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                                     OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT


TO:            All Faculty

FROM:       President Farley Herzek

DATE:        December 17, 2014

RE:            Call for Proposals for the 2015-2016 President’s Faculty Innovation Awards

I am pleased to announce the criteria and dates for the 2015-2016 President’s Faculty Innovation Awards.  A total of $25,000 for the 2015-2016 academic year will be available.  Awards of up to $5,000 will be made to successful applicants.  We are especially interested in the following types of projects: 


  • Collaborative projects that involve two or more departments
  • Innovative and collaborative projects that engage external partners (e.g., business community, other educational institutions, non-profit organizations)
  • teaching and research involving interdisciplinary and/or integrative collaborations
  • use of active and/or collaborative pedagogical approaches
  • use of instructional technology in the classroom and/or for hybrid courses
  • research projects that involve faculty and students in a mentoring relationship
  • development of civic engagement course components for existing courses, new civic engagement courses, college-wide civic engagement activities, and/or global learning in existing and/or new courses
  • integration of quantitative reasoning into existing and/or new courses

 If you have such a project in mind and would like it to be considered for an award, please submit a project proposal of no more than five pages to Associate Provost Reza Fakhari ( no later than March 16, 2015.  Proposals should include:


  • A cover page with the name(s) and department(s) of the proposers
  • A description of the project and its intended impact on student engagement and learning
  • An itemized budget for up to $5,000 and a timeline for implementation.  (Full-time faculty can be granted release time upon approval of their Chairperson before submitting the proposal. Full-time faculty can only be paid summer salary for any compensation.  All applicants are strongly urged to consult with Ms. Wanda Morales in College Advancement [M243, Ext. 4539] to draw up their budget.)
  • A plan for assessing the project’s intended impact on student engagement and learning
  • A brief description of the applicant’s plans to present/share the project to/with the College community (e.g., Faculty Forum)  


Please note that basic course redesign, as would fall within usual faculty responsibilities, is ineligible. Course enhancements, as described above, will be considered.

All proposals will be reviewed by the Faculty Awards Committee* and recommendations made to the President. Awardees will be announced on April 15, 2014.

I strongly encourage all faculty to think creatively and collaboratively, and I look forward to having our students benefit from the exciting work these awards are designed to support.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Fakhari at extension 4550.  To view past projects and awardees, please visit:

Thank you.

*The Faculty Awards Committee:

Michael Miranda, Behavioral Sciences and Human Services Department, Chair of the Committee

Kevicha Echols, Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

Reza Fakhari, Office of Academic Affairs, ex officio

Jacob L. Mey, Physical Sciences

Maureen Minielli, Communications and Performing Arts

Lisa Paler, Behavioral Sciences and Human Services Department

Caterina Y. Pierre, Art Department

Anna Rozenboym, Biological Sciences

Edgar Troudt, Tourism and Hospitality


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