Faculty Development Project Award Guidelines
The call for Faculty Development Projects is issued two times each year. The first call is issued in October and the second in March.
All faculty (including non-regular faculty) who will be on full-time appointments during the 2016-17 academic year are eligible to apply. Both individual and group proposals are encouraged. The Faculty Development Advisory Committee reviews all project proposals and will typically consider only one proposal per individual or group in any given round of review. Faculty are limited to one Faculty Development Project or one Faculty Development Leave in a five-year period. Only one may be active simultaneously.
Faculty Development Projects allow faculty the opportunity to do any or all of the following:
- Update or revitalize current skills.
- Develop new skills in a current area.
- Enter into a new area. The "new area" may be a facet of one's own discipline or something unrelated.
In addition to updating current skills, developing new skills, or entering into a new field, acceptable proposals may also:
- Improve the instructional abilities of an individual or group.
- Certify in one's discipline
- Develop new courses - but only if it can be shown that such course development could not otherwise be done within the scope of the faculty member's regular duties.
- Assist the applicant in developing new research interests or research techniques - however, support from the Faculty Development Program is to be distinguished from support provided by the Graduate Research Council. Specific research projects are generally not funded through the Faculty Development Program.
Examples of activities not eligible for funding include:
- Learning commonly used software programs
- Attendance at professional conferences or presentations of scholarly work
- Specific research projects
- Writing manuscripts, books, creative works and other scholarly output
- Retroactive funding and salaries
Faculty Development Projects may consist of a wide range of activities that seek to meet one or more of the above goals. In addition to individualized development activities, appropriate activities may also include participation in organized programs of advanced study, workshops, short courses, or symposia.
Evidence must be presented that participation in these activities will significantly contribute to the development of new skills, the updating of skills, or entry into a new field. If the applicant wishes to attend a workshop, symposium, short course or any other program, a copy of the program announcement or brochure must accompany the proposal.
Individual awards will not exceed $3,500. In the case of joint proposals or departmental proposals, the total award will not exceed $7,000. Awards for workshops and symposia will not exceed $5,500. Since the available funds are modest, salary will not be funded.
Travel expenses may be requested as a part of the proposal: however, the Faculty Development Fund should not be viewed as a travel fund. If projects are to be undertaken at locations away from MU then the letters of arrangement must be attached to the proposal. Supplies and materials that are requested must relate directly to the purpose of the project and should be a minor part of the budget. Examples of such supplies and materials are:
- Film purchases
- Classroom supplies
- Coursework expenses
After an award is granted, a recipient is required to submit a written report of activities and accomplishments of the project. The report must be submitted to the provost within two months of the completion date listed on the project application. Failure to submit a report negates eligibility for future funding.
For the 2016 fall semester, project proposals are due by Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. For the 2017 spring semester, project proposals are due by Friday, March 10, 2017.
Every application must include the following information in the order given. Please use an outline format using the organizational headings shown. Include all requested information. Please keep in mind that the Faculty Development Advisory Committee members represent a variety of disciplines from across campus, and all are called upon to review the merits of each proposal.
Note: It is to the applicant's benefit to write the proposal without excessive jargon and a style that is clear to scholars who are not experts in the specific area of the proposed project. If complex methodology, equations, or statistical analysis must be discussed, please include an appendix limited to two single-spaced pages. Please include English translations for any portion (including publications) written in a foreign language. Also, in cases where two or more individuals are cosponsors, it should be made clear how each person will be enhanced professionally.
- Faculty Development Project Award Application Form
- Please obtain both department chair and dean's signature in addition to the required endorsement letters.
- Project Abstract - Provide a brief paragraph that concisely captures the project's concept and associated activities.
- Project Location - Indicate and justify (one paragraph) the location of the project. Please attach any brochures, letters of arrangement, etc.
- Project Purpose/ Justification - Provide a brief description of the goals and objectives of the project. Indicate the justification(s) for the project, including how it will develop the applicant as described in the Faculty Development Project guidelines. In cases of joint or group proposals, please indicate how each person will be enhanced professionally. The proposal should identify a particular program that will develop an identifiable skill or competency. Please be as specific as possible.
- Project Description - Provide a brief description not to exceed three pages.
- Project Outcomes - List specific, measurable outcomes expected from the project. In cases of joint or group proposals, please indicate the outcomes that each person will realize from completing the proposed development activities.
- Professional Accomplishments - Provide the following information for each applicant:
- Applicant Name
- Educational Record (degrees/dates)
- Employment Record (past three positions and dates)
- Honors/Awards (list three most significant/dates)
- Grant History (past five years)
- Research/Creative Activity (past three and numerical career summary)
- Teaching History (Courses in the past three years; designate new [*] and significantly revised [**] courses)
- Budget -Thoroughness is carefully evaluated. Lack of careful preparation of the budget diminishes prospects for support.
- Letters of Endorsement - From both department chair and divisional dean. (Proposals submitted without endorsements will be returned to the applicant for completion.)
Submit an electronic version as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org naming each document starting with the applicant's last name and then a document reference (ie: Jones-Development Project application). Send only the original hard copy of the entire proposal packet to:
Office of the Provost
116 Jesse Hall
FDPA Evaluation Checklist
Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
- Did the applicant follow the correct application procedures in preparing the proposal?
- Has all of the requested information been included in the proposal packet?
- (This includes all letters of endorsement, letters of arrangement, and signatures of dean and department chair on application.)
Clarity of Goals
- Are goals clear, logical and specific?
- Is the goal of the proposed project to develop the applicant's skills and abilities?
- Are goals realistic and if met, will they enhance faculty development?
Potential for Professional Development/Renewal
- Does the proposal hold promise of enhancing and revitalizing the applicant's skills and abilities?
- Can outcomes be measured?
- Do outcomes justify the project and promote development/renewal?
- Does the applicant's background indicate the likelihood of successfully accomplishing the project objectives?
- Does the project address a significant, important concern?
- Is the location justified?
- Are there adequate resources at the specific location which would greatly enhance the development activities of the project?
- Have arrangements been made with the appropriate facilities to accommodate project activities at a location outside of the university?
Potential Institutional Benefit
- Does the proposed project indicate promise of potential benefit to students, colleagues and/or the university?
Questions concerning this program may be addressed to:
Office of the Provost
116 Jesse Hall