Faculty and Academic Program Support

Mission

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. 

New projects from faculty and academic program support include:

Online Learning:

  • The newest schedule for live online workshops is now posted here. All faculty are welcome to attend and registration is not required. Since we started these workshops in 2020, we have hit an attendance record of 2,693 instructors.

  • The number of Online and Blended courses and trained instructors continues to grow. This past spring, the office trained 13 new Online instructors and 2 new Blended instructors, bringing the total number of certified online instructors to 286 for Online and 79 for Blended. The total number of Online sections running this fall is 349, up from 331 last fall. 

  • As we prepare for the Learning Management System migration from Blackboard to Brightspace, faculty are welcome to check out this tour led by the Brightspace team. Instructors may also start playing with Brightspace by going to http://sunyplay.brightspacedemo.com. Create an account by entering your email, first name, last name, and password - you will have an account as well as two courses (one blank and one filled with sample student data).

  • For those instructors who are still teaching remotely, there is a self-guided course on Remote Teaching available on the Blackboard home page. The Office of Online Learning worked with the CET and the Writing and Speaking Studio to build this course in 2020. 293 instructors have taken the course to date.

  • The office is offering Credly Badges to instructors who complete training or refresh their online courses. These badges may be shared digitally on sites like LinkedIn and Blackboard. To date, the office has awarded 270 badges to those who completed Online Instructor Training, 85 to trained Blended instructors, and 16 to online instructors who have refreshed their older online courses. 

  • 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.

Faculty Development and Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET)

  • The Office of Faculty Development facilitates the Faculty Development Grants and Awards (FDGA) program. 
  • A self-paced, online Adjunct Faculty Orientation, designed for part-time faculty, is
    accessible throughout the year.   
  • The 2022 Adjunct Summer was held on May 18, 2022.  Archived adjunct institutes can be found at the Adjunct Summer Instutitute page.
  • The Office of Faculty Development manages the SUNY Chancellor's Awards for
    Excellence (faculty and professional service). Opportunities to nominate colleagues are
    disseminated campus-wide in spring and fall.

Teaching Center and Faculty Lab

  • The teaching center and CET lab (B-502) are available 24/7 to faculty with a current FIT faculty ID. Selected software are also accessible remotely via  Leostream.
  • Promoting Excellence in Teaching workshops, seminars and roundtables, address topics such as Creating a Syllabus, Diversifying the Curriculum, Tips for Teaching, Teaching & Learning in a Flipped Classroom, Service Learning, Active Learning, Designing with Music, Writing to Learn and Teaching with Blackboard.
  • By appointment, teaching consultations are available with Professor Jeffrey Riman, CET coordinator.
  • Links to CET events, recordings and event artifacts can be found on the CET website.
  • The number of faculty using the Concourse digital syllabus template continues to grow. Directions for using the template can be found on the FIT Digital Syllabus page. For additional information on using the template, please contact the CET.

Curriculum:

  • In the 2021-2022 Academic Year, the Office of Curriculum oversaw a total of 152 approved curricular actions.  Of those, there were 35 new courses, 43 edits to courses, 24 edits to programs, 17 edits to minors, 2 new minors, 23 online courses, 6 blended courses, and 2 course inactivations.
  • Curriculum highlights for the Academic Year 2021-2022 include:
  • The Curriculum Review Meeting Dates for Fall 2022 page has been updated.  Please note the submission deadline for program actions effective Fall 2023 is October 31, 2022.
  • Curricular Inventory Management (CIM) Training Sessions - We invite you to join any of our seven training sessions scheduled for the Fall 2022 semester. Topics include a CIM refresher, how to locate your action in workflow, how to edit or propose a course, how to edit a program, and how to propose and online or blended section of a course.
  • The 2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate catalogs were published online in February 2022 in time for Fall 2022 registration. The catalogs can be found here:

Faculty Services

  • The office of Faculty Services is currently using online student evaluation system, EvaluationKIT. The system was rolled out campus-wide in the Fall 2018 semester.

Internship Studies:

  • Advisors are available by appointment or during walk-in periods.  To schedule a career counseling session, visit the Career and Internship website

Institutional Research and Effectiveness:

  • The Assessment Faculty Fellows program was launched in 2021-2022.  Meg Joseph (Global Fashion Management), Lasse Savola (Mathematics), and Lauren Zodel (Fashion Design) served in the inaugural class, providing feedback on annual program learning assessment reports and working with faculty to improve assessment.  A call will be sent to full-time faculty in October, inviting them to apply for this academic year.

Student Academic Support:

  • All advisement is taking place by appointment only. In person, telephone, and virtual appointments are available. For information about making appointments, visit the Make an Appointment page. Please send all inquiries to [email protected].
  • 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. 
  • 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.

    Writing and Speaking Studio:
    • The Writing and Speaking Studio (faculty page) offers faculty support through one-to-one consultations on writing and oral communication for pedagogical and professional purposes:

      • The WSS directors provide faculty with feedback on manuscripts, conference presentation preparation, curriculum, sabbatical proposals, candidate statements, course assignments, and other professional and academic written and oral communication projects.

      • Faculty can schedule informational visits and workshops, seek feedback on assignments, and consult with WSS faculty on communication teaching practices, including classroom activities, assignment development, and written and oral communication assessment.

Academic Skills Tutoring Center and the Writing and Speaking Studio:

    • The Academic Skills Tutoring Center and the Writing and Speaking Studio (student page) continue to offer free online and face-to-face tutoring and consultation sessions for the spring 2022 semester.
    • The Academic Skills Tutoring Center provides tutoring for all FIT students enrolled in classes for the current semester. The Writing and Speaking Studio works with all FIT students, faculty, and staff on any writing or speaking projects whether they are for course, personal, or professional purposes.
    • Students can schedule individual appointments and attend walk-in sessions. To schedule individual appointments, please go to: fit.mywconline.com

FIT Library Academic Support:

  • Offers multiple different options for integrating library instruction into FIT courses both synchronously and asynchronously. Faculty can submit an Instruction Request and library staff will collaborate to develop customized content for each class.
  • Offers copyright support services. For questions on copyright related courses or faculty research and publication, please email [email protected].
  • Requests items from other institutions via Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
  • Members of the FIT Community can place requests for the library to purchase items. Please complete the Library Material Purchase Request Form.
  • Faculty can place  requests to scan up to 10% or one chapter of a book in our collection, video demonstrations of both of these services.
  • Each department has a Library Liaison available to answer any other questions. More information is provided on the Services for Faculty page.