getting Started at RIT - Onboarding Checklists

Welcome Guides - Essential Info about RIT/NTID

  • New Staff Guide - (pdf)
  • New Faculty Guide - (pdf)
  • New Adjunct Guide - (pdf)

Staff Assistants and Specialists

RIT has identified key behaviors, knowledge, skills and abilities that impact your success:

Looking for professional development opportunities? Check out the programs offered by the Center for Professional Development:

Workshop Materials

See the Workshops section for current offerings and for materials from past NTID Workshops.

  • Qualtrics Quick Start Guide (pdf)
  • Tips for Creating Qualtrics Surveys (pdf)

Do you need funds for a professional development activity? Funds are available for work-related programs, upon manager’s approval:

  • Lecturers, Professional Staff, and Interpreters: $1,300
  • Real-time Captionists: $250
  • Staff Assistants: $150

Please see your manager to discuss this important topic.

Employee Development Plans (EDPs)

Employee Professional Development Plans: A Blueprint for Professional Growth

An Employee Development Plan (EDP) can guide you in setting goals for developing skills or knowledge to enhance your career. To engage in professional development activities that are relevant and rewarding, you are encouraged to design an action plan tailored to your unique needs, job requirements, and career goals. EDPs may reflect individual, department, and/or university goals. By collaborating with your manager/department head, mentors, and other colleagues, you can evaluate professional development opportunities and identify those that can help you achieve your goals.

To be effective, your EDP should be:

  • developed jointly by you and your manager/department head
  • linked to your job description or Plan of Work (POW)
  • periodically reviewed by you and your manager/department head

Please note that EDPs are not to be used to address performance issues. Your supervisor is responsible for working with the HR Services Manager to initiate a performance improvement process.

Individuals are encouraged to use, or customize, one of the following forms:

For questions or assistance regarding EDPs, please contact Hope Williams, Director, NTID Professional Development Program, or Todd Pagano, Associate Dean for Teaching & Scholarship Excellence.

Grants and Funds


The purpose of the Minigrant program is to provide NTID lecturers on one-year contracts and exempt staff with an additional source of funding to facilitate their participation in innovative professional development activities, such as conference registration and/or skill development training. Awards are not to exceed $500.
NOTE: If you have received FEAD funding for an activity, you are ineligible to receive a minigrant for the same activity.

  • Application Form: PDF  DOC

FEAD Grants

Faculty Evaluation and Development grants provide monetary assistance to NTID faculty members for the purpose of pursuing areas of professional development that address the Institute’s priorities and/or department, college, or Institute strategic plans. Priorities cover the following five areas: 1) academic excellence; 2) student success; 3) research, scholarship, creative work and innovation; 4) faculty and staff success; and 5) global and multicultural education.

All tenured and tenure-track faculty members, senior and principal lecturers may apply for FEAD grants.

  • Faculty Evaluation and Development (FEAD) Guidelines PDF  DOC
  • Request for FEAD Funds PDF  DOC
  • Statement from Department Chair PDF  DOC
  • Post FEAD Award Evaluation Report PDF  DOC
  • FEAD Funds Reimbursement Procedure PDF  DOC

For more information about FEAD Grants, contact Sydney Long at

Ronald D. Dodge Memorial Endowment Fund

A grant of up to $1,000 is offered annually to RIT faculty for financial assistance in supporting research and development efforts conducted during the academic year. Projects must have as their purpose improving the effectiveness of faculty engaged in educating deaf and hard-of-hearing students at RIT.

  • Application Deadline: Friday, March 25, 2022
  • Application Form: ( PDF | DOC )
  • Dodge Grant Report Form ( PDF | DOC )

2021-2022 - No grant awarded

2020-2021 - Austin Gehret
The Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning

2019-2020 - Jennifer Swartzenberg
Organic Chemistry in ASL

2018-2019 - Linda Bryant
Evaluating Video Features for Online Learning at NTID

2017-2018 - Linda Gottermeier
Mobile Applications to Enhance Communication in Learning and Business Environments

2016-2017 - Lea V. Michel
Quiet Chemistry: Working with Deaf Students in a Chemistry Lab

2015-2016 - Kaiqi Xiong
Engaging NTID Student Learning and Research by Exploring the Features of Smartphones

2014-2015 - Sandi Connelly
Implementing Full Access Video Lectures to Improve Understanding and Performance of All Students in a Large Science Classroom

2013-2014 - Linda Rubel, Rose Marie Toscano and Dianna Winslow
Writing Together: Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing and Hearing Students in a Conjoined First Year Writing Class

Kurt Stoskopf
Graphic Storytelling as Part of the Classroom Curriculum for Deaf Students

F. Harvey Pough
Online Technologies to Facilitate Access for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students in Lab Courses

2011-2012 - No grant awarded

2010-2011 - Bonalyn J. Nelson and David Crumb
Methods of Adapting Case Teaching for Deaf and Mixed (Deaf and Hearing) Student Groups

2009-2010 - George Slack and Dino Laury
Dynamic Keyboard

2008-2009 - Cheryl Herdklotz
Online Caption Error Reporting System

2007-2008 - Deborah Blizzard
Teaching Teams: a Dialogue Between ASL Interpreters, C-print Captionists, and CLA Faculty

2006-2007 - Catherine Beaton
Backchannel Chatter, Divided Attention and Learning

2005-2006 - Rose Marie Toscano and Simon Ting
Multimedia Authoring Tool and Training Resources for Developing Sign Language and/or Captioned Video Lessons and Tutorials to Support Classroom Teaching and Distance Learning

2004-2005 - No grant awarded

2003-2004 - Allen Austin
Online E-mail Etiquette: A Multimedia Version

2002-2003 - Sharon Rasmussen
Promoting Access for Deaf Students in College of Science Courses

2001-2002 - Allen Austin
Online Email Etiquette: A Job-Related Perspective for Students

2000-2001 - Simon Ting
Web-based Remote Tutoring System

1999-2000 - Simon Ting
Web-based Instructional Testing and Evaluation System

1998-1999 - Stephanie Polowe and Simon Ting
Computerized Instruction for Academic Reading

1997-1998 - No grant awarded

1996-1997 - Robert Paine
Using Voice Recognition Techniques to Provide 'Instantaneous' Closed Captions for Videotapes

1995-1996 - Roberley Bell
Design Through Culture

1994-1995 - Jeff Porter
RIT and Learner Diversity: Teaching Each and Every Student

Harry Lang -
A Study of Teaching and Learning Styles

Bob Menchel -
Deaf Students Enrolled in Regular Colleges and Universities

1992-1993 - Ari Ogoke and John Sweeney
Evaluating Accessibility of NTID Student/Staff/Faculty Instructional Computing Resource Center (ICRC)

1991-1992 - Geri Stanton
The Rape and Sexual Assault Training Program for Counselors

1990-1991 - No grant awarded

1989-1990 - David C. Templeton and Lisa M. Davenport
The Use of Concept Maps for Science Instruction

1988-1989 - Pam Ng and John Sweeney
The Evaluation of Existing Personal Computer Software for the Macintosh Such as Spelling and Grammar Checkers by NTID Students

1987-1988 - Paula Brown and Patty Russotti
The Development of Domain-Specific Concepts: Novice vs. Expert Photographers

1986-1987 - Del Dagel
Student Retention

1985-1986 - Greg Connor
Using Reality Therapy with Deaf College Students

Other Funding Opportunities

RIT and NTID Fellowships, Leaves and Grants

Several funding opportunities exist at RIT for faculty and staff development, or for special projects that support RIT's teaching and learning activities:

  • Faculty Leave for Professional/Career Development
  • Provost's Learning Innovations Grant for Faculty Projects
  • Provost's Cultural Diversity Grant
  • Interactive Learning Grants
  • NTID Faculty Evaluation and Development (FEAD)
  • FYE/NTID Extracurricular Opportunity Grant

For more information, visit the RIT Office of the Provost’s Grants and Funding.

Student Research Funds and Resources

Funds are available to support RIT/NTID student researchers, with the goal of increasing the number of NTID-supported students who do research with faculty members at NTID. Students can apply for microgrants, fellowships, or conference travel. For more information, see Student Research Resources.


All faculty and staff are invited to the following programs - please register for these programs. Check the weekly email announcement for new workshops!

Spoken Communication Techniques and Strategies Series Presents
Using Technology to Support Diverse Communication in the Classroom
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
CSD 1300/1310
Presented by: Kristen Starin, M.S., CCC-SLP and Jill Burress, M.S., CCC-SLP,
NTID Communication Studies and Services

Communication in the classroom is as diverse as ever, and facilitating effective communication can be a significant challenge. This presentation will demonstrate a variety of technology options that can enhance and support classroom communication. We will also discuss application for a range of classroom types, communication modalities and preferences, and both receptive and expressive communication. Please plan to bring your smartphone and/or your laptop for hands-on interactive learning and practice.

Registration required. Click here to register.
Interpreters have been requested.
For more information, contact Barb Sinclair

Using Digital Signatures to Sign PDF Documents
Thursday, December 2, 2021
10 - 11 a.m.
Zoom webinar
Presented by Hope Williams, Director, NTID Professional Development

In this webinar, Hope will discuss the process for using Adobe Acrobat DC for Windows to electronically sign PDFs and send documents to others to sign. She will also discuss how to obtain a license to use the Adobe Sign service.

Registration required. Click here to register.
Captioning and interpreting services have been requested.
For more information, contact Hope Williams

Textbooks and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
Friday, December 3, 2021
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Zoom webinar
Denise Hampton, Assistant Director, NTID Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services and
Katie Zuris, Sr. Staff Specialist, NTID Student and Academic Services

Denise and Katie will present information regarding Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) funding for student books and supplies, and how the process works. Come learn how you can help your students avoid delays in purchasing their textbooks. The role of the liaison in NTID’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation also will be discussed.

Registration required. Click here to register.
Captioning and interpreting services have been requested.
For more information, contact Hope Williams

Workshops Archive  
RIT login required to access the archive


Individualized Development Plans (IDPs)

NTID uses a network-based mentoring model. This process is initiated by the development of Individualized Development Plans. New NTID faculty members will be contacted by a member of the Faculty Mentoring Committee to develop an IDP.


NTID provides many resources for faculty, staff, and presenters. Resources include information on working with interpreters, material prep, general tips for presenting to deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences, and physical spaces for meetings and lectures.

More information on resources  

Archived Reports

The Archives contain Professional Development year-end reports and other historical documents. You must login with your RIT DCE account to access the archives.

Archived Reports Portal  
RIT login required

Contact Us

Professional Development Team

We are available to work with you to achieve your professional development goals. Contact us today! Or if you have a recommendation for PD programming, let us know!

Todd Pagano
Associate Dean for Teaching and Scholarship Excellence
Hope Williams
Director NTID Professional Development Program
Dawn Sullivan
Senior Staff Assistant