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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 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:

  • Learning Communities
  • First-Year Experiences
  • Field-Based Experiences
  • Collaborative Assignments and Projects
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Study Abroad
  • Writing-Intensive Courses
  • Capstone Courses & Projects
  • Diversity/Global Learning
  • Service Learning, Community-Based Learning
  • Internships

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 Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, this grant aims to fund as many qualifying projects as possible. The Professional Development Center 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 from the Academic
Affairs division 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:

  • Digital recording devices
  • Musical instruments
  • Non-consumable lab equipment
  • Instructional models
  • Software

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
  • Subscriptions to relevant publications
  • Training for specialized or advanced certifications
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • To bring an expert or consultant to campus
  • Partial funding for course release (up to $1500) is available to those receiving matching funds from their departments (must be supported with a letter from your department chair)

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: $ 1500.00 maximum

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

Funds must be used within one year from announcement.

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 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?
  • For new course development or course release proposals please send a letter of support from the appropriate department chair to

Deadline for Applications: Wednesday, December 3rd at noon

Reporting Procedures:

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

  • Participating in an informal open-house demonstration of how his/her classroom innovation impacted student learning.


Professional Development Center (PDC)

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