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2019 Instructional Incentive Award for Classroom Innovations

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 of high impact practices include, but are not limited to:

Applied Learning (Service Learning, Civic Engagement, Internships, International and Domestic Travel/Exchange & Study Away, Creative Works, Undergraduate Research, Entrepreneurship) 

  • First-Year Experiences
  • Field-Based Experiences
  • Collaborative Assignments and Projects
  • Writing-Intensive Courses
  • Capstone Courses & Projects
  • Inclusive Classrooms and Universal Design for Learning
  • Diversity and Global Learning

The award provides support for:

  • Purchasing equipment or technology that will be used in the classroom to enhance students’ intellectual experiences
  • Professional development activities 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 Planning Committee 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

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:
  • Travel to conferences and conference fees
  • Enrollment in online courses or seminars
  • Training for specialized or advanced certifications
  • Tuition reimbursement

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: $ 2000.00 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 July 1, 2019 - July 1, 2020

Application Procedures:

  • Use the electronic submission form available at: Use the electronic submission form available at: 
  • Please review the form before writing your proposal.
  • Describe the purpose(s) of the project including the project goals and objectives.
  • Explicitly address the ways the project would impact teaching and learning in your course(s).
  • Describe how your classroom innovation will assist in developing students’ abilities in relation to at least one of the Institutional Learning Goals (Skilled, Connected, Creative, Responsible).
  • Describe how the impact on student learning will be assessed.
  • Describe the departmental impact of your proposal, and if applicable, its relevance and application across multiple courses or across disciplines.
  • If the costs of the project exceed the maximum award amount, please provide a description of other funding sources that you will be seeking.
  • Include specific, prioritized budget information and a partial funding contingency plan. That is, if the project does not receive full funding, what parts of the project could be revised to make the most of the funding awarded?

Submit an Application

Deadline for Applications: Sunday, November 17, 2019 at midnight

Reporting Procedures:

The Professional Development Center will ask awardees to share the impact of their project on their classroom practice by:

Participating in Professional Development Day or the Teaching & Learning Conference, and a brief report describing how the experience impacted student learning.

Professional Development Center (PDC)

  • 126 Reed Library State University of New York at Fredonia Fredonia, NY 14063