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.
The seminar is designed to make General Education more visible in our classrooms and courses. Participants will explore, implement and assess a variety of teaching practices proven to engage students using ethical reasoning as our main focus.
At City Tech we define the student learning outcome of “Ethical Reasoning” in the following manner:
Transform information into knowledge, and knowledge into judgment and action.
We are seeking full-time and part-time faculty members to participate in City Tech’s General Education Seminar in spring 2018. As a Living Lab General Education Seminar Participant, you will become part of the growing multi-disciplinary community at City Tech that is enthusiastically thinking about and developing general education, pedagogy and student engagement in their teaching and learning practices.
Participants in the Living Lab General Education Seminar commit to exploring innovative pedagogical approaches and incorporating what they have learned in their courses. Among the questions seminar participants consider are:
• What changes can we make to the student experience that will prepare our students to succeed at City Tech, while also supporting creative, original, and critical thinking through the use of high-impact educational practices?
• How can we use City Tech’s OpenLab, an open-source digital platform, to customize learning experiences for our students that will engage them in the intellectual fabric of our College and make their achievements visible to our own community and to the wider public?
• How can we use one of City Tech’s greatest assets — its location within the “living laboratory” of the downtown Brooklyn waterfront — to create hands-on, place-based learning opportunities with our students?
• How do we know our students are achieving the student learning outcomes of our course?
Participants in the Living Lab General Education Seminar – who may be full-time or part-time faculty members – will take part in five workshops during the Spring 2018 semester that focuses on
George Kuh’s (AAC&U’s) High-impact Educational Practices;
open pedagogy on City Tech’s OpenLab, our open digital platform for teaching and learning;
Participants will be inspired and supported by full-time faculty members, who are interested in sharing their own innovative teaching practices.
both full-time and part-time faculty are eligible;
available on Friday mornings in Spring 2018 semester to participate in five workshops (dates listed are subject to change);
9:00am-noon : February 2, March 9, March 23, April 13, April 27
willing to work in a highly collaborative environment;
willing to prepare a final project (an exemplary activity that incorporates open pedagogy, place-based learning, high-impact practices and assessment practices using a standard template);
willing to implement what you have learned in your classroom and on the OpenLab in Fall 2018.
Compensation Full-time Faculty: Active participation by full-time faculty is recognized as progressive refinement of teaching practice or service to their department;
Part-time Faculty: Active participation by part-time faculty is recognized as progressive refinement of teaching practice and is compensated at their non-teaching rate for 15 hours.
Note: by applying to participate in the Living Lab General Education Seminar you agree to the terms and conditions listed above and have discussed participation with the Chairperson of your department.