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December 15, 2023

Sent to full time faculty via email

Dear Colleagues, 

If you are a full-time faculty member interested in a position of extraordinary College service in AY24-25, we are currently accepting applications for the following positions:  Director of Studies in Arts and Humanities Course, Director of the First Year Seminar Program, Director of the Faculty Resource Center, and Director of the Instructional Design Center.  These roles require those who are appointed to produce concrete deliverables as outlined in the job descriptions.  

Please review the information below and apply by emailing provost@ramapo.edu by Friday, January 12, 2024.  Please include an explanation of your interest and qualifications (1 page maximum) and your CV. I look forward to learning of your interest!  

Position:  Director of Studies in Arts and Humanities (SIAH) Course

Term:  Three (3) years; appointment reviewed annually

Compensation:  Four (4) credits of reassigned time per academic year.  (Please be aware that, as per the AFT Collective Bargaining Agreement, faculty are not permitted to teach overload in any semester in which they receive course releases/reassigned time.) 

Responsibilities:  

  • Assist the Dean with prescreening, recruiting, interviewing, and recommending qualified adjuncts for appointment;
  • Address adjunct faculty needs and inform them of learning objectives and requirements of the course/program;
  • Conduct classroom observations to evaluate first-time adjunct faculty and share written evaluations with the Dean;
  • Recruit full-time faculty to teach these courses;
  • Develop fall semester and spring semester Studies in the Arts & Humanities course schedules;
  • Collaborate with Advisement, Enrollment Management, Admissions, Tutoring, and Library services;
  • Serve as the General Education Committee (GECCo) representative for Studies in the Arts & Humanities; and
  • Assist the Dean to facilitate grade disputes and address other issues for students and faculty in the program.

Position:  Director of the First Year Seminar (FYS) Program

Term: Three (3) years, appointment reviewed annually

Compensation:  $10,000 summer stipend and four (4) credits of reassigned time for the fall and spring semesters.  (Please be aware that, as per the AFT Collective Bargaining Agreement, faculty are not permitted to teach overload in any semester in which they receive course releases/reassigned time.) 

Responsibilities:

  • Develop fall semester and spring semester First Year Seminar course schedules;
  • Recruit, interview, and recommend qualified adjuncts for appointment;
  • Address adjunct faculty needs and inform them of learning objectives and requirements of the course/program;
  • Coordinate FYS activities;
  • Recruit full-time faculty/qualified professional staff to teach FYS courses and work with them to ensure their continued contribution to FYS;
  • Create and deliver an orientation to the course for new instructors of FYS;
  • Coordinate and chair at least two (2) meetings with the FYS instructors in the fall semester;
  • Conduct teaching observations of all new adjunct instructors during their first semester of teaching FYS at Ramapo;
  • Collaborate with Student Success, the Center for Reading and Writing, Advisement, Enrollment, Admissions, and Library & Learning Commons services/staff on issues related to FYS;
  • Work with the Director of Student Success to ensure that peer facilitators implement an appropriate curriculum in FYS;
  • Organize learning outcomes and course syllabi for FYS and post FYS course syllabi prior to the first summer orientation;
  • Attend, as appropriate, summer orientation sessions to stress the importance of FYS;
  • Serve as the General Education Committee (GECCo) representative for FYS;
  • Assess the effectiveness of FYS and submit annual assessment plans and reports;
  • Manage the FYS budget;
  • Attend meetings and work with the First Year Experience Board;
  • Chair the committee to select the summer reading, review the summer reading outcomes and criteria with the selection committee and other stakeholders on campus, ensure that the book selection meets those outcomes and criteria, communicate the importance of the summer reading to first-year students, and coordinate the essay contest; and
  • Assist the Dean to facilitate grade disputes and other conflicts for students and faculty in the course/program.

Position:  Director of the Faculty Resource Center (FRC)

Term:  Three (3) years; appointment reviewed annually

Compensation:  $10,000 summer stipend and four (4) credits of reassigned time for the fall and spring semesters.  (Please be aware that, as per the AFT Collective Bargaining Agreement, faculty are not permitted to teach overload in any semester in which they receive course releases/reassigned time.) 

Responsibilities:

  • Plan and execute the summer new faculty orientation;
  • Plan and execute programs and activities of the FRC throughout the academic year;
  • Assess FRC programs and submit annual assessment plans and reports;
  • Manage the FRC budget;
  • Support the vision of teaching and learning at Ramapo College and respond to faculty needs in this area;
  • Communicate FRC opportunities and resources to Ramapo College faculty;
  • Coordinate activities with the Instructional Design Center and other ad-hoc groups as needed;
  • Develop and maintain contact with other teaching and resource center professionals outside the College;
  • Maintain and consult with an FRC Advisory Board; and
  • Maintain and update the FRC website.

Position:  Director of the Instructional Design Center (IDC)

Term:  Three (3) years; appointment reviewed annually

Compensation:  $10,000 summer stipend and four (4) credits of reassigned time for the fall and spring semesters.  (Please be aware that, as per the AFT Collective Bargaining Agreement, faculty are not permitted to teach overload in any semester in which they receive course releases/reassigned time.) 

Responsibilities:

  • Anticipate and plan for instructional technology needs of faculty/instructors;
  • Read/research instructional technologies used in model schools;
  • Collaborate with the Chief Information Officer and the Director of the Faculty Resource Center to identify faculty needs vis-à-vis teaching and learning with instructional technologies and to support their use of those technologies;
  • Continue implementation plan to train and support faculty to use Canvas, at a minimum, as a communication resource for all Ramapo courses;
  • Serve on the Teaching, Learning, & Technology Roundtable Committee;
  • Plan, organize, and offer faculty technology institutes and other workshops, including best practices showcases for users across differing levels of experience and needs;
  • Contribute to the selection and introduction of new instructional technologies in collaboration and consultation with the Chief Information Officer and the Instructional Design Center staff; and 
  • Attend appropriate workshops and conferences.
October 16, 2023

Sent to all faculty via email

Dear Colleagues,

As we approach the middle of the Fall semester, I once again want to thank you for all your work with our students.  It seems that each day I learn about another accomplishment that a faculty member and their students are celebrating. It’s been a joyful experience for me to see what our goals of experiential learning and close faculty-student relationships look like at Ramapo.  Thanks also to the faculty and students who have invited me to join their class and observe first-hand.

One issue that seems to be a focus of daily conversation is the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in teaching and learning.  I am very pleased that this year’s Faculty Development Day will be centered around this very topic.  The Faculty Resource Center and the Instructional Design Center invite you to an in-depth discussion and exploration of Artificial Intelligence with special guest speaker Amanda Bickerstaff from AI for Education.  The event is Wednesday at 1:00 pm on the 2nd floor of the Learning Commons.  Click here for more information and to register.

I want to congratulate all of us for the development and endorsement of the college’s Comprehensive Academic Plan (CAP) that serves to reinforce our values and prioritizes strategies for helping us get closer to the educational goals we hold for our students. Special thanks to Professor Stephanie Sarabia and Dean Ken Goldstein for their leadership of the committee and to all who participated as committee members over the past year. I’m especially pleased by the number of faculty members who have mentioned their appreciation for the inclusive process that led to the formation of the document.  It serves as a model for our future work.

With the endorsement of the CAP, we now move to the implementation phase of the plan. Within the CAP is an Appendix that “serves as a blueprint for turning our plan into action.” In the next few weeks I’ll be putting together an implementation team who will meet with me regularly to monitor our progress on the plan and will advise on committees, timelines and governance processes for moving forward with the implementation tasks. The committee will be representative of the College and will include some members of the initial CAP committee for continuity as well as new members to broaden participation and voice.

Thanks again for your contribution to a successful start of the academic year!

Warm regards,

Michael

August 15, 2023

Sent to all faculty via email

Dear Colleagues,

As you prepare your course materials over the next few weeks, I want to raise some important considerations. The College has revised its Academic Integrity policy to include information about use of artificial intelligence (AI). As AI tools evolve and we all become more informed about how AI may be used or misused within our disciplines and classrooms, the policy seeks to empower our faculty in making decisions about appropriate use of emerging technology tools in their classroom.  After reviewing the policy, I urge you to include explicit direction for your students in what is acceptable/unacceptable use of artificial intelligence tools in your classroom and in student research and creative activity. You may also include a link to our Academic Integrity policy in your syllabi.

I also want to alert you to the existence of websites (see articles from the International Center for Academic Integrity and Inside Higher Ed ) that serve as a clearinghouse for course materials that students have supplied, at times for financial benefit. In some cases those materials include lecture notes, assignments, instructor feedback, course assessments and answers. Although this may not come as a surprise as we navigate a new reality of electronic communication, it may have important implications for how you move ahead with your classes in preparing course materials. Please be explicit and educative with your students and in your course materials about what materials students may or may not share with others. Please know that the integrity of academic conduct and protecting intellectual property is paramount to the College.  If you are aware of violations of the use of your course materials, you may request that course-sharing websites remove your course materials. In some cases, it would also be appropriate to report those violations in the Academic Integrity system. Please consult with your Dean if you’d like to discuss this further.

In the Fall, the Provost’s Council will continue reviewing our policies with regard to AI as the context evolves. I will also bring the matter of course sharing websites to the Council for developing a policy and information to guide our community.

Warm regards,

Michael