Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence
Status of Projects (May 2000)
Fifteen projects have been awarded grants totaling nearly $209,000 in the first year of the Innovation in Education Awards. The awards range from $3,304 to $27,647. The winners were chosen by the Provost’s Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence (ACIE) from 68 proposals submitted by Pitt faculty.
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Andrew Blair, who chairs ACIE on behalf of Provost James Maher, pointed out that ACIE primarily looked for programs that would develop innovative course materials, create significant improvements in the curriculum or foster collaboration among faculty from different departments or other academic units. He added that, although innovative approaches to teaching often involve creative uses of technology, teaching goes considerably beyond simply using technology.
Founded in 1998 by Maher, ACIE encourages a commitment to instructional excellence at Pitt. The Council and the awards program represent an affirmation that, although Pitt is a comprehensive research university, it is also committed to instructional and teaching excellence, according to Blair. The work of the Council is closely aligned with the mission of the Center for Instructional Development & Distance Education (CIDDE), which will assist with instructional design and technical components of several of the grants.
Proposals from diverse curricular areas, submitted by faculty from all five of Pitt’s campuses, were selected for funding. Detailed descriptions of each award as provided by project directors can be found on pages 2 through 8 of this special edition of the Teaching Times.