Faculty Development Programs and Resources

Preparation for Teaching Online: A Foundational Workshop for CUNY Faculty

CUNY faculty and course developers who are new or new-to-online can enroll in an online 2-week workshop, "Preparation for Teaching Online: A Foundational Workshop for CUNY Faculty,” preparing them to teach online or hybrid courses, offered throughout the year.  For more information and registration see https://cunyonline.commons.gc.cuny.edu/

Faculty Peer Mentoring

Designed for online teaching faculty, faculty peer mentoring provides one-on-one support to new faculty or new to online faculty for an entire semester from a faculty member with experience teaching online for CUNY SPS. It will offer contact on an as-needed basis, but also sets up a series of scheduled interactions for key points in the semester. If you are a new faculty member or new to online teaching, contact your academic director about obtaining a mentor.

Self-Paced Training

Faculty desiring to learn new Blackboard or other technology tools or to review selected features and functions after training should access our quick guides and video tutorials at https://spsfaculty.commons.gc.cuny.edu/quick-guides/

Faculty Development Workshops and Real-time Training

Online (asynchronous) advanced workshops focused on diverse topical areas and highlighting best practices in teaching are offered throughout the year. For more information see https://spsfaculty.commons.gc.cuny.edu/workshops/.

Real-time training sessions, both scheduled or as one-on-one appointments, are available year round from our Instructional Technology staff. For the training schedule and to sign up, please visit https://spsfaculty.commons.gc.cuny.edu/faculty-training/.

Faculty Development Day is an annual event offered each spring, organized around specific pedagogical and technology topics. For information, see https://spsfaculty.commons.gc.cuny.edu/faculty-development-day/.

CUNY SPS Faculty Community Site

The CUNY SPS Faculty Community Site is hosted on the CUNY Academic Commons. New and returning faculty can find access here, in one place, to many of the resources, tutorials and information they seek, as well as sign up for all faculty development workshops and training, at  http://spsfaculty.commons.gc.cuny.edu/ . No registration or login is needed to access these pages. Faculty can also join the CUNY SPS Faculty Community group where they can pose a question in the group forum or converse with other faculty and academic directors from their own or other academic programs.

Student Course Evaluations

OFDIT administers the student course evaluations for SPS. Faculty or directors with questions about student evaluations should contact Jose Muniz, Evaluation responses from past semesters are posted at student course evaluations

Writing Fellows and Quantitative Reasoning Fellows

The Fellows are CUNY doctoral students trained to tutor students in writing or quantitative reasoning and to support faculty with other resources as well. For more information about these programs, see the Writing Fellows website at https://bacwritingfellows.commons.gc.cuny.edu/ and the QR Fellows website at https://qrfellowssps.commons.gc.cuny.edu/ or contact the coordinator, Susan Ko.

Consultations and Support

CUNY SPS faculty may contact OFDIT director, Susan Ko, to schedule an individual consultation about course design and teaching issues or Antonia Levy for assistance with any aspect of Blackboard or other technology tools and ADA compliant design.