Faculty Development

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NYIT recognizes the importance of developing faculty and maintaining intellectual vitality on campus. The NYIT Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) supports faculty members in their work as teacher-scholars by cultivating reflective practice and promoting the scholarship of teaching and learning. The CTL assists faculty members in providing NYIT students with a career-oriented, forward-looking education that prepares them to succeed in a global economy and an increasingly technological world. As part of NYIT's identity as a global institution, the CTL pays particular attention to how social, linguistic, and cultural diversity both affects and enriches the student experience. As part of NYIT's identity as a partially virtual institution, the CTL serves as a resource for best practices in skillful, appropriate, and effective uses of technology in education. The NYIT Center for Teaching and Learning has developed online and other training programs to update faculty knowledge and skills in instructional technology. All resources available online through NYIT's Center for Teaching and Learning website are free and accessible by all faculty members, both full and part time.

Faculty may also travel to attend local, regional, or international conferences, provided they have a refereed paper to present. In such cases, faculty requests to receive support to cover some of the costs of travel, room, meals and registration fees (See Faculty Travel Grants for Conference Presentations) may be approved by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, in the limit of the faculty development dedicated budget pertaining to the current academic year.

NYIT-UAE Faculty Development Policy

All faculty and academic administrators are expected to participate in professional development activities that ensure their ongoing effective contribution to the development of NYIT-UAE, and their active engagement as scholars in their discipline fields and in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Professional development activities are intended to benefit NYIT in several ways. First, the result of any activity must be that students are the direct beneficiaries of the acquired knowledge and expertise gained by the participating faculty. Second, the reputation and visibility of NYIT-UAE must be broadened and strengthened by the activity. Third, the activity must provide the individual faculty member with an opportunity to increase his/her professional expertise and knowledge in the pursuit of excellence.

The University will support, organize and, where appropriate, provide funding for approved professional development activities. Preference will be given to endeavors that support stated priority areas for the University and/or Colleges and other units. Colleges/units will be provided with professional development funding each financial year for all employees and the dean/director will have responsibility for administering those funds.

The NYIT Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), affiliated with the Professional and Organizational Development Network (POD) in Higher Education, supports faculty members in their work as teacher-scholars by cultivating reflective practice and promoting the scholarship of teaching and learning. As part of NYIT's identity as a global institution, the CTL pays particular attention to how social, linguistic, and cultural diversity affects and enriches the student experience. As part of NYIT's identity as a partially virtual institution, it serves as a resource for best practices in skillful, appropriate, and effective uses of technology in education. All CTL resources are fully accessible online to all faculty members at each location, including NYIT-UAE.

Furthermore, at NYIT-UAE in particular, hosting local or regional conferences, meetings, or workshops on campus, and developing workshops for NYIT-UAE faculty or for special groups are examples of activities that may directly benefit NYIT-UAE students and programs.

Opportunities may be offered through NYIT-UAE existing partnerships such as Am Cham, American Consulate, British Council, and NYIT's Program/Industry Advisory Boards among others.

Participation in local, regional, and international conferences also provides a means for faculty to maintain currency in their academic discipline and to promote NYIT. Travel Grants for Attending to a Conference, the Global Faculty Summer Research, Creativity Grants, and the grants provided through the institutional NYIT Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSPAR) support faculty initiatives in that regard.

Faculty who will miss classes because of an approved activity are responsible for arranging a suitable substitute instructor or substitute activities during their absence. Details are to be provided in the request for professional development support.

Finally, faculty must define a strategy for dissemination of the benefits derived to colleagues and, where appropriate, to students, in their proposals.

Funding Sources

The funding sources for professional development opportunities vary depending on the activity. For those professional development and training experiences that do require a fee (apart from the grants specified in the "Reason for Policy" introduction), the following funding resources are available for consideration by the supervisor and/or faculty.

  1. University funding for credit courses: Upon approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, this benefit, based on institutional budget capacity, may offer university classes at reduced tuition and is available to eligible full-time faculty (not including part-time faculty, graduate assistants, and student employees).
  2. Campus funding: Campus funding may be used for the cost of learning experiences,assuming the activity will benefit operational efficiency or effectiveness or is otherwise inline with the guidelines in this policy. Funding is at the discretion of the Campus Dean and is based on campus budget capacity.
  3. School funding: School funding may be used for the cost of learning experiences,assuming the activity will benefit operational efficiency or effectiveness or is otherwise inline with the guidelines in this policy. Funding is at the discretion of the Academic Dean and is based on school budget capacity.