Adjunct Faculty

Getting Started at RIT for New Adjuncts

Welcome to RIT!  As an adjunct instructor you are not just teaching a course, you are joining RIT’s community of teaching and learning excellence. The resources provided here will help you become acclimated to the university’s programs and services. In addition to the resources provided here specifically for adjuncts, we encourage you to take a look around at the collection of resources curated for our new full-time faculty. The list below is intended as a guide to ensure a successful teaching experience for you and your students.

  1. Read and return your signed contract to your department and any forms requested from Human Resources and/or Payroll. You must complete this prior to accessing any of RIT's systems. Your contract letter contains important information about Payroll, University Policies, RIT's mandatory compliance training requirements, and more.
  2. Obtain your RIT computer/email account. After you complete your contract, Human Resources will notify Information and Technology Services (ITS) to set up your RIT account. You will be notified when your accounts are ready.
  3. Visit where you manage your personal identity and RIT Computer Account preferences, and register your computers or devices to the RIT Network. You'll need your RIT username first (see #2 above). 
  4. Visit myRIT, your portal to RIT resources. Discover helpful links and access the information you require for your day-to-day campus activities (RIT username required). 
  5. Check out the resources and key support areas curated for new faculty on Teaching Support.  
  6. Obtain your RIT ID Card. See instructions on obtaining your RIT ID Card and your photo submission
  7. Register your vehicle; obtain parking pass. All vehicles operated on campus must be registered as quickly as possible but no later than 10 days after arrival on campus. See: Parking and Transportation Services.
  8. Familiarize yourself with University Policies & Procedures as well as your home department/college policies and procedures. See your department head/staff admin.
  9. Check with your department on available office space, mailroom, etc., (varies by department). 
  10. Order textbooks on the Akademos web site.
  11. Visit your classroom, request podium/projection training, click to request training.
  12. Familiarize yourself with the Student Information System.
  13. Familiarize yourself with the Early Alert System. Training is offered via Center for Professional Development.
  14. Schedule training for myCourses (RIT's Learning Management System) and ensure your course materials are posted to myCourses. Request training
  15. Submit all media used in courses for captioning as soon as possible (university policy). 
  16. Enjoy the experience! Take notes on how your course is going and what you might want to change the next time around!  You may reach out to your college reference librarian liaison or a member of the instructional design team anytime.

Key Resources

CTL partners with all faculty to improve and expand their students’ learning experience with on-campus, online, and blended courses. CTL supports faculty in designing courses, using academic technologies, developing media, and using classroom technology.

Training, Events, and Networking

Adjunct instructors are welcome at some training, events, and networking opportunities throughout the academic year that pertain to all RIT faculty. These events allow adjuncts to network and share conversation around teaching in today’s classroom, learn about the many RIT resources available, and provide guidance and support to assist you when you have concerns or challenges. The Center for Teaching and Learning, RIT Libraries, Faculty Career Development, and many other areas on campus offer such activities.