Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence

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ACIE award winners

Past ACIE award recipients.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is eligible to submit a proposal?
  • What kinds of instructional projects are funded through the Innovation In Education program?
  • How many proposals are typically received each year and how many are funded?
  • Is the proposed project required to include instructional technology?
  • Are there any limitations on the kinds of budget items that can be funded?
  • Where can I get help?
  • Can examples of successful projects that describe the “criteria for success” be reviewed?
  • Can a previous unsuccessful proposal submitted but not funded be submitted again?
  • Can a second proposal be submitted for continued funding of a successful project?
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    • Who is eligible to submit a proposal?

      All full-time and part-time faculty at the five University of Pittsburgh campuses are eligible to submit proposals. Collaborative proposals are encouraged.
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    • Are there any limitations on the kinds of budget items that can be funded?

      Yes. Unacceptable items include the following: travel and maintenance costs for participation at professional meetings; subscriptions and professional journal costs; editorial assistance; and release time, except for faculty on 12-month base salaries. Items typically funded by a department are also discouraged. (See the current RFP for a description of the Budget and Budget Justification.)
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    • Where can I get help: In reviewing my ideas for a project?

      Members of the Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence will be available for consultation at the annual Teaching Excellence Fair, held in the Fall term. Any Advisory Council member is willing to advise faculty on proposed projects. Visit the membership page for a list of the current membership.

      In designing and costing a proposal?

      The Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education (CIDDE) can be helpful in providing comprehensive services to assist faculty in the application of effective teaching (for example, instructional design and development support for the creation, redesign or enhancement of courses and programs); and design and development of teaching materials, including the integration of instructional media and computer technology. Please visit the website for additional information at www.cidde.pitt.edu. Also University Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) can assist faculty in planning for the effective use of technology, including hardware and software analysis, as well as training. Visit the CSSD website at http://technology.pitt.edu/ for additional information.
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    • Can a previous unsuccessful proposal submitted but not funded be submitted again?

      Yes. But it would be most important for the project director to ask for the reviews in order to gain insight into how and where to improve the first submission. CIDDE may also be of assistance in this area.
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    • Can a second proposal be submitted for continued funding of a successful project?

      Yes, but preference is given to projects/project directors that have not been funded previously under this program.
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