Joint Announcement of City Tech Agreement
We are pleased to announce that the City University of New York and the Professional Staff Congress/CUNY have reached agreement on aligning the teaching load at New York City College of Technology with that of other comprehensive and four-year CUNY colleges. Starting with the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year, Professors, Associate Professors and Assistant Professors at “City Tech,” as the college is universally known, will be responsible for the same contractual teaching load as their counterparts at CUNY’s other four-year colleges.
The alignment recognizes the significant growth of the College’s baccalaureate student population to over 6000 students and the leading-edge technical advances in the institution’s academic programs. The College’s full-time faculty has grown to over 400 in recent years and faculty scholarship strengthens academic programs that are preparing the well-educated, technologically sophisticated workforce needed to support core sectors of New York’s economy. Many of the College’s offerings are unique within CUNY, some representing the only programs of their kind in the Northeast.
Faculty research, often including international partners, has generated significant increases in grant funding and scholarship. Faculty can be found in Switzerland working on the Large Haldron Collider, in Belgium and Lithuania as Fulbright Scholars, and in Ohio, developing solid oxide fuel cells as an Air Force Faculty Fellow. Undergraduate research engages hundreds of students, with many publishing in refereed journals and presenting at regional and national conferences. Recently awarded grants support research ranging from high-energy theoretical physics to the study of Brooklyn’s industrial waterfront, and fund a student-centered digitally sophisticated learning environment incorporating best practices in STEM pedagogy. Of significance, the National Science Foundation consistently ranks City Tech as one of the nation’s largest producers of science and technology graduates from under-represented minorities.
The agreement on the professorial teaching load is the result of a vision for the College shared by labor and management. It will allow current and future City Tech faculty in professorial titles to devote significantly more time to students and expand their own research and scholarship.
Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly said, “I am pleased that the University and the Professional Staff Congress/CUNY have reached agreement on this important issue. Under the leadership of New York City College of Technology President Russell K. Hotzler, cutting-edge research and scholarship have grown in prominence as significant strides have been made in expanding the number of baccalaureate students and the technology-advanced programs that are so critical for New York’s economy, workforce and employers. This agreement will also allow faculty to spend more time with students and on research and scholarship.”
Dr. Barbara Bowen, President of the Professional Staff Congress/CUNY, commented: “Everybody wins with this agreement: the Administration, the faculty and, above all, the students. Nothing matters more in college than giving students time with professors – and that’s what the agreement will provide. I commend PSC chapter chair Professor Bob Cermele for his sterling leadership, President Hotzler on his commitment to effecting this transformation, Interim Chancellor Kelly on moving quickly and decisively to make it happen, and the union chapter at City Tech for their beautiful solidarity and their dedication to City Tech students.”