Instructional Incentive Award for Teaching Innovation

Instructional Incentive Award for Classroom Innovations

Sponsored by the Fredonia College Foundation

​​​​​​The Professional Development Center is pleased to announce the Instructional Incentive Award Program, which provides support for faculty interested in incorporating high impact teaching practices in their courses. The award is intended to support pedagogical innovations that research has linked to increased student success and improved retention. Some examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Authentic Assessment
  • Accessibility
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Inclusive Classrooms
  • Collaborative Assignments and Projects

The award provides support for:

  • Purchasing equipment or technology that will be used in the classroom to enhance students’ intellectual experiences
  • Professional development activities and conference attendance related to instructional design or the exploration of instructional methods that enhance student learning.

 Funded by the Fredonia Foundation, this grant aims to fund as many qualifying projects as possible. The Professional Development Center Advisory Board is responsible for the review of applications and for making recommendations on awardees to the Provost for Academic Affairs. 


These awards are meant to provide faculty, librarians, and professionals who have teaching responsibilities with support for implementing pedagogical practices that improve student learning outcomes. Examples of classroom equipment or technology that will be considered for funding, include, but aren’t limited to: 

  • Musical instruments
  • Non-consumable lab equipment
  • Instructional models (For example, model of an ear for studying communication disorders, rock specimens for geoscience, etc..) 
  • Instructional technology (For example, Padlet Pro, Camtasia, etc..)   

This award will not fund consumable or disposable materials and equipment, such as paper products, headphones, food, writing implements, etc…

Funding for professional development activities related to high impact teaching practices, include:

  • Conference attendance
  • Enrollment in online courses or seminars
  • Training for specialized or advanced certifications

According to SUNY policy, materials purchased remain the property of The State University of New York at Fredonia, but are for the use of the awardee.

Preference will be given to faculty at the assistant professor assistant librarian rank, and professionals seeking permanent appointment 

Amount: $ 2,000.00 maximum

Partial Funding: Depending on the number of applicants, awards may be funded in part, or in full.

Funds will cover activities engaged in from January 1, 2023 - June 1, 2024

Deadline for Applications: Wednesday April 12th at midnight



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