Dr Rose McEwen and Dr Lori Bernard of the Spanish section of the Department of Languages and Literatures are among the four SUNY Geneseo faculty members to receive the SUNY system 2012 Innovative Instruction Technology Grants (IITG). The grants fund campus innovations and initiatives with potential to be replicated throughout the SUNY system and benefit students and faculty worldwide. Of 117 proposals submitted, 48 received awards across three different funding tiers.

Dr Rose McEwen received a Tier One Award for her project focusing on transforming to a hybrid foreign language instructional model. A Tier One Award funds projects up to $10,000.

Dr Lori Bernard received a Tier Three Award from Geneseo for her project focusing on leveraging SUNY system expertise through distance mentoring to enhance the undergraduate research experience. A Tier Three Award funds projects up to $60,000 with a 33% matching funds required.

“This new competitive grants program will enable partnerships across SUNY to leverage technology as a means to educate students,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “It serves as an excellent example of the power of SUNY to realize efficiencies through the sharing of resources and instructional partnerships within our system.”

All projects included an assessment and communications plan to ensure that the new innovations can be openly shared and replicated across SUNY. Funded projects demonstrating potential for multi-campus use will be eligible to apply for additional funds in 2013.

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