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Faculty Development Curriculum Innovation Program

Curriculum Innovation Program (CIP)

The Office of Faculty Development initiated the Curriculum Innovation Program.  The Curriculum Innovation Program (CIP) targets four key areas for change and innovation:  the Liberal Education Program, senior-level capstone courses, technologies that encourage collaborative learning and strengthen student engagement, and multidisciplinary collaborations. 

Four key initiatives are supported by the Curriculum Innovation Program:

• Curriculum Innovation Fellowships

• Curriculum Innovation Workshop Series 

• Curriculum Innovation Retreat

• Curriculum Innovation Exchange


See our CIP Faculty Project Showcase

The CIP Advisory Board

An Advisory Board was formed in order to assist CIP with its many initiatives.  Among other tasks, the CIP Advisory Board recommends guidelines for the selection process for Fellowships, Curriculum Innovation Retreat speakers and workshop presenters.  More importantly, they assist in developing the RFP procedures, evaluation rubrics and review processes for the Curriculum Innovation Fellows program.

CIP Faculty Advisor Board members include faculty with expertise in curriculum design and assessment, SoTL and teaching innovation.  Members represent all four of Southern's schools.  The TIP Advisory Board for 2011-2012 includes:

Polly Beals, History,
Laura Bower, Elementary Education,
Richard Cain, Public Health,
Steve Corbett, English,
Ilene Crawford, English,
Robert Forbus, Marketing,
DonnaJean Fredeen, School of Arts & Sciences,
Misty Ginicola, Counseling and School Psychology,and
Jess Gregory, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

The program is administered by Bonnie Farley-Lucas, Director, Faculty Development and Professor, Communication.  Marianne Kennedy, Interim Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs is serving as project consultant.   For more information regarding the Curriculum Innovation Program, contact Bonnie Farley-Lucas, Director of Faculty Development, at 203-392-5488 or You may also contact Michele Salamone, CIP Secretary, at x25358 or

The generous grant supporting the CIP was awarded from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis's retirement as chairman of Shaw's Supermarkets, Inc.  The Davis Educational Foundation has previously funded the Teaching Innovation Program and supported the SCSU Teaching Academy.