2019 Applications Now Being Accepted

 Application Deadline: October 30, 2018

The Mid-Career Faculty Fellowship Program aims to help retain and advance a diverse faculty at CUNY.  The program supports CUNY’s commitment to academic excellence and “equal access and opportunity for students, faculty and staff from all ethnic and racial groups” and sexes (CUNY mission) and was established in response to feedback suggesting that CUNY’s mid-career faculty desire more support for promotion (e.g.,  the 2018 pilot of this program – described below, the 2015 COACHE faculty satisfaction survey and the workshop series, Moving from Associate to Full Professor).  In Spring 2019, CUNY’s Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) is pleased to once again offer the CUNY Mid-Career Faculty Fellowship Program, led by Professor Juan Battle and University Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Annemarie Nicols-Grinenko.

Program Goals

  • Long-term:Retain and advance a diverse faculty by providing support and resources to help tenured Assistant and Associate Professors achieve promotion
  • Short-term: Spring 2019 fellows will submit at least one research-based scholarly article or creative writing project to a peer-reviewed journal by June 15, 2019.

EligibilityAll applicants must be full-time tenured CUNY Assistant or Associate Professors.

Program Benefits

  1. Dedicated Writing Time: Over the course of the Spring 2019 semester, the group will meet seven times. During each meeting, participants will have time to work on their manuscripts.
  2. Peer Feedback: Participants in related disciplinary areas, to the extent possible, will provide peer reviews of their colleague’s manuscripts at least twice over the course of the semester.
  3. Professional Development: Each group meeting will include discussion of topics that are important to promotion.  Topics may include prioritizing your scholarship, reducing service work, teaching efficiently and effectively, time management, peer review, and tips for achieving promotion.
  4. Mentoring from the Cohort and the Co-Directors: Fellows will receive peer advice from other program participants. Further, the program co-directors will work individually with participants to help them meet the short-term and long-term goals of the program.
  5. Individual Mentors: For additional mentoring, each fellow will preselect a full professor within their institution who can provide a) feedback on drafts of the Fellow’s manuscript every two weeks as well as b) advice and guidance on promotion processes and criteria at the Fellow’s college. Fellows will be expected to meet with their mentors at least every two weeks throughout the semester.  We encourage applicants to choose their mentors carefully to ensure that they are willing and able to meet with you regularly as well as provide the required advice and feedback.  Mentors will receive $1200.
  6. Course Release: Provided that their manuscripts are submitted for external review by June 15, 2019, fellows will receive three credits of course release which they may use in academic year 2019 – 2020.
  7. A community of colleagues across CUNY: This Fellowship Program provides a unique opportunity to connect with and learn from colleagues across the university. Participants in similar programs (e.g., the Faculty Fellowship Publication Program and the Gender Equity Project) have placed a high value on exposure to the breadth and depth of expertise across the university and the sense of community that develops during programs like these.

 

For additional information, including eligibility and application requirements, please download the Spring 2019 application here.

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Questions?  Contact University Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Annemarie Nicols-Grinenko at 646-664-8068 or Annemarie.Nicols-Grinenko@cuny.edu.

Data from the Spring 2018 Pilot

Distribution of Applicants and Participants by Race/Ethnicity

 

Distribution of Applicants and Participants by Gender and College Type

# Applicants# Participants
Female4115
Male176
Senior College5017
Community College84

Participant Feedback

Part I: Indicate agreement with each statement (1 = strongly disagree; 6 = strongly agree)Mean (N=18)
Overall, the program was effective in its stated goal of helping mid-career faculty move toward promotion5.56
The group meetings were valuable in helping me think about the issues involved in moving toward promotion5.47
My mentor was helpful in understanding how promotion works at my college5.18
My mentor’s feedback was valuable in improving my manuscript5.65
The peer reviews from other fellows were valuable in improving my manuscript5.00
I would recommend this fellowship program to others5.53
Participating in this fellowship program was a good use of my time5.47
Part II: Selected Comments
This was the best program I have ever been involved with at CUNY. I regret that I didn’t have this information when I first arrived at CUNY.
The guidance provided by the program leadership and the community of scholars was invaluable.
I hope this is offered again. Minority faculty need all the support possible to move to the rank of Professor.
This program is a total win-win!
It is a lot of work, but pays off. You get to see that ’yes’ you can write during the semester.
I am glad that I applied and was accepted. This has helped me to re-see myself as a professional.
This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about preparing for promotion and get feedback on your papers.

Spring 2018 Pilot Description

CUNY’s strategic framework calls for new strategies to build greater diversity in the faculty.  The 2015 administration of the COACHE faculty satisfaction survey and participants in the workshop series, Moving from Associate to Full Professor, suggest that CUNY’s mid-career faculty want more support for promotion.  In response, the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) is pleased to pilot test the CUNY Mid-Career Faculty Fellowship Program in Spring 2018This new program aims to advance CUNY’s goal of retaining and advancing a diverse faculty by providing support and resources to help tenured Assistant and Associate Professors advance their scholarly productivity and move toward promotion.  The program will be led by Professor Juan Battle and University Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Annemarie Nicols-Grinenko.

Program Goal: Spring 2018 Fellows will submit at least one research-based scholarly article or creative writing project to a peer-reviewed journal by June 15, 2018.

Eligibility:  All applicants must be full-time tenured CUNY Assistant or Associate Professors.

Resources and Support:  Fellows will benefit from the following.

  1. Mentored Writing Groups: Over the course of the Spring 2018 semester, fellows will work on their writing projects in mentored writing groups, which will be comprised of faculty in related disciplinary areas. Groups will meet at least seven times during the semester to provide peer review of their written work. Meetings will be held at the Graduate Center on Fridays from 12:00 – 5:00pm on February 2 and 16, March 9 and 23, April 20 and May 4 and 11.  Lunch will be provided.
  2. Professional Development: Each meeting of the mentored writing groups will begin with topics that are important to promotion. Topics may include time management; balancing scholarship, teaching and service; handling reviewers’ comments efficiently and effectively; and preparing the promotion dossier.
  3. Individual Mentors: For additional mentoring, each fellow will preselect a full professor within their institution who has an excellent record of scholarly/creative productivity and expertise in their disciplinary area. Fellows will meet with their mentors at least every two weeks throughout the semester.
  4. Course Release: Provided that their manuscripts are submitted for external review by June 15, 2018, fellows will receive three credits of course release which they may use in academic year 2018 – 2019.
  5. A community of colleagues across CUNY: This Fellowship Program provides a unique opportunity to connect with and learn from colleagues across the university.

 

For additional information, including eligibility and application requirements, please download the Spring 2018 application here.

Questions?  Contact University Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Annemarie Nicols-Grinenko at 646-664-8068 or Annemarie.Nicols-Grinenko@cuny.edu.