Academic Innovation Accelerator

The Academic Innovation Accelerator (AIA) empowers faculty to pursue appropriately designed and evaluated pilot projects in academic innovation that enhance both the quality and reach of an Ohio University education. The AIA provides resources, services, expert advice, and financial support for these ideas during stages of early development. The AIA has been awarded a grant of $924,000 from Ohio University’s Innovation Strategy program to provide these resources.

Current AIA Projects

Project proposals from the 2017 Ideation Event are moving forward with support from the AIA. Each project has been individually assessed for personalized aid. Assistance has ranged from faculty support to funding to project management and more.

For a brief overview of the current project progress, view this AIA at-a-glance spreadsheet. For a detailed summary of the ongoing projects and their progress toward key milestones, click the button below.


A committee of faculty and staff provides institutional wisdom and expertise to OHIO innovators through (a) an advisory group that will help support and craft academic projects for consideration, and (b) a champions group that determines how projects will move forward.

Advisory Group

  • Kristi Barnes
  • Bradley Cohen
  • William Condee
  • Raymond Frost
  • Laurie Hatch
  • Angela Hosek
  • Derek Kauneckis
  • Gregory Kremer
  • Peter Mather
  • David Moore
  • Todd Myers
  • Linda Rice

Champions Group

  • Craig Bantz
  • Bradley Cohen
  • LJ Edmonds
  • Cary Frith
  • Dennis Irwin
  • Ken Johnson
  • Randall Leite
  • Renee Middleton
  • Elizabeth Sayrs
  • Scott Seaman
  • Matthew Shaftel
  • Hugh Sherman
  • Joseph Shields
  • Scott Titsworth
  • Mark Weinberg
  • William Willan

The Office of Instructional Innovation provides administrative support, as well as other operational needs that are essential to the AIA, including staff with expertise and advice that are available to assist with projects on a consultative, as-needed basis.


Do you have an idea you would like to pursue at OHIO? We are continually accepting submissions for innovations. Click the button below to submit your proposal.


The Ideation Event is an annual gathering of Ohio University faculty and administrators to inspire and facilitate discussions about transformational ideas in teaching and learning. After each event, there is a proposal submission period for each idea to be assessed for formal AIA support. Click the buttons below to view this year’s event page, as well as past AIA submissions.

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