Modeled after the Writing Fellows program, CUNY recently initiated a Quantitative Reasoning Fellows program. This program places doctoral students at select CUNY campuses to support efforts to improve quantitative reasoning across the curriculum. Quantitative Reasoning (QR) is the application of mathematical thought and knowledge to authentic, everyday issues. Sometimes called quantitative literacy, QR is demonstrated by the inclination and ability to make reasoned decisions using fundamental mathematics. Quantitative reasoning skills are widely recognized as critical to academic success across the curriculum, as well as to broader goals related to personal and career development, and informed citizenry.
Application and Appointment
This QR Fellowship is awarded to a select group of doctoral candidates with strong quantitative expertise. The central responsibility of QR Fellows is to support efforts to strengthen mathematical and quantitative reasoning education outside of conventional mathematics courses by developing resources and supporting faculty initiatives. QR Fellows may offer workshops, conduct seminars / webinars, support faculty to develop materials, or serve as tutors for students in targeted courses. They may work in Math Centers, collect and analyze data, develop electronic tools, or provide support for using software tools used in quantitative and statistical models.
QRF on the Job Market
Graduate students can greatly benefit from their experiences as Quantitative Research Fellows. Working closely with faculty to improve mathematical and quantitative reasoning instruction gives you very useful experience when you go on the job market. As QR Fellows, you contribute to CUNY’s overall commitment to public service, and show experience and interest in improving teaching and learning in thorough and innovative ways.
The skills you develop during your time as a QR Fellow can transfer to both academic and alt-ac careers and translate to your own teaching and scholarship. Your knowledge of QR pedagogy and experience with faculty development is a great asset when you go on the job market. Here are some of the skills that you can highlight as a former QR Fellow:
- knowledge of and experience implementing QR principles
- understanding of mathematical and quantitative reasoning skills as essential to student success and careers outside the academy
- experience with faculty development and collaboration
- experience with curriculum design and development
- record of attentive and student-driven teaching practice
- insight into academic processes and committee work
- experience integrating educational technology to improve QR instruction
Sample Quantitative Reasoning Exercises, to come
The WAC/WID and QR Guide: