Published 01/15/16

Annual faculty grant program cultivates innovative teaching

With the support of the Faculty Innovation Grant program,  Director of the Bryant Center for Program Innovation Michael Roberto, D.B.A., Trustee Professor of Management, says these award winners “are doing amazing work, bringing innovative programs into the classroom.”

The Fourth Annual Faculty Innovation Grants for new initiatives that represent “a true bold innovation in how we educate our students” have been awarded for the 2015-2016 academic year to:

  • Associate Professor of Marketing Stefanie Boyer, Ph.D. – Using Cartoon Technology to Teach Sales
  • Professor of Accounting Lookman Buky Folami, Ph.D. – Development of New Graduate Course on Business Valuation
  • Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems Kevin Mentzer ’91 and Professor of Computer Information Systems Janet Prichard, Ph.D. – 3D Printing
  • Lecturer in Modern Languages Alexandra Place – “Bring Your Own Device” Pedagogies for Foreign Language Teaching and Learning
  • Associate Professor of Marketing Srdan Zdravkovic, Ph.D. –  Experiential Learning Project in the International Business Program

Previous recipients include:


  • Associate Professor of Applied Psychology Allison Butler, Ph.D. – Develop a Flipped Classroom Approach to Teaching Upper-Level Child Psychopathology Course
  • Lecturer in Finance Mara Derderian, M.B.A. – Work Toward Establishing a Financial Planning Track in the Finance Department in Partnership with the Certified Financial Planning Board of Standards
  • Professor of English and Cultural Studies Terri Hasseler, Ph.D. – The Creativity Sketchbook Challenge
  • Lecturers in Modern Languages Heather Moon and Alexandra Place – Technology in the Romance Language Classroom
  • Professor of Finance Jack Trifts, Ph.D. – Develop Use of Technology to Support Flipping the Classroom


  • Assistant Professor of Economics Aziz Berdiev, Ph.D. –Technology that Gives Students Opportunity to Apply Their Knowledge During Class
  • Associate Professor of Marketing Stefanie Boyer, Ph.D. – Mobile Sales Lab
  • Associate Professor of Sociology Sandra Enos, Ph.D.  – Teaching Creativity in the Sociology Classroom and Beyond
  • Professor of English and Cultural Studies Martha Kuhlman, Ph.D. – Artists to Collaborate with Graphic Novel Students
  • Lecturer in English and Cultural Studies Paul Swift – Preparing for the Role of Game Master in Live-Action Role-Playing Reacting to the Past Game


  • Professor of Computer Information Systems Richard Glass, Ph.D. – Collaborate with Students to Co-design an Improved Computer Information Systems Course
  • Professor of Finance A. Can Inci, Ph.D. – Purchase Software to Enhance His Corporate Finance Course Innovations
  • Professor of Anthropology, African Studies, and Music Alex Perullo, Ph.D. – Community Ethnography Course Support
  • Associate Professor of Marketing Srdan Zdravkovic, Ph.D. – Materials and Training to Engage International Business Students in Unique International Cross-University Initiative