Fine Teaching Development Award


The Fine Teaching Development Award supports pre-tenure, tenure-track faculty by allowing for a one-course, one semester reduction in teaching load. The successful applicant may choose whether the course reduction will take place in the fall or spring semester. The award is funded by the Robert and Bette Fine Faculty Development Fund, established in 2006 by Dr. Peter Fine.

The Fine Teaching Development Award is a competitive award that allows for a decrease in course load to accommodate the pursuit of superior teaching practices, methods or techniques for use in the classroom. Application materials are due each year by March 15. In the event that the deadline falls on a weekend, applications are due the following business day.


Eligibility is open to pre-tenure, tenure-track faculty teaching at the graduate or undergraduate level who carry a tenure-track teaching load as defined by SUNY Cortland, and have completed at least two semesters of teaching at SUNY Cortland prior to the year of application. There will be a one-year waiting period before an unsuccessful candidate may apply again.

Criteria for Selection

The FDC Committee serves as the peer review body for this award. In making determinations regarding the award, the FDC evaluates applications based on the following criteria, listed in order of importance:

  1. The intellectual quality of the project
  2. The potential significance and impact on students
  3. Clarity of the stated objectives
  4. Thoroughness and detail of planning
  5. Feasibility of the project’s completion in one semester

Selection Process

Use this link for the Fine Teaching Development Award (Adobe application). Applications will be sought through a campus-wide email announcement approximately 30 days prior to the application due date of March 15th.

This adobe application link above is an online application that requires attachment of application materials, as well as the requisite signatures. At submit, the application will be sent electronically to the required signers/approvers (Department Chair/Dean). After all required signers/approvers have reviewed and approved the online application, it will automatically be sent to the Faculty Development Center (FDC) for further review by the Faculty Development Committee which serves as the peer review body for this award. The application must be completed and received by the FDC by March 15th (or the following business day if the date falls on a weekend). Questions regarding the process should be directed by phone or email to Betsy Barylski (607-753-4753). The Faculty Development Center is located in Cornish Hall, Room 1307.

The committee will complete its deliberations in early April, and all candidates will be notified of the outcome immediately. The successful candidate is required to share teaching practices during a sandwich seminar outlining the results of the project at the end of the award period.

Documentation Required of Candidates

The following information in this order is requested through the online Adobe application:

  1. Completed online Fine Teaching Development Award Application (Adobe) signed (online) by the applicant, department chair and dean or division head.
  2. Attachment to Adobe Application: Narrative of the project. A two to three page summary of the project should include the following:
    • Specific teaching method, technique or project you plan to pursue
    • Significance of the project with special regard to its use in the classroom
    • Long-term effect of the project on future classroom populations
  3. Attachment to Adobe Application: Curriculum Vitae - 2 page maximum
  4. Attachment to Adobe Application: Statement of Teaching Philosophy - no more than 1 page