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Office of the Provost

 

 

Provost Innovation Funds

Call for Proposals 2017 

Employing Academic Technology to Enhance Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship

The 2017 Provost Innovation Fund (PIF) Call for Proposals is focused on supporting innovative and collaborative faculty-led initiatives that employ academic technology to enhance teaching, learning, and scholarship in the classroom, laboratory, field and/or studio. Proposals should demonstrate clear linkage to the College’s Agenda for Distinction.

The 2017 grant program is designed to offer a supplementary source of technology funding for collaborative teams. All faculty applying for projects will need to demonstrate at least Departmental-level impact for the proposed academic technology purchases. Priority will be given to proposals that emphasize intra and/or interdepartmental collaborations. In addition, collaborations and linkages between faculty and campus offices such as the McQuade Library, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and/or Instructional Technology are strongly encouraged.

This year’s funding will need to be spent, and all academic technology encumbered, by June 1, 2017. Some key parameters of this year’s grant program are noted below.

  • The Academic Technology grant program will provide one-time funding for teaching and learning tools such as hardware, software, equipment, or any other relevant academic technology

  • Reasonable recurring maintenance costs for hardware, software or technology beyond the grant period will be considered.

  • Reasonable training costs for learning how to use the technology are permitted

  • Awards may not be used to fund or supplement pre-existing or in-process tools, services, or technology paid for by Departments, Schools, other grants, or the College

  • A summer stipend up to $2,000 can be included in the budget as appropriate.

A clear and concise rationale that outlines the implementation, use and evaluation of the impact of the technology will be required

Funding Level: There is no specific funding ceiling, although it is anticipated that grants would likely range from $1,000 to $30,000. If faculty have any questions about funding level, they should contact the Provost’s Office to discuss their proposal.

Eligibility: Any and all collaborative groups of full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty are eligible to submit an application. As noted above, all faculty applying for projects will need to demonstrate at least Departmental-level impact and priority will be given to proposals that emphasize intra and/or interdepartmental and multiple school collaborations.

How to Apply: Please submit a 1-2 page executive summary and estimated budget to the Office of the Provost by Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Please do not hesitate to discuss your ideas with our office in advance of the deadline. We want to work with you as needed. Each applicant will be notified in writing of the status of their application by February 28, 2017. All academic technology must be purchased by June 1, 2017.

We look forward to receiving your proposals and reviewing your efforts to enhance Merrimack College’s teaching and learning. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the Provost’s Office.

The Provost Innovation Fund, managed through the Office of Academic Affairs, is allocated specifically to support the implementation of academic initiatives that are directly related to the Agenda for Distinction.

In a competitive application process, faculty submit proposals that are directly related to the Agenda for Distinction. Awards are made on the basis of the project’s alignment with one or more goals and objectives of the Agenda for Distinction and the project’s potential impact on the quality of our academic offerings.  

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2015 - 2016 Recipients 

Faculty Name Position Department Course Title
Bryan Bannon
Associate Professor
Philosophy
The Meaning of Work: An Introduction to Philosophy
Bryan Bannon
Assistant Professor
Philosophy
Study Travel Course to Cuba
Sean Condon
Associate Professor
History
Study Travel Course to Cuba
Luis Saenz de Vicuera Erkiaga 
Associate Professor
World
Languages & Cultural Studies
Study Travel Course to Cuba
Cinzia DiGiulio 
Associate Professor/
Chair
World
Languages & Cultural Studies
Cinema and the Global Zombie 
Courtenay Dunn-Lewis
Assistant Professor
Health Sciences 
Development of a Freshman Year Professional Studies Seminar Course: Professions in the Health Sciences
Cynthia Ferrara 
Associate Professor
Health Sciences
Development of a Freshman Year Professional Studies Seminar Course: Professions in the Health Sciences
Anne Flaherty
Associate Professor 
Political Science
The Politics of Food
John Giordano
Professor of Practice 
Visual and Performing Arts
9/11 in Words and Images
Jose Godinez
Assistant Professor
Management
Introduction to Doing Business in Latin America
Christina Hardway
 Associate Professor 
Psychology 
Psychology of Identity and Purpose 
Karen Hayden
Associate Professor
Criminology 
Rural Crime
George Heffernan
Professor
Philosophy
Life, Passion, Reason
Robert Koegel
Adjunct
Lecturer
Sociology 
Happiness
He Li
Professor 
Political Science 
Globalization
Lynn McGovern 
Professor 
World
Languages & Cultural Studies
The Gods Must be Crazy: Exploring Culture, Context and Intercultural Competence
Brittnie Aiello
Assistant Professor
Criminology
Inequality and Justice in Life and Literature
Ellen McWhorter
Associate Professor
English
Inequality and Justice in Life and Literature
Ralph Pass
Adjunct Lecturer
Physics
Honors Astronomy 
Laura Pruett
Associate Professor
Visual and Performing Arts
The Concept Album in Popular Music
Autumn Ridenour
Assistant Professor
Religious & Theological Studies
Bioethics & Healthcare: Theological Approaches 
Maria Sannella 
Lecturer
Marketing 
Exploring Ways to Market Businesses
Raymond Shaw
Associate Professor/
Chair
Psychology
A Large, Interdisciplinary Introduction to Psychology
Sally Shockro
Assistant Professor
History 
Mystery Plays and the Transformation of Late-Medieval Europe
Joseph Stasio 
Associate Professor 
Marketing 
Great Entrepreneurs
Joseph Vogel
Assistant Professor
English
History of Film