Accessibility Fellow Program

SUNY Oswego recognizes that digital accessibility is essential to ensuring equity and inclusion, and while we have a strong commitment to access for all, it is increasingly evident that infrastructure and faculty support is needed to truly engrain accessibility within the fabric of the college. Today, accessibility touches nearly every aspect of campus life, including course materials, the college website, software, and the numerous tools used in curricular and co-curricular programs, services, and activities.

To address this need, SUNY Oswego is implementing a Faculty Accessibility Fellow Program. The program is recommended by the Workgroup on Accessible Teaching to promote a campus culture that values inclusivity, equity, and accessibility. The proposal is modeled on both the Assessment Fellows and the Writing Fellows programs.  Questions on the program may be sent to either CELT’s Rebecca Mushtare (rebecca.mushtare@oswego.edu) or CTS’s Sean Moriarty (sean.moriarty@oswego.edu).

Provost Scott Furlong has announced the 2019 Accessibility Fellows. The group includes:

  • Sandra Bargainnier, Health Promotion and Wellness
  • Marcia Burrell, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Fiona Coll, English and Creative Writing
  • Casey Raymond, Chemistry
  • Allison Rank, Political Science
  • Serenity Sutherland, Communication Studies
  • Michele Thornton, Business

Rebecca Mushtare of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and the graphic design program will lead the fellows, who will start their fellowship in January.

Structure

  • Four fellows, one from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, one from the School of Business, one from the School of Education, and one from the School of Communication, Media and the Arts will be selected
  • The Faculty Accessibility Fellowship coordinator chairs the Workgroup on Accessible Teaching (usually a former fellow)

Fellow Responsibilities

120 hours on the following activities:

  • Serve on the Workgroup on Accessible Teaching (attend one meeting per month for the calendar year 2019)
  • Participate in professional development on accessibility (special small group training sessions tailored to the needs of the fellows offered by members of the Workgroup on Accessible teaching)
  • Update at least one course that is taught in 2019 to be fully accessible
  • Serve as a coach and ambassador
    • Offer professional development sessions for faculty through CELT
    • Meet with individual faculty
    • Meet with departments

Fellow Support/Compensation

  • Option for one course reduction or one course overload pay per year
  • Trained student assistant
  • Travel funding to either:
    • Present on accessibility at a conference in their own discipline equivalent to (and in addition to) the faculty professional development/travel provided through the Office of the Provost
    • Attend Accessing Higher Ground Conference or equivalent