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The Textbook Affordability Project at Temple Libraries: About the Project

This guide describes Temple Libraries Textbook Affordability Project, a program that supports faculty to stop using expensive commercial textbooks and to instead create their own set of learning content or adopt an existing open textbook .

Past Award Winners

Project Awardees for 2018

Amanda Neuber, Psychology
David Brown, Public Relations/Communications
Lindsay Goss, Theatre
Thomas Wright, Communication/Media
Natalie Flynn, Earth/Environmental Science
Jesse Thornburg, Earth/Environmental Science
Norma Corrales-Martin, Spanish
Gaetano Romano, Biology
Isabelle Chang, Psychology

Project Awardees for 2017

Jacqueline Phillips, Kinesiology
Tim Fukawa-Connelly, College of Education
Michael Guglielmo, Human Resources Management (Fox)
Colleen Shanahan, Law School
Cate Almon, English
Eleni Anni, Biology
Sara Jacobson, Law School

Isabelle Chang, Psychology
Felix Udoeyo, Engineering

Project Awardees for 2016

Natalie Flynn, Earth and Environmental Science
Jose Gimenez, Math
Hana Muzika Kahn, Spanish & Portuguese
Hugh Kesson, Tyler School of Art
Jodi Levine Laufgraben, College of Education
Daniele Ramella, Chemistry
Aaron Smith, Africology and American Studies
Jeffrey Ward, Criminal Justice
Dai Zusai, Economics

Project Awardees for 2015

Daniel Garro, Philosophy
Jennifer Ibrahim, Public Health
Peter Marshall, Psychology
Kate Nelson, Human Resources Management
Wesley Roehl, Tourism and Hospitality
Jo-Ellen Ross, Rehabilitation Sciences
Michelle Scarpulla, Social and Behavioral Science
Felix Udoeyo, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Kristine Weatherston, Media Studies

Project Awardees for 2014

Debra Casey, Human Resources Management (Fox)
Parsaoran Hutapea, Mechanical Engineering
Alisha Nypaver, Music
Kolson Schlosser, Geography & Urban Studies
Lindsay Weightman, Music
Kristine Weatherston, Media Studies
Wendy Urban, Computer and Information Science

Alexandra Yanovski, University Seminars

Project Awardees for 2013

Travis Glasson – History
Nicole Martorano Van Cleve – Criminal Justice
Niambi Carter – African-American Studies
Wendy Urban – Computer and Information Sciences
Gretchen Snethen – Rehabilitation Sciences
Zain Abdullah – Religion
Brad Windhauser – English

Project Awardees for 2012

Kristen Murray – Law
Dawn Reid – Psychology
Tamara Sniad – CITE
Owen Ware – Philosophy
Amy Friedman – English (First Year Writing)
Whitley Cooke – English (First Year Writing)
Nathan Fong – Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Pamela Detrixhe – Religion and Asian Studies
Gabriella Kecskes – English
Hana Hasson – Dentistry

Project Awardees for 2011

Kristina Morris-Baumli, English
Whitney Collins, English
Sherri Hope Culver, Broadcasting, Telecommunications & Mass Media
Eric Kondratieff, History
Robert Munkacsy, Advertising
Jose Pereiro, Spanish
Gary Pratt, Intellectual Heritage
Keith Quesenberry, Advertising
Elvis Wagner, Education
Vanessa Yingling, Kinesiology
John Sorrentino, Economics


Project Background

In 2011 the Temple University Teaching, Learning & Technology Roundtable created The Alternate Textbook Project. Since then 67 faculty members have participated in the project, and in 2018 we are offering more faculty the opportunity to participate. 

To reflect both changes to the project as well as the changing options for delivering alternate learning materials, Temple Libraries has changed the name of the project to The Textbook Affordability Project. It offers awards of $750 each.

The goal of the project is to encourage faculty experimentation and innovation in finding new, better and less costly ways to deliver learning materials to their students. Through the project faculty can receive a funding award of $750 to develop either of the following replacements for an existing commercially published textbook:

1) Create an alternate to the traditional textbook using a combination of Open Educational Resources (OER) and licensed library content. That could be anything from a customized set of instructional content to an existing open textbook. 

2) Adopt an existing open textbook and use it to replace the existing commercially published textbook.

Refer to the "How to Get Involved" tab for more details on how the awards work.

There is no expectation that faculty will author complete open textbooks, but that would certainly qualify as an acceptable project proposal. Temple University librarians can work with faculty to identify both alternate open education resources and licensed library content that is appropriate learning 

Funding for The Textbook Affordability Project is provided by the Temple University Libraries. 


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