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 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:
NTID Culture and Policy
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:
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.
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!
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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
All faculty and staff are invited to the following programs - please register for these programs. Interpreters have been requested. Check the weekly email announcement for new workshops!
Twitter 101: Are You Twitterized Yet?
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
1:30 - 3:00 PM
Aimee Whyte, Lecturer, Department of Liberal Studies
This workshop is perfect for those who are curious about Twitter and are interested in setting up a Twitter account. Twitter is a free online social networking, news, and microblogging service that can be used for different purposes, and its use among professionals in higher education is skyrocketing! Some of the main purposes for using Twitter will be highlighted, with emphasis on how it can be an asset for professionals in academic affairs and student affairs. Participants will learn the basics of Twitter and how to use it, including: how to set up a Twitter profile and choose a username, how to decipher the anatomy of a tweet, how to start following other people (and who!), how to understand Twitter language (easy-peasy!), and how to craft a tweet. Participants will leave this workshop Twitterized! Feel free to bring your laptop, if you are a hands-on learner.
Twitter 102: Twitterized and Tweeting
Friday, January 31, 2020
3:00 - 4:30 PM
Aimee Whyte, Lecturer, Department of Liberal Studies
his workshop is geared towards professionals who want to take tweeting to the next level. Topics will include: connecting with others using hashtags; live tweeting (popular at conferences); using Twitter with students, in classrooms, or for course projects; finding, participating in, and creating Twitter chats; and brainstorming for a future Twitter poster conference(s). The presenter will share examples of how she has utilized Twitter in some of her courses (as well as with organizations in the past) and how she has seen other higher education professionals tap into the magic of Twitter. Laptops are welcome and hands-on learning is encouraged.
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.
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!