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PSC-CUNY Research Awards

Please join me in congratulating the following recipients of PSC-CUNY Research Awards. This is a testimony to the breadth of scholarship at the college — what an impressive array of topics! Special thanks to the Office of Sponsored Projects for supporting the faculty who submitted. An impressive 70% of submitted proposals were funded. We are still waiting to hear on one enhanced award, which should be announced by mid-May. For awardees and details, see News & Kudos below.

Fall 2023

CUNY will be ending the emergency COVID-19 vaccine mandate, effective May 23, 2023, a policy change in line with the federal government’s end of the COVID-19 public health emergency. All students will once again be able to enroll in in-person classes starting this summer, regardless of their vaccine status. Read more details here.
We need all our full-time faculty to teach more in-person classes, hold in-person office hours and engage in more in-person activities this fall 2023, in anticipation of many more students on campus, particularly freshmen, who need your support to adjust to the rigors of college and overcome the consequences of learning interruption due to the pandemic.  I particularly encourage you to engage with our freshmen and new transfer students when possible, to help welcome and involve these new students with the many facets of the college community.
The opportunity to interact with City Tech’s outstanding faculty is a critical component of the college experience. Our students need hands-on learning experiences in the classroom, physical access to our facilities and resources, as well as enriching experiences outside of the classroom, with our faculty. In-person socialization and comradery support learning, motivate, and help students make life-long connections. The flexibility of online and hybrid sections most certainly has its place, but given the college’s student-centered mission of a technological and professional education emphasizing applied skills and place-based learning, there is a need for students and faculty to work together in-person.
Thank you, as always, for your dedication to student success. I look forward to seeing all of you on campus. In-person, full-time faculty are a critical component of a vibrant campus.
Compensation for interdisciplinary course guest lectures
Effective summer 2023, single guest lecturers (not team taught) in interdisciplinary courses will be compensated as substitute service, to assure more timely payment, among other advantages. More details to follow.

From Associate Provost Blake

City Tech had a 99% response rate on the COACHE Survey, the highest of any CUNY campus! Thank you to all who took the time to complete the survey. We have not received actual final completion rates, but your response is heartening testimony to the willingness of City Tech faculty to engage in feedback and collaborative activities to improve our institution and the faculty experience.

ChatGPT & Artificial Intelligence in Education

Thank you to all who participated in the April 19 panel discussion on ChatGPT and AI in higher education. Chief Librarian Anne Leonard is putting together a research guide: Authentic Learning at City Tech. Recognizing that this is a very dynamic topic, it is a work in progress and your input is most welcome!

Teaching Portfolio Workshop

The Teaching Portfolio is a valuable tool that asks us to look more closely at what we do in the classroom. Often referred to as a “Reflective” Teaching Portfolio, we view this document not only as a means to record our teaching experience, but as a way to reflect on what makes each of us effective in the classroom, and what we can do to continually improve our experience and the experience of our students. The workshop will include a series of presentations, group discussions, and periods set aside for writing. This year's workshop will take place over 2-1/2 days:
  • Wednesday, Thursday, and Tuesday, May 24, 25, and 30
  • All sessions virtual via Zoom
  • Register HERE  and a link will be sent a few days prior to the workshop.
More PARSE Resources from iTEC and Faculty Commons
  • 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.

External Evaluations for Tenure & Promotion

Faculty Commons is hosting an information session on the new external evaluation policy. Please come hear more details and guidance, and have the opportunity to ask questions:
  • Friday, May 5 @ 12pm-1pm
  • Zoom — Register HERE
Background: In 2019, the CUNY Board of Trustees approved a Resolution to Require CUNY Colleges to Use External Peer Review in Considering Promotion and Tenure Case. City Tech has adopted a resolution to implement this policy. Effective with tenure track faculty hired in 2018-2019, faculty members pursuing tenure and/or promotion must be evaluated by peers who have expertise in their area(s) of study and are external to CUNY. City Tech policy requires that faculty under review have a minimum of three letters of external evaluation. To yield three letters, six names should be provided, no more than half by the candidate and the other three (or more) by the candidate’s chair or department P&B.


Scholarly Publishing Support from the Library

Scholarly Publishing Clinic – Learn how to pick the best journal or publisher for your article or book, retain rights as an author, create a Google Scholar profile or search alert, use Academic Works and citation managers, and more.  
  • May 2 (Tuesday), 3:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Use this form to give us advance notice of your question.
Workshop – Author Identifier (ORCID) for Publishing and Grantsmanship
  • May 4 (Thursday), 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Workshop – Who Is This Weird Publisher? Avoiding Predatory Journals and Conferences We are also available for virtual consultations on demand. Find more scholarly communications and publishing support from the library on our website and don’t forget you can reach out to your subject liaison. Questions? Contact Prof. Monica Berger at

The CUNY Innovative Teaching Academy

  • CUNY Student Summit on the Role of Humanities in a Just Society, May 5 @ 9 am – 5 pm. Register here.
  • CUNY Mindfulness & Contemplative Studies (CMCS) Follow-up Gathering, May 12, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. More details and RSVP.
  • Teaching and Learning with Transformative Texts, May 12 @ 2 pm. Learn more and RSVP.
Stay up to date with Current and Upcoming Events at CUNY Innovative Teaching Academy and email questions to:

New Academic Minors: How to Establish them and make them Prosper

Are you interested in establishing a new Academic Minor in your department? Do you want to increase enrollment in your existing Academic Minor? Are you an advisor wanting to know more? Then meet us for a roundtable-type discussion with Administrators, Advisors and Students on the ins and outs of creating and supporting a successful Minor.   

Culturally Responsive Teaching as an HSI

Please save the date for this workshop and watch for details. Presented by City Tech Colleagues Diana Samaroo (CHEM) and Melanie Villatoro (CMCE):
  • May 25 from 12pm-2pm
  • Register HERE

Resources for your students

It’s that time of the semester when students (and all of us) may be particularly stressed. Here are some academic, general, and emergency resources that can help. If you are not sure where to direct a troubled or struggling student, you can use the new Alert Reporting & Intervention System. The Student Success Center (SSC) responds to all alerts that require follow-up, and will connect the students with appropriate services such as tutoring or counseling.  


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.


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NSF Growing Convergence Research Lecture Series

Convergence research requires investigators to work in interdisciplinary teams to advance integrative knowledge and solve complex problems. Therefore, convergence researchers must pay attention to the policies, practices, and cultures operating within their teams that often-times are counter to diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and act as barriers to scientific success. This seminar will provide context, examples, and strategies to improve teamwork and advance convergence research.
  • Using the Science of Team Science to Advance Convergence Research
  • Presented by: Kendra Spence Cheruvelil, Professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife,Dean, Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University
  • Thursday, May 11, 2023 ~ 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (ET)
  • Zoom link:
Passcode: GCR
Learn more about the National Science Foundation's Growing Convergence Research program

Hudson River Part Trust Visiting Scholars Program

The CUNY Office of Research is excited to announce a new pilot program developed in collaboration with our research partners -- the Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT). There will be one funding cycle in 2023 for the CUNY-HRPT Visiting Scholars Research Pilot. This year’s call for proposals will focus on identifying projects that reflect the Park’s interest in innovative approaches to understanding current and emerging issues for the Lower Hudson River Estuary. The Park intends to fund two projects with budgets up to $10,000 each, inclusive of a 12% indirect cost rate. The program welcomes applications from scholars in a variety of fields, including but not limited to marine biology, ecology, environmental science, urban planning, and architecture. As a visiting scholar, you will have access to research resources and facilities in the Hudson River Park, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with other scholars and researchers. All questions should be directed to using the subject line “CUNY Visiting Scholar Grant” and must be received by May 1st, 5:00 pm.

Planning and Writing Successful NIH Grant Proposals

The CUNY Office of Research is pleased to offer this University-wide opportunity—an on-demand webinar series offered to all CUNY faculty and staff from June 5 to September 4 through AtKisson Training Group (ATG), a renowned research development consultancy. It consists of two opportunities:
  • The Webinar Series is designed to empower both early-career and experienced faculty in their pursuit of NIH and other HHS funding opportunities. Faculty can engage these asynchronous trainings on-demand and at their own pace. Access to the series will commence on June 5 when a Registration Code is shared widely.
  • To supplement the webinars, there will also be a live, three-part Faculty Q&A Series (held on Zoom) with the webinar presenter and subject-matter expert, Peg AtKisson. The Faculty Q&A Series, developed alongside RFCUNY, will occur on June 28, July 26, and August 30, and will require advance registration. Register Here!

NSF Broadening Participation in STEM

The National Science Foundation’s Growing Research Access for Nationally Transformative Equity and Diversity (GRANTED) initiative has released its first program description funding opportunity. There is no deadline, however, proposals should be submitted as soon as possible to receive funding in FY23. The program description encourages bold ideas that can lead to national transformation of the research enterprise, including conference, workshop and convening ideas.
  • More information can be found at the GRANTED website
  • For questions, requests to discuss ideas, and other inquiries, email
  • Volunteer to be a reviewer for GRANTED here
  • The GRANTED team will hold office hours in May on Wednesday afternoons @ 3pm EDT: Join ZoomGov Meeting(Meeting ID: 161 594 3950, Passcode: 448174)

Brookhaven National Laboratory & City Tech Announce Research Partnership

On February 17, members of the City Tech community, including administrators, faculty from the Research Council, chairpersons, and students joined esteemed guests from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory for the signing of a groundbreaking new Memorandum of Understanding between the College and the Lab. Brookhaven Lab is one of 10 DOE Office of Science laboratories and is home to seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries. Its scientists’ current initiatives include research in nuclear and high energy physics, clean energy and climate, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, isotope production, and accelerator science and technology.
This MOU will open the door to a vista of opportunities for City Tech faculty and students to design, participate, and conduct groundbreaking research alongside scientists at Brookhaven. Future plans could also allow joint appointments for faculty between City Tech and the Laboratory as well as a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between the college and the lab. Read more . . .

Janet-Liou Mark Semi-Annual Honors and Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation

  • Student presentations in the Academic Building:May 3 at 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Awards Ceremony for best posters and panel talk in the Amphitheater of the Library Building:  May 4 at 12:30 PM

Honors Scholars Program Student Academic Conference

  • Keynote by Dr. Ryan Mann-Hamilton, "What the Tides May Bring: Place, Identity and Environmental Justice" in the Academic Building A-105:May 4 at 9:00am-12:30pm
  • Register HERE

CUNY HSI Conference at City Tech — May 4 & 5

Professors Samaroo and Villatoro invite you to join over 100 CUNY colleagues on Thursday, May 4 from 8:30am-1:15pm in the Academic Complex.  Dr. Gina Garcia will deliver a keynote on “Transforming Hispanic-Serving Institutions” and Posters will be on display highlighting best practices at HSIs across CUNY.  Please register here,  CUNY HSI Conference Registration Link

Please direct questions to:  Melanie Villatoro or Diana Samaroo

May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

The film Not Your Model Minority explores how the model minority myth has been used to create a wedge between communities of color, while also examining opportunities to build power towards addressing systemic racism in America.
  • Thursday, May 4th at 3 – 4 PM
  • Academic Complex Theater, 285 Jay Street
Bystander Intervention Training – This virtual Zoom workshop is co-sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC). Learn how to intervene effectively as a bystander without compromising your safety. The one-hour, interactive training will teach you the 5D's of bystander intervention methodology. Art + Tech: An Asian American Experiencefeaturing artworks by Asian American artists who explore new possibilities that technology has brought to art making, boundaries between art and technology, and new mediums for investigation of social, cultural, and political issues.
  • Opening Reception: May 2 at 5:00 - 7:30 PM
With a special live music performance by Miyabi Koto and Shamisen Ensemble
  • Exhibition: May 2-12
  • City Tech Academic Complex, 285 Jay Street

The Center for Theoretical Physics Seminar 

Scientific exchanges between Einstein, Weyl and Cartan: The birth of Gauge Theory Nicolas Boulanger, Université de Mons
  • Thursday, May 4 @ 12:00 noon -1:00 pm
  • In person – N801

John Huntington Retirement Celebration

Join us for an afternoon to acknowledge John’s career at City Tech:
  • Thursday, May 4 – 4pm-5:30pm
  • Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street
  • Please RSVP here

CUNY Learning Disruption and Recovery Discussion Series

The second in this two-part series will focus on faculty and staff perspectives. CUNY Faculty and Staff, please join us and share your experiences. Opening Presentations by Andrea Soonachan, University Dean for K-16 Initiatives and Sarah Truelsch, University Assistant Dean for Policy Research; Discussion Moderated by Laura Baecher, Professor, School of Education, Hunter College. Please email if you have any questions.

Works in the Works

Save the date — details to follow!
  • Tuesday, May 11, 1:00pm-2:00pm

“Good Trouble: Creativity + Collaboration”

Architects, academics and change makers consider solutions to some of the most pressing problems in the built environment. All welcome.
  • May 17 from 6pm-8pm — Refreshments will be served in the Tillary Lobby at 6 PM and talks start promptly at 6:30 PM
  • Design for Ecosystems:
Matthew Palmer, Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University; Nahyun Hwang, RA, N H D M Architects; Ben Flanner, Co-Founder/Executive Director, Brooklyn Grange; Willy Zambrano, FAIA, LEED AP, Zambrano Architects  This series is generously sponsored and supported by KPF and Henning Larsen.

Honors Convocation and Commencement

City Tech is proud to announce that its 83rd Commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, June 3, 2023, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. We are thrilled to include graduates from 2020 and 2021 as honorees in addition to 2022 and 2023 graduates in this event!
  • Honors Convocation – Wednesday, May 24 beginning at 5:30 pm with the academic processional forming at 4:45 pm in A104
  • 83rd Commencement – Saturday, June 3 at Barclays Center, with the ceremony beginning at 3:00 pm
If you would like to participate as a member of the procession (academic attire required), please send your response to no later than Thursday, May 18. Include your name, department or area, and a positive indication of which event(s) you will attend. If you are available to help during either event with organization, physical set-up, check-in, lineup, name reading, etc., please include that in your RSVP. Seeing and interacting with supportive professors and staff members at these events is important to City Tech students.  With your help, we can make this event magical and memorable for our students.
Best regards,
Faculty Graduation Response Team

Livable Cities

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. AMPS – Architecture, Media, Politics, Society
Kudos to all forty faculty members who won a 2023 PSC-CUNY Research Award!!
Ralph Alcendor, Nora Almeida, Megan Behrent, Monica Berger, Allison Berkoy, Oleg Berman, Christopher Bowers, Soyeon Cho, Ines Corujo-Martin, Javiela Evangelista, George Garrastegui, Boris Gelman, Anita Giraldo, George Guida, Ivan Guzman, Carrie Hall, Kevin Hom, Jennifer Hoyer, Nadia Kennedy, Roman Kezerashvili, Changkyu Kim, Jinwon Kim, German Kolmakov, Anne Leonhardt, Nan Li, Xiaohai Li, Lili Ma, Zory Marantz, Ariane Masuda, Diana Mincyte, Nazanin Munroe, Akm Rahman, Juan Rivera-Correa, Noemi Rodriguez, Alba Rossi-George, Subhendra Sarkar, Hans Schoutens, Christopher Swift, Charlotte Welker, Sara Woolley, Jieun Yang.

See the full list in the Provost’s April 26 announcement or at Faculty Commons > Scholarship > Faculty Scholarly & Creative Work > PSC-CUNY Awards
Michael V. Cannetti (COMD), Adjunct Lecturer and Senior College Laboratory Technician (CLT) has co-produced an independent feature film titled UFO Club. The film was screened at festivals throughout 2022, winning best screenplay feature film and best comedy feature at the Chain NYC Film Festival; the Audience Award at the Long Island International Film Expo; and best feature film at the Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival. It was also recently picked up for streaming by Amazon Prime Video and Tubi. Read more . . .
Mery Diaz (Human Services) and Renata Ferdinand (African American Studies) have been selected as Curriculum Development Faculty Fellows, to be affiliated with the BRES Collaboration Hub, a CUNY-wide, multidisciplinary initiative based at the Graduate Center. The Black, Race and Ethnic Studies (BRES) program is part of a $3 million Mellon Foundation-funded initiative designed to enhance Black, race and ethnic studies scholarship and teaching at CUNY. Read more . . .
Jason Ellis (English), Director of City Tech's Professional and Technical Writing degree program, and Coordinator of the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, has been recognized by the Georgia Institute of Technology with a 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Literature, Media, and Communication in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts for “outstanding achievements that inspire continued excellence and bring credit to [Georgia Tech]." Read more . . .

Sidik Fofana (College Now) a City Tech adjunct faculty member whose first book of short stories, Stories from the Tenants Downstairs, was published to acclaim last summer, has been named a winner of the prestigious Whiting Award for emerging writers. The honor is given each year to 10 new literary voices by the Whiting Foundation and carries a $50,000 prize. Read more . . .
Patty Barba Gorkhover (OPS) has been appointed interim director of City Tech’s Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP, AKA the grants office). We are delighted to have her continued expertise and guidance in this new role!

Denise Sutton (Business) was an international visiting professor at the University of Le Havre GRIC Research Lab in Fall 2022. During her visit, she presented a series of lectures on the history of advertising beauty and publishing history to graduate students and faculty. Read more . . .

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