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Diversity at the University

Faculty Development Events

August 16, 2016, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
New Faculty Orientation: Launching Academic Careers at Rochester

Join President Seligman and University leaders for a University-wide new faculty orientation highlighting the tools necessary to succeed, including Support for Learning Excellence and Support for Research and Scholarship, followed by concurrent Discipline-Specific Discussions.


September 28, 2016, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
The Promotion Process and Earning Tenure

This session, hosted by Provost Clark and a diverse panel of administrators, provides an overview of the school-specific promotion and tenure process, along with tips from those who have recently been there.

RSVP Deadline: September 16, 2016


October 6, 2016, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Understanding The Faculty Role

Gain a clearer understanding of the roles and responsibilities of academic careers, hear alumni perspectives on transitioning from graduate student to faculty member, learn of discipline specific expectations and challenges in the job search, including building a CV, and preparing to interview.

RSVP Deadline: September 23, 2016


October 26, 2016, 11:30 a.m.–1:50 p.m.
Learner-Centered Teaching: Innovative Approaches that Engage Learners

This interactive workshop shares innovative approaches that engage learners and features breakout sessions on team-based learning, problem-based learning, discussion leadership, and using technology to “flip the classroom.”

RSVP Deadline: October 14, 2016


November 16, 2016,11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Teaching Fundamentals: Tools to Demystify Course Planning and Assessment

Learn tools and tips for setting learning objectives, building course plans, and assessing learning. Participants will have time to develop sample course maps, test blueprint and Assessment Tracking Maps.

RSVP Deadline: November 4, 2016


February 2, 2017, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
When Students Are Struggling, Troubled, or Troubling: Sources of Insight and Assistance

Meet the University’s specialists who can help you support students who are distressed or distressing or who simply need accommodations.

RSVP Deadline: January 20, 2017


March 9, 2017, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Teaching with Technology

Learn best practices from University experts on how to integrate emerging technologies into your course planning based on sound pedagogical principles.

RSVP Deadline: February 24, 2017


March 23, 2017, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
New Brilliant Norms: Transforming the Learning Context to Enhance Diversity, Inclusion, and Excellence

There are multifaceted ways in which social norms can undermine women and minority students’ motivation and feelings of inclusion in the classroom and research laboratory. This presentation uses social psychological research to transform expectations about who is brilliant, what brilliance looks like, and what brilliant people study. Norms often operate outside conscious awareness and limit broad participation in academics. Identifying and disrupting such norms can help create an inclusive learning context with far-reaching benefits.

Jessi L. Smith is a Professor in the Psychology Department of Montana State University and is the PI of ADVANCE Project TRACS which aims to broaden the participation of women faculty in STEM fields. Prof Smith’s primary research interest is on how societal norms and stereotypes undermine or support an individual’s motivational experience. She has over 50 peer reviewed publications and one book to her credit.

Prof. Smith runs the “Motivation and Diversity” research lab at MSU and is very grant successful with over $5 million in external funding from the NIH and NSF. Her funded work includes longitudinal analyses of Native American and Latino student experiences in STEM; cross-sectional analyses of women’s motivation for STEM; and experimental interventions designed to change situations to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Find resources from this event here.

RSVP Deadline:  March 10, 2017


September 10, 2016
11 a.m.–2 p.m. Faculty Family Picnic
10 a.m.–6 p.m. Clothesline Festival

Meet other new families within our University community during this fun-filled family day. Enjoy a complimentary picnic-style lunch, magic performances, balloon sculpting, and face painting. Tickets to the M&T Bank Clothesline Festival, the Memorial Art Gallery’s annual fine art and crafts festival, are available upon request.


October 1, 2016, 3–4:30 p.m. (reception to follow)
Eastman Community Music School Showcase

Expect to be engaged and entertained by a lively musical program showcasing the musicality of the Eastman Community Music School students, ages six to adult.


December 11, 2016, 9:30 a.m.–Noon
Faculty Family Day at the Memorial Art Gallery

If you have not yet visited the Memorial Art Gallery, this event will introduce you to a very special institution that embodies Rochester’s artistic qualities. Complimentary brunch, museum admission, and a variety of Creative Workshop art classes will be offered.


April 9, 2017, 3–4 p.m. (reception to follow)
Eastman Faculty Artist Concert

Join us for a captivating performance by Mikhail Kopelman, world-renowned violinist.


Contact  Adele Coelho, Faculty Outreach Coordinator at (585) 273-2571 or via email at adele.coelho@rochester.edu with any questions.

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