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FITT 2014: Call for Proposals

The President's Initiative for Faculty Innovations in Teaching with Technology


What is FITT?

Faculty Innovations in Teaching with Technology (FITT) is a selective program for faculty seeking to improve teaching and learning by developing innovative approaches to teaching that include the use of technology. The FITT program supports innovative thinking about teaching and learning with technology-creative pedagogical approaches to familiar technologies (such as Blackboard) and the exploration of less familiar technologies that enable students to learn in new ways. Project development is conducted primarily in the summer months. All FITT proposals are expected to have an element of assessment built in, to allow some ability to determine the effectiveness of the project.

FITT aims to cultivate a community of faculty interested in exploring new approaches, providing a forum for faculty to share their ideas and experiences with colleagues. By fostering a culture of reflection on teaching, FITT endeavors to improve the student experience at Hunter and encourages faculty to contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning.

We welcome proposals for hybrid courses (particularly hybrid courses that are 50% or more online) and other innovative uses of technology in this call. Soon, you will be receiving a separate call for the development or adaptation of fully online courses.


FITT 2014

Hunter faculty are invited to submit proposals for FITT 2014. Details about the application process are below.


What is offered?


What is expected in return?

  • The development of an innovation to increase student engagement in your course or program, with all significant planning and design completed by the end of summer 2014.
  • The implementation and assessment of that innovation during the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • A willingness to share your innovation with faculty colleagues by:
    • Participating in a pre-summer meeting on May 16, 2014 and an end-of-summer meeting on August 26, 2014.
    • Attending the Guided Exploration seminar scheduled for June 2-5, 2014 (hybrid projects only).
    • Presenting your work in progress during at least one mid-summer meeting.
    • Collaborating with other faculty who are working on similar projects.
    • Presenting your work at an ACERT Lunchtime Seminar in 2014-2015.
    • Sharing your course or program web site and other materials with your colleagues at Hunter.


FITT 2014 Schedule

March 18
Proposal submission deadline
Early April
Announcement of award recipients
May 16 Pre-summer meeting: Meet your FITT colleagues
June 2 - 5 Guided Exploration: Hybrid courses
August 26 End-of-summer meeting: Present your FITT project


Award winners are expected to attend the pre-summer meeting on May 16 and the end-of-summer meeting on August 26. Faculty who propose to create hybrid courses will also attend a week-long "Guided Exploration" scheduled for June 2 - 5. 

In addition to these meetings, we will organize meetings approximately every two weeks throughout the summer, at which award winners will share their work in progress and get feedback from colleagues, faculty mentors, and educational technologists. Award winners are expected to share their work during at least one of these meetings.


Who is eligible?

Full-time faculty from all schools and adjunct faculty with at least three years of service at Hunter are eligible to receive FITT grants. Please note the following:

  • We encourage joint proposals by two or more faculty; grant amounts may be adjusted for larger-scale projects.
  • Part-time faculty with at least three years of service at Hunter must submit with their applications a written endorsement from their department chair or program head.
  • Previous FITT awardees may apply if they did not receive an award in the last FITT cycle (FITT 2013).


How will the award recipients be selected?

Proposals will be reviewed by a screening committee consisting of members of the ACERT steering committee, Hunter's CIO, former FITT awardees, and faculty members with expertise in our areas of focus. Proposals will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Innovation in teaching and learning.
  • The likelihood that your innovation will lead to increased student engagement.
  • Potential to impact a large number of students, or to serve as a model for other projects.
  • Feasibility of the project within the time frame and with available resources.


How do I submit a proposal?

Hybrid course design: Complete this form .

All other projects: Complete this form .

Please limit your responses to a maximum of 100 words per question. Proposals must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm on March 18, 2014.


Whom should I contact if I have questions?

For questions about the FITT program or help developing your proposal, please contact the Technology Teaching and Learning Group at edtech@hunter.cuny.edu. Alternatively, you may directly contact Gina Cherry, Nancy Guerrero, or Shiao-Chuan Kung. You might also consult the FITT web site to get a sense of what kind of projects have been funded in previous years.