Faculty are at the heart of the learning community that is BMCC. Faculty teach and mentor students, conduct research and scholarly inquiry, help lead the college, and serve the community. The college is committed to helping the full-time and part-time faculty grow and innovate in order to reach their full potential and help students learn.
Just as we believe that learning is a lifelong activity, professional development is an ongoing effort. BMCC has several programs and resources to help faculty to engage in ongoing learning activities for any and all of their activities. See the links on the left to explore BMCC programs. The links on the right are resources for the University and other outside organizations.
Here are some of the initiatives we are currently working on.
High Impact Teaching Practices are pedagogical practices that have been shown to be beneficial to students and their learning. They take many forms, and some of the practices being used at BMCC include First-Year Seminars, Writing-Intensive Courses, Undergraduate Research, Global Learning, Service Learning, and Learning Communities.
Over the next few years, we will be offering many professional development activities to broaden the understanding and use of these evidence-based practices. Learn more about high impact practices.
One of the objectives of the BMCC Strategic Plan is to “improve student outcomes in Gateway courses, including integration of developmental skills.” Over the last several years, this has meant integrating developmental math and English skills into college level courses. In addition, we are examining introductory level courses in the disciplines (courses students need to pass in order to take further courses in the subject, thus “gateway” courses) to see what types of teaching and support strategies will help students learn and succeed. Dozens of faculty have piloted new teaching strategies across the college.
The college offers grants annually to faculty to support their teaching and research. A call for proposals is generally issued in fall or winter for spring awards.
Two internal grants are the Faculty Development Grant, coordinated by the Academic Senate’s Faculty Development Committee, and Faculty Publication Grant, coordinated by Academic Affairs
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