Dear <<First Name>>,

Spring greetings from the Center for Faculty Advancement. As you look toward completing another semester in May, I hope you will take some time to reflect on your accomplishments this past academic year, and enjoy some warm sunshine and fresh air!

Among many faculty accomplishments, we are pleased to announce the 2021-2022 Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) Winners:
  • Donna Hallas, Clinical Professor, Rory Meyers College of Nursing
  • Sonia Marciano, Clinical Professor, Management & Organizations, Leonard N. Stern School of Business
  • Mara Mills, Associate Professor, Media, Culture, and Communication, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
  • Michael Poles, Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine, Grossman School of Medicine
  • Mark Siegal, Professor, Biology and Genomics, Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Kenji Yoshino, Professor, School of Law.

They were chosen from a competitive pool of nominees across disciplines and schools, but were standouts for their commitment to teaching excellence. A virtual award ceremony will take place on May 10th.

And to celebrate the accomplishments of our many graduates, including those who weren’t able to celebrate in person in the past two years, consider attending one of this year’s graduation ceremonies! On May 18th at Yankee Stadium, a traditional graduation ceremony including Eleven-Time Grammy Winner Taylor Swift will honor the class of 2022, and at 6:00 p.m. leading Disability Rights Activist Judith Heumann will address the graduates at the 2020/2021 combined ceremony. We will also hold Cultural and Identity-Based Graduation ceremonies earlier in May to honor students from historically marginalized groups and the impacts they have made on NYU. 

Please read below to learn more about our exciting program updates, and what we will offer in the coming months.


Charlton McIlwain
Vice Provost for Faculty Engagement & Development
What's New?
Professional Development & Other Resources
What's New?
NYU Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA)

Congratulations again to the  2021-2022 Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) Winners. The Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) highlights NYU’s commitment to teaching excellence, and is given annually to outstanding members of the faculty who are nominated by students, alumni, and fellow faculty. Recipients are also awarded a research stipend. A virtual award ceremony will take place on May 10, 2022 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. EST. Register to attend.
College & Career Lab (CCL)

The College and Career Lab (CCL) turns 5 this summer! CFA administers CCL to reach historically excluded and first-generation college students, and to provide early exposure to the college and career landscape. In-person programming resumes this summer with 230 students from NYC public schools entering 8th-12th grade. The program began with only 52 students and five schools within NYU, but it has expanded to engage with 16 schools and departments across the university. And, it’s not too late to add your department if you’re interested in volunteering.
Faculty Resource Network (FRN)

This June, the Faculty Resource Network (FRN) at NYU will host 130 faculty and administrators from Network institutions on the Washington Square campus for the FRN Network Summer Program. Participants will engage in a week of intensive seminars including: Teaching the Chemistry of Life Using Lessons from Covid, Techno-cultural-pedagogical Praxis, Nations and Nationalism: Past and Present, among others. Sessions convened by prominent scholars, will emphasize teaching methodologies that directly impact undergraduate curriculum and educational experience. Learn more about Network Summer 2022 programs.
Graduation Ceremonies

In addition to the graduation double header on May 18th at Yankee Stadium, NYU Cultural and Identity-Based Graduations were established to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of graduating students of color and LGBTQ+ students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Join the celebrations and congratulate the class of 2022! Learn more, including the specific dates and times of ceremonies in May.
New Faculty Orientation

On September 6th, 2022, we welcome new faculty to a day of learning about NYU. Speakers from the Provost’s Office and the Center for Faculty Advancement along with partners and colleagues in the Office of Research, the Division of Libraries, the Office of Global Inclusion and Diversity, and the Office of Work-Life will explore the thriving teaching and research environment and faculty wellness opportunities at NYU. Together, we will provide a broad overview of resources, both scholastic and logistic, to set faculty on the path to success.
New Director of Disability Inclusive Culture

CFA is pleased to welcome Angela Adler, the inaugural director of disability inclusive culture at the Office of Global Inclusion (OGI). Angela will lead, support, and engage university-wide initiatives to promote an integrative, intersectional, and collaborative approach to cultivating an institutionally embedded disability inclusive culture. She will work strategically across disciplines and schools to advance disability inclusive culture and provide education and support across constituent groups with an initial strategic focus on faculty-centered pathways. Learn More About Angela.
Professional Development & Other Resources
Third Space + NYU Engagement

We are excited to launch the inaugural Storytelling for Social Change Program at NYU in collaboration with the Office of the President, Student Affairs, and Ashley Kolaya founder of Third Space. Kolaya is a lecturer at Wagner School of Public Service, and former Director of Curation and Coaching for TED's official public speaking course, TED Masterclass. In the introductory session, you will learn the foundational principles of audience-centered communication. You will also learn to employ public speaking tools in a way that cuts across academic disciplines, cultural differences and ideological barriers to truly impact your audience on a human level. The session is open to the entire NYU community including students, faculty, alumni, and administrators, and will be held virtually on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET. Click here to register.
Foundations for Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Excellence

The new Foundations for Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Excellence online module is a learning tool produced by the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic innovation. The 60–75 minute self-paced program supports a shared understanding of Global Inclusion, Diversity, Belonging, Equity, and Access (GIDBEA)-related concepts and framework across NYU. Tailored to your role as a student, faculty, administrator, and/or staff, the module provides general information, raises critical questions, and directs community members to vital internal and external resources. Members of the NYU Community are encouraged to complete this pilot module by April 24, 2022, including a brief exit survey, which will be used to inform the final version to be released AY 2022-2023. For more information email
iTLAB Facility on Mercer Street

CFA’s immersive technology lab will soon be offering a range of XR services and resources out of our new facility at 194 Mercer Street. Learn more about what iTLAB provides to support research and teaching. See a case study that illustrates how we helped supplement a course with virtual reality, or view a demonstration of how we can convert video to 3D models. If you would like a consultation about iTLAB services or need guidance on a project or a proposal, please contact:

The Early Career Faculty Institute is wrapping up Year 1 of its mentoring program for newly recruited tenure-track faculty with two workshops and one social event for tenure-track faculty. 
  • Anatomy of a CV workshop on April 19th, 2022, 11:00 am–12:30 pm. Dr Ulrich Baer and Dr. Niyati Parekh will dissect what it takes to build a comprehensive CV for tenure (register here);
  • Mentorship Workshop for ECFI Mentors on April 25th, 2022, 12:00–1:15 pm, a space for senior faculty to discuss challenges in mentoring junior faculty;
  • In-person Meet-and-Greet event for tenure-track faculty in collaboration with the Office of Work Life, May 10th, 3:30–6:00 pm
Pedagogy Workshops

Join us for the final two pedagogy workshops of the semester: Learn more about these sessions, or view recordings and slides of previous workshops on the Pedagogy Workshops webpage.

Our spring semester of TeachTalks focused on the importance of engagement and featured: A panel of 2020-2021 Distinguished Teaching Award winners; a special TeachTalks panel of students, who openly shared how the pandemic affected their engagement; a presentation of methods and data based on a successful contract grading pilot program; and, NYU Paris faculty shared how they adapted content and collaborated with students across cultures and time zones during remote teaching. All sessions were recorded and are accompanied by slides on the TeachTalks webpage.
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  • Office of Global Inclusion
  • Office of Work Life
  • Office of Equal Opportunity
  • Human Resources
  • Office of Research
  • NYU Libraries
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