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Open Access and Open Education

OER Faculty Grant


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

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

Grant Process

The OER Faculty Grant Pilot Program is currently on hiatus. Please contact Nicola Andrews with any questions.

All grant proposals are reviewed by Nicola Andrews, Open Education Librarian; and Angie Portacio, Senior Instructional Designer. A final round of reviews is conducted by the Library Dean, and funds are dispersed by the Business Managers for Gleeson Library, and the faculty member's home department.

Grant funding can be used for any element of completing a project, including purchasing supplies, and honoraria or stipends for faculty or student assistant contributions. During the project, grant recipients can expect check-ins and support from the Open Education Librarian, and Educational Technology Services. Grant recipients are asked to submit their completed course materials and a brief report to the Scholarship Repository upon conclusion of their projects.

General Timeline

  • Sep - Oct: Call for Proposals
  • Nov - Dec: Proposals are reviewed and Awardees selected
  • Jan: Communication with Awardees and department Business Managers
  • Feb - Aug: Faculty work on their projects
  • Sep - Nov: Final project materials and reports submitted

Previous 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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