Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Grants

The grant program provides funds for adjunct faculty to be used toward their professional development, such as attending conferences, workshops, meetings, or delivering presentations as a means to further their expertise in teaching at RIT.


  1. Each candidate must have taught at RIT for at least two semesters and will be continuing as an adjunct instructor at RIT (to be verified by department head).
  2. Priority will be given to faculty who have not received a previous Adjunct Professional Development grant.
  3. Adjunct faculty who have not completed projects/used grant funds previously awarded or have not submitted an outcome report for a prior grant will not be eligible for a new grant-funded activity. 

Application Process and Materials

If you would like to apply for the Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Grant, please complete and submit an application form when the application process opens in October 2020. 

Grant Selection and Reporting Requirements

Proposals will be reviewed by a faculty selection committee, and recipients will be notified at the end of November. If you are awarded a grant, you will receive instructions for accessing funds and reporting on the use of your grant.

All grant recipients are asked to help disseminate their results by completing a brief report following the project completion sharing the impact of this grant on your professional development, success in your field, teaching, etc.

Award Recipients

John Aäsp, CAD - Attend Armory Arts Week

Johannes Bockwoldt, CLA - Expenses related to travel for research interviews

Emilie Coon-Frisch, COS - Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE) Conference

Molly Gavin, CHST - American College of Sports Medicine Health & Fitness Summit

Kellie Grasman, KGCOE - Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) Annual Conference

Laura Lentz, CLA - “Alexander Technique for Musicians”

Elizabeth Moore (Wronko), GCCIS - National Council for Science and Environment (NCSE) Conference

Seema Thomas, COS - 41st Annual Association for Biology Laboratory Educators (ABLE) Conference

Rhonda Voight-Campbell, NTID - Course: “Haptics: Using Touch Signals to Convey Visual and Environmental Information to People who are Deaf-Blind”

Ben Woelk, SOIS, Technical Communication - Society for Technical Communication Summit

Johannes Bockwoldt, CLA

Timothy Fossum, GCCIS               

Guoming (Ming) Tian Funkenbusch, CLA

Jessica Hooper, SOIS

Gary Jacobs, CET

Kristin Kant-Byers, CLA

Christine Kemker, CLA

Seann McArdle, CHST     

Suzanne Piotrowski, CET

Peter Spacher, SOIS/CLA                             

Ai-ze Wang, CLA

Ben Woelk, SOIS

Kristin Kant-Byers, CLA

Laura Lentz, CLA

Peter J. Spacher, SOIS

Ruon Priscilla Yuen, CLA

Amber M. Anderson, CLA

Michelle Friedman, COS

Guoming Tian Funkenbusch, CLA

Jessica Hooper, Adjunct Professor, SOIS

Nolan Little, Adjunct Professor, CLA


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