Faculty Opportunity: OER Fellowships

The Library welcomes applications for the OER Faculty Fellowship program, now in its fourth year, for the 2021-2022 cohort! Applications are due by August 1, 2021.

Fellows will participate in a four-part seminar series that will guide them through the process of finding, creating, evaluating, and implementing open and/or zero-cost materials for a course that will run in Spring or Fall 2022. The fellowship carries a $2000 stipend for the creation of a single-section course.

Fellowship Requirements

Both full-time and part-time faculty are eligible for the fellowship. Applicants are expected to clear their participation with their department chair prior to applying. If you are interested in converting a course with multiple sections from a pricey textbook to a free, open alternative, please contact Leila Walker at lwalker@qc.cuny.edu prior to applying, as an alternative arrangement involving multiple instructors and course leads may be more appropriate than an individual fellowship.

Faculty fellows commit to:

  • Actively participate in an OER fellowship seminar in Fall 2021, which will consist of four units with synchronous and asynchronous elements
  • Develop a fully OER or ZTC course (materials due January 10, 2022)
    Teach at least one section of the OER or ZTC course in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022
  • Submit course materials to our institutional repository, CUNY Academic Works
  • Write a brief (200-500 word) end-of-fellowship narrative (due June 6, 2022)

Opportunities for Large-Scale Projects

The Library is also interested in partnering with course leads for those courses with multiple sections and high enrollments to develop high-quality course materials at a lower cost. The fellowship would offer training and a $2000 stipend for course leads, as well as a $500 stipend for faculty and adjuncts the first time they teach a section of a course using the zero-textbook-cost materials. We have had several successes with multiple section courses, including the creation of an OER lab manual for Biology under the guidance of Prof. Nathalia Holtzman, and the transition from an expensive homework system to a free, open-source alternative under the guidance of Prof. Chris Hanusa in the Math Department.

More Information

More information about how open educational/zero cost resources support teaching and learning can be found in our Guide to Open Educational Resources and Zero Textbook Cost.

More information about our fellowship program can be found on our OER Faculty Fellowships page!

If faculty have any questions or would like to learn more about OER, they are encouraged to contact our OER coordinator, Dr. Leila Walker, Digital Scholarship Librarian at lwalker@qc.cuny.edu.

Author: Leila Walker

Leila Walker is the Emerging Technologies and Digital Scholarship Librarian. She holds a PhD in English from the CUNY Graduate Center and an MLIS from Queens College. Her research interests include the digital humanities, British romantic literature, pedagogy, scholarly editing, and the history of the book.