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Faculty and Academic Program Support


The mission of FIT's Faculty and Academic Program Support (FAPS) unit is to provide exemplary consultation and direction to faculty and Academic Affairs in the areas of catalog development, curriculum administration, online learning, career and internship studies, academic advising, faculty development, academic and administrative program assessment, institutional research and services related to tenure, promotion, student evaluations, and reappointment. 

Exciting new projects from faculty and academic program support include:

Center for Excellence in Teaching:

  • CET director, Elaine Maldonado, and coordinator, Jeffrey Riman, will present FIT's online Adjunct Orientation at the May 2019 SUNY CIT conference.
  • Examples of Spring 2019 faculty development events include Promoting Harmony & Addressing Student Behavior in the Classroom (with AVP Shadia Sachedina), Creating Assignments that Promote Critical Thinking and the Flipped Classroom.

  • A second event on AR, VR and 3D printing, in collaboration with IT, will be held on March 21. This student-faculty evening immersion has been designed to promote technology-driven innovation and creative collaboration.

  • The all-day Adjunct Summer Institute will be held on Wednesday, May 29. The 2019 event, Understanding Neurodiversity: Classroom Strategies that Work!, is being facilitated with the FIT-ABLE Office.

  • The number of faculty using the Concourse digital syllabus template continues to grow. As of February 2019, a total of 371 classes have been using the online tool. To get started, please follow these instructions. For additional information or consultation, contact the CET.


  • The office of Curriculum oversaw a large volume of curricular actions over the Fall 2018 semester. This included 67 course-related actions, including 18 new courses, 12 degree program-related actions, and 1 new academic minor. 
  • In Fall 2018, one new special topics course were proposed by the Graduate Studies Fashion Design department.  

Faculty Services

  • The office of Faculty Services is undergoing a pilot program for a new online student evaluation system, EvaluationKIT. The system is expected to be rolled out campus-wide in the Fall 2018 semester.

Internship Studies:

  • Internship Studies is pleased to announce the first IC 297 class conducted in partnership with SUNY Korea and held in Korea. IC 297 is a 3-credit internship course for AAS students with a focus on the internship experience and on helping students identify suitable career paths. Fashion Business Merchandising and Fashion Design students from SUNY Korea are enrolled in the Spring 2019 course. Sunghyun (Sean) Lee is the instructor for the class; he is being mentored by Internship Studies faculty.

Institutional Research and Effectiveness:

  • Institutional Research and Effectiveness organized two events in the Spring semester to highlight some of the outstanding work faculty are doing to assess student learning:
    • In March, two Fashion Business Management faculty members (Joanne Offerman and Janice Messinger) shared their methods for assessing program learning outcomes in required Fashion Business Management courses.
    • In April, faculty in The School of Liberal Arts (Lasse Savola and Daniel Benkendorf) and the Library (Maria Rothenberg) discussed assessing learning outcomes in general education. These events illustrated the advancement of assessment at FIT.

Online Learning:

  • In March 2019, the department of Online Learning and Academic Technology won the FACT2 Excellence Award in Instructional Support: Community Colleges. This award recognizes excellence by full or part-time instructional support persons involved in supporting innovative uses of educational technologies to meaningfully improve teaching and learning by working individually or in collaboration
    with teaching faculty in the strategic application of curriculum within SUNY. 
  • In January, the office rolled out Blackboard Ally to all Blackboard courses. This tool will help faculty identify and fix issues relating to ADA-compliance in their courses. Ally was piloted with 8 courses in the fall, and we received positive feedback from faculty. 
  • Emerging Technology at FIT: visit this website to submit and review recommendations for innovative technology that has the potential to enhance student learning or faculty research.
  • The number of Online, Blended  and Blackboard-enhanced courses continues to grow. 71% of all FIT courses now use Blackboard in some capacity, and we are running 237 Online courses and 20 Blended courses this spring. 
  • The Office of Online Learning recently re-designed our rubric for certifying online courses, utilizing the SUNY OSQCR and Quality Matters rubric. All new online courses will meet the criteria of a 42-point checklist with a focus on student engagement, accessibility, faculty presence, and overall course quality. This rubric is currently being used in a refresh program, inviting established online faculty to use this new rubric to re-certify their online courses.
  • The office continues to test and integrate new teaching tools, offering face-to-face and online faculty the opportunity to enhance their digital course materials like never before. Examples include: using Adobe Spark with Blackboard to beautifully display images, using H5P to embed quizzes in the middle of lecture videos, adding online gaming and proctoring solutions, and much more. 
  • The office has been working with two faculty members on a "Visual Storytelling" project using Adobe Spark in Blackboard. Professors Lorenza Smith and Jenn Shloming, along with Online Learning Manager Jose Diaz,  have been invited to present their work at the Online Learning Consortium's next conference in Denver.
  • The Office of Online Learning worked closely with IT and SUNY to create a separate login system for Blackboard. This means that when IT must bring systems down for scheduled maintenance in the future, Blackboard will continue to run as normal.
  • On February 19, we welcomed Michael Cennamo, Associate Director of Educational Technology at Columbia University, for a special presentation on Blended Learning pedagogy. The event focused on important considerations for designing blended courses and best tools for blended delivery.

Student Academic Support:

  • In Spring 2019 Student Academic Support launched their new website, bringing together units including Academic Advising, Career and Internship Services, Writing & Speaking Studio, Academic Skills Tutoring and Placement Tests in one place.
  • Tutorial services are now be provided for students participating in the FIT in Italy program (Milan, Florence). Students now have a choice to receive tutoring by the faculty in Italy or in NY through our online system.
  • New approaches have been implemented to engage students who need to submit their SAT/ACT or take the Placement Exam. This initiative was developed in an effort to assist students in staying on track for graduation. 
  • The Academic Advisement Center will extend opening hours on Mondays and Thursdays during peak advisement times every semester.
  • Academic Advisement continues with the Early Alert pilot which increases the ability to reach out to students when needed and advise of academic resources available.
  • The Writing & Speaking Studio celebrates its 10th year this Fall. A celebratory event will take place on October 8th with several former FIT peer tutor speakers as well as Dr. Beth Boquet of Fairfield University’s Writing Center and Poetry for Peace program. The event will help kick off FIT's campus-wide Civility Week.

  • The Writing & Speaking Studio’s Communication Teaching and Learning Program will host the 2018 Spotlight Series featuring faculty from nine different departments presenting talks on research writing pedagogy.