Academic Affairs Faculty Development Grants Program- 2017

Academic Affairs announces this year's Faculty 2017 Development Grant opportunities in areas including Scholarship and Teaching


Scholarship Development Grants:  Deadline October 21, 2016
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Faculty Scholarship Development Grants are provided by the Office of Academic Affairs to support research, scholarship, and creative activities. Academic Affairs regards it as important for the wellbeing of the university that these grants be widely distributed across the university’s disciplines, and that their use benefits the reputation of the university as well as the individual scholar or artist. As the program name suggests, Academic Affairs regards these grants as seed funding for developing new lines of inquiry, whether for collecting and analyzing pilot data, writing and publishing original scholarship, experimenting with innovative forms of creative expression, and/or preparing proposals for external funding. Academic Affairs is additionally interested in recognizing the value of faculty working with colleagues outside of their discipline or college. To encourage that collaborative desire, additional funding is available for interdisciplinary projects.
It is our intention is to distribute awards roughly equivalent in number to those funded last year. 

Please note the Academic Affairs deadline for receipt of completed applications is Friday, October 21, 2016.
Grants will be competitively awarded to the most meritorious proposals, providing a $7,500 grant to selected faculty members for individual projects, and $10,000 each for up to three faculty members working together on selected interdisciplinary projects in the category of Scholarship. Interdisciplinary scholarship is defined as inter-departmental or inter-collegiate collaborations, with inter-collegiate projects favored over inter-departmental projects. 

Awards will be announced by the end of fall term.


Teaching Innovation Institute: Deadline October 28, 2016 Not open yet
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The Office of Faculty Enhancement (OFE) invites faculty to submit applications for the Teaching Innovation Institute, held in this inaugural year in the Summer of 2017. The goal of the institute is to support faculty in redesigning an existing course or in developing a new course or in developing and implementing innovative instructional strategies.  Special consideration will be given to faculty who are redesigning large enrollment courses and gateway courses where achieving student success is challenging. Department team proposals will be given special consideration to focus activities and resources on important gateway courses in their curriculum. Preference will be given to proposals that will be implemented during the 2017--2018 academic year. 


Participation in the Teaching Innovation Institute includes a $3,000 stipend to be distributed across Summer terms. Faculty who participate in the Summer Teaching Innovation Institute will be eligible to participate in additional faculty development initiatives in the 2017-2018 academic year for up to an additional $500    


Requirements for the Teaching Innovation Institute include:

Attend 3 full-day face-to-face meetings to initiate the summer institute, June 2nd, 9th, and 16th

Attend 3 one-hour Faculty Learning Community sessions during the mornings of June 23rd, July 7th, and July 21st (remote options are available for these meetings)

Prepare a short report and presentation for Teaching Innovation Institute participants, deliver this presentation, and attend/provide feedback to other presenters during one full-day face-to-face presentation event on July 28th