Information for Faculty

*Due to budgetary exigency, the university will no longer be able to provide a monetary stipend for the Low Cost Textbook Initiative. However, we still encourage faculty and staff to offer Low Cost Textbook courses and be listed on their classes as such, even without the financial reward. We hope that in the future we will be able to offer the financial support.  

The Low-Cost Textbook Initiative:

  • Will not impede academic freedom: faculty members will get to choose their own course material;
  • Will include guidelines on copyright provided by the Provost office/CHSSA Dean’s office to participating faculty members;
  • Will be joined on a voluntary, not mandatory, basis by interested faculty members;
  • Will involve a small incentive provided by the Provost office/CHSSA Dean’s office to the faculty who participate, in recognition of the greater work involved in finding free or very inexpensive appropriate course materials;
  • Will not change the bookstore process; you will need to follow the regular bookstore book process.

University Low-Cost Textbook Initiative Process

  1. Ideally, faculty members identify courses when the call is made for the schedule of classes. However, the deadline to identify courses is the week prior to the first day of class.
  2. Department heads approve (or deny) the courses on the schedule.
  3. College advisors, departmental advisors, success coaches, and the Registrar are informed about the approved courses. The Registrar identifies the course with the LCTI logo in the Schedule of Classes.
  4. Faculty who participate in the initiative must complete the training workshop on copyright and library resources, before the syllabus is submitted. Training can be completed by going to http://tamuc.libwizard.com/LCTITutorial. This will have to be completed every semester you participate.
  5. Each faculty member in the initiative completes and submits a Course Materials Form (which includes the course information and the list of required materials) by the first week of classes of the semester in which the course is offered (the second day, for short terms). This will have to be completed every semester you participate. 
  6. Once the Course Materials Form has been submitted and assuming the course has not been canceled for any reason, the faculty member becomes eligible to apply for travel funding from the Provost’s Office for up to $300 per course, using the same form and following the same guidelines as the regular travel pool. The faculty member should note on the travel request that the request is for funding from the Special Reserve Travel Pool (SRTP). This pool is funded through FY 2019.
  7. SRTP funds must be used in the FY in which they are earned with the exception of funds earned in the summer semesters. Funds earned during a summer semester can be used up to the end of the following fall semester.
  8. Only faculty members who actually select course materials are eligible. If two or more sections of a course are required by their academic department to use the same materials, only the faculty members with the responsibility of selecting the materials will be eligible. Teachers of record who do not select their own course materials are not eligible. Team taught courses may split the $300 award among the faculty teaching the course. If two or more sections of a course taught by a faculty member use substantially the same materials, the faculty member is eligible for only one section. Cross-listed courses are only eligible if there are two separate syllabi.  
  9. Eligible courses can receive funds in successive semesters.
  10. If an academic department determines that a course requires neither books nor materials, then the teachers of record for that course are not eligible for funding (e.g., dissertation or thesis hours, independent studies).