Adjunct Faculty

Getting Started at RIT

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. We encourage you to begin with the “Getting Started” checklist below, and check in with your department on specific details. Visit the Events Page to see current offerings and register for training sessions on myCourses, Zoom, Slack and more.

Be Ready!  Prior to the start of the semester, ensure sure you are familiar with RIT’s COVID policies found at the RIT Ready site. Click here for faculty course technology support

The checklist below is intended as a guide to ensure a successful teaching experience for you and your students. Many of the tasks below should have been completed or are in progress.

  1. Return your signed contract to your department AND all required forms requested from Human Resources and/or Payroll -- you must complete this paperwork prior to accessing your computer account, obtain an ID, and access any of the systems. Find your department through the list of RIT's colleges.
  2. Obtain your RIT computer/email account. After you complete your contract and essential forms, Human Resources will notify Information and Technology Services (ITS) to set up your RIT accounts. You will be notified when your accounts are ready. ITS is the first point of contact for all your technology questions or issues.
  3. Obtain your RIT ID Card. All faculty, staff and alumni are provided with a University ID card. The ID cards are used by Dining Services, University Housing, Student Life Center, and the Wallace Library. You can submit your own photo or have one taken at Eastman Hall.
  4. Register your vehicle; obtain a parking pass. All vehicles operated on campus by students, faculty, staff, and contract employees must be registered as quickly as possible but no later than 10 days after arrival on campus. Parking and Transportation Services is responsible for administering parking and transportation services at RIT.
  5. Visit the Academic Calendar for important semester dates.
  6. Familiarize yourself with your department/college policies and procedures, such as syllabus protocol, etc. Although many adjunct faculty have a course syllabus provided, you may wish to review the Syllabus Design guidance.
  7. Familiarize yourself with University Policies & Procedures, particularly those around compliance and accessibility.
  8. Check with your department on available office space, mailroom, etc. The facilities and resources available to you will vary by department. Your department will let you know what is available to you. 
  9. To order textbooks or other course materials for your class, please log into the Akademos web site  https://rit.textbookx.com/institutional/index.php using your RIT sign on information. For assistance in placing your textbook orders please contact our Akademos campus representative  Jessica Miller jmiller@akademos.com.

  10. Visit your classroom and request podium/projection training if desired. Check with your department or the Student Information System for the location or check RIT’s Interactive Map. Contact Academic Technology Support, 585-475-2551, press 1, or request training via http://www.rit.edu/tls/consult
  11. Familiarize yourself with the Student Information System.
  12. Familiarize yourself with the Early Alert System (academic alert system for undergraduate courses only). Training is offered via Center for Professional Development.
  13. Schedule training for myCourses (Learning Management System) and ensure your course materials are prepared and posted to myCourses. Request training at http://www.rit.edu/tls/consult.
  14. Submit all media used in your courses for captioning as soon as possible. This is required by college policy. 
  15. 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.

Adjunct Faculty Onboarding

  • University-Level Policies: An Overview - RIT's policy website provides RIT administrators, faculty, staff, and students with a central location to access university-level policies, as well as policy-related information and resources.
  • Office of Compliance and Ethics - (Includes Title IX). RIT employees are required to take certain training each year pursuant to RIT's Policy on Mandatory Training.  Each employees is responsible for completing the annual mandatory training, and supervisors are responsible for monitoring their employees' completion of mandatory training.  The mandatory training is provided through RIT Talent Development's Talent Roadmap.  For questions about RIT’s Policy on Mandatory Training or if you need a disability-related accommodation to complete the training, please contact Lori Sykes, Compliance & Ethics Manager, at ljspsn@rit.edu or (585) 475-7393.
     
  • Attendance Policy - Includes both student and instructor responsibilities.
     
  • Captioning Course Media - The Provost has established guidelines for captioning media to ensure that RIT creates an educational environment that is accessible to all learners. 
     
  • Continuity of Instruction
     
  • Copyright Policy
     
  • FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act - It is every faculty member's responsibility to become familiar with the law and to provide adjustments as communicated by the RIT Disability Services Office. This handout includes a statement that should be read by faculty to their classes during the first week of the semester. 

Center for Teaching and Learning (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.

Networking Opportunities

Adjunct instructors will be invited to professional development and networking activities throughout the academic year that pertain to all RIT faculty.  Events allow adjuncts to come together 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. Visit the Events Calendar for training and workshop opportunities.