Author Archives: Jim Berg

It’s August?!

Remember all that writing you were going to do this summer. I hope you got some of it done. I did. SOME of it, that is. And now here we are, in the middle of August, with the start of … Continue reading

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The Unavoidable Curriculum

I’m looking forward to joining some colleagues this weekend at a summer institute organized by the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU.org). We’re planning to get some good work done to organize professional development for high impact teaching practices … Continue reading

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Learning from peers

At a recent gathering of meeting of our Faculty Leadership Academy, I asked the group to think about a “significant, supportive relationship with a colleague” and what made it valuable. Although I was careful not to use the word “mentor,” … Continue reading

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Open Ed New York

UPDATE BMCC was awarded $371,750 to continue our initiative in 2017-18.  +++++++++++++++++++++++++ In spring 2017, CUNY was allocated $4,000,000 from New York State to establish, sustain, and enhance new and ongoing open educational resources (OER) initiatives throughout CUNY. This funding … Continue reading

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Community College Researchers

Hooray! We have our first guest blog by Director of Research, Alona Bach. The concept of academic research, and particularly undergraduate research (outside the classroom), has been associated with the image of white lab coats, fancy laboratories, Erlenmeyer flasks and … Continue reading

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Supporting Faculty Research and Collaboration

Community college faculty face the largest teaching loads in higher education. And most do it without an expectation of doing research at the same time. At CUNY, community college faculty, tenured and tenure-track, are expected to do research while holding … Continue reading

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Provost’s Address at Faculty Convocation

Designing for Student Success Karrin E. Wilks, Senior Vice President & Provost January 27, 2017 Good morning and welcome to our first annual Faculty Convocation. Thank you all for joining us. We are very pleased to have to have this … Continue reading

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First Faculty Convocation

As a large, urban college, BMCC has a large, urban faculty. It’s difficult to communicate with them–in any direction. We find ourselves relying on small groups, some elected such as department chairs and academic senate, and email. Our web site posts … Continue reading

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Leaders, not administrators in training

A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education featured leadership development programs for faculty at Rutgers and Macalester, among other universities. The article [paywall alert] focused on the need to train faculty for roles as department chairs and deans. At … Continue reading

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A New Tradition: Winter Faculty Convocation

BMCC will start a new tradition in January 2017. For the first time, all faculty will gather for a convocation on Friday, January 27. In the most general sense, a convocation is simply a gathering of people. Its roots are … Continue reading

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