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Thank you for using the new Navigate-based alerts system to help us to identify and offer support to City Tech students before the Verification of Enrollment (VOE) deadline. You collectively submitted 455 pre-VOE alerts in Navigate, and staff from the Student Success Center, ASAP, ACE, C-STEP, EDGE, and SEEK responded. Overall, 74% of the students for whom you issued an alert remain registered and were not assigned a WN! As the semester continues, please recommend academic supports, and submit alerts and high-fives as appropriate for students in your classes.
Encourage students to utilize your office hours, course-specific resources, other resources such as:
  • City Tech’s Comprehensive Tutoring Schedule (updated as tutoring is added)
  • The Writing Center, now located in G608, inside the iTEC computer lab
  • Students in the following majors and programs have access to, an on-demand, 24/7 tutoring service available via Blackboard, providing live tutoring support in over 250 subjects:
    • Associate degree programs in accounting, business and technology of fashion, dental hygiene, law and paralegal studies, marketing management and sales, nursing and ophthalmic dispensing
    • MAT 1275CO
You can check to see if a student has access this semester on their Navigate student profile—scroll down to the tags section to see if they have “Spring 2023 access” listed.
If you have referred a student to these academic support services but they continue to struggle academically, please issue an “ACTION: Academic Support Needed” alert via Navigate (make sure to select your course from the second dropdown menu and include a brief comment specifying the area in which they need tutoring). That will trigger an automatic email to the student signed with your name and open a case with the Student Success Center or other program advisor to conduct outreach and follow-up.
Please consider sending HIGH FIVE alerts to students who are doing well in your class. High Fives auto-generate supportive emails and ensures a mix of feedback that encourages students and maintains their interest in reading and responding to Navigate alerts.
You can also continue to submit alerts for missing assignments and extended absences. It’s recommended that you only submit one or two alerts per student each month, even if a student continues to miss class sessions or deadlines. Staff respond and continue to reach out after the first alert, so subsequent alerts risk inundating a student with the same message, losing effectiveness.
For more information on the new alerts system, including a quick how-to video and a comment guide, please visit Faculty Commons. Thank you, as always, for your continued efforts to support student success.

From Associate Provost Blake

COACHE Survey is here!  Recently, you were emailed an invitation to participate in the COACHE Survey of Faculty Job Satisfaction. I am writing to alert you to the importance of your participation in this survey. As you know, this survey is designed to enhance our understanding of your experiences as faculty at City Tech. If you have already completed the survey, please accept my sincere thanks. If you have not completed the survey, I hope you will do so as soon as possible. The email with your specific link should have already arrived from If, by chance, you accidentally deleted or did not receive the email, you may contact Dr. Yongchao Zhao, City Tech’s Director for the Office of Assessment, Institutional Research and Effectiveness, at Dr. Zhao will assist in getting you your unique survey link. I join the COACHE researchers in appreciating how limited and valuable your time is. So, the instrument is designed to be completed by most faculty within 20 minutes. Thank you in advance for your participation in this valuable effort to strengthen our institution.

Spring 2023 PARSE & Teaching Portfolio Workshops 

PARSE Workshop: What to Include & Where — Overview of the reappointment, tenure, and promotion process, and detailed guidance on creating a clear, organized, and effective PARSE. WAC Cumulative ePARSE Self-Evaluation — This workshop will guide faculty to draft their self-evaluation through self-reflection, guided peer-review, and group discussion. Participants are expected to complete the Part 1 self-paced workshop and create their draft before working with the WAC team in the Part 2 synchronous workshop on April 4.
  • Part 2 synchronous workshop, Tuesday 4/4 from 4:00-5:30 pm – Register HERE
Get Evidence! Scholarly Metrics for your PARSE and CV — Covers Google Scholar Profile for citations and Google Scholar for journal rankings, Scimago for journal rankings, Altmetric Attention Scores for social media, and download reports from Academic Works (and other repositories). The workshop will touch on finding individual journal acceptance rates and Journal Impact Factors, and will briefly address books and book chapters as well. Teaching Portfolio Workshop — Save the Dates: May 24, 25, 30 (two-and-a-half-day workshop) iTEC and Faculty Commons Resources
  • For guidance on technical aspects of the ePARSE system, iTEC and Faculty Commons pages both include links to the ePARSE Training Handout and ePARSE video tutorials as well as to the ePARSE System Login. For the ePARSE System Login, use your “Active Directory” (AD) login – your OLD email ID (text of your email address before the @) and the password you used with the old email system.
  • Faculty Commons PARSE pages include PARSE samples, guidance on the annual evaluation and reappointment processes, the self-evaluation, and the teaching portfolio.

The CUNY Innovative Teaching Academy

All are virtual events:
  • Thu March 9, 12:00-1:00pm Blackboard Ally and Universal Design for Learning Register
  • Fri March 10, 2:00-3:00pm Teaching Matters: The New College ClassroomRegister
  • Tue March 14, 1:59pm (3.14159) Sharing a Slice of Pi: Pi Day Celebration Register 
The Sharing a Slice of Pie: A Pi (π) Day Celebration will be presented by City Tech’s Mathematics Professor Sandie Han and pastry chef Instructor Joanne Lewin-Jacus. They will share fun facts about pi and pie with the goal of motivating learning and sharing classroom activities. Participants will get some pie-making tips, have an opportunity to try a hands-on activity to figure out the value of π. Come share your favorite pi/pie activity or story — all are welcome! If you would like to participate in the activity (or you could just watch!), you will need to prepare the following materials (but feel free to just come, watch and learn!): 
  • An object with a round surface (lid, cup, plate, bottle, etc.).  
  • A piece of string for measuring. The string needs to be long enough to wrap around the round surface. 
  • A ruler or a measuring tape. This can be in either inches or centimeters. 

Stay up to date with Current and Upcoming Events at CUNY Innovative Teaching Academy and email questions to:

Publishing through a Teaching and Learning Lens

This one-hour workshop will provide information on publishing educational research at a primarily undergraduate institution and explore ways for building scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). 
  • Friday, March 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Via Zoom -- Register Here
Workshop participants should come prepared to brainstorm next steps in their scholarship following the presentation. Presenters are Dr. Sandie Han (Professor of Mathematics and this year’s Leadership Fellow at the CUNY Office of Undergraduate Studies, Academic Programs & Policy (OUSAP) serving as Assistant Dean for Academic Technology & Pedagogy) and Dr. Diana Samaroo (Professor of Chemistry, Director of the JLM RISE Program, and City Tech’s 2022-2023 Scholar on Campus).

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)

Effective Assignment Design: This workshop will cover a number of assignment design strategies that emphasize active learning through student writing. Developing effective writing assignments helps students retain and critically think about course content. In this workshop, faculty will have the chance to discuss and enhance their own writing assignments.
  • Effective Assignment Design:  Thursday 3/23, 1-2pm (zoom) — Register HERE
Mark your calendars for upcoming WAC programing and see the Faculty Commons Calendar for details:
  • ePARSE Cumulative Self Evaluation Part 2: Tuesday 4/4, 4-5:30pm (zoom) — Register HERE
  • Minimal Marking and Effective Grading: Thursday 4/20, 4-5pm (zoom) — Register HERE

A Pedagogy of Civic Engagement

Please join us for an exciting series of workshops from City Tech’s 2022-2023 PDAC Teacher Recognition Award Recipient, Rebecca Mazumdar. The three workshops will introduce faculty to a pedagogy informed by civic engagement and action, including discussion of shared readings, workshopping of course materials, and discussion of assessment strategies.
  • Friday March 31, 12pm-1pm | Workshop 1: A Pedagogy of Civic Engagement — Descriptions of this approach to the classroom with examples from Prof. Mazumdar and others; space to brainstorm what civic engagement could look like in your classes; assigned readings
  • Friday April 14, 12pm-1pm | Workshop 2: Revising Course Materials for Civic Engagement — Hands-on work with course materials; matching activities with class learning objectives; relating your class to other classes, other disciplines, and beyond
  • Friday April 28, 12pm-1pm | Workshop 3: Engaging and Assessing Students — Practicing active learning techniques; developing rubrics; collecting student feedback
  • Register HERE
Please reach out to Prof. Mazumdar with any questions:

Scholarly publishing workshops for Spring 2023

Support your publishing, raise your visibility as a scholar, and document the impact of your work:
  • May 16, 2:30-3:30pm, Who Is This Weird Publisher? Avoiding Predatory Journals and Conferences, Details & Registration


Stay up-to-date on OpenLab news via The Open Road and make use of our many opportunities for support! As always, reach out to the OpenLab team with questions or ideas:!


Visit the iTEC webpages for workshops, resources, and support with Blackboard, Zoom, Yuja, the ePARSE and more.

What we are reading . . .

Professor Javiela Evangelista shared an article from the Chronicle — “Why Your College Needs a Faculty Writing Room” and we would love to hear your thoughts about the idea.

Promoting Equitable and Inclusive STEM Teaching and Learning

The CUNY Innovative Teaching Academy is excited to announce Summer Institute 2023. The institute aims to enhance equity and inclusion in STEM teaching and learning by examining the framework for building socially and culturally responsive pedagogy that implements the justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) principles. The institute seeks faculty who are motivated by a strong desire to explore, develop, implement, or expand on strategies that increase participation and support the success of undergraduate students in STEM learning. The institute offers professional development workshops and supports 15 – 20 faculty in projects that implement high impact practices in promoting equitable and inclusive teaching and learning in undergraduate STEM courses. Projects may include curriculum development, new course proposals, course redesign, student learning activities, or student support activities. Collaborative and interdisciplinary projects are welcome. 
  • Goal:  Promoting high impact, equitable and inclusive STEM teaching and learning to enhance undergraduate student success in STEM 
  • Participants: The institute seeks STEM faculty participants or 2-member interdisciplinary teams that include at least one STEM faculty participant. All participants must be full-time CUNY faculty at professorial or lecturer ranks. 
  • Proposed idea/project: The institute seeks to support ideas or projects that will incorporate high impact practices in STEM pedagogy and directly impact STEM teaching and learning 
  • Stipend for Successful Completion of the Institute: $1,000 per individual participant (15 – 20 participants)
For application and detailed institute information, click here. Application is due Friday, March 10.
Please contact Sandie Han at for institute questions.

Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans

CUNY RF CUNY Brown Bag Research Webinar series — This month’s webinar will highlight the purposes of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) Higher Education Programs (HEP): Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) Program: (1) Expand postbaccalaureate educational opportunities for, and improve the academic attainment of, Hispanic students; and (2) expand the postbaccalaureate academic offerings, as well as enhance the program quality, at the institutions of higher education (IHEs) that are educating most Hispanic college students and helping large numbers of Hispanic and low-income students complete postsecondary degrees. Eligible institutions must be designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) to apply for funding under this program—City Tech is one of CUNY’s designated HISs. Presented by John Tsapogas, Director RFCUNY-APPS and Josh Brumberg, Dean for the Sciences at CUNY Graduate Center Webinar ID:  248-049-547

See the RF CUNY Award Pre-Proposal Support page for registration information and materials from past workshops.

City Tech Community Roundtable – an opportunity to share research, scholarship & creative activity!

We are excited to announce a new informal seminar series, the City Tech Community Roundtable. The goal of the new series is to bring together faculty and students from all disciplines at the college and contribute to building, or re-building, the nurturing intellectual community that the last three years have made it difficult to have. Our meetings will be in person, on the fourth Thursday of the month, from 1 to 2pm, in N227. You are welcome to bring your own lunch, but we'll provide coffee and cookies!
Rather than a traditional seminar format, we encourage shorter 15- 20-minute informal talks (with or without slides), with a few speakers for each event; faculty and student teams are particularly encouraged to participate. We are interested in any aspect of your research, scholarship, or creative activity: share a result, test run a conference presentation, solicit feedback or collaborators on a specific idea, try out a funding pitch, or simply tell us about something you find interesting and you want to share with your community. We only ask that you keep your presentation approachable for faculty and students in different disciplines.
While all self-nominations for talks are encouraged, for these first few events (March 23rd and April 27) we’d love to give priority to new faculty members and their students. Please let us know if you’d like to give a short talk by filling in this brief form, and invite your students and colleagues to join!

LGBTQIA+ Safe Space Training for City Tech's Faculty, Staff, and Students

This online training prepares individuals to understand the importance of creating a Safe Space for LGBTQIA+ students and colleagues. Learn about LGBTQIA+ identities, terminology, and how to make your campus space as safe and welcoming as possible. Participants will receive an official Campus Pride Safe Space certificate with their name upon completion of the full two-hour training. The Campus Pride Safe Space Training Program is a nationally recognized program that provides training and signage for institutions committed to supporting LGBTQIA+ students. A Safe Space Program is one of the measures of a supportive campus on the Campus Pride Index ( This event is made possible through the generous support of LaGuardia Community College and the New York City Council LGBT and Queer Caucus.

Book Talk! — Industrial and Chemical History of Newtown Creek

Chemistry Professor Peter Spellane’s Chemical and Petroleum Industries at Newtown Creek (2022) blends history, science, and commerce along New York’s 19th-century waterfront. Inspiration for the book, Professor Spellane explains, began while participating alongside City Tech colleagues in an interdisciplinary 2008 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant, “Water and Work: The History and Ecology of the Brooklyn Waterfront.” Spellane’s study also draws on maps and period documents in collections at the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Cooper Union Library, the New-York Historical Society, the Library of Congress, and other archives, including a copy of an 1880s map of Newtown Creek in the library at the Brooklyn Historical Society that indicated waterfront locations of recognizable forerunners to several modern chemical and petroleum manufacturing companies.
  • Friday, March 10 @ 12:00 pm
  • N227 and virtual (your presence appreciated!)
  • Register HERE

HSI CUNY Conference Call for Abstracts

The HSI Conference: Promoting Servingness across CUNY HSIs will take place at City Tech on May 4 and 5, 2023. This conference will bring together representatives from all CUNY HSIs in a call to action to intentionally serve Hispanic/Latinx students through data, practice, and leadership. Participants are invited to highlight their HSI initiatives and/or research in a Poster which will be on display both days of the conference. Poster abstracts should align with the conference theme of promoting servingness across CUNY HSIs, topics may include but are not limited to:
(a) Promoting Servingness as an HSI
(b) Institutional or Grant Funded HSI Efforts
(c) Diversity in Hiring
(d) Best Practices that Support Hispanic Students or Faculty
(e) Hispanic Student Identity
(f) Increasing Participation of Hispanic Students in STEM
(g) Anti-Racism 

Submission deadline: March 10, 2023 -- Please use this form to submit an abstract
Conference:  May 4 and 5
Keynote:  Gina Garcia -- Thursday, May 4 at 9:30am in the Academic Complex.

Registration will open in late March. Please direct questions to Melanie Villatoro ( or Diana Samaroo (

“Good Trouble: Creativity + Collaboration”

Architects, academics and change makers consider solutions to some of the most pressing problems in the built environment. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) framework for design excellence serves as an anchor and a springboard to explore sustainability, inclusivity and resilience in our borough, our city, and beyond. (1.5 AIA LU|HSW|AXP) AIA Brooklyn members, City Tech students & faculty, and New York City residents welcome.
  • Design for Water: What are the challenges for water access in vulnerable communities and how have designers tackled this issue with innovation?
  • March, 15, 2023 from 6pm-8pm
  • New Academic Building A-105
  • Free and IN PERSON ONLY, registration required
Refreshments will be served in the Tillary Lobby at 6 PM and talks start promptly at 6:30 PM
This series is generously sponsored and supported by KPF and Henning Larsen.

Student Summit on the Role of Humanities in a Just Society

Call for proposals: What is the university you want? Transformative Learning in the Humanities (TLH) calls for creative, multimodal presentations from 50 CUNY students. This one-day virtual gathering on May 5 will provide a platform upon which students from all backgrounds can speak freely about what their institution is missing and can talk back to their university.
  • Accepted applicants will receive a financial aid scholarship of $300 and a tablet

Literary Arts Festival

The City Tech 2023 Literary Arts Festival is happening on Thursday, April 27. This year's event features acclaimed multidisciplinary artist, writer, and a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree Akwaeke Emezi, author of Freshwater and the bestsellers You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty and The Death of Vivek Oji.
Please encourage your students to submit work to be included in this year's festival! City Tech students, we want to hear your voice, your story, your words! Please submit writing in any genre: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, speeches, journalism, multimodal work, photo essays, videos, animation, spoken-word performances, and more. All creative work is welcome!  Submissions are due March 20, 2023. Details on the 2023 City Tech Literary Arts Festival OpenLab Website.

The Brooklyn waterfront has long offered inspiration and subject matter to artists who have used it as a springboard for their art. In an exhibition entitled, “On the Waterfront: A View from the Coast (Line),” Central Booking’s curator Maddy Rosenberg assembled 14 artists to create site-specific installations on the subject of the historical ecosystems along the harbor through Buttermilk Channel. Rosenberg writes that “the life along the harbor integrates the wildlife, land, and neighborhoods of human-made architectural elements, creating a changing environment over time.” Hear from the curator and three of the exhibiting artists at our virtual round table: The installations will be on view from March 3-April 23 at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition.

2023 college-wide Experiential Learning Symposium

On behalf of the Gen Ed Experiential Learning sub-committee, I wish to inform you of a grand opportunity for your students to showcase and highlight the tremendous knowledge that they will gain from your courses. The Spring 2023 college-wide Experiential Learning Symposium will take place on Thursday, March 30, 2023. Please inform and encourage your students to apply and to participate in the Symposium. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 1, 2023.  Thank you in advance for your time and assistance with this student scholarship-building initiative. Details and application link are HERE.

Livable Cities – Call for Papers

What makes a city livable? Transport, housing, health. Open space, mobility and the environment. Matters of culture, entrepreneurship, crime and safety. Affordability and access to education. Depending on whose ‘livability index’ you look at, it may include design quality, sustainability and the digital infrastructures of the smart city. Other criteria applied may encompass food access, job opportunities or walkability. Inclusivity and the politics of participation also come into play. Discrimination in all its forms impacts livability and social and political equity.
  • Call for papers – Abstracts Due April 10
  • Conference – 14-16 June 2023 @ City Tech and virtual
  • More information HERE
AMPS – Architecture, Media, Politics, Society
Lubie G. Alatriste, Professor of English, gave a talk in December at the invitation of TESOL International Association under their Expert Series on the use of online resources in teaching college second language writers. This event was broadcast internationally with a large global audience. Read more. . .
And finally, an anti-kudo, from a rejection letter written by Sir David Brewster at the Edinburgh Journal of Science to Charles Babbage:

It is with no inconsiderable degree of reluctance that I decline the offer of any paper from you. I think however you will, upon reconsideration of the subject, be of opinion that I have no other alternative. The subjects you propose for a series of mathematical and metaphysical essays are so very profound that there is perhaps not a single subscriber to our journal who could follow them.

Quoted by James Gleick in The Information


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