Apply now for Open Education Resources (OER) Faculty Award

Clemson Libraries is offering awards to faculty members to use Open Educational Resources (OER) in their teaching. OER are a wide range of peer-reviewed, constantly updated educational resources, including textbooks, exams and class activities that are free for faculty and students. The Libraries is currently offering several $1,000 or $1,500 awards for faculty teaching courses in the Spring 2023 semester. Faculty who receive awards will teach a course with the Libraries assistance using free OER materials or low-cost resources. They will receive $1,000 for teaching courses using materials that reduce individual student costs to under $35 and $1,500 if they can make textbooks and learning materials completely free. The awards can be given to faculty as either dual employment income or research funding.

Please use the following link to apply: (Scroll down the page, click on and fill out the OER Faculty Award Application Form)


  • All faculty instructors teaching courses with more than 40 students are eligible to apply. Consideration will also be given to faculty who teach courses with less than 40 students that include an open pedagogy component. Those teaching Gen Ed/Crossings courses are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Awards will be given based on projected student savings and the number of students affected.
  • Courses that have been taught prior to Fall 2022 using OER or low-cost materials will not be eligible. 

The libraries will assist winners to find materials suited to their teaching needs. It will also introduce them to experts who can support their course design and online course preparation. Please use the following links to learn more about OER and begin searching for them:

Open Educational Resources LibGuide:

and the Open Educational Resource for Gen Ed/Crossings courses LibGuide:

For more information on affordable learning materials and where to begin finding them please contact Dr. Yang Wu, Open Resources Librarian, Clemson Libraries at