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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, student academic support, 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:

Faculty Development and CET

  • Online faculty development workshops are now being offered using Webex. Examples include Tips for Teaching and Making and Using Video for Teaching
  • Online faculty development workshops are also being facilitated for SUNY-Korea faculty.
  • The new 2017-2019 FDGA publication, highlighting faculty research, scholarship, creative activity and industry innovation, are available. Please contact the CET or visit: http://www.fitnyc.edu/ cet/fdga/index.php
  • The all-day Adjunct Summer Institute was held on Wednesday, May 29. Archives of this 2019 event, Understanding Neurodiversity: Classroom Strategies that Work!, can be found at :http://www.fitnyc.edu/cet/ adjunct-institute/index.php
  • The number of faculty using the Concourse digital syllabus template continues to grow. As of June, 2019, a total of 423 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 total of 301 CIM actions in the 2018-2019 academic year. This included:
    • 59 new courses were created
    • 40 courses were deactivated
    • 19 updates were made to existing degree programs
    • 1 degree program title was changed
    • 3 new minors were created
    • 18 text updates made to degree major pages and existing minors
    • 2 new special topics course were created
    • 159 edits made to existing courses

Faculty Services

  • The office of Faculty Services is undergoing a pilot program for a new online student evaluation system, EvaluationKIT. The system was 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:

  • Interest in taking and teaching online courses continues to grow. Students took a total of 626 Online credit sections in the past year, up from 613 the previous year, as well as 34 Blended sections.  21 faculty members completed the training program for Online Instructors and 18 faculty members completed training to teach Blended courses.
  • 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 May 2019, FIT's two online degree programs - the 1-year associate's in Fashion Business Management and the 2-year bachelor's in International Trade and Marketing - were ranked #19 out of 50 by College Consensus for Best Return on Investment for Online Students. 
  • Over summer 2019, the office launched a refresh program for instructors who would like to update their older online courses. Refreshed courses will contain at least one innovation, an introductory video, and all components of the most recent certification checklist. Instructors who are interested in updating online courses first published in 2014 or earlier are encouraged to contact the Office of Online Learning to get started.
  • 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.

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.