Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence

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The Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence (ACIE) advises the Provost on the methods to encourage instructional development and teaching excellence at the University of Pittsburgh. It realizes these goals through the sponsorship of special programming and the disposition of grants to faculty members seeking funding for curricular and technology driven proposals to advance instructional development and teaching excellence. Provost James V. Maher established the Council in 1998 and chaired the Council during the 1998-99 academic year. Laurie Kirsch, Vice Provost for Faculty Development, currently chairs the Council.

In support of its ongoing mission to further strengthen the role of teaching at the University of Pittsburgh, the Provost’s Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence (ACIE) again invites proposals from University faculty for projects that enhance teaching at Pitt and foster new instructional approaches that represent advances over existing methods. Additionally, proposals may meet some or all of the following criteria:

  • Be adaptable in other instructional settings
  • Foster collaboration among faculty from different departments, units, and campuses on the development of innovative approaches to teaching
  • Develop new course materials
  • Create significant curricular improvements

In the past, the Advisory Council has funded a spectrum of projects. This year, the Council will be especially interested in reviewing proposals focusing on technology-enhanced learning, especially in large-enrollment classes. It anticipates that at least 50 percent of the awards will be in this category, supporting proposals that enrich teaching through the effective uses of technology in large-enrollment classes. Faculty are encouraged to explore innovative approaches that utilize proven or emerging technologies. Examples of these technology-enhanced techniques that could be considered for funding include (but are not limited to):

  • Incorporating online games, simulations, and virtual worlds
  • Using rich media technologies to flip the classroom
  • Implementing mobile technologies to explore learning environments outside the classroom
  • Integrating social and collaborative technologies to expand and enhance the learning experience

Please use the following forms to complete your ACIE grant. Please note that responses require both the RFP and the budget form. Proposals must be submitted to the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Development, and Diversity c/o by Monday, January 29, 2018.


Learn more about current ACIE activities, including videos and demonstrations from past recipients.