Joanne J. Troutner Innovative Educators Program

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Through the generosity of Joanne J. Troutner, programmatic funding is available for Libraries and School of Information Studies faculty and staff instructors for innovative and creative endeavors in teaching and learning. Instructors may apply for funds to develop or revise courses, workshops, or develop new and innovative programs that they teach or plan to teach. The learning experience would ideally include aspects of information literacy, digital scholarship, research data management, and scholarly communication. Some examples include:

  • Redesign an existing course/workshop
  • Convert an in-person course/workshop to online learning
  • Create or modify programs or modules for external students (e.g., school teachers, K-12 students, or library science students)
  • Create a new course/workshop
  • Create course content, learning modules, or educational video

The purpose of this program is to support the Libraries teaching and innovative educational initiatives. Instructors may propose projects and budget requests between $100 and $4,000. The funds can be used for expenses related to developing a course, creating a new module for a course, instructional design assistance, professional development, supplies, or technology. For questions about acceptable use of the funds, please contact the Libraries Business Office.


Submit proposals using this form. Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis and if selected, will be awarded within 3 weeks of the time of the application, based on available funding. Recipients will be chosen by the Dean of Libraries, with input from advisors when necessary. There is no limit to the number of proposals an individual may submit.


A short one-page summary of the use of the funds and the impact of the work will be shared with the donor or her designee. Recipients may also be asked to participate in future stewardship activities, including a visit from the donor and/or promotional materials via Libraries’ media platforms.

About Joanne J. Troutner

Joanne Troutner is a Purdue alumna with bachelor (’74) and master (’76) degrees from the College of Liberal Arts (major: School Library and AV). She served many years as an educator, beginning as a high school library media specialist at Lafayette Jefferson High School, and retiring from Tippecanoe School Corporation as the Director of Media and Technology. Following retirement, Joanne spent ten years as a professional development presenter in the U.S. and Canada. She is the author of the book, The Media Specialist, the Microcomputer, and the Curriculum (1983), and also wrote for the School Library Journal and Emergency Librarian. Joanne also served as secretary and second vice-president of the American Association of School Librarians. Most recently, she served as chair of the President’s Council Advisory Board.

Of the Innovative Educators Program, Troutner said “I support Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies because librarians and information studies experts provide essential skills for Purdue students to succeed in the future. These professionals teach and facilitate the learning of a wide range of information literacy skills such as critical thinking, evaluating news and resources, detecting fake and altered media, as well as understanding what bias may be used in a search engine algorithm. My support helps strengthen these efforts and instruction.”