Faculty Career Development
Faculty Career Development
New Faculty Orientation
This orientation will introduce you to information, resources, and support areas that are critical for your professional development and career success.
Faculty Success Series
Our Faculty Success Series is designed for faculty to discover resources, enhance scholarship and teaching, network and collaborate with colleagues throughout the academic year, and to continue onboarding our newest faculty cohort.
Faculty Writing Groups
Designed to support a creative, productive environment for faculty to focus on writing, the Faculty Writing Groups are a joint venture with our University Writing Program (UWP). At any given time, the Writing Groups include individual writing sessions, goal setting, directed writing activities, and consultations. Two writing support groups are available. In the “accountability” group, faculty meet regularly to keep each other motivated, engaged, and productive on their individual writing projects. In the “response” group, faculty representing different subject fields meet to share drafts and provide feedback on each other’s writing. These groups combine the basics of scholarly writing and peer review and are open to all faculty.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the University Writing Program will be cultivating and facilitating an online writing community for faculty interested in working on scholarship and other writing-related ventures with like-minded colleagues. Community engagement will begin online exclusively and then be supplemented in the future with in-person workshops, activities, and retreats.
If you are interested in the Faculty Writing Groups, contact the Faculty Career Development team at FCDS@rit.edu.
Mentoring is an integral part of professional development for all faculty at RIT. Whether you’re new to RIT or recently tenured, all faculty members can benefit from developing and maintaining a network of mentors who can help them navigate different phases of their careers.
National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
The Center provides skills and strategies intended to help RIT faculty, post docs, and graduate students thrive in academic life. The NCFDD offers a variety of professional development and training opportunities, including mentoring, webinars, multi-week courses, 14-day writing challenges, private discussion forums with moderated monthly writing challenges, dissertation success curriculum and discussion forum for advanced graduate students, and priority registration for the faculty success program.
Since RIT is an institutional member of the NCFDD, the service is free for RIT faculty, post docs, and graduate students.
Academic Leadership Development
New and returning department heads will have the opportunity to participate in leadership development workshops. The interactive workshops include topics such as: basic business essentials for leaders, fostering departmental culture, inclusivity and diversity awareness, emotional intelligence, writing performance reviews, and onboarding/retention -- to mention a few.
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. This program provides an excellent professional development opportunity for those interested in pursuing a director, chair, or dean position as part of their career direction.
As an RIT adjunct instructor, you’re not just teaching a course, you are joining RIT’s community of teaching and learning excellence. You will play a fundamental role in the lives of RIT students! RIT’s adjunct orientation programs, events, and resources will introduce you to critical information and where to find support on campus.
Faculty Forecast is a monthly digest that highlights professional development ideas for faculty and provides a snapshot of available campus resources, special events, and introduces timely articles with a balance of teaching, research, and service in mind.
- February 2020 Faculty Forecast - Upcoming Opportunities
- December 2019 Faculty Forecast (opportunities)
- October 2019 Faculty Forecast
- September 2019 Faculty Forecast
- April 2019 Faculty Forecast
- February 2019 Faculty Forecast
- October 2018 Faculty Forecast
- September 2018 Faculty Forecast
- May 2018 Faculty Forecast
- March 2018 Faculty Forecast
- December 2017 Faculty Forecast
- November 2017 Faculty Forecast
- October 2017 Faculty Forecast
- September 2017 Faculty Forecast
- May 2017 Faculty Forecast
- April 2017 Faculty Forecast
- March 2017 Faculty Forecast
- February 2017 Faculty Forecast
- January 2017 Faculty Forecast
A number of resources geared toward faculty career and academic organizational development provide best practices and strategies for teaching and leading. All faculty are encouraged to take advantage of these free resources:
- The Department Chair: Periodical featuring in-depth articles that deliver sound insight and proven strategies essential for successfully leading an academic department.
- Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning
- The Chronicle of Higher Education
- Faculty Focus: Focused on Today’s Higher Education Professional
- Inside Higher Ed
- National Education Association Higher Education Advocate
- Tomorrow’s Professor: Online Faculty Development, 100 times a year
The following articles/presentations have either been authored by members of the Faculty Career Development team or have been written about the work of our unit.
- Canale, Anne Marie & Herdklotz, Cheryl. Invited panelists for Harvard Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) webinar, Success After Tenure: Lessons in Engaging Mid-Career Faculty October 26, 2018.
- Mee, Susan, Herdklotz, Cheryl, and Canale, Anne Marie. (September 2018). Faculty Orientation to Off-Campus and International Campus Locations. Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning. DOI: 10.1080/1533290X.2018.1499238
- Mee, Susan, Herdklotz, Cheryl, and Canale, Anne Marie, presented at the 18th Distance Library Services Conference (DLSC) in San Antonio, April 2018. The DLSC focuses on the challenges and rewards of delivering library services and resources to distance students and faculty. Their presentation, Delivering a Collaborative Faculty Orientation to Off-Campus and International Campus Locations, covers their experience with a pilot International Faculty Orientation delivered remotely to RIT’s campuses in Dubai, Croatia, and Kosovo.
- Wild, Lynn, Herdklotz, Cheryl, & Canale, Anne Marie. (April 2017). The power of many: Mentoring networks for growth and development. College & University.
- Article republished in recent anthology: Wild, L., Canale, A., & Herdklotz, C. (2018). The power of many: Mentoring networks for growth and development. In H. Zimar & J. Montgomery (Ed.), Mentorship in higher education: Practical advice and leadership theories. Washington, DC: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).
- Herdklotz, Cheryl, and Canale, Anne Marie. (December 2017). Made to Order. Inside Higher Ed.
- Auburn, Luke. RIT helps foster faculty growth through mini grants. University News. Rochester Institute of Technology. October 2017
- Bureau, Scott. Faculty development grants power new ideas. RIT Athenauem. February 2016.
- Bureau, Scott Bureau. Life Coach to Present at The Wallace Center Career Development Workshop, University News, Rochester Institute of Technology. January 2016
- Cook, Lisa. How RIT is Building an Adjunct Community, Academic Impressions, Higher Ed Impact. April 6, 2016
- Cook, Lisa. Beyond Workshops: How RIT Incentivizes Faculty Development, Academic Impressions, Higher Ed Impact. August 14, 2015
- Cook, Lisa, and Fusch, Daniel. "George": How RIT is Encouraging Interdisciplinary Collboration. Academic Impressions. Higher Ed Impact. September 17, 2015
- New Faculty Orientation, Benchmark Findings, June 2018
- RIT Faculty Mentor Questionnaire Results, 2015
- Adjunct Faculty Community Pilot Summary, 2015
- Inspiring a Culture of Appreciation @ RIT, 2014
- Faculty Needs Survey Report, 2014
- Current Practices in Faculty Mentoring at RIT: A Summary of 2013 Questionnaire Results, 2013
- Mid-Career Faculty Support: The Middle Years of the Academic Profession, 2013
- Evaluation of Teaching Effectiveness, 2012
- Orientation Program Summary AY 2018-2019
- Faculty Orientations 2017 (all)
- New Faculty Orientation 2016
- New Faculty Orientation 2015
- New Faculty Orientation 2014
- New Faculty Orientation 2013
- Destination Intersession - Faculty Showcase 2015
- Destination Intersession - Faculty Showcase 2014
- FITL Final Report, June 2013
- Adjunct Mentoring Community Pilot Results, June 2015
- Faculty Mentoring @ RIT, Program Assessment: Year 4, June 2015
- Faculty Mentoring @ RIT, Program Assessment: Year 3, October 2014
- Faculty Mentoring @ RIT, Program Assessment: Year 2, July 2013
- Faculty Mentoring @RIT - Support from TWC- June 2012
- Faculty Mentoring Program Assessment – AY 2012