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.
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.
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.
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 PDFDOC
For more information about FEAD Grants, contact Sydney Long at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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.
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.
Using Digital Signatures to Sign PDF Documents
Thursday, December 2, 2021
10 - 11 a.m.
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.
Textbooks and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
Friday, December 3, 2021
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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.
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.