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Welcome to Academic Year 2021-2022! Hopefully everyone had a productive and relaxing summer, with ample time to recharge. Supporting the success of our first-year students is a priority focus at the College now more than ever. Pandemic-year “learning loss” likely struck our incoming students with particular force. As you hear about new and expanded initiatives targeting first-year students, you may be wondering how you can help . . . or wondering, “Who is going to help ME as I struggle to reach the first-year students in my classroom?” If you overlooked the earlier announcement and if you are reading this on Friday morning, consider joining our first informal Faculty Friday at noon today to explore the topic and resources available, and learn from the experiences of colleagues.
Visit our ever-evolving Faculty Commons website and calendar:
The Faculty Commons survey is still open and should only take about 10 minutes to complete. How can we support faculty in addressing challenges and enriching the City Tech experience for all of us?
Please reach out to discuss your ideas or suggestions
Important information about vaccine requirements for students is contained in an email forwarded by Associate Provost Blake on August 26. The message was sent to all students from the University Chancellor and outlines the consequences of non-compliance with the updated vaccine mandate for students registered in hybrid and in-person classes. AP Blake helpfully forwarded this message for our information only, to enable faculty to respond appropriately to student comments or inquiries. (Faculty are not responsible for enforcement.)  
Consider serving as an undergraduate research mentor this semester. Opportunities include the CUNY Research Scholars Program, the Emerging Scholars Program, and Honor’s credit in a regular course. The September 24 deadline for these programs is fast approaching. For more information, see AP Blake’s September 1 emails and the Undergraduate Research and Honors Scholars pages.
Computer Lab in V-217 is open for students! Current hours are 1:00-6:00 pm Monday through Thursday and it is requested that students make a reservation from the link on the Learn Everywhere (Students) page or the iTEC > iTEC Labs menu.
Please take a few minutes to respond to the faculty scholarship/creative work survey if you have not done so already. Your feedback will help to guide future initiatives and programs.

Academic Integrity

Please familiarize yourself with City Tech’s Academic Integrity policy, forms, and procedures and please read the August 31st email with subject line: “Academic Integrity.” Academic Integrity Officer, Prof. Kyle Cuordileone describes the disturbing rise and real harm caused by “unprincipled ‘educational’ profiteers such as Chegg and CourseHero.” Explore resources for the design of assignments, assessments, and courses that can minimize violations, create an environment of professional ethics, and encourage authentic learning. Two panel sessions held last fall included many creative ideas from our colleagues. Links to the panel recordings and materials can be found on the Faculty Commons Online Teaching page under Academic Integrity & Authentic Learning. Newly added to that folder of resources is a summary of the academic integrity faculty survey taken last fall with many additional ideas and strategies.


The Online Learning Advisory Council (OLAC) Monthly Express Series on Teaching Hybrid Courses continues with: Transitioning to Hybrid Courses 2

Professor Amit Mehrotra and Dr. Karen Lundstrem will share ideas and suggestions on how to design your hybrid course, with examples from effective courses and time for you to ask questions about your own courses for this semester or the spring. Check the Fall 2021 workshop schedule for the full listing of OLAC and iTEC workshops, including ePARSE, Blackboard, YuJa, Snagit, and Camtasia.

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)

Faculty Workshop:
Engaging Students Online Through Writing: An Introduction to WAC Principles
Join us to discuss effective, research-backed Writing Across the Curriculum methods to increase student engagement in your classroom and help your students become better thinkers.
  • Date and time: Thursday November 11, 2021 at 1PM via zoom
  • Register HERE
Student Workshop:
Avoiding Plagiarism: A Workshop for Students
Plagiarism can be less obvious than you think, especially in an online environment. This workshop will give you practical information and strategies to ensure your writing assignments are plagiarism-free.
  • Date and time: Thursday November 18, 2021 at 1PM via zoom. 
  • Register HERE
Message for Faculty Regarding Student Attendance: The WAC program is happy to provide attendance lists for faculty who incentivize students for attending the workshop and require proof of attendance.


Good news! CircleIn, the NSF funded App which connects every student with their classmates and creates a virtual space where students can study, collaborate, communicate, and brainstorm together, will continue to be available to all City Tech students in fall 2021. With online instruction, creating study groups is more difficult – the CircleIn App reduces this challenge. The focus is on peer-to-peer support, so CircleIn does not need to be managed by faculty. However, faculty can monitor the course website, view student activity, and see if there are things that their students are struggling with.  


The OpenLab welcomes everyone back to the 2021-2022 academic year with exciting new features and of course opportunities for support! We look forward to working with you this semester!

City Tech Library

We're here to support your research needs and provide support for your students:
  • Welcome back to book lending @ the City Tech Library! Faculty, students, and staff can request books from the stacks and from other CUNY libraries using the library website: You'll be notified via email when your books are ready to be picked up and you can retrieve them at the Borrow and Return desk. This quick video walks you through the request process:
  • Faculty can also request books that are not available at CUNY through Interlibrary Loan:
  • We're here to support your research needs and provide support for your students with information literacy instruction and electronic resource access. Visit our website or reach out to the subject specialist for your department:
  • Faculty, staff, and students can access the ‘Ask a Librarian’ chat service 24/7 at
  • Learn more about open education resources (OER) and textbook alternatives to make it easier for your students to access course materials online. For more information about OER at City Tech and upcoming workshop opportunities visit: 

More resources for your students

RF CUNY Brown Bag Research Webinars

September offerings in this series include refreshers on using GrantForward and PIVOT to explore potential funding sources for your scholarly work and creative projects . . . . READ MORE

CUNY Office of Research

A workshop How to Read an NSF RFP will be offered on September 10 . . . READ MORE

Transition your protocols from IDEATE to IRB Manager!

The HRPP (Human Research Protection Program) of CUNY IRB is preparing to transition from the current online platform for IRB submissions, IDEATE, to a new online platform, IRB Manager. CUNY plans to go live with IRB Manager on Friday, September 3, 2021. Note that you will be able to access the IDEATE protocol via a link for only a period of time, meaning that there will be a deadline for transferring data from your IDEATE protocols to the new IRB Manager. If you have protocols in IDEATE, please follow instructions in the August 25th email from City Tech’s HRPP coordinator, Professor Tina Kao (sent by Stephen Soiffer, subject: “IRB”) and/or refer to CUNY’s HRPP page for training sessions regarding the transition.

City Tech celebrates HSI Week

National Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) week recognizes 529 HSIs throughout the nation for their work and critical role in educating and empowering Hispanic youth. As we approach our 25th anniversary of being an HSI, we invite you to the fourth annual HSI forum on Monday, September 13 from 1pm-2pm via Zoom. Faculty, Staff and Administrators are invited to discuss the role City Tech plays in improving access to education and advancing equity for the traditionally underserved students. 
Register for the Zoom link HERE

Sixth Annual Science Fiction Symposium - Call for Papers

The sixth annual City Tech Science Fiction Symposium is scheduled to take place on Thursday, December 9 with the theme of "Access and Science Fiction." Please read the call for papers, consider submitting a proposal by Friday, October 15, and share the CFP through your professional networks. Watch Science Fiction at City Tech for final program information.

19th Annual Poster Session

The Nineteenth Annual Poster Session of Faculty and Student Research will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2021, from 12:30 to 3 pm. This event will showcase the results of the research of our faculty and students and will be open to the public. The 19th Annual Poster Session will be held online. Posters will be hosted on the web and one-minute oral presentations of selected posters will be delivered via ZOOM. For submission instructions and details visit Annual Poster Session
  • Deadline for abstract submission: Saturday, October 30, 2021.
  • Deadline for Poster submission: Monday, November 1, 2021.
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