To organize a FIG, contact the CETLS Acting Director, Susie Boydston-White, at or (212) 220-8000 ext.5198.

Faculty/Staff Interest Groups(FIGs)

FIGs are interdisciplinary groups of faculty/staff members coming together to explore a common research interest and/or to embark on other types of creative projects.


Who can join a FIG?

Part-time and full-time members of the BMCC faculty and staff are welcome to join an active FIG.

What is the level of commitment?

Joining a FIG is a voluntary action; you may opt out at any time. Generally, FIGS will run for one semester; those maintaining faculty/staff interest may continue from semester to semester.

What are the criteria for establishing a FIG?

1. If a group aims to include faculty and staff and to address teaching and learning, or scholarship, then we can establish a FIG (provided it has a committed membership which is interdisciplinary and comprised of faculty and staff). 
2. If the interest (membership) is not large, we can forgo calling it a FIG and still offer workshops, presentations, or other formats of your choice. 
3. If the group has campus-wide or student programs/activities in mind, then it should consider joining the Steering Committee groups which were launched last spring (and are still open).  Of course, when the group's particular activities call for a faculty/staff forum, CETLS can and will be made available to the group.  The other benefit of joining a Steering Committee is that the group's agenda, goals and action plan, and resource requests are addressed by the President and the Collaborative Improvement Council.  This ensures that the group's plan and the college's strategic plan are in concert and move forward together. 

Guidelines for FIG Coordinators:

• Develop an agenda for the semester collaboratively with members and submit it for approval to Susie Boydston-White (CETLS Acting Director).

• Are responsible for sending all relevant FIG content to Mary Sepp and Colin Persaud electronically for uploading to the CETLS calendar and website. This content includes but is not limited to: FIG descriptions, names of coordinators and members, descriptions of events, calls for participation in FIG events, and images (with appropriate permissions).

• Lead FIG meetings to discuss relevant topics of interest and to plan FIG events.

• Sponsor (with their FIG team) events open to BMCC faculty and staff. Rather than advertising an event as a FIG event (because some might think it is limited to members), advertise the event by its title to attract the wider community of BMCC faculty and staff. On the invitation/announcement/call for participation, note that the event is being sponsored by one or more particular FIG. Give contact information for anyone interested in joining the FIG. Please note that only faculty and staff may be invited to events in S-510D. Please propose and discuss with Dean Gillespie any ideas for events that would include student participants.

• Ensure that attendance forms at every FIG are completed and returned to the box on the back shelf in S-510D so that assessment of FIG events may be carried out.

• Look into grants or other external sources to fund the efforts of the FIG, with Gabriella Morvay, Alicia Perdomo, and the Grants and Development Office.

• On a weekly basis, CETLS collects data via an on-line survey delivered to attendees of all our events.  With the use of the information gathered, CETLS' assessment points us to ways of achieving continuous  improvement.


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