Professional Development – Incentive Opportunities

UTSA values its instructors and is committed to supporting a culture of pedagogical innovation and digital transformation for student learning and success. Academic Innovation, with aid from Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, is investing more than $1 million in direct incentives, support, and recognition programs for UTSA faculty and graduate assistants from Summer 2021 through Spring 2023. Special programs for students can be found on this webpage.


The following list of initiatives is organized by semester. Incentive details and new courses will be updated as they become available.

: Faculty members are invited to participate in this opportunity.

: Students are invited to participate in this opportunity.

Please contact Academic Innovation academicinnovation@utsa.edu if you have any questions.


Fall 2022

Undergraduate Adobe Institute

Begins: October 1, 2022
Incentive: $50 gift card

Participants will be introduced to Adobe Creative Cloud and complete short projects that provide the opportunity to produce artifacts that they can use to improve their digital literacy skills and prepare them for their life after they finish their UTSA journey.

ACUE – Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning (ITEL)

Begins: October 3
Incentive: $500

ACUE’s Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning (ITEL) micro-credential course is a 10-week course that covers 5 core competencies across 5 modules, to assist in creating an inclusive and welcoming learning environment for students. The course will be facilitated by experts in the UTSA community and will include synchronous and asynchronous elements.

Graduate Adobe Institute

Begins: October 17 & November 7
Incentive: Academic Innovation Adobe Pack to include a tablet.*

*Only one AI tablet permitted per participant. An alternative item will be selected as needed.

Participants will be introduced to Adobe Creative Cloud and complete short projects that provide the opportunity to produce artifacts that they can use to improve their digital literacy skills and prepare them for their life after they finish their UTSA journey.

Strategies for Teaching, Assessment & Retention Grants (STAR)

Proposal Deadline: October 14 by 5:00 p.m.
Number of Awards & Amount: Two(2)/$3,000 teaching grants

The Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars (ADTS) and Academic Innovation (AI) are pleased to announce the Strategies for Teaching, Assessment & Retention Grants (STAR)program for Fall 2022. The program seeks proposals to develop and implement inclusive pedagogy, digital literacy, experiential learning, evidence-based research and practices, or the use of technology to enhance accessibility and undergraduate student success. Proposals should describe how their teaching practices promote student success while enhancing student engagement and equitable learning.

ACUE – Effective Teaching Practices (ETP)

Begins: Septmeber 28
Incentive: $1,000

ACUE’s Effective Practice Framework course concentrates on effective teaching practices in face-to-face instruction. Comprehensive in scope and organized around five units with 25 modules of study, faculty members learn together in cohorts and implement approaches to design an effective course, establish a productive learning environment, use active learning techniques, promote higher order thinking, and assess in ways that inform instruction and promote deeper levels of learning.

Teaching & Learning Reimagined

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