RAMP-UP! at Rensselaer: Faculty Coaches

At the level of the school, we will be working to institutionalize a Faculty Coach who will sit in on the school-level Promotion and Tenure reviews as a non-voting member and serve as an advisor for individual faculty and for the administrative leadership team.


Current Faculty Coaches

William (Al) Wallace, Faculty Coach in Engineering

William (Al) Wallace is our new Faculty Coach for the School of Engineering. Wallace has participated in three School of Engineering-wide meetings, one for assistant professors chaired by the Dean David Rosowsky and another for associate professors, also chaired by the Dean, and one for faculty mentors chaired by the Associate Dean, Linda Schadler. Wallace met privately with an associate professor regarding promotion and an assistant professor (woman) regarding tenure and promotion.

Please refer to the links below to learn more about Dr. Wallace:
Rensselaer Department of Decision Sciences Engineering Systems Profile
Rensselaer Faculty Profile


Mark Holmes, Faculty Coach in Science

Mark Holmes continues to serve as the Faculty Coach in the School of Science.


Faculty Coach in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Unfortunately, there still has been no announcement of an Acting Dean identified for the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. However, we are moving forward in requesting from the Provost permission for Nancy Campbell Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies to be named Faculty Coach.




Former Faculty Coaches

Dr. Mark Holmes

Professor, Department of Mathematics. As the Faculty Coach in the School of Science, Mark Holmes will work with science faculty to promote better mentoring and career advancement initiatives. He will meet regularly with individual faculty members to gauge their career progress toward tenure and promotion. Dr. Holmes recently received both an award for Outstanding Teaching at Rensselaer, and an NSF grant to broaden the participation of students and postdocs in mathematics. His grant team is exploring ways to combine research, mentoring, and broad educational experiences. The team will look at ways to make innovative curricular changes to increase the number of students who enroll in graduate studies in mathematics as preparation for careers in academia or industry.

Dr. Caren Canier

Professor in the Arts Department, is working with faculty, department heads and the Dean to improve faculty mentoring and encourage better understanding of the promotion and tenure process. Professor Canier is a painter who teaches foundation courses in Drawing, Painting, and Two-Dimensional Design. She has won numerous awards for her work including the Pollock/Krasner Foundation Grant, the Ingram Merrill Foundation Grant, two Artist's Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues including solo exhibitions at the Robert Schoelkopf and Bowery Galleries in New York, Boston University's Sherman Gallery and the Art Gallery of the University of New Hampshire.

Dr. Linda S. Schadler

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering. Linda Schadler is the recipient of the 2008 School of Engineering Outstanding Professor Award and was named a Fellow at ASM International in 2006. She is currently researching properties of polymer nanocomposites with an emphasis on designed interfaces for tailored properties including mechanical, optical, and electrical response. Some of Dr. Schadler's recently published articles are
"The Use of Electron Paramagnetic Resonance in the Probing of the Dialectric Interface"
and "Mechanisms Leading to the Extraordinary Properties of Nanodielectrics" (both appearing in 2008). Research center affiliations include Rensselaer Nanotechnology
Center, NSF Center for Directed Assembly of Nanostructures, and the Multiscale Science
                                   and Engineering Center.

Keith Nelson

RPI Faculty Profile



Advisory Board

Faculty Coaches will also be members of the Advisory Board, representing a cross section of all ranks and departments. These accomplished Professors have joined the leadership team to guide and support the project. [See Profiles]