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Open and Affordable Textbook Program: Faculty Authored Open Textbook

Application Form for Faculty Authored Open Textbook Award


Application for the AY 2020 is now open!

  • Call for proposals will close at midnight on October 1, 2019
  • A final decision will be made by the University Committee on Sabbaticals
Available Award:
  • One award for eligible faculty members to publish an open textbook
  • Faculty must submit and will go through the sabbatical application process and a recipient will be selected by the University Committee on Sabbaticals
    • Sabbatical Leave for Academic Year: The awards will cover 20% of the recipient’s salary. This will be in addition to the 80% covered by the sabbatical policy
    • Sabbatical Leave for a Semester: the awards will include one course release time during the semester leading up to the sabbatical leave. This will be in addition to the 100% covered by the sabbatical policy.

If there are no applications in the 2019-2020 academic year the award will remain available in the subsequent year.

  • Applicants must be a full-time faculty and meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the NJIT Sabbatical Leave.

Selection Criteria

Open Textbook Author award will be given to an applicant on the basis of:

  • Quality of proposal and outline
  • Overall savings to NJIT students
  • Number of students impacted
  • Preparedness for implementation
  • Sustainability of the project to applicable future courses
  • Pedagogical innovation
  • oat-selection-criteria-rubric 

Open Textbook Author awardee will be recommended to the University Committee on Sabbaticals on the following basis:


The Open Textbook Author awardee will be required to create an open textbook and also:

  • Meet with designated librarian and instructional designer for content and course design support
  • Provide copies of the original and revised course syllabus annotated to include costs to students and savings achieved
  • Share survey to students at the end of the semester in which OER materials were used
  • Provide a comparative measure of learning outcomes prior to and following the adoption of OER

The completed open textbook must be:

  • An original textbook, that is, not a derivative of another textbook
  • Peer-reviewed and published on the Open Textbook Library
  • Published with a Creative Commons license that allows for derivative works (CC-BY-NC)
  • Published as a complete textbook (not individual chapters)
  • Hosted on NJIT's institutional repository (

The Open Textbook Author awardee will need to submit a narrative in the form of a final report detailing challenges and accomplishments using OER, including impact to teaching, student performance and lessons learned.

More about creating open textbooks.

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