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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.
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.
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.
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.
Real-time training sessions, both scheduled or as one-on-one appointments, are available year round from our Instructional Technology staff.
Faculty Development Day is an annual event offered each spring, organized around specific pedagogical and technology topics.
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. 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.
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning administers the student course evaluations for CUNY SPS. Faculty or directors with questions about student evaluations should contact Jennifer Holland. Evaluation responses from past semesters are posted at student course evaluations.
Faculty teaching at CUNY SPS are encouraged to add instructor-created video content to their online and hybrid courses. To support these efforts, they have access to the Media Studio, a professional space to create a variety of instructional content such as instructor or course introductions, complete or partial discipline-specific lectures, guest lectures, and interviews.
The studio is equipped with a green screen and teleprompter, and can also support high quality audio recording for voiceovers in screencasts and PowerPoint or other presentations.
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 and the QR Fellows website.
Consultations and Support
CUNY SPS faculty may contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.