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Faculty Resources

Faculty are the core of every great academic institution. Through their work, knowledge is advanced, new intellectual ground is broken, lives are changed and improved.

Support for Research | Support for Teaching | Support for New Faculty

Governance | Bridging Fellowship | Faculty Senior Associates Program

Support for Research

Visit the Research at Rochester website for a complete guide to the University's many offices and programs to support faculty researchers who need assistance with:

The Furth Fund
The Valerie and Frank Furth Fund provides awards to help foster the development of promising scientists in the natural and biological sciences. The fund was created to provide early career scientists with $10,000 in research funds. 


Support for Teaching and Learning

  • Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
    CETL offers College faculty a series of workshops, a consulting service, a mini-grant program, and a repository of resources about designing, teaching, and evaluating courses.
  • School of Medicine and Dentistry Office for Faculty Development
    Offers a yearly workshop series, colloquia, a Medical Educators Resource Guide, a teaching fellowship program, and faculty development grants in medical education.
  • Leadership in Education Cluster
    Sponsored by the University Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies (UCIS), this cluster hosts monthly lunchtime teaching seminars and sponsors an annual teaching innovation workshop, developed by a team of faculty and instructional experts representing each of the University’s six schools.
  • Classroom Technology Services
    Supports the technology and multimedia needs of classrooms on the University's River Campus.
  • Need Help with Blackboard?
    University IT provides documentation and contact support for the University's learning management system.
  • Policy for Student Identity Verification in Distance Learning
    This policy applies to all credit-bearing distance education courses or programs offered by the University of Rochester, beginning with the application for admission and continuing through to a student’s graduation, transfer, or withdrawal from study.  

Support for New Faculty

UR Year One
The Office of the Provost offers a year-long program of workshops, seminars, and social events designed to reinforce the support new faculty receive from their academic departments. Through these activities we aim to increase knowledge and foster the alliances that can fuel career progress. We extend a warm and welcoming invitation to all to join us throughout their first year.

Other Resources for New and Prospective Faculty

  • University Faculty Handook
    This handbook sets forth policies, procedures, and information that, by common consent, are those governing the University faculty as a whole.
  • Affinity and Networking Groups
    From the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity; groups with shared backgrounds and interests; open to all University of Rochester faculty, administrators, staff, and retirees
  • Dual Career Assistance
    From the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity; offers access to the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), which assists in finding effective ways to assist the spouses and partners of faculty and staff to secure area employment
  • Relocation Services
    From the Office of Human Resources; links to Rochester neighborhoods and Monroe County communities, apartment locators, area realtors and the University moving allowance policy


The University of Rochester Faculty Senate is a 45-member body elected from the faculty by the faculty, with representatives from each of the University’s six schools, together with the President, the Provost, and the Dean of Graduate Studies in ex officio roles. Senators serve 3-year terms and are limited to two in succession. Meeting nine times during the academic year, the Senate provides a forum for discussion of all matters related to the University’s academic and administrative affairs, such as faculty recruitment and retention, strategic planning in the various schools, investments and the endowment, College admissions, online course evaluations, and sustainability. The Senate also advocates for the interests of faculty in such areas as benefits, tenure and promotion, budgeting, research policy, and the periodic review of school deans, the President, and the Provost.

Bridging Fellowships

The Bridging Fellowship program is a University-wide effort to support members of the University faculties in interdisciplinary study. Specifically, the program releases members from departmental obligations for one semester to allow them to move to another part of the University for the purpose of learning aspects of another discipline. The distinctive feature of Bridging Fellowships is that they are for study in an area that is peripheral to the fellow’s central professional concern, and they permit the acquisition of knowledge and methods in a different field. These fellowships are thus distinct from academic leaves, and holding a Bridging Fellowship does not affect subsequent consideration for such leaves.

Faculty Senior Associates Program

The University's Faculty Senior Associates Program is a program which enables an individual to leave the full-time faculty in advance of the normal retirement age. The Program is based on the termination of the tenure contract rather than on retirement itself and is, therefore, available only to full-time, tenured faculty members.