If you set up your profile a while ago, you may have entered something in the title field. We’ve retired that area of the profile, so you cannot change it . Instead, please use the Positions Widget.

Three fields are available – College, Department, and Title.  Use the text boxes to add each position you want to display on your profile.  Use the “+ Add New” hyperlink to add another one.  The widget will automatically create a list for you.

Once you put anything it the widget, Title will disappear.

As a Commons user there are a number of situations in which you may want to invite others to a site or group of which you are a member.  Step-by-step instructions for sending invitations are here, but before you go there, you should think about how the following common scenarios will affect the choices you make:

  • You are teaching a class that will use the Commons as part of the syllabus
  • You have a site (blog) on the Common and you want to expand your audience or ensure that certain colleagues have a chance to see your posts
  • You are the member of a working Group that is adding new members

While each of these situations is different, they all use the same invitation procedure which can be launched from a Group or a Site as well as other locations. Before you begin the invitation process, consider whom you will be inviting and plan accordingly. While the overall process may be the same, there some slight variations depending on the answers to the following questions.

  1. Are the invitee(s) already member(s) of The Commons or not?
  2. What role do you want the invitee(s) to play in the Group or Site?
  3. Do you wish the invitee(s) to join one or many Group(s) and/or Site(s)?
  4. Are you inviting multiple people or just one?

Are invitee(s) members of The Commons?

In order for someone to join your group or site, they must be members of The Commons. This may be the trickiest part of the invitation process. If the person you are inviting is already a member of The Commons, you can invite them to a Group or Site by selecting their name from a list of Commons Members. If they are not already members of The Commons, you can invite them to The Commons and to your Group or Site simultaneously by using their email address (must be a CUNY email address, though there are exceptions which will be discussed later). If you are inviting multiple people you can combine the two above methods. It is certainly possible that you do not know whether the person you are inviting is a member of The Commons or not. In that case, you have two options. You may search for them on the Members List or you may assume they are not members and invite them via their email address, which will work well.

What role do you want the invitees to play?

Keep in mind that if you invite multiple people at the same time, they will all be assigned the same role.

Groups have three roles: Member, Moderator and Administrator with different privileges and capabilities. The default role is Member, which is the appropriate choice most of the time. Documentation regarding other roles is here.

Sites have five roles: Author, Subscriber, Contributor, Editor and Administrator. The default role is Author. A discussion of these different roles and how they impact a user’s functionality is located here.

Do you wish the invitee(s) to join one or many Group(s) and/or Site(s)?

Most commonly, you will be invite colleagues to only one Site or Group at a time, but you have the ability to invite a person to any Group or Site of which you are a member. It’s just a matter of checking them off the list on your screen.

Are you inviting multiple people or just one?

When using a Group or Site for your class you will typically invite the entire class to the Class Group and/or Class Site. The invitation process makes this task very easy to do. But a single colleague can be invited just as easily.





Any member of the Commons can send a customized email invitation, either to the Commons itself (for non-members) or to a site or group that the member belongs to. Either enter the invitee’s username (if already a member of the Commons) or their CUNY email. The recipient can simply click on a hyperlink to begin the acceptance process.

If you are teaching a class, you can enter a list of the emails of your students and do the process in one shot.

Hover over your avatar in the top right corner of your browser screen, and scroll down to the “Send Invites” option. You can also get to “Send Invites” through the Dashboard of your Group or Site.

You will see the screen below, Step 1 “Select People.” Here you have two options. If you know that your colleagues have already joined the Commons, you can type their usernames in the “Invite by Name” field (you’ll see it populate as you type). Or you can fill in your colleague’s email addresses, one per line, in the “Invite by Email” field.

Then click Next.

Step 2 “Membership” will allow you to connect the invitation to one or more of your groups or sites. Click the box next to the names of the groups or sites, and set the role of the person you’re inviting on the right. (More information about Roles can be found here.)


Click Next again.

Step. 3 “Review and Submit” shows you who you have invited and where. Use the “Add a Message” box so that your recipient will immediately know what the email is about .


Click Submit.

Your invitees will have an email automatically sent to them, with the subject line: “Invitation on the CUNY Academic Commons.” Here’s an example:


Please let us know if you have any difficulties or questions at the Commons help desk – support@cunycommons.zendesk.com.

When you become friends with another member of the Commons, you will start seeing her/his activity on your “My Commons” page. It’s a great way to keep track of what’s happening on the Commons that is relevant to you.  To accept a friendship request, you can either follow the link in the e-mail you receive, or if your are logged onto the Commons, you will see a notification in the top right corner, to the left of your avatar.  You’ll be directed to a web page that lets you to accept or reject the friendship request.

To make a friend, go to the People tab and find a person you would like to friend:

Right now, there is not a way to make Profiles private, but we can look into developing that functionality. For now, users worried about privacy should avoid using their full names on their profiles (some combination of initials and first or last names might be good). Certain profile fields can be made visible to only yourself, to your friends on the Commons, logged in members of the Commons, or the default – to everyone.  To change profile field visibility, go to click on the “Change” hyperlink next to the text that reads: “This field can be seen by: Everyone Change.” Most, be not every field has this visibility setting.

Forgot Your Password?

To reset your password, go to  https://commons.gc.cuny.edu/wp-login.php?action=lostpassword and enter either your username or email address. Click on Get New Password.  You will receive an email with  a link to a page where you can reset your password.

Security Settings

To access the Security screen below, go to the top black navigation bar, hover over your avatar in the upper right hand corner. A dropdown menu will appear. Scroll down the My Settings and select Security.


Changing Your Account Email

You can change your Account Email on this screen to the one you prefer. Simply over type your existing email with the one your prefer. Click on Save Changes and an email will be sent to this email address to ensure it is valid. You will need to respond to this email to verify the address is correct.

Your account email is used for notifications on the Commons. It is also used when you forgot your password or when you use Two-Factor Authentication (see below).

Changing An Existing Password

To change your password or to optionally enable two factor authentication, log into the Commons and go to My Settings>>Security. If necessary, re-enter your existing password.  If you only want to change your password, click on the Generate Password button. If you don’t like the generated password you can over-write it to the password you prefer. Then click on the Save Change button. Your password is now changed.

Two-Factor Authentication (optional)

Two-factor authentication (2FA) adds an extra layer of security when logging into the Commons. With 2FA, you have to log in with your username and password and also provide another form of authentication that only you know or have access to. The Commons supports 2FA during login and offers four different 2FA options, listed below.

Unless you own a security key, we strongly recommend using a Time-Based One-time Password (TOTP) application to configure two-factor authentication. TOTP is more reliable and portable than the email option, especially when you do not have internet access to check your email.

Enabling 2FA

Members can enable multiple 2FA options, but only one can be primary. It is a good idea to have backup ways to obtain your authentication code

  • Email

    Using this method, your authentication code will be delivered via email. If you’re unable to use a TOTP app, you can also authenticate with email. When configured as your primary 2FA option, an authentication code will be sent to your registered email address during login. This code will need to be entered in order to gain access to your Commons account.

To use this option:

    1. Enable the Email option.
    2. Click Save Changes.

  • Time-Based One-Time Password (the preferred method)

A time-based one-time password (TOTP) application automatically generates an authentication code that changes after a certain period of time. When configured as your primary 2FA option, you will be asked to enter this code from your TOTP app during login.

To use this option:

    1. Ensure you have downloaded a TOTP app onto your device. Popular cross-platform apps include Authy, 1Password, LastPass, Duo.
    2. Enable the Time-Based One-Time Password (TOTP) option.
    3. Scan the QR code with your TOTP app. After scanning, the app will display a six-digit code. (If you are unable to scan the QR code, find the Key field under the QR code and manually copy the key into your TOTP app.)
    4. Next, enter the six-digit code into the Authentication Code field and click on Complete Set Up.
    5. TOTP should now be set up as a 2FA option. If you haven’t set up recovery codes, it is highly-recommended to enable this option as well.

Entering the authentication code to enable the TOTP option

  • Security keys

We support USB security keys as a form of two-factor authentication. (A security keys is a physical device that you carry with you and insert into a USB port one the computer you are accessing.) When configured as your primary 2FA option, you will be asked to enter your USB security key during login.

If you have a USB security key, you can register your key as a 2FA option by:

    1. Enabling the Security Keys option.
    2. This will toggle a “Security Keys” section after the 2FA table.
    3. Click on Register New Key and when prompted, insert your USB security key into your device.
    4. Your security key should now be displayed under the Security Keys section. If you haven’t set up recovery codes, it is highly-recommened to enable this option as well.

Configuring your security key

  • Recovery Codes

It is highly-recommended to enable recovery codes if you have configured another 2FA option. This can help you get back into your account if you ever lose access to your other 2FA device(s).

To use this option:

  1. Enable the Recovery Codes option.
  2. Click on Generate New Recovery Codes.
  3. Copy or download the codes when they are displayed. These codes will only be displayed once. If you misplace your recovery codes, you can generate a new set of codes by clicking on the button again.
  4. Click Save Changes.

Generating a new set of recovery codes


Password Best Practices


The Commons is widely used to create an online space for hosting courses that encourage discussion, collaboration, and use of open and digital tools and resources to enhance the course.

Courses on the Commons are hosted via a group, a site, or a connected group-site. Read more below and/or check out our extensive Teaching and Learning on Commons Section here.

WordPress Sites

A WordPress site can be linked to the class group and be used to publish reflections, research, and findings. Private group sites can be used to publish syllabi, writing assignments, and course reflections. Public group blogs can be great to communicate outside the classroom, showcase research, and publish articles. Students can also create their own WordPress sites to work on projects, and posts from these sites can be syndicated onto the main group site by using a plugin.

Groups for Classes

Groups work great with classes, and professors typically take advantage of forums, announcements, files, docs, reply by email, email notifications, and privacy settings. Class members can work collaboratively on projects using Docs feature. If working in a sub-group, members can form smaller groups to facilitate private collaboration.

cerg3The Commons can be a place for research collaboration and reflection, and a repository for research findings, where researchers assess and publish findings, satisfy grant expectations, and keep the momentum going for further studies.

Groups provide great functionality for collaboration, and group Web sites provide ways to archive articles, and satisfy grant requirements, publish findings, aggregate resources, and posts assessments.

Examples include:


  • CERG – Childrens Environments Research Group





The Commons is increasingly becoming a publication platform for academic journals. The Commons team works closely with the publishers to find suitable WordPress themes and plugins, coordinate domain mapping, and troubleshoot issues.

Our open access publishing platform comes with a built-in social layer. The Commons front page can be used to advertise new journal issues, list blog posts, and provide a discussion platform that keeps the conversation going via comments and tweets. Your My Commons page aggregates journal articles, comments, and news about upcoming issues once you “follow” the site.

Editors can use groups on the Commons to collaborate on new issues and share reflections on manuscripts.

The growing number of academic journals now hosted on the Commons includes:
A growing number of academic journals are now hosted on the Commons; contact our team to learn how the Commons can support your publishing project:

Journal of American Drama and Theatre (JADT)


Founded in 1989 and previously edited by Professors Vera Mowry Roberts, Jane Bowers, and David Savran, this widely acclaimed journal is now edited by Professors Naomi J. Stubbs and James F. Wilson. JADT publishes thoughtful and innovative work by leading scholars on theatre, drama, and performance in the U.S. – past and present. Provocative articles provide valuable insight and information on the heritage of American theatre, as well as its continuing contribution to world literature and the performing arts.

European Stages


For almost a quarter of a century, from 1969 until 2013 the journal Western European Stages provided one of the most detailed and comprehensive overviews of the season-by-season activities in this major part of the theatre world available anywhere in any language. From 1981 onward, parallel coverage of Eastern Europe was provided by its sister journal, Slavic and East European Performance, edited by the late Professor Daniel Gerould. …

The European continent has undergone radical changes during this quarter century. When WES was founded, Eastern and Western Europe were two quite distinct political and theatrical spheres. With the disappearance of the Russian control in the East, the rise of the European Union, and the rapid increase of productions combining the artists from a variety of countries, east and west, this cold war division today is largely an historical memory politically and theatrically. Thus, in 2013, these two journals combined their activities to reflect this more integrated continent, and metamorphosed into European Stages. We hope that the new, merged resource will continue to provide English-language readers with the most comprehensive source available on current theatre in this most important area of such activity.

Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy


The mission of The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (ISSN 2166-6245) is to promote open scholarly discourse around critical and creative uses of digital technology in teaching, learning, and research. Educational institutions have often embraced instrumentalist conceptions and market-driven implementations of technology that overdetermine its uses in academic environments. Such approaches underestimate the need for critical engagement with the integration of technological tools into pedagogical practice. The JITP will endeavor to counter these trends by recentering questions of pedagogy in our discussions of technology in higher education. The journal will also work to change what counts as scholarship—and how it is presented, disseminated, and reviewed—by allowing contributors to develop their ideas, publish their work, and engage their readers using multiple formats.

We are committed first and foremost to teaching and learning, and intend that the journal itself—both in process and in product—provide opportunities to reveal, reflect on, and revise academic publication and classroom practice.

Hostos Review – Revista Hostosiana


Hostos Review/Revista Hostosiana is the Institute’s multilingual journal devoted to showcasing and disseminating contemporary literature by Latin American, Caribbean, U.S. Latina/o, and Ibero-American writers in Spanish, English, and other languages.

The journal was created in 2004 with the goal of sustaining a quality publishing space and to support literary creation and exchange on topics that are fundamental to contemporary culture across the Americas. Since then, the journal has been published yearly in bilingual and monolingual issues.


JTDS – Journal of Teaching Disabilities Studies

jtds homepage

“The idea of this journal began at a Society for Disability Studies conference almost four years ago, when Beth Haller and I began a conversation about the need for a vehicle to encourage community and advance pedagogy in the field. Matthew Wangeman of Northern Arizona State and Suzanne Stolz, from San Diego State, were also part of that initial conversation. Around this time, Dr. Haller, Professor of Media and Mass Communication at Towson University, and Professor Wangeman created the Teaching Disability Studies Facebook page, which now has over 6,500 followers. Over the last few years, posts on that site became less focused on announcing publications or events and more focused on questions of disability studies pedagogy. Visitors to the site were seeking information about resources, assignments and course syllabi as they developed disability studies courses. It seemed as though the field was ready for a different, but related, vehicle to explore disability studies pedagogy.

When I began teaching in the early 1990’s at The City College, there were only a few programs in the country that offered disability studies courses. Now, according to the list maintained by Syracuse University, over 40 certificates, advanced certificates and degree programs have been developed.  In addition to the dedicated disability studies programs, an increasing number of disability studies courses are being offered in many other academic departments, from English and the social sciences, to music and information technology.

What is meant by the term ‘disability studies’ is in itself contested academic ground. Some courses and programs that identify as ‘disability studies’ fall on the more applied side of the spectrum, while many others are immersed in the humanities and disability theory. It is my hope that this journal will help all of us identify and explore pedagogy that prioritizes the experience of people with disabilities of all ages, uses the social model as grounding philosophy, and incorporates principles of universal design in assignment and course development and delivery.”


New Labor Forum

New Labor Forum is a national labor journal from the Murphy Institute, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies and SAGE Publishing. Published three times a year, New Labor Forum provides a place for labor and its allies to test and debate new ideas. Learn more about us from the information below.

Who We Are

Read about us, view endorsements from prominent scholars and activists, view our masthead, or contact us if you have any questions or would like more information.

What We Do

Check out our current issue and read past issues from our archives. View our latest featured stories, hear from working-class voices. And be sure to view all of the wonderful poetry and arts contributions.

Get Involved

Interested in writing for us? View our submission guidelines, and be sure to contact us with any questions.

Looking for other ways to get involved? Feel free to drop by one of our upcoming events. And be sure to sign up for our mailing list, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter, to stay in the loop on the latest New Labor Forum news and information.

Enclave – Revista de creación literaria en español.


Enclave tiene como objetivo difundir el trabajo literario en español en los Estados Unidos desde Nueva York y, más concretamente, desde la City University of New York (CUNY). Igualmente, divulgar la obra de los autores y artistas del mundo hispánico, a fin de generar un diálogo que dinamice la proyección de nuestra cultura, dentro y fuera del ámbito norteamericano, y promueva el intercambio con otras publicaciones literarias del circuito internacional. En este número, el material gráfico ha estado a cargo del artista chileno Felipe Érrez Èras y de la escultora argentina Betina Sor, aproximándonos con sus obras a las expresiones del ser, a fin de crear conciencia acerca de los males exteriores y los fantasmas interiores que afectan a los individuos en esta contemporaneidad, plagada de violencia, especialmente contra los integrantes más frágiles de nuestras sociedades.




Nora Glickman (Queens College)


Alejandro Varderi (BMCC).


Diagramación y diseño:

Marcos Wasem (ANEP-CFE, Uruguay).

Enclave está auspiciada por el CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences.