Innovative Instruction Research Council (IIRC): About Us

IIRC Mission:

The Innovative Instruction Research Council (IIRC) makes recommendations in support of academic innovation and transformation. The Chancellor, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost have endorsed solutions that leverage tools and processes that collaboratively increase efficiency and capacity for SUNY-wide delivery of high quality instruction by:

  • Fostering and scaling innovation through Innovative Instruction Technology Grants (IITG) request for proposal language and secondary proposal review.  The IIRC and SUNY Provost Staff offer funding recommendations to the SUNY Provost to support experimentation with new tools and processes at the instructional level.
  • Exploring how IITG projects may be aligned to “scale up” through Performance Improvement Fund initiatives and Communities of Practice to sustain SUNY-wide innovation.
  • Embracing pedagogical research to continually improve the instructional practices of SUNY faculty and staff – and collaborate with the SUNY Provost’s Faculty Advisory Council on Teaching and Technology (FACT2) to offer task group investigations of how SUNY may leverage emerging teaching and learning models.
  • Openly sharing outcomes of investigations and scholarly effort to enable collaboration and scaffolding of innovation in service of students and programs in New York and across the globe.

IIRC Members:

Patricia Aceves

Patricia Aceves, EdD

Assistant Vice President and  Assistant Provost

University at Stony Brook

Center of Excellence in Learning and Teaching

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Nicola Marae Allain, PhD

Academic Area Coordinator

Empire State College

Digital Media/Learning and Emerging Technologies

Susan Deer, PhD

Provost/Executive Vice President

Rockland Community College

Billie B. Franchini, PhD

Interim Director

Institute for Teaching, Learning and Academic Leadership

Carey Hatch

Associate Provost for Academic Technologies and Information Services

State University of New York (SUNY)

SUNY System Administration

John Kane, PhD


SUNY Oswego

Department of Economics

Christine Kroll, assistant vice provost and director, Center for Educational Innovation.

Christine Kroll, PhD

Assistant vice provost and Director

University at Buffalo

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Mark McBride, PhD

Senior Library Strategist

SUNY Office of Library and Information Services

Phillip Ortiz, PhD

Assistant Provost for Undergraduate and STEM Education

State University of New York (SUNY)

Alexandra Pickett

Director of Online Teaching


James Pitarresi, PhD

SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor; Vice Provost and Executive Director

Binghamton University

Department of Mechanical Engineering; Center for Learning and Teaching

Christopher Price, PhD

Academic Programs Manager

SUNY Center for Professional Development

Lisa Raposo

Interim Director

SUNY Center for Professional Development

Kim Scalzo

Executive Director

SUNY Online

Paul Schacht, PhD


SUNY Geneseo

Department of English

Peter J. Shea, PhD

Associate Professor

University at Albany, School of Education

Department of Educational Theory and Practice

Lisa A. Stephens, PhD

Assistant Dean for Digital Education

University at Buffalo

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences