Programs for Teaching and Learning
The Center for Faculty Advancement (CFA) is committed to teaching innovation and excellence by facilitating opportunities for faculty to learn how to teach well, support for faculty to create and design courses, and awards that recognize the commitment to teaching.
In partnership with NYU IT Teaching, Learning & Technology Team (TLT) offers a variety of resources to foster learning communities among NYU faculty and to support them in their teaching. Additionally, the Center for Faculty Advancement fosters and encourages teaching innovation through the Curricular Development Challenge Fund and is equally committed to recognizing excellence in teaching through the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award.
Teaching a new class? Concerned about student participation? Eager to incorporate active learning or technology into your course? Whatever your pedagogical challenge, area of expertise, or interest in enhancing your teaching practice, the Center for Faculty Advancement along with the Teaching, Learning & Technology team (TLT) offers all NYU instructors free individual teaching consultations. TLT’s goals include helping faculty clarify learning goals to better design courses, identify effective strategies for student engagement, and ensure an inclusive classroom environment.
Consultants are available throughout the year to meet with faculty in-person or online. Email email@example.com to request an individual teaching consultation. Learn more about TLT Learning Communities.
A series of pedagogy videos, or "TeachTalks," for global instructors. Each TeachTalk features an NYU instructor discussing topics such as active learning, teaching with technology, and incorporating local resources into courses.
- Remote Learning, NYU Style (Patrick Deer and Danielle Ompad)
- Digital Storytelling: Telling the Same Stories in New Ways (Stephanie Geggier and Linda Sormin)
- Teaching in an International Classroom (Ulrich Baer)
The Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) highlights New York University's commitment to teaching excellence and is given annually to selected outstanding members of the faculty. Recipients are awarded a research stipend. Students, faculty, and alumni wishing to submit a nomination are encouraged to contact their assigned School Representative as listed below in the drop down menu. Nominations are due November 20, 2020.
- Only full-time faculty members with at least ten years of service at NYU. Please note that while current adjuncts are not eligible for consideration, current full-time faculty may count past adjunct service towards the ten-year eligibility requirement.
- Current adjuncts are not eligible for consideration, however current full-time faculty may count past adjunct service towards the ten-year eligibility requirement.
- Past winners of the award may not be renominated. Please review this list of previous winners before nomination.
- Faculty members must hold one of the following job titles
- Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor
- Clinical Professor, Clinical Associate Professor, Clinical Assistant Professor
- Research Professor, Research Associate Professor, Research Assistant Professor
- Industry Assistant Professor, Industry Associate Professor, Industry Full Professor, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer
- Master Teacher, Teacher
- Arts Professor, Arts Associate Professor, Arts Assistant Professor
Criteria for Selection
- Exhibit outstanding teaching effectiveness both within and outside of the classroom as measured by:
- the development or use of a pedagogical approach that is innovative, creative, and engaging;
- the ability to foster students’ critical thinking skills and encourage independent inquiry; and
- a commitment to inspiring, promoting, and sustaining the intellectual development of students.
- Actively engage in advising or mentoring undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral students or participate in clinical supervision-interactions outside of the classroom
- Contribute to the development or enhancement of curricula in the field
- Have received Internal school awards or honors
Procedure for Submitting Nominations
Students, faculty, and alumni wishing to submit a nomination are encouraged to contact their School Representative. Below is a list of School Representatives for 2020-2021 and their contact information.
- Arts and Science, Richard Kalb, firstname.lastname@example.org
- College of Dentistry, Leila Jahangiri, email@example.com
- Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Jessica Lee, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Graduate School of Arts and Science, Allan Corns, email@example.com
- Liberal Studies, Joyce Apsel, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rory Meyers College of Nursing, Judith Haber, email@example.com
- School of Global Public Health, Diana Silver, firstname.lastname@example.org
- School of Law, Lisa Waldman, email@example.com
- School of Medicine, Erica Torres, firstname.lastname@example.org
- School of Professional Studies, Jessica Martin, email@example.com
- Silver School of Social Work, Minchao Jin, firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, David E. Kirkland, email@example.com
- Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Thomas Pugel, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tandon School of Engineering, Jean Gallagher, email@example.com
- Tisch School of the Arts, Ayana Phillips, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, John Gershman, email@example.com
After the school receives all of the nominations, they engage in their own selection process. Generally, each school forms a committee that comprises faculty, students, school alumni, and a representative of the dean's office. The committee then reviews the nominees to confirm that they not only meet the DTA criteria but reflect the tenants of teaching excellence for that particular school. One candidate can be advanced to the All-University Selection Committee.
All-University Selection Committee
A special University committee made up of faculty, students, alumni, and administrators makes final recommendations of candidates for the DTA. In making its selection, the committee wishes to recognize the diversity of the University and the diverse forms that teaching may take in the different schools of the University. A list of the 2020-2021 members of the All-University Selection Committee may be found below.
- Jeane Anastas, Silver School of Social Work
- Jane Anderson, Graduate School of Arts and Science
- Joyce Apsel, Global Liberal Studies
- Corey Blay and Stephanie Mattera, NYU Alumni Association
- Joan Cangiarella, School of Medicine
- Fred Carl, Tisch School of the Arts
- Jean Gallagher, Tandon School of Engineering
- John Gershman, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
- Judith Haber, Rory Meyers College of Nursing
- David Hollander, School of Professional Studies
- Leila Jahangiri, College of Dentistry
- Richard Kalb, College of Arts and Science
- David E. Kirkland, The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
- Danielle Ompad, Tenured/Tenured Track Faculty Senators Council (T-FSC)
- Thomas Pugel, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Leonard N. Stern School of Business
- George Shulman and Matthew Stanley, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
- Diana Silver, School of Global Public Health
- Lisa Waldman, School of Law
- Heidi White, Full-Time Continuing Contract Faculty Senators Council (C-FSC)
The Curricular Development Challenge Fund (CDCF) promotes innovative curricular programs and projects at New York University. The Fund helps schools, departments, and individual faculty members create new academic programs and courses, update and expand existing courses, or undertake special projects that will promote curricular developments. The proposal deadline is December 14, 2020. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
About The Fund
Because research universities are defined by a commitment to generate knowledge through inquiry, investigation, and discovery, courses that engage students in thinking creatively and analytically are more congruous with the mission of a research university than those that merely transmit information and facts.
Accordingly, taking into account the criteria for selection listed below, we are especially interested in using the Fund to support efforts in the classroom that contribute to making research, scholarship, and artistic creation a central component of both undergraduate and graduate education through a movement away from the traditional lecturing and note-taking approach, to a more inquiry- or problem-based collaborative approach in which problem solving, joint projects, teamwork, and cooperative learning are emphasized. Often such inquiry-based approaches are well served by the innovative use of technology and the unique resources of New York City.
Proposals from Tandon School of Engineering, NYU Abu Dhabi, and NYU Shanghai also will be considered for CDCF funding. Please check the CDCF webpage for all applicable deadlines.
*Curricular Development Challenge Fund grants are not available for faculty research projects. Research Challenge Fund grants are administered by the Office of the Provost.
Criteria for Selection
- Project’s potential to make a significant, lasting impact with a school beyond the funding period;
- Creativity, innovation, sustainability of the project;
- A compelling rationale with links to existing theories and methods in teaching and learning;
- Ability to draw on available institutional resources and expertise;
- Budget reflects an assessment of real needs and explored opportunities for cost sharing*;
- Potential for completion;
- Priority given to faculty members who have not received a CDCF grant in the past four years.
Before any proposal is submitted, faculty members should discuss the feasibility of their proposal with the appropriate deans or administrators within their school. Proposals must have the support of the department chair and dean of the school. In the case where a department chair or dean is not applicable to the school or not yet identified, the support from the highest ranking leadership member may be considered. Schools should indicate cost sharing where appropriate as well as the long-range commitment to continue the project past the life of the grant.
Interschool proposals should include indication of approval from the dean of each school involved as well as the approval of the appropriate department chairs.
Interested faculty members will apply for a grant by submitting their proposed project via Google Application Form, found on the CDCF webpage. The form will ask for the following information:
- General Information
- Project name
- Project abstract
- PI names, departments/schools, and email addresses
- Project Statement
- Project statement of purpose (including scope and strengths as it relates to the CDCF criteria)
- Further description of the project or outline of program
- Description of resources available to initiate the plan
- Advertising plan or marketing plan (if relevant)
- Potential for future funding
Applicants should keep in mind that the average grant award is $5,000. The Committee will not consider funding those expenses that are expected to be borne within the individual school. Projects that are successful include a carefully prepared budget, thoughtful allocation of CDCF resources, and a description of how the project will be institutionalized within the school. The spirit of the CDCF program is to provide startup funding to support innovative and creative ideas.
For assistance in preparing the budget, consult your dean’s office or your school’s office of funded research.
Projects that are approved are expected to be completed in a single academic year (including summer, if necessary). Multiyear proposals will be considered but are not encouraged. If submitted, multiyear projects should provide the budget requests for each year separately.
- Budget breakdown: Applicants must include a spreadsheet or chart showing their anticipated expenses. The budget should be broken down according to appropriate FAME chartfields. Relevant fringe benefits must be included for all personnel. The budget must indicate cost sharing and/or school resources that are being provided as well as the projected income from the program. Costs for activities such as photocopying, book purchases, materials, and resources that will be used in the project should be projected based on real costs rather than estimates that may not be based on fact. One criterion that will be considered is the degree to which the curriculum development project has the potential to be self-sufficient.
- Budget justification: Successful proposals include thoughtful analysis. A well written budget justification demonstrates the planning that should accompany a project. Please provide justification for each budget item.
- Honoraria for visiting lecturers and stipends for consultants or specialists are considered appropriate areas for support provided that the program is not dependent on these resources beyond the pilot phase and that it clearly will continue with internal resources.
- Advertising and promotion: Funds may be requested for advertising and promotion if the activity is integral to the success of the project.
- Travel: Typically, CDCF funds cannot be used for travel to conferences, or travel in general. These requests will be considered only if there are compelling circumstances underlying the request for travel funds.
- Incremental staff support for graduate and undergraduate student workers, for example, will be considered. This may not include tuition remission.
- Small or unique equipment costs may be considered, but any equipment purchased is University property.
- Faculty salaries: It is beyond the scope of the CDCF to support direct compensation for faculty.
- Capital expenses: It is beyond the scope of the CDCF program to fund capital projects or budget relief in the school.
- Curriculum Vitae of Principal Investigator(s)
Submit each investigator’s CV in a separate PDF file in the Google Form. Up to 10 PDFs can be uploaded.
- Dean’s Review and Written Statement of Support
Please submit your request for a statement of support to the dean of your school well in advance of the application deadline. Please upload this PDF within the CDCF Google application form.
- Brief Approval Statement and Signature of Department Chair
Please request for an approval statement from your Department Chair well in advance of the application deadline. Please include and upload the department chair approval PDF when you complete the CDCF Google application form.
- Completed CDCF Application Form including:
- Project Statement
- Detailed Budget
- CVs of Principal Investigators
- Written Statement of Support from the Dean or Site Director
- Approval Statement and Signature from the Department Head
2019-2020 Curricular Development Challenge Fund Committee
- Peder Anker, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
- Mark Alter, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
- Thom Blaylock, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
- Donna Hallas, College of Nursing
- Jessy Hsieh, Leonard N. Stern School of Business
- Kristine Kerr, School of Professional Studies
- Michelle Kirkland, School of Law
- Ben Maddox, NYU IT
- Peggy Morton, Silver School of Social Work
- Molly Martin, Global Liberal Studies
- Joyce O'Connor, School of Global Public Health
- Rohini Qamra, Faculty of Arts and Science
- Karen Shimakawa, Tisch School of the Arts
- Peter Voltz, Tandon School of Engineering
- Joanna Warshaw, College of Dentistry
Previously Funded Projects
Click on the links below for a description of projects awarded CDCF Grants in past years.