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FSU Libraries announce winners of inaugural Alternative Textbook Grants

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Alternative Textbook Grants for Faculty

The Alt-Textbook Grant Program aims to address the growing problem of textbook affordability.

FSU Libraries have announced the winners of our inaugural Alternative Textbook Grants. The grant program, launched by the Libraries in November 2016, awards successful applicants with $1,000 to support the development of open or library-licensed course materials that are available at no cost to students. These high-quality materials are written by experts and peer-reviewed, ensuring a level of intellectual and instructional rigor on par with expensive commercial equivalents.

The Alt-Textbook Grant Program aims to address the growing problem of textbook affordability, which is underlined by the fact that the cost of college textbooks has risen at 300% the rate of inflation since 1978, with a 90% cost increase over the last decade alone.

Applications were evaluated based on criteria balancing the estimated savings to students, the openness of the proposed materials, and the likelihood of the materials being adopted by other courses at FSU.

Based on expected enrollment figures for the first round of courses to participate in the program, the projects will save FSU students over $56,000 in textbook costs by Summer 2018.

Congratulations to this year’s winners! For more information about the open education movement and related initiatives at FSU, see our research guide on OER, or contact Devin Soper, Scholarly Communications Librarian at FSU Libraries’ Office of Digital Research & Scholarship.

Jake Linford
Assistant Professor
Department: Law
Course Title: Trademarks and Unfair Competition
Course Offered: Fall 2017
Alternative Materials: Trademark Law: An Open Source Casebook, Barton Beebe, online at

Lisa Turner de Vera
Director of Interdisciplinary Programs in Social Science; Teaching Faculty II
Department: Interdisciplinary Programs in Social Science/ Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Course Title: Contemporary Social Problems and Policy Solutions
Course Offered: Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018
Alternative Materials: OpenStax Principles of Economics and Introduction to Sociology

John R. Reynolds
Professor and Chair
Department: Sociology
Course Title: Social Statistics
Course Offered: Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018
Alternative Materials: Openstax's Introductory Statistics

Mark Joseph Sciuchetti Jr.
Instructor/Graduate Student
Department: Geography/Musicology
Course Title: World Regional Geography
Course Offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2018
Alternative Materials: Finlayson, C. (2016). World Regional Geography. Publisher: Independent.

Brett Andrew Castellanos
Graduate Student
Department: Philosophy
Course title: Free Will
Course Offered: Summer 2017, Spring 2018
Alternative Materials: The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
The Philosophy of Free Will. OUP 2013. Available as an e-book through the library. Various journal articles found online through the library.

Jane Dwyer Lee
Associate Teaching Professor
Department: Social Work
Course Title: Chemical Dependency
Course Offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2018
Alternative Materials: Open access & library-licensed articles

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