Education Innovation Advocate 

A message from Dr. Lisa Saladin, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Education Innovation Advocate Program

The Education Innovation Advocate program is a grassroots / bottom-up / colleague-to-colleague pilot initiative encouraging faculty to “think big” and re-imagine the learning experience and create a culture of innovation within the classroom (face to face or online). One faculty member from each college and Academic Affairs, selected via an application process and approved by their respective dean/chair, will fill a 1-year role, with the potential to renew for up to three years, in support of education innovation. Faculty will receive sponsorship to attend a conference/workshop inspiring them on innovative pedagogy in higher education and $3,000 incentive pay pending completion of goals established at the beginning of the program and approved by the Education Innovation Cabinet (EIC).

General requirements for the Education Innovation Advocates include:

  • Establishing strategic goals to complete over the course of a year
  • Attending a conference on innovative pedagogy and returning with at least 3 suggestions to try at MUSC
  • Participating in group meetings with Library Services, ITFR, and Sim Center staff to discuss technology suggestions supporting education innovation
  • Participating in quarterly meetings with the EIC to provide updates on goal completion and receive support for any hurdles encountered
  • Raising awareness of teaching and training opportunities related to innovation
  • Serving as a liaison to connect faculty and students within home college with MUSC’s innovation resources and funding opportunities
  • Looking for opportunities to use their experience as an Advocate as a source for scholarly activities such as conference presentations and/or publications

Example goals may include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing Education Innovation Faculty and Student awards
  • Leading the pilot/implementation of an innovative pedagogy tactic inspired by the conference attendance
  • Working with Office of Innovation and Office of Education Innovation and Student Life to host guest speakers and presentations Collecting user feedback on the education innovation website content
  • Canvasing their college for teaching tools and techniques that should be shared and promoted through Appletree Society presentations, education innovation website updates and blogs, Catalyst articles, etc.
  • Driving participation in the Innovation Week showcase sessions


Interested individuals should submit the following via this link

  • CV (Interfolio version not required)
  • Letter of interest (1-page) describing interest in serving as an advocate and any previous experience incorporating innovative pedagogy into teaching strategies

Key Dates:

  • February 15, 2022 – application window opens
  • March 15, 2022 – application window closes
  • April 1, 2022 – Advocates notified of selection

 Meet the Advocates for FY22:

Gretchen Seif, Ph.D., College of Health Professions
Christine Andresen, MLS, MSIT, Academic Affairs
Dawn Terzulli, DNP, RN, PCCN, College of Nursing
Fabio Rizzante, DDS, MSc, PhD, College of Dental Medicine
Jennifer Wisniewski, PharmD, BCPS, College of Pharmacy
Joe Blumer, Ph.D., College of Medicine
Aalap Shah, M.D., FACEP, College of Medicine
Tammy Loucks, MPH, DrPH, College of Graduate Studies