Faculty Commons, A Center for Teaching, Learning, Scholarship and Service coordinates all professional development, grants and assessment activities of faculty at New York City College of Technology. Faculty Commons adopts a programmatic approach to professional development and operates as a faculty resource and think tank where members collaborate on a variety of projects to shape curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.
The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) helps faculty and administrators compete for and win grants that strengthen the intellectual climate and improve the learning environment at City Tech. The office provides notices of grant opportunities and works with faculty and administrators over the life-cycle of a grant – from concept development through close-out.
The Professional Activity Report and Self-Evaluation (PARSE) is the documentation of a faculty member’s accomplishments during each academic year and cumulatively, in the three principal areas of teaching, scholarly and professional growth, and service. The PARSE serves as the basis for the annual evaluation. It is also provides faculty with an instrument to present to departmental and college review committees for reappointment, tenure, and promotion.
Change is the new constant, but some (big) changes are more like shifts: shifts in practice and perspective; generational shifts; shifts in procedure and position; even tectonic shifts. The City University of New York’s 13th annual IT Conference will sum up some shifts our many changes add up to. What shifts are taking place in the core enterprises of teaching, learning, and research? In what ways has our functioning as a university system changed? Which changes portend more change, or more effective ways of effecting it?
As has been the case since its inception, the conference will be held at John Jay College, offering overviews of the University’s key IT initiatives, discussions of how technology continues to affect teaching, scholarship, and administration, and a chance to meet with vendors. As always, proposals for presentations are invited from the CUNY community, particularly about how tech-mediated changes can lead to important shifts in practice.
1. What changes seem to be game-changers, shifts in the way we do things that pose new possibilities? What changes seem to be worth shifting to, scaling up, spreading out?
2. How are we moving away from “random acts of innovation” and toward ways of consolidating and disseminating effective change through collaboration? What are we doing to make effective change more visible, more accessible, more supportable?
3. Because change is not synonymous with progress, what are we doing to make sure that the changes we put into effect result in real gains? How are we assessing shifts in practices and procedures to ensure that we have better outcomes, not just different procedures?
Proposals are invited for panels or presentations but also roundtables, workshops, and other interactions. Specifying format as well as focus, each proposal should include a title, an abstract of no more than 200 words, and the name and affiliation of each party to the proposal. (Proposals are welcome from individuals but are particularly welcome from groups that have found ways of arranging multiple perspectives on a subject.)
Submit a proposal by 9/15/14. Acceptances will be announced by the end of that month.