by Kate Lyons
As the Faculty Liaison to the Office of Educational Technology, membership on the CUNY-wide Committee on Academic Technology (CAT) is one of my responsibilities. Carlos Guevara and I attend monthly meetings of the committee, which is chaired by George Otte, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at CUNY’s School of Professional Studies (he regularly blogs at http://purelyreactive.commons.gc.cuny.edu).
CAT is divided into many sub-committees, all of which are comprised mostly of CAT members, with some additional outside guests. Each sub-committee takes on projects or topics related to academic technology initiatives that affect all CUNY campuses. One sub-committee works with the group administering Blackboard, so that the faculty voice guides Educational Technology decisions at CUNY. Another group, headed by Matthew Gold, was responsible for the creation of the CUNY Academic Commons (http://commons.gc.cuny.edu/), and for bringing that project to the next level with the Commons in a Box (http://commonsinabox.org/) initiative. All CUNY faculty and graduate students are encouraged to join the Academic Commons.
Over the last year I’ve participated on the Sub-Committee for Digital Scholarship and Teaching with Technology. The latest working draft of our group’s mission “is to ensure that institutional frameworks support digital productivity and scholarship in a variety of ways, including through the personnel review and evaluation process at the City University of New York. We will advocate for written guidelines that provide clear directions for appointment, reappointment, merit increases, tenure, and promotion that take into consideration the growing number of resources for evaluating digital scholarship and the creation of born-digital objects” (our mission is not available publicly online). As technology enables scholarship through alternate means of creation, publication and peer-review, this group’s goal is to ensure that the work of faculty in these new, emerging areas doesn’t go unrecognized.
Hostos faculty who are interested in Educational Technology policies both at Hostos and CUNY should contact Carlos Guevara (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kate Lyons (email@example.com) to help find ways to participate. We strongly encourage everyone’s voices to be heard on these important topics.
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