Hawk Pitch 2022

Hawk Pitch

Innovative Ideas to Move CSM Forward

Do you have an idea that will make improvements to the College of Southern Maryland?  Whether you are a student or employee, we want to hear from you.


Competitiveness and relevancy are two words that describe the importance of innovation in any organization.  Continuous improvement requires the ongoing tracking of trends in the internal and external environment that can define our success.  To enable the vision of CSM to be the region’s first choice for accessible, inclusive, and innovative education that transforms communities we must continually examine, renew and adopt leading edge policies, practices and technologies.

Those closest to the work often understand it better than anyone else.  We need everyone at CSM invested in improving processes that advance our mission and drives student success.  Your opinion matters and providing you with an opportunity to share your ideas and to engage others in the institution who may have similar ideas is the first step.  We invite you to contribute and participate routinely and often in CSM’s innovation capture efforts.

About the College Innovation Work Group

We are a team of faculty and staff who have been meeting to develop ways we can create an ecosystem of innovation at CSM. 


The College Innovation Work Group ignites and grows innovation through education, research, and collaboration across the institution. ​​

  • Design a system of innovation capture and cultivation
  • Act as an innovation broker by providing employees and students with a process to pitch new ideas.
  • Improve inter-departmental collaboration on projects and new ideas

  • Encourage professional development about innovation and intrapreneurship​
  • Encourage a speaker’s series​
  • Research and stay current on innovative practices particularly in higher education​

  • Encourage employees and students to be innovative and have an intra/entrepreneurial mindset​
  • Reward and celebrate innovation​

Define innovation

Innovations can either be performed by individuals, groups or an entire organization.  

The types of innovations to be considered can be described as product, process or technical.  These innovations can result in radical or incremental change.  (Damanpour, 1991) (Damanpour & Aravind, 2012) (Sciulli, 1998).  

Radical innovations result in major deviations from current practices replacing them with processes, products or technical changes that are entirely new.  Incremental innovations have minor deviations from current practices resulting in a series of small-scale improvements made to an existing product or service to add or sustain value.

  • Product innovations are often technology driven based upon demand or new advancements.
  • Process innovations are those improvements made to how a product or service is produced, i.e. efficiency.  
  • Technical innovations can involve both product and processes as its adaptation can improve upon an organization’s work.

Let’s innovate!

Hawk Pitch 2022 Timeline                                                                                        

Download I Have an Idea Worksheet - NOW
Training for Hawk Pitch - May 2022  Date(s) to be determined 

Draft I Have an Idea Worksheet due to College Innovation Workgroup for feedback – June 15, 2022
Final I Have an Idea Worksheet due to College Innovation Workgroup - July 27, 2022
Hawk Pitch - August 19, 2022


Submit an idea

Both students and employees can submit their ideas at any time by filling out the I Have an Idea Worksheet.  This worksheet will take you through the idea-development process.  Once completed, send to erebersole@csmd.edu and someone from the College Innovation Workgroup will get back to you.

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