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 Us


The mission of NTID’s Professional Development (PD) Program is to initiate and coordinate professional development and training for faculty and staff to enhance professional vitality and student success.

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 is charged with annually designing programs that address the needs of faculty and staff in the following areas:

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

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

Opportunities for Professional Growth

RIT provides faculty and staff with many options for professional growth. In addition to NTID's PD program, there are many 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. NTID provides faculty and staff 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 NTID, 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/NTID.

  • New Faculty Guide (available soon)
  • New Staff Guide (available soon)

If you have questions regarding professional development opportunities or want to learn more about NTID, please feel free to contact a member of the Professional Development Team. Our goal is to offer an assortment of resources that will maximize your opportunities for professional growth!

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.

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.

NTID Employee Development Plans (EDPs)

Employee Professional Development Plans: A Roadmap 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 department chair/supervisor, mentor, 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 department head/supervisor
  • linked to your job description or Plan of Work (POW)
  • periodically reviewed by you and your department head/supervisor

Please note that EDPs should not be used to address performance issues (such as unsatisfactory performance). Your supervisor is responsible for working with the HR Services Manager to initiate a performance improvement process.

NTID Employee Development Plan (EDP) Form

For questions or assistance regarding EDPs, please contact Hope Williams, Manager, NTID Professional Development Program, or Katie Schmitz, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Administration.



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 6, 2020
  • Application Form: ( PDF | DOC | Online form )
  • Dodge Grant Report Form ( PDF | DOC )

2019-2020 - Austin Gehret
The Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning

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 RIT's Division of Academic Affairs Grants and Awards page.


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

For more information about professional development programs, contact Hope Williams

Upcoming workshops TBA

List of past workshops (media files are linked)


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 provide a range of services based on needs assessments, University priorities and RIT/NTID’s strategic visions, including workshops and seminars, mentoring, and funds for individual professional growth.

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!

Headshot of Katie Schmitz Katie Schmitz
Sr. Associate Dean for Academic Administration
Headshot of Hope Williams Hope Williams
Manager, NTID Professional Development Program
585-475-6335 (Voice)
585-228-6432 (VP)