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Proposals now being accepted for CEI's Seed Grant for Promoting Pedagogical Innovation

The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, March 17, 2017.

UB's Center for Educational Innovation serves as a nexus for campuswide efforts to further elevate the scholarship of, and research support for, pedagogical advancement and improved learning at the university.

The Seed Grant for Promoting Pedagogical Innovation, offered annually through CEI, intends to promote excellence in university teaching, learning and assessment. In particular, it intends to enhance UB's capacity to successfully obtain external grants to support university pedagogical innovation.

All full-time faculty (tenured, tenure-track and clinical) and researchers who are eligible to apply for external grants through the Office of Sponsored Projects Services (SPS) may apply. A total budget of $50,000 annually is available to support a maximum of $10,000 per project for one year.

CEI staff is available to provide individual consultation on project designs, particularly assessment and pedagogy, for faculty who are interested in submitting a proposal.


Please contact Renee Crandall (, Office Manager, Center for Educational Innovation, with questions or requests for consultations.

Quality by Design: Strategies for Effective Teaching and Quality Course Design

Monday, March 20 to Sunday, April 16, 2017 • Online

Registration closes Monday, March 6, 2017.

Quality by Design (QbD) is a four-week online course that provides a unique opportunity for faculty and staff to improve courses through a framework for evaluating the effectiveness of seated, online or hybrid courses. Upon completion of this course, participants be able to identify the importance of learner-centered instruction; analyze the qualities of effective course design; and integrate these concepts into their teaching and/or instructional design strategies.

Registration is free for all UB faculty and staff.

Request for Proposals: SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants (IITG) Program

The deadline to submit a proposal is Sunday, March 5, 2017.

The Innovative Instruction Technology Grants program is a state-funded competitive grant program dedicated to supporting projects that demonstrate, communicate and replicate innovations that pair technology and pedagogy developed across SUNY.

There are two significant changes to this year's program:

  • Funds may be used for project or initiative planning.
  • Multi-campus proposals that offer "transformational impact" but exceed the top-tier funding cap of $60,000 will be considered under very narrow, well-articulated conditions in the application.

CEI staff is available to provide individual consultation on grant proposals, particularly assessment and pedagogy, for those who are interested in submitting a proposal.


Please contact Renee Crandall (, Office Manager, Center for Educational Innovation, with requests for consultations.

Submitting a proposal to the IITG program?

To help coordinate resources across the university, the Center for Educational Innovation would like to ask that anyone submitting a proposal to the IITG program complete a short form with some basic information about their proposal. Completing the form should take less than 2 minutes.

New Publication: The College Teaching Assistant Handbook

The College Teaching Assistant Handbook, edited by Carol Van Zile-Tamsen (UB Curriculum) and Cathleen Morreale (Center for Educational Innovation), is the perfect introductory volume for new graduate teaching assistants.

This handbook provides practical strategies for all aspects of teaching in higher education, from course design and delivery to delivering a course designed by someone else. Topics include grading and assessment; active learning strategies; teaching large lectures, lab sections and recitations; balancing teaching obligations with personal schoolwork; and preparing to enter academia as a teaching faculty member. Nearly all chapters include additional resources that are available in the TA Teaching Toolbox, an online resource that accompanies this book.

Prepublication orders receive a 20 percent discount, and bulk discounts are also available. To order the handbook, email Tricia Worthington ( at Nova Sciences Publishers with Special20 in the subject line of the email.

Call for Proposals: International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference

Oct. 11-14, 2017 • Calgary, Alberta, Canada

International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning's (ISSOTL) annual conference brings together international scholars and educators to share recent work and to discuss how collective efforts can elevate the future of higher education. The conference features preconference workshops facilitated by leading scholars in the field, distinguished international plenary speakers, panel discussions, individual paper and poster presentations, concurrent workshops and ISSOTL's signature Conference Commons for informal idea-sharing and networking.

This year's theme, Reaching New Heights, urges presenters, practitioners and participants to think about the future of the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and how to navigate the new routes for getting there. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Aspirations and anxieties for SoTL
  • Adventures and insights in SoTL
  • The high and low points in SoTL
  • Mapping and chronicling SoTL
  • SoTL newcomers, fellow climbers and guides
  • New horizons, emerging landscapes and underexplored territories in SoTL

The deadline to submit a proposal is Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

CEI announces new institute focused on improving higher education

Our center is please to announce the creation of the Higher Education Improvement Institute. The mission of the new institute is to help college and university administrators, faculty and staff with topics related to assessment, accreditation and institutional effectiveness.

Video: Teaching UB Seminars

Teaching UB Seminars provides information to help faculty prepare to teach UB Seminar courses this fall.

Video presentations include: review of the basic goals and learning outcomes of UB Seminars, including some suggestions on how to handle academic success learning outcomes; using ePortfolios in UB Seminars; and the demographics and interests of our incoming freshmen class. In addition, Andrew Stott, vice provost and dean of undergraduate education, shares some personal experiences teaching a pilot version of a UB Seminar.