University Libraries names affordable textbook grant recipients
- Jennifer Wilson
- Monday, April 20th, 2020
Western Kentucky University Libraries has selected the following 10 faculty as recipients for the 2020 Affordable Textbook Initiative, sponsored by the WKU Sisterhood.
Left to Right, top row:
Carnetta Skipworth, Associate Professor, Chemistry
Jacob Bly, Assistant Professor, Economics
Andrew Head, Assistant Professor, Finance
Reagan Brown , Professor, Psychological Sciences
Dorothea Browder, Associate Professor, History
Left to Right, on the couch:
Toni Szymanski, Associate Professor, School of Teacher Education
Scott Bonham, Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy
Anne Heintzman, Instructor, School of Professional Studies
Dana Sullivan, Professor, Social Work (not pictured)
Christopher Groves, Distinguished Professor, Geology and Geography (not pictured)
“We were so pleased with the response from WKU faculty for this new initiative,” said WKU Libraries Dean Susann deVries. “Part of student success is helping students decrease barriers and it is wonderful that WKU faculty are helping to reduce textbook expenses.”
According to Library Public Services Department Chair Laura DeLancey, the goal of the Affordable Textbook Initiative is to make course materials available at no cost to WKU students by incentivizing faculty adoption of library-licensed or Open Educational Resources in place of traditional textbooks. The Affordable Textbook Initiative awarded ten $1,500 grants to faculty who agree to replace traditional textbooks with an open-access or library licensed-alternative. Grant recipients will receive support and assistance identifying textbook alternatives and updating assignments from library faculty and CITL.
“We had so many promising proposals it was very difficult to choose only ten grant recipients. I love that WKU faculty are excited to try something new and make a difference. Going textbook-free or adopting an ebook from the library are great ways to save students money. The Library is excited to help our colleagues tackle college affordability any way we can.”
For more information on the initiative, contact Laura DeLancey at 270-745-3979.