A renowned global futurist and best-selling author, Jack Uldrich is a frequent speaker on technology, change management, and leadership. He has spoken to numerous businesses around the world, including IBM, Cisco, United Healthcare, Verizon, Pfizer, and is a regular guest on CNBC, MSNBC, and CNN. Uldrich, a former naval intelligence officer and Defense Department official, also served as the director of the Minnesota Office of Strategic and Long Range Planning under Governor Jesse Ventura.
His bestselling books include Higher Unlearning: 39 Post-Requisite Lessons for Achieving a Successful Future and Foresight 20/20: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow. Read more on Jack's blog at http://www.schoolofunlearning.com.
Bradford C. Berk, M.D.
Dr. Berk is the senior vice president for Health Sciences at the University of Rochester and CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Dr. Berk was recruited to URMC in 1998 as Chief of the Cardiology Division and founded URMC's Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI). One of the world's preeminent cardiovascular scientists, Dr. Berk has published more than 250 articles, chapters, and books.
Since Dr. Berk's return from his spinal cord injury in 2010, he has focused on cultural transformation at URMC promoting development of a patient- and family-centered environment, developing capabilities to address the challenges of health care reform and facilitating the translation of fundamental research discoveries into clinical applications.
Margaret is a nationally recognized organization development consultant, master trainer, and author. Her practice focuses on creating higher performance in both organization and community systems. Central to her work is Polarity Thinking, a set of principles and method to help people see, map, and tap the power of "both/and" thinking for better, more sustainable results. Seidler is one of only 18 certified "Polarity Management Masters" in the world. She has published numerous articles and authored Power Surge: A Conduit for Enlightened Leadership.
Margaret holds an MPA from the University of South Carolina and has completed additional graduate courses in Organization Development at the University of St. Thomas. She is also an adjunct faculty for University of Notre Dame's Executive Education Center.
Learn more at http://www.margaretseidler.com/.
Lauren Dixon is owner and CEO of Dixon Schwabl, where she oversees a full-service marketing communications firm with 77 employees and capitalized billings over $193 million. The agency's culture and leadership have been recognized with national awards including being named one of the Best Small Companies to Work for in America for eight consecutive years, including ranking #1 twice.
Inc. Magazine and Winning Workplaces honored Dixon Schwabl with the 2010 Top Small Company Workplace Award, and that same year PR News named Dixon Schwabl one of the Top Places to Work in PR, a national award the agency won again in 2012. The agency is a two-time recipient of the Rochester Business Journal's Wealth of Health Award, honoring the agency for its commitment to employee health and wellness. Learn more about Dixon Schwabl at http://dixonschwabl.com/.
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Margaret is the Principal Investigator (PI) for RIT's NSF ADVANCE program, Creating Opportunity Networks for Engagement and Collective Transformation: Increasing the Representation and Advancement of Women Faculty at RIT (Connect@RIT). Bailey also serves as Faculty Associate to the Provost for Female Faculty, and co-chairs the President's Commission on Women. She served as the Founding Executive Director (2003 - 2011) of the nationally recognized Women in Engineering program (WE@RIT), which is dedicated to expanding the representation of women engineers and women leaders in the engineering profession. She is a professor of Mechanical Engineering in RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering.
Margaret joined RIT Libraries more than 25 years ago as the business librarian, and is now its manager of Information Services for Research and Instruction. She has enjoyed working with the RIT community, especially the students. Significant challenges she sees in higher education today include students developing information veracity/literacy and critical thinking skills. Margaret is a firm believer that with challenges come opportunities. She also is fascinated by what can be created using paint chips!
Enid is senior sustainability advisor to RIT President William Destler where she is responsible for facilitating a campus culture of sustainability with respect to operations, curriculum, and research; developing metrics for the Institute's progress in sustainability; and directing RIT's efforts to achieve its commitment to climate neutrality by 2030. Prior to joining RIT, she was director of the Office of Sustainability at Illinois State University. Enid is a LEED-accredited professional and holds a bachelor's degree in biology and history from Binghamton University and a master's degree in Environmental Policy from Bard College.
Kijana is Senior Personnel on RITíS NSF ADVANCE IT program, Connect@RIT. Crawford leads the social science team for Women of Color (WoC) faculty. This research will ensure that women of color faculty are fully included in contributing to and benefitting from programs of Connect@RIT. Core research team activities include conducting focus groups and surveys with WoC faculty, reviewing and providing feedback on programs, and tracking the impact of the project on WoC faculty. Dr. Crawford is an associate professor of Sociology, and her areas of specialization include mentoring in career choice and development; race, class and gender; women, work and culture; minority relations and African-American culture.
Wendy is a faculty member in the Engineering Studies Department at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. In this position, Wendy teaches engineering-related courses to deaf and hard-of-hearing (D/HH) students at the associate degree level and provides tutoring to D/HH students studying for baccalaureate degrees. She is a social science team member in the Connect@RIT program, which focuses on D/HH women faculty in STEM fields. She is also President of the Foundation for Deaf Education, Inc., whose mission is to receive and administer funds for scientific, educational and charitable purposes for D/HH persons to improve their quality of life. Wendy also serves on the Board of Trustees for St. Maryís School for the Deaf in Buffalo, NY.
Joe is an ACE certified personal trainer, holds a masterís degree in Business and Human Resources, and is currently pursuing a second masterís in Health Systems Administration. He has over 15 years of experience in the fitness industry, and currently co-manages the Better Me Employee Fitness Program at RIT. He is co-owner of Max Effort, a wellness company, with Jacques-Luis Nodar. He is passionate about wellness and educating athletes about competing at the elite level without the use of performance enhancing drugs. Joe holds many state and national records in drug-free powerlifting and enjoys being a mentor in the sport.
Laura DiPonzio Heise
Laura is the business manager of the RIT Press (RIT University Press) in the Wallace Center. Laura holds a masterís degree in Human Resource Development from RIT. The University Press was established in 2001 and offers specialized titles for niche academic audiences, trade editions for mass-market audiences, occasional limited editions with unique aesthetic standards, as well as gift items.
Shaun, assistant professor in the program for 3D Graphics, has a background in business and visual media. An award winning visual artist, he has done work in 3D animation, educational interactive multimedia, visual effects, and compositing. Project: The Virtual Cary
Susan is Senior Personnel on Rochester Institute of Technologyís NSF ADVANCE IT program, Connect@RIT. Susan leads the social science team for deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) women faculty. The focus of this team is to ensure that D/HH women are fully included in contributing to and benefitting from programs of Connect@RIT. Core team activities include conducting focus groups and surveys with DHH women faculty, reviewing and providing feedback on programs regarding accessibility, and tracking the impact of the project on D/HH women faculty. Susan is a professor in NTID's Master of Science in Education program where she teaches courses on the social context of education and mentors graduate student research. She also is one of three directors of the Research Center for Teaching and Learning at NTID.
Steve is Curator of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection at RIT. Prior to coming to RIT he was the Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Books at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, and visiting professor and Curator of Early Modern Books and Manuscripts at Ohio State University. He is the author of books and articles on English Renaissance literature, printing history, rare book librarianship, and book conservation and digitization.
Elizabeth, assistant professor of fine arts, has won a grant from the National Park Service and the National Center for Preservation Training and Technology to develop an interactive game that will transport students to virtual worlds that will help teach key elements of historic preservation and conservation. Project: Pox in the City
John-Paul, co-PI on RITís Connect@RIT NSF ADVANCE grant, is leading the social networking behavior research aspects of the program. He is an associate professor in the Human Resource Development program, College of Applied Science & Technology (CAST); a senior fellow at the University of Ottawa; and an adjunct professor at Louisiana State University in the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development. His academic research focuses on social networking behaviors, social capital in the workplace, human resource development, career development, and the transition to the labor market. Hatala is the founder of the Social Capital Development firm, Flowork International.
Lisa is chair of the Department of English, and associate professor in Rhetoric with specialization in the rhetoric of science, technology, and medicine. After publishing a book in the History of Mania and teaching a course in the History of Madness, she has pursued a gaming enhancement for teaching Charlotte Gilman Perkin's "Yellow Wallpaper" and is planning a 3D rendering of a true Kirkbride 19th century asylum.
Kari joined RIT Libraries 15 years ago as the Library Liaison to the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. She enjoys working with the RIT community, especially the students. She hopes to inspire everyone with the wonderful collections and resources the library has to offer. She is also an avid advocate for literacy efforts around the Rochester area.
Kurt, director of RIT Student Auxiliary Services Facilities, Sustainability & Conservation, has over 20 yearsí experience in all aspects of facilities management. Prior to joining RIT in 2001, he was president of a local real estate management firm that managed RIT's apartment housing for 30 years through an agency agreement. Kurt is very involved in the campus community and recently completed a six-year term with RIT Staff Council, having served two years as chair and one year as vice chair. He has also served for several years on RIT's Committee for Sustainable Practices. Kurt is a member of a number of national associations, as well as the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
Carol, as co-PI on RITís NSF ADVANCE IT program, Connect@RIT, leads grant activities in the human resources strategic approach area, which addresses faculty development and connectivity, faculty salary studies, and faculty childcare/personal needs. As associate professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences, she teaches introductory and advanced undergraduate statistics courses and conducts research in statistics education, deaf education, and online learning.
David S. Martins
David is associate professor and director of RITís University Writing Program. His writing has won the ďBest Article of the Year 2008Ē in Teaching English in the Two Year College, and has appeared in Communication Studies, the Journal of Medical Humanities, and in the edited collections On Location: Theory and Practice in Classroom-Based Writing Tutoring and Rhetoric of Health Care: Essays toward a New Disciplinary Inquiry. His most recent work is a digital essay with Patrick Reed, ďTransnational Writing Programs and Emerging Models for Writing, Teaching, and LearningĒ and an edited collection, Transnational Writing Program Administration.
Richard, professor of history, is dedicated to exploring and promoting the legacy of the African American activists and community leaders who played a central role in the founding of our nation. A prolific author and public historian, he writes about reform movements and the impact of print in the nineteenth century. Project: Rochester Reform Trail
Kelly Norris Martin
Kelly is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at RIT. She teaches courses in visual communication, digital design, copywriting and visualization and public speaking. She earned her PhD in Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media at North Carolina State University and her research focuses on intersections of visual communication, rhetorical criticism and design. Current research projects include constructing a graphical schema of visual research methods, advocating for basic visual communication / design principles across the curriculum in higher education and investigating the use of visual communication to influence sustainable decision-making.
Joan is an academic resource librarian at the RIT Wallace Center and a liaison with the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). She has created numerous guides and websites to facilitate access to NTID/RIT collections and has developed multiple collections related to Deaf people in a variety of platforms. In addition, she has helped to develop the Deaf Studies Archive collections. Joan teaches classes and workshops to academics, students, and the general public on how to use todayís technology to obtain and share information.
Lara is the librarian for the College of Liberal Arts at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Jacques-Luis is an ACE certified personal trainer with over 15 years of experience in the fitness industry. He co-manages the Better Me Employee Fitness Program at RIT and is also co-owner of Max Effort, a wellness company. He has enjoyed working in many facilities and with many different populations including youth groups, sports teams and senior living facilities. He hopes to motivate people to achieve their wellness goals and lead a healthier, happier life.
Cecilia (Cissi) Ovesdotter Alm
Cecilia ("Cissi") is professor of English at RIT. Her research examines how language users convey and interpret meaning, beyond traditional semantics and pragmatics. Within language science, she focuses on computational linguistic modeling and corpus analysis, the relationship of language to vision and cognition, and language in human-computer interactions. Project(s): NLP applications to medicine
Nick is the manager of the Scholarly Publishing Studio (SPS) in the Wallace Center at RIT. Nick holds a masterís degree in Multimedia Publication from the University of Baltimore. The SPS started publishing open access journals in 2007 and currently has four active journals with an additional five journals that will celebrate their inaugural issue by the end of the 2013 calendar year.
Andy is the founder and Director of the RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity (MAGIC), and founder and former Director of the School of Interactive Games & Media at RIT. He is the originator of the MS in Game Design & Development within the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, as well as the bachelorís degree of the same name, both of which are nationally ranked in the top 10 by the Princeton Review. His work in games programming education has been featured in The New York Times, CNN.com, USA Today, National Public Radio, IEEE Computer, and several other articles and periodicals. He regularly publishes work exploring collaborative game engines and game engine technology and maintains a website featuring his work as an educator, artist, programmer, and game addict. Primary research and teaching interests include online gaming, electronic entertainment, 3 dimensional graphics and real time rendering, virtual reality, and interactive worlds.
RIT Archivist Becky Simmons manages the official records of the university and historical collections at RIT, including the RIT Archives, NTID History and Deaf Studies Archive and the RIT Art Collection. Becky was associate librarian and archivist at the George Eastman House for 18 years before joining RIT in 2003. The RIT Museum, located outside the department on the third floor of The Wallace Center, regularly offers themed exhibits from the collections.
Maureen is co-PI on RITís NSF ADVANCE IT program, Connect@RIT. She leads grant activities in the structural strategic approach area, which addresses faculty climate surveys, university policies and procedures, department head and faculty reviews, faculty exit surveys and dual career initiatives. Maureen is currently associate dean of RITís College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST), appointed to this position after serving as Miller Professor and vice dean/associate dean. Prior to that, she served as the Department of Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management and Safety department chair. In addition to her administrative duties, Maureen continues in her teaching role and participates in several professional engineering organizations, such as the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the American Society of Civil of Engineers, and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).
Dr. Lynn Wild, as Associate Provost for Faculty Development and The Wallace Center, is a member of the Provostís Leadership team, Academic Affairs, at the Rochester Institute of Technology. In her role she is responsible for Faculty Career Development, including New Faculty Orientation, Institute Mentoring and Academic Leadership; RIT Libraries; Cary Graphic Arts and RIT Press and Archive Collections; RIT Production Services, including Video Production, Web Design & Development, Photography, Event Support, SportsZone and live hockey broadcasts; and Scholarship Services, including Publishing and Scholarship Support.