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. 

Learn more about new faculty orientation at RIT

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.

View Faculty Success Series events

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.

Faculty Mentoring

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. 

Learn more about faculty mentoring at RIT

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. 

Become a member

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.

Department Head Series

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. 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.

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Adjunct Faculty

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.  

More information for adjuncts


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 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.