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Application Deadline:  November 17, 2019 at midnight
2019 Instructional Incentive Award for Classroom Innovations
Sponsored by the Fredonia College Foundation

The Professional Development Center (PDC) 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 PDC Planning Committee is responsible for the review of applications and for making recommendations on awardees to the Provost for Academic Affairs. More information is available at the PDC.

Submit an Application
Deadline for Applications: Sunday, November 17, 2019 at midnight

Engaging Your Students: High Impact Teaching Practices - Register online
November 20, 2019

1:00-2:00 pm
PDC Bonsai Room, 120 Reed Library

Come to this session to hear from faculty colleagues about innovative classroom approaches that are proven to keep students engaged. This time can also be used to share your personal successes and seek advice. More details are available at the PDC.

Collaborating for Student Success 2019: Advising, Applied Learning, and the Student Success Summit
October 28-30, 2019

Albany, NY

Student success is the primary goal for every institution of higher education. Achieving the outcomes we desire is a complicated process and requires the commitment and collaboration of staff and faculty across campus. As SUNY is building capacity and best practices for individualized education featuring campus and student leadership/models/methods, our communities of practice have joined together in order to facilitate collaboration, networking, and sharing of ideas to improve offerings across the state.

Applied Learning Plan Overview

On May 6th, 2015, the SUNY Board of Trustees (BOT) passed a resolution stating that SUNY shall develop a plan to make approved applied learning activities available to SUNY students enrolled in the 2016-17 academic year, and that this plan will include individual campus plans. The resolution follows from language in the 2015-16 Enacted State Budget (in an “Article VII” bill).

To achieve this goal each campus is required to submit an Applied Learning plan that documents the types of applied learning activities available. SUNY campuses are also required to examine the feasibility of making applied learning activities a graduation requirement.

The Applied Learning Guidance document is intended to provide guidance to campuses as they develop individual Applied Learning (also known as Experiential Learning) Plans. 

Fredonia Community Engagement
Fredonia faculty, staff, and students are actively engaged with our local communities. In addition, our strategic plan and mission clearly demonstrate Fredonia’s commitment to applied learning and community engagement (see Community Engagement Snap Shot).

Fredonia students on campus

Applied Learning Council Members
Tracy Collingwood (Chair), Naomi Baldwin, Chuck Cornell, Jack Croxton, Dawn Eckenrode, Michael Jabot, Kevin Kearns, Sarah Laurie, Brian Masciadrelli, Bruce Simon, and Mark Suida.