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.
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 Checklist for New Employees (Faculty and Staff) (pdf) (docx)
All faculty and staff are invited to any programs listed below. Please make sure to register for these programs.
Check weekly email announcements for new workshops!
Artificial Intelligence for Education:
The Power of Bard, ChatGPT, and Claude
Monday, September 25, 2023
Bakar Ali, visiting lecturer, NTID Business Studies
Kemoy Campbell, visiting lecturer, NTID Information and Computing Studies)
In a rapidly evolving technological landscape, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a transformative force with the potential to reshape various aspects of our lives. Join our workshop for educators and discover the power of incorporating Artificial Intelligence (AI) in your classrooms and workspace. Learn how to harness AI to create dynamic educational content, from PowerPoint presentations to assignments and supplementary resources.
Explore innovative teaching methods and show your students how to use AI as a valuable learning tool. Don't miss this opportunity to revolutionize your teaching and equip your students with essential AI skills.
Mini-grants provide NTID lecturers 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 mini- grant for the same activity.
Tenure-track faculty, senior lecturers, principal lecturers, and lecturers with multiple-year contracts are eligible for Faculty Education and Development Grants.
Faculty Evaluation and Development (FEAD) grants provide monetary assistance to NTID faculty members for the purpose of pursuing areas of professional development that address the university’s priorities and/or department, college, or university’s 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.
For more information about FEAD Grants, contact Todd Pagano at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funds for Individual Professional Development
Do you need funds for a professional development activity, such as a conference or non-credit course? NTID has an annual allotment of funds for each faculty or staff member. Learn more
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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.
2023-2024 - Sorim Chung
Assistive Technology for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (DHH) Students
2022-2023 - Trisha Gard-Thompson
Enhance Visual Aid in Manufacturing for Deaf Community Michael Kane
Student-Generated Curriculum Videos: Personal Finance Course
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
2012-2013 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
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
1993-1994 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
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
Do you need funds for a professional development activity, such as a conference or non-credit course? NTID has an annual allotment of funds for each employee. The current allotment for staff assistants is $275.00. Please see your department chair/manager to discuss accessing these funds.
Employee Development Plans (EDPs) for Staff
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.
Staff 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.
Faculty should contact Todd Pagano for Individual Development Plans for faculty.
Mentoring is a powerful tool to help you define and achieve your career goals. Individuals at all career stages can benefit from mentoring! NTID uses a network-based mentoring model that is initiated by the development of Individualized Development Plans. Submit a request today and a member of NTID’s mentoring committee will contact you to get the process started.
Teaching observations can help you enhance your instructional strategies and classroom management techniques. While you should reach out to your department Chair for formal annual observations, you can request a peer teaching observation below, and an NTID representative will contact you to help you achieve your professional development goals!
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.