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Building the Foundations for Pedagogical Research Workshop

March 6, 2012

On January 5, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research—as part of its Community College Collaborative Incentive Research Grant (C3IRG) program—held a grant-writing workshop entitled Building the Foundations for Pedagogical Research at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. The one-day event was designed to provide practical information and guidance for community college faculty as they prepare their pedagogical research applications for the C3IRG March 1 deadline.

The keynote speaker in the morning session, Dr. Pam Mills (Hunter College), is a passionate advocate for pedagogical research, and has for the last ten years been leading NSF-funded research projects within CUNY, and more recently, in the New York City public high schools.  The next speaker, Farida Lada, the CUNY Director for Research Compliance, provided details relating to human subjects research and the new University-integrated IRB review process. These morning presentations were followed by two rotating breakout sessions. In these smaller group settings, Mosen Auryan (Director of Assessment, Hunter College) discussed a cognitive and practical framework for evaluating pedagogical research projects and Avrom Caplan (Associate University Dean for Research) provided insight into the review process at the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The afternoon session was opened by Dr. Pamela Brown, who is currently serving as a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the NSF, but is well-known at CUNY as the Dean of Arts and Sciences at New York City College of Technology.  Dr. Brown’s talk addressed pedagogical research opportunities at the NSF; in addition she guided the audience through a sample NSF panel review exercise.  The workshop culminated in a roundtable discussion with former and current C3IRG winners, as well other community college faculty who are active in pedagogical research. All of the presentation are available on the C3IRG page of the Research Office website (

Dr. Pamela Brown, an NSF Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education, and NYCCT Dean of Arts and Sciences on-leave, adressed the workshop about funding opportunities at the NSF

The Community College Collaborative Incentive Research Grants (C3IRG) Program was founded by the Vice Chancellor for Research, Gillian Small, to support the collaborative research efforts of faculty at CUNY Community Colleges.  The goal of the C3IRG Program is to promote research productivity and to enhance, through collaborative research endeavors, the prestige and prominence of the University.

For a second year the C3IRG program is directed towards supporting and funding projects focusing on pedagogical research.  The program will fund one-year grants with awards of a maximum of $15,000. Please visit the C3IRG website for more information and examples of funded proposals: