Adjuncts Colloquium – Tues. Oct. 1

The Adjunct Colloquium Series will have its first event this year on Tuesday, October 1.

Ken Ryesky, an Adjunct in the Department of Accounting & Information Systems, will discuss how the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act impacts and concerns Adjunct faculty.

Ken Ryesky formerly served as an attorney for the Internal Revenue Service. Last April, he testified at an IRS rulemaking hearing on the implementation of certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act. ACA is already beginning to have a profound effect upon the health care coverage of all Americans. The law’s provisions have particular implications for Adjunct faculty members at America’s colleges and universities, and those implications extend far beyond health care coverage.

Light lunch will be served.

Date: Tuesday, October 1
Time: 12:15-1:30 pm
Location: CEP II Adjunct Lounge, Queens College
(between Razran Hall and Student Union Building. The entrance is facing Parking Lot 7. Here is the map:

RSVP by Tuesday, September 25 at

Recording is now available at:


Affordable Care Act & Adjunct Faculty Presentation

Federal Register Proposed Rules, Jan. 2, 2013

Federal Register Proposed Rules, page 225

New Faculty Orientations – August 21 & 29

The Center for Teaching & Learning and the Office of the Provost are pleased to invite you to an orientation for new faculty: Things You Need to Know to Teach at Queens.

Same program on Wednesday, August 21 (12-2pm), and Thursday, August 29 (3-5pm), President’s Conference Rooms 1 and 2.

Representatives from around campus will discuss resources and services you need to know about in your new capacity as faculty:

  • Using library resources

  • Accessing instructional technologies

  • Teaching online

  • Reporting attendance and grades

  • Encouraging academic integrity

  • Seeking professional development opportunities

  • Teaching large classes

  • Resources for your students you should know about

Please join us on August 21 or August 29 for information, conversation, and some refreshments.  We encourage you to bring along a colleague: a full-time faculty member, a not-new adjunct, or your departmental chair.  Simply share this email, and ask your colleague to RSVP.

To help us better plan the event, please RSVP at

We prefer to have you join us in person, but if neither date/time works for you, you’re invited to join us virtually. (Webcast information is in the RSVP form above.)

For questions, please contact Rowena Li at or Jean Kelly at

Blackboard Collaborate Webinar

The Center for Teaching and Learning invites you to join us as we log on to the Blackboard Collaborate webinar, Creating Engagement in Online Sessions on Wednesday, June 19 at 10 am.

Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
TIme: 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: Razran 360

Join us for a Webinar

The Center for Teaching and Learning will log in to a Blackboard Collaborate webinar, “The Accessibility Imperative: Providing Access for All.” If you’d like to join us, please complete the form at:

Date: Monday, June 17, 2013
TIme: 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: Razran 360

SPS summer online faculty development workshops–register by June 11

From now through June 11th,  you may register for two upcoming faculty development workshops offered by the CUNY School of Professional Studies, “Essential Instructional Design for Faculty” (June 17-24) and “The Art of Feedback” (July 15-22).  Each workshop is delivered entirely online and is 8-days in length. There are no real-time or face-to-face meetings required.

For a description of each workshop and a link to register, please see


CUNY Hybrid Training Announcement


Registration is now open for June and July sessions of the online workshop, “Preparation for Teaching Online: A Foundational Workshop for CUNY Faculty,” sponsored by the School of Professional Studies.

This intensive, 2-week online workshop is intended for faculty who will be teaching an upcoming online or hybrid class. (June and July sessions give priority to those teaching Fall 2013—additional sessions are offered throughout the year.)

Please note:

Faculty must have the approval of their department chair to participate in this workshop and should already possess basic Blackboard skills.

Faculty will receive stipends when they have:

1. Completed the workshop (based on specific grading criteria and rubrics of the workshop)
2. Taught 6 credits of hybrid/online within Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters.

There is a detailed description on the registration page at


Blackboard Essentials Workshop, June 5, 2013

Blackboard is CUNY’s learning management system, used to post course content, keep an electronic grade book, administer surveys or tests, collect and return assignments electronically, host electronic discussions, and much more.  Join us for an extensive workshop on Blackboard, with presenter Ken Lord (Computer Science, and QC’s Blackboard administrator).

Day: Wednesday June 5, 2013
Time: 10am to 3pm
Place: Razran 360 and 318
Lunch will be served.

If you plan to participate, please RSVP by Friday, May 24

Important note: to take part in hands-on activities, you will need access to Blackboard, which requires an active CUNY Portal ID.  For more information: