Summer Bulletin 2023

Dear Faculty,

We hope you are enjoying these early days of summer! We want to let you know about some special opportunities this summer for funded OER projects through the CUNY Open Publishing Collective, compensated faculty development in the SPS OER & Open Pedagogy Workshop, and a call for submissions for the SUNY OER Summit, a great venue for faculty to present their OER and Open Pedagogy projects.

But first, join us in celebrating your colleague Neil Harbus, winner of the 2022-23 SPS Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award! Let’s all tip our mortarboards to Neil!

Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award

On Wednesday, June 7, Interim Dean Jorge Silva-Puras presented the Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award to Neil Harbus of the Disability Studies program. Also attending the ceremony were SPS board members, OFDIT faculty advisory board members who served on the selection committee, and other administrators, faculty and staff.

About the award: CUNY SPS introduced this initiative in 2019 at the Student Association’s request to officially recognize faculty excel­lence, and the award includes a $1,000 prize. Candidates are nominated by students in undergraduate programs. Nominees must then be endorsed by their program directors and provide a statement of their teaching philosophy. A panel of students and faculty review the nominees and select the recipient. Please visit the award page to read more about the award and past recipients Emily Brooks (Disability Studies), Debra Schaller-Demers (Research Administration and Compliance) and Bradley Gardener (General Education, Communication and Media, and Information Systems).

OFDIT Faculty Advisory Board: Nominations for 2023-25

Interested in serving on the Faculty Advisory Board in the next two academic years? Please fill out our nomination form. We are looking for new members to join our board in the fall and would value your participation. Thank you!

OER & Open Pedagogy Workshop
(July 10-23)

This workshop is a great opportunity to embark on OER course development, revise the syllabus for an existing OER course, or create more authentic and engaging assignments based on Open Pedagogy. This two-week workshop reviews the theory and tools that support OER and Open Pedagogy in online courses. In the first week, participants investigate OER identification and adoption/adaptation, learn about the attributes and examples of Open Pedagogy, and discuss how OER can be used in Open Pedagogy. In the second week, participants find, adapt, or build OER or Open Pedagogy lessons to implement in their own courses.

Eligible faculty participants are compensated 7 NTA hours by the SPS OER Initiative upon completion of this workshop. (See Advanced Workshops for full description. Registration open through June 30.)

CUNY Open Publishing Collective: Request for Proposals (due July 17)

The CUNY Office of Library Services is excited to accept open educational resource (OER) and open knowledge project proposals from CUNY faculty and staff for inclusion in the inaugural CUNY Open Publishing Collective. Projects could include new textbooks, textbook adaptations, curations of CUNY-based archival and special collections materials, or other types of publications based on the culturally relevant and student-centered work that CUNY staff and faculty are already bringing to their classrooms. Participants in the Collective will be provided with professional development and editorial support, along with grants of up to $10,000.

If you have been thinking about creating or adapting an OER publication for one of your courses, this is a fantastic opportunity to bring that project to fruition within a community of practice and with the support of the OLS. Consult the full RFP document for all the details and the proposal submission form.

Proposals are due July 17, 2023.

SUNY OER Summit 2023:
Call for Proposals
(due August 2)

SUNY OER Summit 2023, October 11-12 (virtual), has been announced and the call for proposals is open! This is a free, two-day, virtual event in October that aims to bring together practitioners from SUNY and beyond to explore innovative approaches, successful case studies, and emerging trends in OER. If you have developed an OER course, OER materials, or Open Pedagogy projects, consider submitting a proposal to present your work at the Summit! For more information and the proposal submission details, see SUNY OER Summit 2023.

Submissions are due August 2, 2023.

As always, OFDIT is here to help! We are available for one-on-one support and are also happy to schedule a Zoom call to discuss any questions you may have. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at

All the best,
Your OFDIT Team

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