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BMCC Teaching Academy

The Teaching Academy is changing!

Starting with the 2019 Cohort, the Teaching Academy will become two programs of two semesters each: The Teaching Fellows program and the SoTL Fellows program. These changes are being made because we know that there are faculty who are interested in observing and experimenting with their teaching, there are those interested in doing SoTL research, and there are those potentially interested in both. We want to support all of these faculty.

  • Would you like to increase your awareness of what you do as a teacher and what students in your classroom do?
  • Are you interested in experimenting with different teaching practices in a supportive environment?
  • Do you wish you had more opportunities for non-judgmental reflection and feedback on your teaching?
  • Are you curious to see what other instructors do in their classrooms?
  • Would you like to engage in classroom research to better understand your teaching and students’ learning?

If so, consider applying to join the BMCC Teaching Academy, a community of faculty with similar interests. The Teaching Academy is a professional development program for full-time BMCC faculty interested in looking more closely at their teaching and their students’ learning. The Teaching Academy is comprised of two related one-year programs: the Teaching Fellows program and the SoTL Fellows program.

In the Teaching Fellows program, participants work in small cross-disciplinary groups, including one senior faculty member who facilitates group activities. Group members observe one another’s classes and exchange descriptive, non-judgmental feedback in order to enhance awareness of their teaching and their students’ learning. Building on these insights, participants experiment with small changes in their teaching to better meet the diverse needs of their students. At the end of the program, teaching fellows have the option of continuing in the SoTL Fellows program.

In the SoTL Fellows program, participants engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) through classroom research based on their own teaching. SoTL fellows meet regularly in small groups, becoming members of a community of faculty engaged in classroom research.



Teaching and Learning

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Forum

  • Have you ever thought about how your discipline-specific research skills could be applied to doing research on your own teaching?
  • Are you interested in using a deliberate, systematic approach to improve your students’ learning?
  • Do you want to share insights about teaching and learning with colleagues across disciplines, and build on each other’s ideas?

BMCC’s annual Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Forum is an opportunity for BMCC faculty to share their SoTL work with the BMCC community. The forum is organized by CETLS and the BMCC Teaching Academy, with support from the Office of Academic Affairs.

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) involves “the deliberate, systematic, and reflective use of research methods to develop and implement teaching practices that advance the learning experiences and outcomes of students and teachers (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning).” A key part of SoTL is the process of sharing findings and engaging in discussion with one’s peers.



BMCC Open Teaching Week

April 1 – 7, 2019

Celebrating a culture of openness in teaching and learning at BMCC


Image credit: Gary Simmons.
Used under a Creative Commons license.

Open Classrooms


Open Pedagogy


Open Educational Resources


Open Minds



Join CETLS, the BMCC Library, and E-Learning for a week of:

Open Classrooms

Opening our classrooms provides space for pedagogical community and conversation. All BMCC faculty are invited to open their online or face-to-face classes for visits from other BMCC faculty. Sign up by March 13 to be included in this year’s schedule.

Curious about what happens in other classes? Visiting a colleague’s class is an opportunity to learn about teaching in different classroom settings across disciplines. Sign-ups will begin on March 18.

Open Educational Resources

Interested in freshening up your course materials and saving students money? More than 200 BMCC faculty have redesigned their courses using open educational resources (OER) and other no-cost materials. At our OER lightning talks, you’ll find out how the process of moving to OER benefited teaching and learning, and will see examples of the OER materials in use at BMCC.

Open Pedagogy

Looking for new ways to engage students? Open pedagogy gives learners agency over their learning, and engages learners in constructing knowledge and sharing their creations beyond the classroom. Find out how your colleagues are incorporating open pedagogy in their classes or participate in a workshop about designing Wikipedia assignments.

View the full schedule of events for 2019



Culture, Women’s Stories, and Creativity in STEM

This Faculty Interest Group (FIG) stems from the Carnegie sabbatical and National Mathematics Centre/Federal University of Akure, Nigeria Project of Professor Nkechi Agwu. Moreover, it is geared towards supporting faculty interested in indigenous African knowledge systems to engage in research, curriculum development, teaching – research, and assessment related to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) of indigenous Africans.

To that end, interested faculty will collaborate on writing research-based articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals, soliciting for grant funding to support their research within this FIG, and to facilitate workshops that will provide professional development to faculty interested in using curriculum developed to teach various courses at the Borough of Manhattan Community College or elsewhere using pedagogy based on culture, women’s stories and Creativity in STEM.

The FIG is open to all faculty and meets every third Wednesday of the month from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

Coordinators: Nkechi Agwu, Thierry Agbotouedo, and Emmanuel Paki (Mathematics)

Nonviolence in Theory and Practice

The Nonviolence in Theory and Practice FIG is an interdisciplinary group of full-time and part-time faculty that encourages conversation around peaceful conflict resolution. We share scholarship, creativity, contemplative practice, and activism regarding current political issues as they relate to curriculum. We are interested in bringing discussion into action.

Coordinators: Florence Homolka (English) and Jill Strauss (Speech, Communications, and Theatre Arts)

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Gallery as Classroom

Double Portrait, the upcoming exhibit at BMCC's Shirley Fiterman Art Center, is designed to open a conversation not only about issues in contemporary art, but also about such topics as identity, women’s studies, and subjectivity and the self. We invite you and your students to contribute to this cultural conversation.
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