News and Announcements | April 9, 2018

FITT 2018 – Deadline Extended to April 16

The President’s Initiative for Faculty Innovations in Teaching and Technology

Deadline extended to April 16, 2018

What is FITT? 

Faculty Innovations in Teaching and Technology (FITT) is a competitive program for faculty seeking to enhance student learning in innovative ways. FITT awardees undertake creative pedagogical experiments and explore emerging technologies within a vibrant community committed to sharing experiences and expertise. FITT fosters a culture of assessment and encourages faculty to contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Who is eligible to participate? 

Full-time faculty from all schools at Hunter and adjunct faculty who have taught at Hunter for at least three years are eligible to submit a proposal. Adjunct faculty must submit a letter of support from their department chair with their application. Please note the following:

  • The faculty member(s) submitting the proposal should intend to develop the project during summer 2018 and implement it in a class that they will be teaching in the 2018/2019 academic year.
  • We welcome joint proposals by two or more faculty members.
  • Faculty who received a FITT award in 2017 are not eligible to participate in 2018.

Focus areas for FITT projects in 2018 

We welcome all submissions that contribute to innovations in teaching and technology at Hunter College and encourage proposals that contribute to one or more of the following focus areas for 2018:

  • Open Educational Resources (OER) or zero-cost learning materials
  • Accessible classroom materials or activities based on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles
  • Active learning materials and activities
  • Innovations that foster community and connections inside and outside the classroom

What is offered? 

  • A $2,000 stipend per selected project, paid upon successful completion of the project. The stipend may be adjusted for larger-scale projects developed by multiple faculty members.
  • A $300 stipend, paid upon successful assessment of the project using assessment tools developed by the FITT awardee.
  • Assistance conceptualizing, developing, implementing, and assessing your project.
  • Mentoring from experienced faculty innovators.

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 2018.
  • The development of a plan to assess how that innovation affected both the learning process and outcomes.
  • The implementation of that innovation during the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • A commitment to sharing your innovation with faculty colleagues by:
    • Participating in the FITT pre-summer and end-of-summer meetings.
    • Attending relevant in-person workshops.
    • Discussing your work in progress during at least one mid-summer “cookies and chat” meeting.
    • Presenting your work at an ACERT Lunchtime Seminar in 2018-2019.
    • Preparing a final written report reflecting on your innovation, assessing its efficacy, and sharing any relevant materials (e.g., course or project site) with colleagues via ACERT’s site.

FITT 2018 Schedule 

FITT participants are expected to participate in events throughout the summer. FITT begins with a pre-summer meeting, at which you will meet your colleagues and the people who will assist with your project. Your project will be assigned an educational technologist, who will be available to meet with you throughout the summer and beyond, and who will coordinate other resources needed for your project. We will schedule several mid-summer opportunities for you to share your work in progress and get feedback from colleagues. At the end of the summer, we will meet again as a group to hear from all award winners and celebrate the launch of your innovation.

Schedule at a Glance

April 16
Proposal submission deadline
Late April
Announcement of award recipients
May 17 Pre-summer meeting: Meet your FITT colleagues
June Workshops on project-related topics.
Initial meetings with educational technologists.
July and August
Cookies and Chat: Share your work in progress with colleagues.
Ongoing meetings with educational technologists and ACERT staff.
August 23 End-of-summer meeting: Present your project to FITT colleagues
Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 Continue to work with educational technologists and ACERT staff to implement your project.

Present your project at an ACERT Lunchtime Seminar.

How do I submit a proposal?

Complete this form.

Please limit your responses to a maximum of 100 words per question. Proposals must be submitted no later than April 16, 2018.

How will the award recipients be selected?

Proposals will be reviewed by a screening committee consisting of representatives from ACERT, ICIT, the Office of the Provost, and former FITT award recipients. Proposals will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Innovation in teaching and learning.
  • The likelihood that your innovation will lead to increased student learning and/or engagement.
  • The 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.
  • Connection to one or more of our focus areas for 2018 projects including: OER, zero- cost materials, accessible materials, active learning, and fostering community and connections in the classroom.

Whom should I contact if I have questions?

For general questions about the FITT program or help developing your proposal, please contact us at

Also, make sure to check out this ACERT Event Capsule, where Iris Finkel, Steven Kowalik, Steve Foglia, and Todd Miller discussed their own FITT projects:


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