Reporting Responsibilities of RTI Fellows

The general reporting responsibilities for RTI Fellows can be classified as administrative, orientation, and performance review responsibilities.

Administrative

Administrative reporting responsibilities differ among the three levels of the RTI Fellow Program.

  • Fellows report to a research division Vice President or unit Vice President
  • Senior Fellows report to a research unit Vice President, Senior Vice President, or Executive Vice President
  • Distinguished Fellows report to a Senior Vice President, Executive Vice President or, in exceptional cases, to the President

Orientation

Newly appointed RTI Fellows and their management meet with the President to insure a full understanding of the program and their responsibilities within the program, and to discuss the broad outlines of their work plan.

Performance Reviews

Each member's supervisor conducts an annual performance review of his or her activities, according to the schedule for employees at similar salary grades. The Lead Fellow may serve as a secondary reviewer. Three years after the appointment, an oral progress report is made to a performance review panel appointed by the Lead Fellow and this performance review is for the purpose of re-appointment to the Fellow Program. Thereafter, this performance review is held every four years.

The oral review covers the Fellow's work; achievements; relationships with staff, peers, and management; problems; and suggestions for resolving problems. The purposes of the review are to

  • Provide Fellows and management periodic opportunities to review the Fellow’s research accomplishments
  • Provide Fellows and management the opportunity to assure that their research is aligned with current corporate strategy
  • Provide a forum for constructive suggestions and comments about the direction of future research, including efforts to further RTI's strategy
  • Enable RTI to assist Fellows in achieving their goals
  • Enable the Lead Fellow to monitor the operations of the program and provide updates to the President

The Lead Fellow will schedule the review with the Fellow and his or her management. Before the review date, the Fellow will send six binders to the review panel (through Monica Hall). The organization and materials included in these binders are as follows:

  • Introduction and summary -- Brief (not more than 3 pages) summary of activities and accomplishments that address Fellow responsibilities, improve the Fellow Program, and enhance individual and organizational scientific stature
  • Tab A -- Current CV
  • Tab B -- Copies of three most significant publications during review period
  • Tab C -- Abstracts of three most important scientific presentations during review period
  • Tab D -- Current copy of Fellow work plan and brief summary of Accomplishments against objectives of work plan. Elements to include in the summary are:
    • Linkage of the Fellow's objectives with RTI's vision and strategy
    • Accomplishments during the review period, including significant results, publications, patents, recognition, and similar achievements
  • Tab E -- Names and brief statements of mentoring activities for individual(s) mentored by Fellow during review period
  • Tab F -- Supporting letters from RTI staff addressing the Fellow’s mentoring activities during review period (no more than three)
  • Tab G (optional) -- Excerpts of assessments of Fellow activities from annual RTI performance reviews

The Fellow's supervisor will send the review panel (through the Lead Fellow) a brief summary of his or her activities to support and encourage the Fellow. Within 30 days of the oral review, the Chair of the performance review panel will prepare a written evaluation of the Fellow's performance during the review period and the effectiveness of the Fellow's supervisor in supervising, challenging, and supporting the Fellow. The Chair will provide copies of this report to the Lead Fellow, who will transmit the report to the Fellow’s management, the President of RTI, and Monica Hall.