Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence


ACIE award recipients

Past ACIE award recipients.

Innovation in Education Awards

In support of its ongoing mission to further strengthen the role of teaching at the University of Pittsburgh, the Provost’s Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence (ACIE) again invites proposals from University faculty for projects that enhance teaching at Pitt and foster new instructional approaches that represent advances over existing methods. Additionally, proposals may meet some or all of the following criteria:

  • Be adaptable in other instructional settings

  • Foster collaboration among faculty from different departments, units, and campuses on the development of innovative approaches to teaching

  • Develop new course materials

  • Create significant curricular improvements

In the past, the Advisory Council has funded a spectrum of projects. This year, the Council will be especially interested in reviewing proposals focusing on technology-enhanced learning, especially in large-enrollment classes. It anticipates that at least 50 percent of the awards will be in this category, supporting proposals that enrich teaching through the effective uses of technology in large-enrollment classes. Faculty are encouraged to explore innovative approaches that utilize proven or emerging technologies. Examples of these technology-enhanced techniques that could be considered for funding include (but are not limited to):

  • Incorporating experiential learning into a class via simulations, real-world experiences, or uniquely designed classroom interactions

  • Using emerging technologies to bring a global perspective to a class

  • Incorporating online games and virtual worlds as a learning tool

  • Using rich media technologies to flip the classroom

  • Implementing mobile technologies to explore learning environments outside the classroom

  • Integrating social and collaborative technologies to expand and enhance the learning experience


2017 List of Projects

2016 List of Projects

2015 List of Projects

2014 List of Projects

2013 List of Projects

2012 List of Projects

2011 List of Projects

2010 List of Projects

2009 List of Projects


Please use the following forms to complete your ACIE grant. Please note that responses require both the RFP and the budget form. Proposals must be submitted to the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Development, and Diversity c/o by Monday, January 29, 2018.