A FIG, or Faculty Interest Group, is an intentional group of instructors with a mutual interest in a particular aspect of teaching and learning. FIGs are open to all full-time faculty and part-time adjunct instructors. They are intended to foster an environment of cooperation and collaboration within the teaching community at CSI and explore, enhance, and improve scholarly teaching, research, and scholarship practices.

The Online/Hybrid Pedagogy FIG is a place for faculty to post questions, share resources, and/or offer advice to colleagues about online and hybrid course pedagogy. The goal moving forward is for the faculty participants to take full ownership of the FIG and create a fully collaborative space.

This Faculty Interest Group aims to encourage faculty to engage in reading a common text of topics impacting the landscape of higher education.  Some titles on the cyber shelf include: 

Teaching on Days After: Educating for Equity in the Wake of Injustice by Alyssa Hadley Dunn (2022)

The New College Classroom by Cathy N. Davidson and Christina Katopodis (2022)

From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education by Tia Brown McNair, Estela Mara Bensimon, and Lindsey Malcolm-Piqueux (2020)

Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead) by Susan Blum and Alfie Kohn (2020)

Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Joseph Aoun (2017)

Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes by Jose Antonio Bowen (2017)

Presumed Incompetent: The Intersection of Race and Class for Women in Academia by Gabriella Gutierrez Muhs (2012)

The Student Success Institute is sponsored by Academic Affairs/Undergraduate Studies & Student Success and the Faculty Center for Professional Development. The institute supports adjunct faculty members in developing and implementing instructional strategies that support students’ academic success. Student Success Fellows who are accepted to participate in the institute meet with faculty facilitators, as well as with guest faculty presenters, to read and discuss research on enhancing students’ sense of belonging and supporting students’ learning-to-learn skills (e.g., note-taking, group participation). They develop student success strategies to implement with their own students, and share their strategies and results with other faculty members.
Past Student Success Institutes Fellows


Spring 2019 Fellows

  • Stephanie Corrente - English
  • Camille Gallo - Management
  • Yuxin Hou – Sociology & Anthropology
  • Jennifer Macchiarola - Nursing
  • Russ Morisi – History
  • Margot Nasti – English
  • Mark Stumacher – Marketing


Spring 2018 Fellows

  • Kuan-Yi Chen – Sociology & Anthropology
  • Janice Fioravante - English
  • Sharifa Hampton - English
  • Per Janson - Performing and Creative Arts
  • Emma Johnson – Media Culture
  • Rachel Kovacs – Media Culture
  • Martina Mims – Performing and Creative Arts
  • Leonardo Pignataro – Biology
  • Linda Revenson - Mathematics


Spring 2017 Fellows

  • Cliff Abdool - Business
  • Anjail Ameen-Rice – Social Work
  • Aysenur Ataman – Psychology
  • Stephen Fried - English
  • Juliette Goulet - Biology
  • David Loncle – Performing and Creative Arts & Core 100
  • Hemalatha Navaratne – Political Science & Global Affairs
  • Rachel Sanchez - English
  • Lidiya Tornyova - Psychology


Institute Co-Facilitators:

  •  David Allen, Curriculum & Instruction, School of Education & Hildegard Hoeller, English


Full-time faculty members who have presented at Student Success Institute workshops:

  • Rosanne Carlo – English
  • Mario D’Alessandro – Student and Enrollment Services
  • Michael Paris – Political Science & Global Affairs
  • Donna Scimeca – CORE Program

Center Info Hub:

The Information Hub was created in the Learning Management System for teaching faculty - both full and part time - and was designed to be a fully enclosed, secure, "one stop shop" place for faculty to go 24/7 and access the items needs for all of their online course and pedagogical training needs, as well as, Blackboard training materials and workshops, emergency request and general help discussion boards, and real-time help chat options.


All teaching faculty are automatically enrolled as members of the Info Hub at the beginning of each semester and instantly have access to all of our calendars, downloads, self-help and other training materials, as well as our weekly training schedules and notices via the Info Hub link located within the Organizations box of their Blackboard Homepage.


As part of our continued mission to assist CSI faculty in any way possible, the Information Hub is a direct connection to our dedicated team all of whom are able to assist you with your instructional needs.