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. 

Visit  fitnyc.edu/restart  for the most recent Spring 2022 developments.

Other 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 last spring, we have hit an attendance record of 2,051 instructors.
  • The Office of Online Learning worked with the CET and the Writing and Speaking Studio to build a self-guided course on Remote Teaching. It took place over the summer and was completed by 293 instructors. This course is still open as a resource on every instructor's Blackboard homepage.
  • The office is now offering Acclaim 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 231 badges to those who completed Online Instructor Training, 62 to trained Blended instructors, and 16 to online instructors who have refreshed their older online courses. 
  • In 2021, Professors Amy Lemmon and Shelley E. Kohan were named SUNY Online Teaching Ambassadors. They will be featured as exemplary online instructors on the SUNY website and will have the opportunity to be online teaching advocates and to share their thoughts with the SUNY communities of practice in various ways over the coming year.
  • New Online and Blended Courses continue to be added to FIT's offerings. During this Fall, Winter, and Spring, the college is running 636 Online sections (up from 554 last year) and 66 Blended sections (up from 51 sections last year).
  • The office trained 16 new online instructors this past fall, bringing the total number of trained Online instructors to 231; and 2 new blended instructors bringing the total number of Blended instructors to 64.
  • 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 Adjunct Summer Institute is held annually. The 2022 institute is scheduled for 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 Elaine Maldonado, CET director, and 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.
  • Please check the CET calendar for the January and summer Teaching with Technology Certificate Program schedule.
  • Perkins-Vatea-funded, industry software workshops for faculty will continue throughout the 2021-2022 academic year. Please contact the CET at 7-4064 for additional information.
  • Links to CET events, recordings and event artifacts can be found on the CET website.

Curriculum:

  • In the Fall 2021 semester, the Office of Curriculum oversaw a total of 142 approved curricular actions.  Of those, there were 28 new courses, 73 edits to courses, 16 edits to programs, 4 edits to minors, 17 online courses, and 4 blended courses.
  • The CourseLeaf Curricular Inventory Management (CIM) system was updated in Summer 2021.  More information, including an updated training manual for 2021 can be found by logging into MyFIT and clicking on the Curriculum Forms link.
  • The 2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate catalogs were published online in February 2021 in time for Fall 2021 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:

  • In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the first 100% virtual internship program was held during summer session 1. 93% of Internship Studies students reported that they achieved their learning objectives. 37 Companies sponsored 46 students.
  • Read about the success of FIT's first 100% remote internship program here.
  • Currently, all career counseling sessions are conducted remotely. Visit the Career and Internship website to make an appointment

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.

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.