Faculty Associates

The Faculty Associates Program enables faculty members to focus their attention and talents on areas of priority for the university and Academic Affairs while providing leadership and support to their colleagues.

Faculty Associate for AALANA Faculty

Marcos Esterman

My goals are to identify data-driven strategies and actions that (1) allow our AALANA faculty to achieve tenure and promotion; (2) create an environment that allows AALANA faculty to succeed and thrive in the RIT community; (3) remove barriers and concerns that are relevant to AALANA faculty.

Marcos Esterman
Associate Professor
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
585-475-6922

Marcos is working closely with campus leadership to identify strategies that help African American, Latino/a American and Native American (AALANA) faculty succeed and thrive at RIT. He is an associate professor in industrial & systems engineering in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Senior Faculty Associate for Women

Betsy Dell

My goals as Faculty Associate are to identify and promote successful strategies for the career success of women faculty at RIT. These strategies are those that support recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty. It is my goal that women faculty will feel more connected to each other and the RIT community through my efforts.

Betsy Dell
Professor
Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
College of Engineering Technology
585-475-6577

Betsy serves as an advocate for women faculty across campus. She provides guidance and support to those who seek tenure or promotion at the broad university-level. In addition, she chairs the Council for the Representation & Engagement of Women Faculty (CREW).  She is a professor in the manufacturing & mechanical engineering technology department in the College of Engineering Technology.

Faculty Associate for Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Elena Sommers

To identify ways to better support non-tenure track faculty in order to help RIT develop a vision and a long-term plan that acknowledges and incorporates professional and career needs of this vital group of faculty.

Elena Sommers
Principal Lecturer
Department of English
College of Liberal Arts
585-475-4417

Dr. Elena Rakhimova-Sommers serves as a liaison for non-tenure track faculty across campus. Dr. Sommers’ role includes professional mentoring and advocacy. Working closely with the Office of the Provost, she identifies strategies for RIT to better support professional and career development of this large group of faculty. Dr. Sommers is a principal lecturer in the English department in the College of Liberal Arts. She also serves on the International and Global Studies Council and is an advisory board member of ADVANCE RIT. 

 

Faculty Associate for General Education

Elizabeth Hane

To foster a culture of continuous improvement in the general education experiences of RIT students; to support advisors and students as they navigate the general education curriculum; and to communicate the life-long importance of the skills (e.g. communication, critical thinking, ethical reasoning, etc.) developed as part of RIT’s general education curriculum.

Elizabeth Hane
Associate Professor
Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences
College of Science
585-475-4362

Dr. Elizabeth Hane serves to support RIT’s general education program. She is an associate professor in the Gosnell School of Life Sciences in the College of Science.

Goals as Faculty Associate:

  • To foster a culture of continuous improvement in the general education experiences of RIT students.
  • To support advisors and students as they navigate the general education curriculum.
  • To communicate the life-long importance of the skills (e.g. communication, critical thinking, ethical reasoning, etc.) developed as part of RIT’s general education curriculum.
     

Faculty Associate for the Partnership for Effective Access Technology Research and Development

Dan Phillips

My goals are to collaborate with cross-disciplinary teams of faculty pursuing research and development that target enhancements in accessibility for individuals with varying abilities and generate interest and capacity among faculty and community partners to make Effective Access Technology Research and Development a signature program for RIT.

Dan Phillips
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
585-475-2309

Dr. Dan Phillips serves as a leader and recognized point of contact for Effective Access Technology efforts. He is an associate professor in electrical and microelectronic engineering department in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.