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OER Faculty Projects & Grants

2023 - OER for Social Justice (OERSJ) Grant

The University of San Francisco (USF), in partnership with Loyola Marymount University (LMU), Saint Mary’s College of California, and Santa Clara University, has received a $1,533,300 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to lead a three-year initiative to support the creation and use of open educational resources (OER).

Librarians from four private Catholic institutions in California - University of San Francisco, Loyola Marymount University, Saint Mary’s College of California, and Santa Clara University – will use the funds to recruit, incentivize, and prepare up to twelve faculty teams to adapt, create, and publish OER that integrate diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist resources into high-enrollment courses across multiple disciplines. The William H. Hannon Library at LMU will administer the grant in collaboration with an inter-institutional project team of librarians from all four institutions. For more information, see our press release or visit the OERSJ website

Providing affordable course materials is an increasing priority within higher education, with in-state examples including the California Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) initiative, and the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) & Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN) Pilot Project

2018-2021 OER Faculty Grant

The Open Educational Resources (OER) Faculty Grant Pilot Program was established in 2018. The programme supported USF faculty in adapting and creating their own openly-licensed teaching materials, alleviating textbook costs for our students. Participants received a grant of up to $3000 to support their projects, courtesy of the Gleeson Library | Geschke Center Dean's Office. 

OER Faculty Grant Awardees


  • Aline Hitti and Saera Khan, USF Jamovi Tutorial Project (report and tutorials)
  • Chris Brooks, Open-Source Tutorials for Computer Science
  • Giacomo Fiore and Kumiko Uyeda, Understanding Music
  • Nicole Gonzales Howell, Linguistic Justice Handbook for Faculty
  • Kate Lusheck, Open Access for Renaissance Art & Culture
  • Leigh Meredith, Cathy Gabor, Michelle Lavigne, and Julie Sullivan - Multimodal Textbook for USF's Core A2 Classes




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