Prospective ITF Information

Background Information

Inaugurated in the Fall of 2001, Macaulay Honors College is dedicated to providing outstanding educational opportunities for academically gifted students from the five boroughs of New York City and beyond. Macaulay offers its students unique interdisciplinary seminars focused on New York City, access to instructional technology, dedicated mentors and advisors, internships, study abroad and community service opportunities, and a Cultural Passport that provides entrée to the diverse cultural resources of New York City. Macaulay operates in consortium on eight CUNY campuses: Baruch College, Brooklyn College, City College, Hunter College, John Jay College, Lehman College, Queens College, and the College of Staten Island. Currently, Macaulay has close to 2,000 students enrolled on the eight campuses.

Macaulay Honors College is scheduled to admit a class of approximately 500 University Scholars each fall. Each student receives a laptop computer (currently an Apple MacBook Air) as part of the Macaulay scholarship package. In order to help students and faculty take advantage of the full potential of technology for enhancing teaching and learning, Macaulay expects to appoint a small number of new Instructional Technology Fellows (ITFs). Each ITF’s primary assignment will be at one of the eight campuses participating in the Honors College, where s/he will work closely with CUNY faculty in a series of seminars devoted to the arts, people, and institutions of New York City. A secondary element of the fellowship involves the integration of technological innovations at and through Macaulay central offices. ITFs also have an important role in developing technology for the Macaulay curriculum.

Doctoral students in all disciplines at the CUNY Graduate Center – including arts, humanities, and social and physical sciences – are welcome to apply for the fellowship. Applicants must be currently registered full-time doctoral students at the CUNY Graduate Center in good academic standing to apply, and if selected as ITFs, must be registered, in good academic standing, and should be at level II or III at the CUNY Graduate Center during the period of the fellowship. Applicants should be interested in integrating technology and pedagogy for the benefit of students and faculty, both inside and outside of the classroom. They should also be eager to participate with other Instructional Technology Fellows in a multidisciplinary environment whose focus changes semester to semester.

It is recommended (though not required) that applicants have completed or be enrolled in the Graduate Center’s Certificate Program in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. For more information on this program, contact Dr. Steven Brier at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Compensation and Workload

ITFs are hired under the PSC/CUNY contract as “Graduate Assistants A,” in a non-teaching capacity on the Graduate Center’s payroll. ITF fellowships are meant to allow Instructional Technology Fellows to devote themselves to the success of Macaulay Honors College and obviate the need for outside remuneration. The workload regulations defined by the PSC/CUNY contract prohibit a Graduate Assistant A from accepting any additional teaching or non-teaching assignments at CUNY while employed in the title. Depending on the contract provisions, other work during the summer is sometimes possible; ITFs need to check with the office of Human Resources at the CUNY Graduate Center about individual eligibility.

Each ITF receives the top rate of pay for “Grad A’s” as established in the PSC/CUNY contract (see the PSC/CUNY website at psc-cuny.org (pdf link) for salary schedules). Questions about this rate should be addressed to Human Resources. ITFs also receive (on loan for the period of their fellowships) the same laptop as Macaulay students and faculty.

The initial ITF appointment is for one year, normally from September 1 through August 31.*  (exact dates vary and will be specified upon appointment) Determinations of ITF appointments will be made on annual basis. ITFs may be considered for an additional annual appointment, depending on individual eligibility and Macaulay needs. It is expected that Instructional Technology Fellows will work 15 hours per week, for a total of 450 non-teaching hours per annual appointment (225 hours per semester). This is the maximum number of hours that may be worked in any CUNY instructional title under the terms of the PSC/CUNY agreement. ITFs will not be able to accept any other teaching or other CUNY assignments during the academic year (summers are OK).  ITF work, combined with graduate study, should be considered a full-time responsibility, and ITFs are discouraged from taking on any other assignments, even outside of CUNY, during the academic year (again, summers are OK).  ITFs report directly to Dr. Joseph Ugoretz, Sr Associate Dean and Chief Academic Officer, and Dr. Lisa Brundage, Director of Teaching, Learning, and Technology at Macaulay Honors College.

*Successful applicants are expected to participate in two ITF orientations, one late in the Spring semester and the second towards the end of August. In addition, ITFs are expected to participate in one or more days of new student orientations, technology training, and opening forums for the seminars, usually just prior to the start of the Fall semester. Exact dates of these events will be specified in the appointment letter, but successful applicants should plan to be available the last two weeks of the Spring semester and the two weeks prior to the start of the Fall semester.

Job Description

Macaulay Instructional Technology Fellows have the opportunity: to work closely with some of CUNY’s best faculty; to receive extensive training and experience in a highly marketable skill set; and to participate in a prestigious and innovative program that includes a technology-across-the-curriculum initiative.

Instructional Technology Fellows will be expected to:

  • work closely with faculty teaching the seminars to integrate technology into the curricula and assignments
    • train and support them in use of the laptop computers provided by Macaulay
    • identify and suggest various forms of technology suitable to meet the goals of each seminar
    • attend, participate, and/or lead portions of some class sessions, as appropriate to each instructor’s seminar section
  • work with approximately forty students on a particular campus each semester
    • train and support them in use of the laptop computers provided by Macaulay
    • guide and train them in all forms of technology appropriate to their Macaulay seminars, including holding training sessions both in and out of class
    • assist them in locating and evaluating research tools and databases on the Internet
    • hold regular office hours to advise and mentor students in support of Macaulay community, both locally and cross-campus
  • attend common events associated with each seminar, especially the Macaulay Media Arts Days, Macaulay Night at the Museum, BioBlitz, and other technology-related events, as well as other co-curricular activities as required
  • participate in ongoing training and attend regular meetings with other Instructional Technology Fellows
  • prepare training documents, FAQs, and other technical support materials for students, faculty, and ITFs
  • work closely with campus Macaulay Directors and Advisors to promote the Macaulay community, improve the use of technology, and make the best use of technology on each campus as well as at the central Macaulay offices
  • work closely with the Macaulay CAO and Macaulay Director of Teaching, Learning and Technology (the direct supervisors of the ITFs), Senior and Central ITFs, and others in the central Macaulay offices to facilitate the use of technology in Macaulay curricula, communications, etc.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Lisa Brundage, Director of Teaching, Learning, and Technology, lisa.brundage@mhc.cuny.edu