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.
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.
New and returning department chairs and unit heads will have the opportunity to participate in leadership development workshops. The interactive training sessions will include, but not be limited to, the following topics: identifying conflict resolution modes, examining opportunities and challenges facing department chairs and unit heads, and techniques to foster inclusive conversations around sensitive issues, such as handling conflicts, managing a crisis, or building sense of community.
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.
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.
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.
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.