Beyond Workshops: How RIT Incentivizes Faculty Development

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by Lisa Cook, Academic Impressions

Competing demands on faculty time is frequently an obstacle to designing successful faculty development programs. "Events are not always successful because of people's schedules," explains Lynn Wild, Associate Provost for Faculty Development and The Wallace Center at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY.

That’s why it is critical that faculty development move beyond just offering occasional workshops. To empower more consistent and integrated faculty development, RIT's approach is to offer:

  1. Faculty development grants (through partnership with academic departments)
  2. Grants for faculty mentoring
  3. A series of faculty talks showcasing faculty work, modeled after the Ted Talks

These may be options that you can adapt for your own institution.

We talked recently with Wild to learn more about RIT’s approach and what has made it effective.


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