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History & Past Awardees

A Brief History of TAP

One of the longest running textbook affordability projects at an academic institution, the Textbook Affordability Project, originally the Alternate Textbook Project, was launched by the Temple University Teaching, Learning & Technology Roundtable and Associate University Librarian, Steven Bell, in 2011. Since then, the project has granted awards to over 85 faculty across nearly every discipline at Temple University and saved students over one million dollars!

Current awardees


Elizabeth Diamond, Career and Technical Education Program
Julie Drzymalski, Engineering Management & Technology
Elizabeth Groff, Criminal Justice
Charles Kaylor, Geography and Urban Studies
Amy Lewis, General Education
Joseph Paris, Policy and Organizational Studies
Michelle Scarpulla, Social and Behavioral Sciences 
Jill Swirsky, Psychology 
Rani Vasudeva, Psychology 
Diana Wildermuth, Psychological Studies in Education

Past awardees


Quaiser Abdullah, Communication & Social Influence
Carol B. Brandt, Teaching & Learning
Lauren Bullock, Advertising & Public Relations
Guillermo G. Caliendo, Communication & Social Influence
Bari Dzomba, Health Services Admin & Policy
Rob Faunce, English
Christopher J. Harper, Journalism
Jennifer Kowalski, Graphic Arts
C.J. Martoff, Physics
Jaclyn Neel, Classics
Andrew Benjamin Rosen, Computer & Information Science
Eileen Ryan, History
Jingwei Wu, Epidemiology & Biostatistics


David Brown, Public Relations/Communications
Isabelle Chang, Psychology
Norma Corrales-Martin, Spanish
Natalie Flynn, Earth/Environmental Science
Lindsay Goss, Theatre
Amanda Neuber, Psychology
Gaetano Romano, Biology
Jesse Thornburg, Earth/Environmental Science
Thomas Wright, Communication/Media


Cate Almon, English
Eleni Anni, Biology
Isabelle Chang, Psychology
Tim Fukawa-Connelly, College of Education
Michael Guglielmo, Human Resources Management
Sara Jacobson, Law School
Jacqueline Phillips, Kinesiology
Colleen Shanahan, Law School
Felix Udoeyo, Engineering


Natalie Flynn, Earth and Environmental Science
Jose Gimenez, Math
Hugh Kesson, Tyler School of Art
Jodi Levine Laufgraben, Higher Education
Hana Muzika Kahn, Spanish & Portuguese
Daniele Ramella, Chemistry
Aaron Smith, Africology and American Studies
Jeffrey Ward, Criminal Justice
Dai Zusai, Economics 


Daniel Garro, Philosophy
Jennifer Ibrahim, Public Health
Peter Marshall, Psychology
Kate Nelson, Human Resources Management
Wesley Roehl, Tourism and Hospitality
Jo-Ellen Ross, Rehabilitation Sciences
Michelle Scarpulla, Social and Behavioral Science
Felix Udoeyo, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Kristine Weatherston, Media Studies


Debra Casey, Human Resources Management
Parsaoran Hutapea, Mechanical Engineering
Alisha Nypaver, Music
Kolson Schlosser, Geography & Urban Studies
Wendy Urban, Computer and Information Science
Lindsay Weightman, Music
Kristine Weatherston, Media Studies
Alexandra Yanovski, University Seminars 


Zain Abdullah, Religion
Niambi Carter, African-American Studies
Travis Glasson, History
Nicole Martorano Van Cleve, Criminal Justice
Gretchen Snethen, Rehabilitation Sciences
Wendy Urban, Computer and Information Sciences
Brad Windhauser, English


Whitley Cooke, English (First Year Writing)
Pamela Detrixhe, Religion and Asian Studies
Nathan Fong, Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Amy Friedman, English (First Year Writing)
Hana Hasson, Dentistry
Gabriella Kecskes, English
Kristen Murray, Law
Dawn Reid, Psychology
Tamara Sniad, Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology in Education
Owen Ware, Philosophy


Whitney Collins, English
Sherri Hope Culver, Broadcasting, Telecommunications/ Mass Media
Eric Kondratieff, History
Kristina Morris-Baumli, English
Robert Munkacsy, Advertising
Jose Pereiro, Spanish
Gary Pratt, Intellectual Heritage
Keith Quesenberry, Advertising
John Sorrentino, Economics
Elvis Wagner, Education
Vanessa Yingling, Kinesiology

Ideas and example projects 


Daniele Ramella, from the Department of Chemistry, replaced a $238 Molecular Chemistry textbook in a course of fifty students with a freely accessible, open textbook from OpenStax. Professor Ramella saved students $11,900 in the Fall 2016- Spring 2017 academic year. Professor Ramella observed that student participation increased as a result of better preparedness for class.


Jodi Levine-Laufgraben, from the Department of Higher Education saved students $30, for a total of $900 in her 30 person course in Fall 2016 by opting not to use a traditional textbook. Vice Provost Levine-Laufgraben carefully curated readings from multiple library resources and identified public domain, primary source documents such as Brown v. Board of Education and US congressional charters.


Seth Bruggeman, from the Department of American History, assigned students a semester-long project researching the history of the Alfred E. Burk Mansion in North Philadelphia. This project was initiated with materials found in Temple University’s Special Collections Research Center. Students were tasked with drafting an updated statement of historical significance and imaging a new use for the vacant space. The class presented their findings to representatives from the administration. Students published blog posts throughout the semester that were made available on a course webpage that was publicly accessible.*

The idea behind open assignments is to challenge the lifespan of traditional assignments that oftentimes end when the instructor assigns a grade. Instead, open assignments shift the utility of students’ effort and work away from a grade toward a public good. An open assignment focuses on reusing, remixing, and revising information by redistributing that information for further reach.

*Professor Bruggeman’s course was not part of the Textbook Affordability Project.


If you are seeking additional examples and support, please reach out to the subject specialist librarian serving your discipline. For more information on open educational resources (OER), please visit Discovering Open Educational Resources.

Get Help

Questions? Contact Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian.