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Office of the Provost

Provost Innovation Funds

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.  

2015 - 2016 Recipients 

Faculty Name Position Department Course Title
Bryan Bannon
Associate Professor
The Meaning of Work: An Introduction to Philosophy
Bryan Bannon/Sean Condon/Luis Saenz de Vicuera Erkiaga 
Associate Professor/Associate Professor/Associate Professor
Philosophy/History/World Languages and Cultural Studies
Study Travel Course to Cuba
James Chiavelli
Assoc. VP & Director of Communications
Communications office
Afghanistan: Culture and Conflict
Cinzia DiGiulio 
Associate Professor/Chair
World Languages and Cultural Studies
Cinema and the Global Zombie 
Courtenay Dunn-Lewis/Cynthia Ferrara 
Assistant Professor/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
Introduction to Doing Business in Latin America
Christina Hardway
 Associate Professor 
Psychology of Identity and Purpose 
Karen Hayden
Associate Professor
Rural Crime
George Heffernan
Life, Passion, Reason
Robert Koegel
Adjunct Lecturer
He Li
Political Science 
Lynn McGovern 
World Languages and Cultural Studies
The Gods Must be Crazy: Exploring Culture, Context and Intercultural Competence
Brittnie AielloEllen McWhorter
Assistant Professor/Associate Professor
Criminology English
Inequality and Justice in Life and Literature
Ralph Pass
Adjunct Lecturer
Honors Astronomy 
Laura Pruett
Associate Professor
Visual and Performing Arts
The Concept Album in Popular Music
Autumn Ridenour
Assistant Professor
Religious and Theological Studies
Bioethics & Healthcare: Theological Approaches 
Maria Sannella 
Exploring Ways to Market Businesses
Raymond Shaw
Associate Professor/ Chair
A Large, Interdisciplinary Introduction to Psychology
Sally Shockro
Assistant Professor
Mystery Plays and the Transformation of Late-Medieval Europe
Joseph Stasio 
Associate Professor 
Great Entrepreneurs
Joseph Vogel
Assistant Professor
History of Film