Lecturers' Professional Development Grants

Faculty Career Development in the Office of Faculty Affairs is currently accepting proposals for Lecturers' Professional Development Grants. Projects will be supported for the 2021-2022 academic year. Proposals will be accepted until Monday, November 15, 2021, 11:59 pm. Decisions will be announced approximately December 1, 2021.

The Lecturers’ Professional Development Grants acknowledge the many contributions of RIT’s lecturers, senior lecturers, and principal lecturers. This grant program provides funds for professional development activities that involve teaching, development, and/or creative endeavors. Grants up to $2,000 each will be awarded. Submissions are limited to one grant application (for one project or activity) per faculty each academic year.

Examples of appropriate expenditures include participation at conferences, national professional meetings and pedagogical programs, or travel required to access resources at other institutions. Funding for software/hardware acquisition or other equipment, professional membership fees or licensure, tuition, add-pay, faculty stipends, course release, or additional faculty salaries will not be considered.


  1. All full-time lecturers, senior lecturers, and principal lecturers with continuing appointments at RIT are eligible to apply  to be verified by the department head.
  2. Faculty with "visiting" status are not eligible to apply for a grant. 
  3. Priority will be given to faculty who have not received a previous Lecturers' Professional Development grant.
  4. Faculty who have not completed projects/used grant funds previously awarded or have not submitted an "Impact Report" for a prior Lecturers' Professional Development grant will not be eligible for a new grant-funded activity.
  5. Hospitality requests should not exceed 10% of total budget.
  6. Funding for software/hardware acquisition or other equipment, professional membership fees or licensure, tuition, add-pay, faculty stipends, course release, or additional faculty salaries will not be considered.

Application Timeline and Process

  • Call for Proposals: Week of October 18, 2021
  • Grant Applications Due: Monday, November 15, 11:59 pm. Late applications will not be considered.
  • Funding Decisions Announced: Approximately December 1
  • Final “Impact Report” Due: 30 days after completion of grant-funded project


  1. Complete the online application available. We strongly recommend that you complete your application in the sample application (Word document) and copy to the Qualtrics application form (see below):
  2. Have the Department Chair/Unit Head Verification form below completed and signed by your department head. Grant applications without this form will not be considered.

Grant Selection and Reporting Requirements

Proposals will be reviewed by a faculty selection committee, and recipients will be notified approximately December 1.  If you are awarded a grant, you will receive instructions for accessing funds and reporting on the use of your grant in your award letter.

Grant recipients are asked to help disseminate their results by completing an online “Impact Report” following the project completion. In this report, you will share the impact of this grant on your professional development, your teaching, and future success in your field.

Award Recipients

  • Lara Cardoso Goulart, CAD-Develop "The Sketch Challenge," an ideation toolkit designed to help professors, facilitators and project leaders stimulate their students and teams to generate more and better ideas by using creative methodologies that boost confidence and reduce creative blocks.
  • Elisabetta D’Amanda, CLA-Attend the American Association for Italian Studies and the American Association of Teachers of Italian conference.
  • Ghazal Dehghani, KGCOE-Attending the ASME 2020 POWER conference.
  • Tom Dooley, CLA-Attend the 2020 Online News Association (ONA) conference.
  • Mike Johansson, CLA-Attend conference Social Media Marketing World 2020 conference.
  • Tim Landschoot, KGCOE-Attend the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo
  • Kate Leipold, KGCOE-Attend the American Society of Engineering Educators (ASEE) conference
  • Sam Malachowsky, GCCIS-Attend 2020 Capstone Design Conference
  • Evelina Miscin, RIT Croatia, International Conference on Comparative Literature and Languages
  • Hiedi Nickisher, CAD-Present/attend College Art Association conference
  • Gahyun Park, GCCIS-Present/attend SIAM Symposium on Algorithmic Principles of Computer Systems
  • Suzanne Peck, CAD-Residency at the Tacoma Museum of Glass
  • Gretchen Wainwright, CET-Attend American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) conference in Montreal, Quebec
  • Melissa Warp, CAD-Solo exhibit opportunity at the Ballator-Thompson Gallery at Hollins University
  • Mungal Yagnik, CAD-Attend The ASC Master Class

Rebecca Aloisio, CAD -- Exhibition Opportunity at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY

Dawn Carter, COS -- Association of Biology Laboratory Educators (ABLE) meeting

Jessamy Comer, CLA -- Teaching Institute preconference event and SRCD biennial meeting

Sandi Connnelly, COS -- Online class developments presented at World Conference on Online Learning

Yasmine El-Glaly, COS -- Attend the 21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS)

Thomas Hanney, SOIS -- 2019 Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica (SPAH) annual convention

Petko Kitanov, COS -- Attend and present at Joint Mathematical Meeting, Baltimore, MD

Eric Kunsman, NTID -- Photolucida portfolio reviews

Bernadette Lanciaux, COS -- Joint Mathematical Meeting, Baltimore, MD

Michael McQuaid, GCCIS -- RStudio::Conf2019

Branko Mihaljevic, RIT Croatia -- Attend and present at Devoxx UK conference

Jakob Patekar, RIT Croatia -- 10th Conference of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing

Marissa Tirone, CAD -- FATE's 17th Biennial Conference: Foundations in Flux conference and presentation

Cody Van de Mark, GCCIS -- Game Developers Conference (GDC)

Karen vanMeenen, CLA -- Attend conference of the National Association for Poetry Therapy

Fazal Abbas, COS
Jennifer Bailey, KGCOE
Erin Cascioli, GCCIS
Sandi Connelly, COS
Yahya Haidar, RIT Dubai
Petko Kitanov, COS
Marca Lam-Anderson, KGCOE
Kate Leipold, KGCOE
Amy McLaren (Williams), CAD
Angelina Maia, CHST
Milivoj Markovic, RIT Croatia - Zagreb
Rick Mislan, SCB
Heidi Nickisher, CAD
Ulrike Stroszeck, CLA
Aditya Yechan Gunja, COS

Yasmine El-Glaly, GCCIS
Daniel Krutz, GCCIS
Angelina Maia, CHST
Jeffrey L. Mills, COS
Heidi Nickisher, CAD
Ahndraya Parlato, CAD
Maja Vidovic, SCB, RIT Croatia 
Gretchen Wainwright, CET

Jennifer Bailey, KGCOE
Bill Brewer, CHST
Dawn Carter, COS
Daniel Krutz, GCCIS
Eric Kunsman, NTID
Rick Lagiewski, CET
Angelina Maia, CHST
Heidi Nickisher, CAD
Ulrike Stroszeck
Teresa Wolcott, CET

Jennifer Bailey, KGCOE
Dawn Carter, COS
Elizabeth Dicesare, COS
Michael Floeser, GCCIS
Lisa Greenwood, CET
Thomas Hanney, CMS
Aaron Kelstone, NTID
Lori Marra, CLA
Heidi Nickisher, CAD
Michael Riordan, CAD
Elena Sommers, CLA
Marissa Tirone, CAD

Jennifer Bailey, KGCOE
Kari Cameron, CLA
Birgit Coffey, COS
Lisa Greenwood, CET
Larisa Buhin Loncar, RIT Croatia
Daniel E. Krutz
Roy Melton, KGCOE
Jeffrey L. Mills, COS
Patricia Ann Poteat, CET
Ernest Roszkowski, NTID
Wilson De Lima Silva, CLA
Ulrike Stroszeck, CLA
Karen vanMeenen, CLA
Teresa Wolcott, CET