New Jersey Institute of Technology offers almost 90 different degree programs, including 31 different undergraduate majors and 40 different graduate specializations. A listing of all of the possibilities may be found in the university catalog. Currently there are more than 9000 students enrolled at the university pursuing one of the above degree programs. There are more than 600 members of the faculty and instructional staff in any given semester, with the vast majority (>95%) of the tenured faculty having the appropriate terminal degree.
Teaching effectiveness is paramount to positive student learning outcomes and is a priority for the institution. The assessment process – best described as an ongoing cycle of gathering, organizing and interpreting evidence of student learning in order to improve and further develop learning outcomes – is a critical driver for the effectiveness and innovation of our academic initiatives. Assessment efforts across the university, including those supported by departmental and university curriculum committees, show that including assessment as a fundamental component in the classroom sets the stage for a broader set of teaching and curriculum-related aims at the program level. The university offers a number of resources to support evidence-based pedagogy, including the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Committee at NJIT. The primary goal of this campus-wide committee, with representatives from administration, faculty, professional, and technology support staff, is to build and support best practices for pedagogy and use of technology in all learning environments: face to face, hybrid or on-line. Faculty are encouraged to explore additional resources on student learning assessment.
As the vision for the university stated in the Academic Plan 2013-2015 is for an increased emphasis on scholarship of teaching and learning, the university is proud to recognize its best teachers. A select group, each of whom has shown a sustained record of excellence in teaching, has received the designation of Master Teacher from the Provost. Also, each year the university recognizes several people with Excellence-in-Teaching Awards. These award winners are selected by a faculty committee that is composed of former winners.
Research and Scholarship
As stated, the key component of curriculum delivery is effective, quality teaching to advance student learning. At the same time, a strong research university must also conduct substantial funded research and produce high quality scholarship. The NJIT Academic Plan: 2013-2015 pursues a strategy for attaining quality in education and research through improved faculty load equity and advancing curricular innovation in the service of teaching excellence.
Recognized as a top research university, NJIT research funding has grown dramatically over the past several years. Many members of the faculty are actively engaged in research projects, which also involve large numbers of students. Many of these projects involve collaborations with partners from other universities and from industry; some of these partners are located in New Jersey, others come from across the country, and still others hail from around the world. A select group of faculty members, who are known both nationally and internationally for their work, may attain the rank of Distinguished Professor, the highest rank attainable to a regular member of the faculty.
Several faculty members have earned the prestigious NSF Career Award and are recognized and nurtured as potential future leaders in scholarship at the university. Dozens of senior faculty have been elected fellows of national societies in their fields. In addition, NJIT faculty have been honored with national and international achievement awards and won prestigious fellowships including Fulbright and Guggenheim awards.