News and Announcements | February 25, 2019

FITT 2019 – Call for Proposals

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

Deadline: April 1, 2019

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 2019 and implement it in a class that they will be teaching in the 2019/2020 academic year.
  • We welcome joint proposals by two or more faculty members.
  • Faculty who received a FITT award in 2018 are not eligible to participate in 2019.

Focus areas for FITT projects in 2019

We welcome all submissions that contribute to innovations in teaching and technology at Hunter College. Not a  requirement, but we encourage proposals that contribute to one or more of the following focus areas for 2019:

  • Open Educational Resources (OER) or zero-cost learning materials
  • Accessible classroom materials or activities based on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles
  • Public Humanities projects that foster dialogue on historical, philosophical, popular culture, and arts topics both 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 2019.
  • The development of a plan to assess how that innovation affected both the learning process and outcomes.
  • The implementation of that innovation during the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • A commitment to sharing your innovation with faculty colleagues by:
    • Participating in the FITT pre-summer and end-of-summer meetings.
    • Attending at least two mid-summer “cookies and chat” meetings. At one meeting you will discuss the progress you have made on your project and another meeting you will attend as a participant in order to offer feedback to others.
    • Presenting your work at an ACERT Lunchtime Seminar in 2019-2020.
    • 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 FITT website (see here).

FITT 2019 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 a mentor, who will be available to meet with you throughout the summer and beyond, and who will point out potential 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 1 Proposal submission deadline
Late April Announcement of award recipients
May 16 Pre-summer meeting: Meet your FITT colleagues
June Initial meetings with mentors.
July and August Cookies and Chat: Share your work in progress with colleagues.
Ongoing meetings with mentors and ACERT staff.
August 22 End-of-summer meeting: Present your project to FITT colleagues. Complete a written report of your project to be posted on the FITT website.
Fall 2019 – Spring 2020 Continue to work with mentors and ACERT staff to implement and assess 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 1, 2019.

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 2019 projects including: OER, accessible materials, and public humanities.

Whom should I contact if I have questions?

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

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