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Open and Affordable Textbook Program: Faculty Authored Open Textbook Application

Application for Faculty Authored Open Textbook


Application for the AY2021 is now available!

Timeline and Application Guidelines:
  • Call for proposals will close at midnight on Friday October 2, 2020.
  • Complete the FAOT Application Requirements Form and submit it along with a separate file containing your open textbook proposal and outline.
  • Send these documents electronically to with the subject line: “FAOT AY2021 Award Requirements Form and Outline” before Friday October 2, 2020.
  • Applicants must be a full-time faculty and meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the NJIT Sabbatical Leave.
Available Award:
  • One award for eligible faculty members to publish an open textbook
  • The completed FAOT Application Requirements Form, along with your open textbook proposal and outline, will be reviewed by the Committee on Sabbaticals as part of the normal sabbatical application process. One faculty authored open textbook application will be selected by the Provost from among the list of approved sabbatical applications.
    • Sabbatical Leave for Academic Year: The awards will cover 20% of the awardee’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 or an awardee in the 2020-2021 academic year the FAOT award will remain available in the subsequent year.


Application Selection Criteria

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

  • Quality of proposal and outline
  • Pedagogical innovation
  • Preparedness for implementation
  • Overall savings to NJIT students
  • Number of students impacted
  • Sustainability of the project to applicable future courses
  • Availability of similar OER textbooks
  • Potential for adoption at NJIT and other colleges/universities

View FAOT Application Selection Rubric

It is expected that the Faculty Authored Open Textbook awardee will be a full-time faculty member whose application for sabbatical has already been approved by the University Committee on Sabbaticals.

Requirements for Awardees

The Open Textbook Author awardee will be required to publish 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 Education Network 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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