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Academic Innovation Mini-fund Program

Join an interdisciplinary AIM cohort and develop an individual project while benefiting from discussions with your colleagues. 

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Winter 2021 AIMS

All PSU faculty and staff are encouraged to apply.  Each member of the cohort will receive $1,000 in funding following completion of requirements as specified within the “Participant Agreement” section on the application form. 

Applications are due November 20th, 2020.

Inclusive Curriculum and Pedagogy AIM

Participants in the Inclusive Curriculum and Pedagogy cohort will develop or revise a course or program offering with the goal of creating a more inclusive, culturally-sustaining approach to curriculum and pedagogy.  This could include syllabus/course development that represents diverse perspectives, inclusion of teaching methods that support multiple student backgrounds and abilities, fosters social justice and the centrality of student voice, reflects personal awareness of the impacts of one’s bias and identity on curriculum and pedagogy, and promotes equity and academic success for all students.  

Open Educational Practices AIM

The Open Education AIM is part of an Open Education Initiative, co-led by The Office of Academic Innovation and the Portland State Library, to put students’ learning first through cost-saving strategies, increasing inclusion efforts, and improving academic success. Open educational teaching practices allow for more diverse voices to engage in the learning experience and provide opportunities for faculty to collaborate with students to ensure the learning materials meet their students' needs.

OAI seeks up to 15 faculty to replace cost-bearing required textbooks with no-cost Open Educational Resources in one of their courses. Workshops will cover: Evaluating OER for teaching and learning purposes, understanding and working with Creative Commons open licenses, creating assessments and other ancillary materials, aligning syllabus to new OER text, and student assessment of the course materials.

Program Assessment Planning and Reporting AIM

Participants in the Program Assessment Planning and Reporting cohort will develop or revise a robust, high-quality academic program assessment plan or a component of the academic assessment plan with the goal of establishing or continuing to improve student learning through discovery, reflection, and assessment planning. This will include articulating or reviewing goals and program learning outcomes, incorporating inclusive assessment practices, developing a curriculum map to examine alignment, evaluating types and quality of data, understanding how to interpret assessment findings, and demonstrating program improvement through concrete action planning and quality reporting.

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Apply to be the Inclusive Curriculum and  Pedagogy Faculty in Residence at OAI

The Faculty-in-Residence for Inclusive Curriculum and Pedagogy position provides leadership for programming focused on fostering inclusive learning environments that engage and include all students at PSU and focuses on collaboration with campus constituents and OAI staff.

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Certificate of Innovation in College Teaching.

The Certificate of Innovation in College Teaching (CICT) is a free, voluntary, non-credit professional development experience designed to prepare future and current faculty for teaching and professional life in higher education. 

Conferences & Workshops

The Certificate of Innovation in College Teaching Program hosts recurring professional development conferences and workshops throughout each year for concrete skill and teaching practice development and community-building. The Teaching Innovation Conference draws nationally-recognized keynotes speakers on a variety of topics related to the future of higher education.

Leadership Roles

Lead Graduate Assistants can apply to gain paid leadership experience through the Certificate of Innovation in College Teaching. They mentor fellow GTAs in their department, help shape the future of the CICT program, and complete leadership projects that will affect teaching, learning, and research at PSU for years to come.

Teaching Portfolio

Participants in the CICT program construct a digital Portfolio of Teaching and Professional Development that illustrates their professional experiences and skills that will carry them forward into their career.

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Department Workshops

Bring new teaching tutorials and workshops on a wide range of topics to your next department meeting. Explore our offerings and reach out to us to schedule a visit!

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Academic Writing Program

Our academic writing programs support faculty toward successful, satisfying, and productive academic writing. Facilitated with direction from our Faculty-in-Residence, offerings include the Jumpstart Academic Writing Program, writing consultation, writing communities, and writing retreats.


Faculty Book Group

OAI hosts a faculty book group each quarter, featuring a current book chosen by faculty on topics pertaining to higher education trends, teaching and learning, and the experience of faculty in postsecondary education today. Faculty nominate and choose the books that are featured each quarter.  

Upcoming events

Faculty Book Group

Join us for a remote fall faculty book group! We'll meet remotely this…
Add to my Calendar 2020-12-03 12:00:00 2020-12-03 13:00:00 Faculty Book Group Join us for a remote fall faculty book group! We'll meet remotely this Fall to discuss the future of education as we read chapters from Academia Next: The Futures of Higher Education. Each participant will receive a physical copy of the book in the mail.   "How will current trends transform American higher education over the course of the next twenty years? The outlook for the future of colleges and universities is uncertain. Financial stresses, changing student populations, and rapidly developing technologies all pose significant challenges to the nation's colleges and universities. In Academia Next, futurist and higher education expert Bryan Alexander addresses these evolving trends to better understand higher education's next generation."   If you have questions, please reach out to Janelle Voegele at   The book group will take place via Zoom. Please RSVP through Eventbrite:   Chapters we'll be reading: October 15: - Chapters 1 & 2 October 22: - Chapters 3 & 4 November 5: - Chapters 5 & 6 November 19: - Chapters 7 - 13 December 3: - Chapters 14 & 15   RSVP Remote Office of Academic Innovation Office of Academic Innovation America/Los_Angeles public

Academic Writing Consulting for Faculty

Dannelle Stevens, Faculty in Residence for Academic Writing, is offering 1…
Add to my Calendar 2020-12-04 17:00:00 2020-12-01 09:31:19 Academic Writing Consulting for Faculty Dannelle Stevens, Faculty in Residence for Academic Writing, is offering 1:1 writing consulting time to help faculty with all aspects of professional writing, including strategies for productive writing and getting published. Writing projects could include grant proposals, promotion and tenure narratives, academic articles, book chapters, presentations, or other pieces geared toward professional publication. Consultations are available weekly at 10am, 11am, and 12pm. Please email Danelle Stevens at to register for a consultation slot. Remote Office of Academic Innovation Office of Academic Innovation America/Los_Angeles public