Apply for faculty grants that improve teaching and bolster student success

(DECEMBER 19, 2023) 

UTSA Libraries is pleased to announce it will again offer faculty two grants, Faculty Teaching in the Archives (FTIA) and Adopt-a-Free Textbook, designed to enhance teaching and directly support the success of UTSA students. The application period is now open for UTSA faculty members interested in applying for one or both grants. The deadline for submitting applications for either grant is March 18.

The FTIA grant from UTSA Special Collections encourages instructors to design or stimulate courses with unique content from UTSA archives. The Adopt-a-Free Textbook grants enable faculty to adopt or create free Open Educational Resources (OER) textbooks as the primary textbooks in their courses. Courses that adopt OER provide the university’s largely first-generation and diverse student body with equal access to their books regardless of socioeconomic status.

FTIA Grant Details

Allows faculty to introduce students to various primary sources, engage students in in-depth archival research, build critical-thinking skills, and enhance participation in collaborative projects and presentations.

The library will award two FTIA grants at $1,000 each.

  • 1 award - Integrating Chicano research collections into a course.
  • 1 award - Integrating any Special Collections research materials into a course.

For more information, visit the FTIA Grants page or contact Special Collections' Librarian Steph Noell.

Adopt-a-Free-Textbook Grant Details

Supports and enables faculty to adopt or create free or Open Educational Resources (OER) textbooks as the primary textbooks in their courses. There are three categories for submitting applications:

  • No Cost (adopt library e-books, articles, or other material)
  • Adoption (adopt existing OER)
  • Design (create new OER and provide the opportunity to involve students in the process)

To learn more about this grant, register for an upcoming session below.

Explore the OER guide for your college

For more information and to apply, visit the OER website or email