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Faculty Fellows Program

2019–2020 Faculty Fellows Program – Call for Applications

Higher education in the 21st century is under increasing scrutiny in a variety of areas: the real and perceived value of the degree; career readiness of graduates; affordability; the changing demographics of students; the emergence of alternative credentials such as badges and ‘micro-master’s’; and new teaching modalities and the changing role of faculty. Advances in technology have also impacted the traditional delivery of higher education, whether these are related to online education or predictive analytics for student success.

The Provost’s Faculty Fellows Program is designed to provide full-time faculty members with leadership and administrative opportunities, while advancing NYIT’s strategic goals. The goal of this program is to engage interested faculty members in academic affairs issues and mentored learning opportunities, and provide experiences to sharpen faculty expertise and extend faculty experience in university administration.

This fellowship offers a unique opportunity to learn the context for institution-level decision making, current issues in academic affairs, and the complex landscape of higher education. Fellows will assume responsibility for special projects as well as participation in ongoing activities in the Office of Academic Affairs.

This announcement and all application materials are available at http://bit.ly/NYIT_FacultyFellows.

Focus Areas

Possible projects include, but are not limited to, advancing the following areas:

  • Undergraduate Research.

  • Student Success.
    1. Assess approaches for implementation and assessment of ‘high impact’ practices and ‘emerging’ practices.
    2. Address strengthening a culture of evidence for student success programming at multiple levels of a university.
    3. Propose and test advising innovations and new models (e.g., integrated faculty and career advising; team advising).
  • Teaching and Learning.
    1. Create an invigorated community of intentional faculty engagement with the topic of “innovative” pedagogies that promote and document improved student learning, developing evidence for effectiveness and scalability of these approaches.
    2. Address the role of technologies in teaching and learning to enhance learning.
    3. Lead a conversation among the faculty that addresses 21st century skills (e.g., design mindset, new media literacy, computational thinking, resilience) that the workforce clearly needs but that may be less prominent, not formalized, or absent, in NYIT’s offerings; create a plan to incorporate these skills in the curriculum.
  • Interdisciplinarity.
    1. Advance and assess meaningful and scalable programming and focal areas – from research and scholarship to teaching and learning – to achieve sustainable and impactful interdisciplinary work that results in fundamental, not just incremental, positive change.
  • Institutional Effectiveness.
    1. Identify gaps in data for student and/or faculty success that require new methods of collection to close those gaps.
    2. Develop ways to improve dissemination and usage of data to improve operations, enrollment or student time to degree.
  • Community Engagement.
    1. Facilitate the co-creation, with external entities from non-profit community groups, to industry, of learning opportunities for students.
    2. Determine processes to enhance “community-partnered participatory research” and scholarship.

Faculty members interested in becoming Fellows can identify a project that aligns with one of the areas listed above, or can propose a project based on their own interests and expertise. The project must cut across departments and schools/colleges and aim for future scaling of the effort.

Fellows will be assigned a mentor(s) within Academic Affairs, whose expertise aligns with their project and with their professional goals. Fellows may also have external mentor(s) if appropriate. Specific details of the project will be determined in consultation with their mentor(s) and will be based on the strengths and interests of each Fellow. The expectation is that Faculty Fellows will also be able to develop scholarship related to the experience.

Application Process and Deadline

Applications are open to full-time faculty members in all schools and colleges on the New York campuses. Application materials are available at http://bit.ly/NYIT_FacultyFellows.

Applicants should provide a curriculum vitae and a proposal, no more than 5 pages, that:

  1. describes the applicant’s interest in learning about higher education and the multiple roles of administration and leadership, particularly in academic affairs;
  2. describes how this experience will advance their own professional goals;
  3. describes the project;
  4. explains how the project will advance NYIT’s strategic goals;
  5. explains how their interests and relevant experience relate to the proposed project;

All applications must be accompanied by a cover sheet, signed by department chair and dean, to confirm that the course release will be taken in-load in the fall and spring semesters.

Applications should be no more than 5 pages, and are due to Jackie Jacoby (jjacoby@nyit.edu) by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2019.

The Provost’s Office will facilitate a review of the applications by committee and may request an interview with the applicant during the week of May 20. Final appointment will be made by the Provost. The announcement naming the new Provost’s Faculty Fellows is expected by Friday, May 31, 2019.

Selection

  • A maximum of two Academic Affairs Fellows will be selected each year.
  • Tenured faculty members at the associate or professor rank are preferred; consideration may be given to exceptional faculty at other ranks or in other tracks.
  • Faculty members must have been at NYIT for at least 3 years.
  • Selection of Fellows will be based on
    1. Compelling reasons for exploring current issues in higher education from an administrative and leadership perspective;
    2. Strong link of proposed project with the potential benefit to the applicant’s future career;
    3. Relevant experiences in the focus area of work and leadership activities; and
    4. Review of application by internal and external reviewers.

Appointment, Benefits, and Compensation

This administrative appointment runs through the 2019–20 academic year and will provide each Fellow with one course release for each of the fall and spring semesters, to be taken in-load; stipend equivalent to one month of summer salary, to be taken at the beginning or end of the academic year; and travel support to a professional conference. There is a possibility of funding being extended to a second year, depending on the nature and progress of the project and availability of funds.

Information Sessions:

If you would like more details about the Faculty Fellows Program, please plan to attend one of the Information Sessions:

  1. Thursday, Feb 28, 12:30 – 1:50 p.m., https://nyit.zoom.us/j/5166861288
  2. Tuesday, April 16, 12:30 – 1:50 p.m., https://nyit.zoom.us/j/5166861288

For additional information, contact Sheri Kelleher (skellehe@nyit.edu) or Fran Glazer (fglazer@nyit.edu).