aimIn Spring 2017, ten faculty members at UAB implemented plans specifically designed to reduce the amount of money their students spend on textbooks for their courses. Supported by the CTL’s Affordable Instructional Materials Grant (AIM) and funded in partnership with the UAB Bookstore, each faculty member received a $1,000 professional development stipend to propose and implement a plan for one of their courses. The approaches were varied and creative. The total amount of money actually saved by students in these professors’ classes was $269,055.83, over $92,000 more than had been estimated in their original grant proposals.

The faculty members have committed to using these same measures with their classes in the Fall 2017 Semester and going forward, and as a result, these savings will only continue to increase. See below for information on what they did to save their students money.

If you would like to save your students money on textbooks or learn more about the CTL’s Affordable Instructional Materials Grant, see the faculty stories below or contact the CTL at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Also, check out this article from UAB's eReporter about our 2017 grant recipients.


Faculty Stories

Dr. Maria Hopkins
Associate Professor of Psychology

Number of Students Impacted: 80
Total Money Saved: $14,800 per semester
Method: Used an earlier, lower-cost edition of the course textbook as well as self-developed online resources in Canvas.


Dr. Mitzy Erdmann
Chemistry Instructor

Number of Students Impacted: 1500
Total Money Saved: $180,000 over 2 semesters
Method: Developed original, course-specific materials and used online resources in Canvas rather than using pre-published lab manuals.


Dr. Christopher Minnix
Assistant Professor of English

Number of Students Impacted: 208
Total Money Saved: $8,320 per semester
Method: Adopted a lower-cost textbook as well as offering a rental option for course materials.


Dr. Samiksha Raut
Assistant Professor of Biology

Number of Students Impacted: 81
Total Money Saved: $9,558 per semester
Method: Worked with the textbook publisher to create more affordable versions of the course materials.


Dr. Jacqueline Nikles
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Number of Students Impacted: 344
Total Money Saved: $15,480 per semester
Method: Developed course-specific digital materials for delivery in Canvas at no cost to the student rather than using pre-published lab manuals.


Dr. Dale A. Dickinson
Associate Professor of Public Health

Number of Students Impacted: 84
Total Money Saved: $7,056 per semester
Method: Adopted no-cost, digital course materials to replace high-cost textbooks.


Annetta Dolowitz
Instructor of Business

Number of Students Impacted: 30
Total Money Saved: $4,740 per semester
Method: Worked with the publisher to create digital course materials to replace high-cost textbooks.

Dr. Barbara Wech
Associate Professor of Public Health

Number of Students Impacted: 36
Total Money Saved: $8,136 per semester
Method: Adopted no-cost, digital course materials to replace high-cost textbooks.


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