NFO is an all-day event designed to help full-time faculty become familiar with the university community: people, places, programs, and policies to help you get started with a new career at RIT. There will be opportunities to meet your new colleagues, representatives of key resource offices, and university leaders.
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.
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 (NCFDD)
NCFDD provides skills and strategies intended to help RIT faculty, post docs, and graduate students thrive in academic life. They offer 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. RIT is an institutional member of the NCFDD, so the service is free for RIT faculty, post docs, and graduate students.
New and returning department heads 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.
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.
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.
Herdklotz, Cheryl, and Canale, Anne Marie. (December 2017). Made to Order. Inside Higher Ed.