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EIU Faculty Development and Innovation Center

Partnership Grants

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2021-2022 Faculty Development and Innovation Center Partnership Grants!

  • Alejandra Alvarado and Andrew Mertz (Department of Mathematics and Computer Science): “Meaningful Data Sets for EIU Students”
  • Melissa Ames (English Department) with Kristin Runyon (Charleston High School) and Ashley Manning (Mattoon High School): “Early Engagement with College-Level Academic Study: English Studies Summer Camp Scholarship for Local High School Students”
  • Lauri DeRuiter-Willems, Nikki Hillier, and Carrie Wennerdahl (Department of Public Health) with Doug Abolt (Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce):18th Street Farmer’s Market – A Collaboration of Charleston Chamber of Commerce and Public Health @ EIU
  • Rebecca Johnson (Department of Music) with Elizabeth Sullivan (University of North Carolina-Charlotte Department of Music) and Cara Chowning (Ball State University Department of Music): “Creating a Body of Diverse Repertoire for Flute, Oboe, Piano Trio”
  • Terri Fredrick and Elizabeth Tacke (Department of English) with Abby deBuhr (Douglas-Hart Nature Center), Tiffany Mumm (Effingham High School), Kristin Runyon (Charleston High School), and Becky Lawson (Sullivan High School): “Writing and Wellness Retreat for Current and Pre-service K–12 Educators”
  • Nichole Hugo (Hospitality and Tourism) and Toqeer Israr (Computer and Information Technology) with Lisa Cain (Florida International University Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management): “Managing Energy Consumption in Hotels through Smart Home Technology”
  • Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz (History Department) with Jodi Cline (Jefferson Elementary School): “Preservice Teachers and a Social Studies Club for Young Learners: A Collaboration between the EIU History with Teacher Licensure in Social Science Program and Jefferson Elementary School”
  • Erin Rowland Carlin, Ryan Burge, and Kaylynn Sims (Political Science Department) with Erik Beuck (University of Tennessee Political Science Department) and Hugh McCorkle (McCorkle Public Safety Consulting, LLC): “Crafting Policies for Public Safety through the New U.S. Active Shooting Incidents (ASI) Database”

FDIC Partnership Grants are an annual funding opportunity aimed at helping EIU faculty develop projects partnering with faculty or staff within the university, in the community, or with faculty in other institutions of higher education. Successful proposals focus on creating opportunities through which faculty can explore a topic of mutual interest from different perspectives, develop creative/innovative interdisciplinary or integrative pedagogies, strengthen cross-disciplinary and inter-departmental collaborations in scholarship or teaching and learning, promote the integration or incorporation of diverse intellectual, social, and/or cultural perspectives into curricula, and/or develop integrative models of teaching and learning or the assessment of integrative teaching approaches.

Faculty Partnership Grants are designed to help EIU faculty develop projects partnering with faculty or staff within the university, in the community, or with faculty in other institutions of higher education. Proposals must form or further partnerships with faculty in different departments and/or colleges at EIU, with faculty at other institutions, with university staff, or with members of the community. Grants (up to $1,000) may be used as seed money in conjunction with other support. Successful grant applicants are required to provide a summary report with evidence of the event or project, an outline of project outcomes, and final budget detail at the end of the fiscal year (June 30th). Recipients will also be asked to prepare a workshop for the FDIC based on the partnership project. For full detail, see the most recent Guidelines and Application Form (AY 2021-2022).

Available Documents

2021-2022 Partnership Grant Guidelines and Application Form

Past recipients of Partnership Grants

Examples of successful proposals are available by contacting the FDIC at 217-581-7051 or

Related Pages

Contact Information

Dr. Michael Gillespie, Director, FDIC


Julie Lockett, Director of Learning Innovation


Kim Ervin
Instructional Designer


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