Monday, November 24, 2014

Introductory Teaching Skills Workshop for Graduate Students

January 22 and 23rd, 2015

Introductory Teaching Skills Workshop for Graduate Students 

Register Here

Faculty: Malar Hirudayaraj, Ph.D., Torrence Sparkman Ph.D., Linda Tolan Ph.D. Sr. Associate Dean CAST, Linda Underhill, Ph.D., RD
You must be able to attend both half day sessions on Thursday, January 22, and Friday January 23rd 2015,  9:30 am -1:30 pm, LOW(12)-1135
The Office of Graduate Studies, in collaboration with teaching experts at the College of Applied Sciences and Technology (CAST) is offering a series of two workshops introducing graduate students to basic teaching skills.  The workshops are open to all graduate students at RIT and are an experimental pilot exercise aimed at designing a training process that will thoroughly prepare graduate students to be effective teachers.  The workshops are designed to be independent from specific course content, and focus on pedagogy, instructional design and related topics. 
Registration is limited to 35 students. 
Because we anticipate that these workshops will be oversubscribed, we ask that if you need to cancel, let us know as soon as possible.
These courses are supported by the Office of the Provost.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Graduate Student Success Newsletter November 17-23 2014

RIT Graduate Student Success Newsletter for the week of November 17 – 23
Let it Snow! Special Edition

Greetings! This morning on the drive in I snapped the picture above of the entrance to RIT.   I hope you have your warm boots and winter gear out and ready to go.  It seems that snow has decided to come a bit early this year.  If this is your first time in the snow or you just love the snow I would love to see some pictures.  Send any #snowatRIT pictures to me for our website.  

Suggestion Box
Thank you to all the students who have taken the time to fill out a comment for us on our website.  If you have not gone to the website yet and checked out our new online suggestion box please do.   Your comments can remain anonymous if you wish.  GRADUATE STUDENT VIRTUAL SUGGESTION BOX
Graduate Student Mingle Monday, November 17th 
I am looking forward to seeing you at the Mingle.  We will have a limited amount of cider and cookies so please take the time to register so we know how many to plan for.   Once again we will be meeting in the lobby of the Innovation Center from 5-6 p.m.  This is a great opportunity to meet other students from across campus.   You can register here
Wednesday November 19th
Creating your CV  Sharitta Gross, Presenter   This workshop will help you to create a winning CV.  Please join us in GIS Building 81 Room 3140 at Noon.  - 1 p.m. GIS Building 81-Room 3140 - Register here  
Remember to come by our office for a free cup of coffee and an amazing study space with the best view on campus.  

Visit our website for more upcoming workshops and graduate mingles. 

Do you want to have an event in your area?  Let us know.  We are willing to come to your department or college.  

 See you soon!
Your Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Success
Rauncie Ryan

Monday, November 10, 2014

Workshop Newsletter for November 10-16

Graduate Student Success Workshop Newsletter for the week of November 10 – 16
Time is flying by and we are almost to Thanksgiving week.  Before you know it the semester will be over.  I have a great workshop for you this week.
Are you a TA or have an interest in working with other students or teaching when you graduate?  The workshop we are offering this week will help you with communicating with students of different cultures. This workshop is part of a series of workshops we will be offering for TA’s and those interested in being TA’s.   

November 12
3-4:30 p.m.
Sustainability Building (81) room 3140
Part of the Special TA training workshop series -   Cross Cultural Communication in Academic and Everyday Settings REGISTER HERE
Stan Van Horn Presenter

Coming up next, Monday, November 17th  Student Mingle. 
Once again we will be meeting in the lobby of the Innovation Center at 5 p.m.  This is a great opportunity to meet other students from across campus.   You can register here

Remember to come by our office for a free cup of coffee and an amazing study space with the best view on campus. 
Visit our website for more upcoming workshops and graduate mingles.

Do you want to have an event in your area?  Let me know.  I am willing to come to your department or college. 

See you soon!
Your Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Success
Rauncie Ryan

Monday, October 20, 2014

Speaker Event tonight Monday October 20th

RIT Office of Graduate Studies Presents
Graduate Student Success Workshop Series Special Speaker and Panel Night
October 20th 2014
Reading Room, Second Floor of The Campus Center
Special Speaker at 4 p.m.
Chip Sheffield
“The Virtues of Critical Thought and Its Importance for Graduate Education”
Critical thinking is often characterized by certain core abilities (evaluation, identification, synthesis, recognition and critique, as well as effective communication).  It has also been described in terms of certain underlying attitudes (introspection and self-reflection, continuous questioning, and a commitment to core intellectual virtues such as civility, humility, empathy, integrity, and courage).  Critical thinking demands accountability and curiosity.  It requires that one take responsibility for one’s beliefs and values, and engage actively in the world.  While intellectual rigor, logical argumentation, and rational judgment are vital, they must not occur in isolation from the broader lived world.  Critical thinking need not always be drily cerebral, but it should demonstrate agility, and admit the playful and ironic.  What is criticality?  Does it always necessarily imply a refinement, improvement or sharpening of the issue under consideration?  What are the implications of the belief that “thinking critically is the quintessence of what it means to be truly alive in the fullest sense of the term?”  This talk will examine such questions, and underscore their significance, especially for graduate education at RIT.
Clarence B. Sheffield, Jr. "Chip" is the Eugene H. Fram Chair in Applied Critical Thinking at RIT. He was trained as a modern art historian at Bryn Mawr, with a particular interest in the theory, criticism, and history of visual and material culture. His field of special scholarly expertise is Scandinavian Modernism--very broadly construed to include art, architecture, design, film and literature. He is an associate professor in RIT's College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. He majored in philosophy as an undergraduate, and has had a deep and abiding interest in philosophy and critical inquiry for much of his academic career.

To register for this event please follow this link

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For more information about the Office of Graduate Studies and our other events please visit our website

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Graduate Student Mingle Dates for Fall 2014

We will be holding two Graduate Student Mingles this Fall.  Please mark your calendars.
Thursday October 23rd at 5 p.m.
Monday November 17th at 5 p.m.
They will be held in the lobby area on the 1st floor of the Student Innovation Center.

More information to follow!  Save the dates.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Graduate Student Mingle October 23rd

We will have our first all graduate student mingle on Thursday October 23rd in the lobby area of the Innovation center from 5 - 6  p.m..  This will be an opportunity for you to meet students from other programs and to meet with Dean Flores and myself.  It will be a town hall type forum the first 30 minutes and then a mingle the last half of the gathering.  If you have concerns or questions we want to hear them. 
There will be a limited number of cookies so please register.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fall Research and Creativity $500 Reimbursement Grants

Are you looking for MONEY?  Do you need some funds for a project you are doing or to attend a conference to present your work?  Please visit our website and apply for the Fall Research and Creativity Reimbursement Grant.  This is a $500 grant given by the Office of Graduate Studies.  The deadline is October 31st.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Welcome to Graduate School!

Someone recently forwarded me an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education that gives you some tips about that first year of Graduate School and beyond.  Take a look:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

RIT Graduate Student Support Group

Greetings Graduate Students,

I am forwarding you some information about an on campus support group.  If you have questions about this group please call (585) 475-2261 or write to

RIT’s Counseling Center is pleased to announce a support group for graduate students.
The group will start date is Wednesday, September 24th and is free to interested students.
Sessions will be held on a weekly basis throughout the semester with the group co-facilitated by two of the Counseling Center clinicians, Kate Buckley and Toni Gauthier. 

Graduate Student Support Group Description
Explore concerns that are impacting your personal life and performance while
in graduate school. Topics may include achieving work/life balance, returning
to school as an adult learner, roadblocks to thesis completion, and the impact
of family and financial concerns on one’s experience.  Participants will examine
how their interpersonal styles are related to their experiences in school and life in general .

When:      Wednesdays 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm 
Where:     RIT Counseling Center, August Bldg. 2nd floor
                   Above Student Health Center
Registration is Required:
Call the Counseling Center (585) 475-2261 to request a pre-group ½ meeting with Kate Buckley  or Toni Gauthier