Faculty Resource Committee Information

Funding Opportunities - Presentation to Senate 10/3/12

Faculty Resources Committee - Policies and Procedures

 

Introduction


The Faculty Resource Committee is responsible for considering applications for, and recommending the award of resources designed for faculty development including but not limited to: sabbatical leaves, summer fellowships, Faculty Leadership Fund, small grants, and small grants to students. To that end the following information and application forms are included in this document to make the process of considering applications more equitable for the applicants and more simplified for the Committee.

The Faculty Resource Committee is not responsible for all development resources available to faculty but only those listed above. For a full list you can download the Professional Development Resources document.

To begin, all applicants must understand that a committee of peers, who may not be familiar with the subject matter that is being studied, will evaluate a proposal. Therefore, the proposal must be clearly written in language that is accessible to the intelligent layperson. This characteristic cannot be overemphasized. The best proposals are so well written that the committee is usually unanimous in agreeing upon the strength of the proposal even before any discussion has taken place. Additional information on the criteria for sabbatical and summer fellowship recommendations can be found later in this document.

Secondly, all applicants should include an explanation of how the proposal fits into the faculty member's plan for professional development. This explanation may include evidence of how earlier awards have contributed to this plan. Additionally, a current copy of the faculty member's Summary of Professional Activities should accompany all applications.

Throughout this document, the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty shall be referred to as the VPAA.

Faculty Leadership Fund


Faculty presenting papers, chairing a session, serving as an officer, or serving as a formally invited discussant in a professional conference program are encouraged to submit a request for travel expenses through the Faculty Leadership Fund. An application that includes the appropriate cover letter, attached plan for professional development, and Summary of Professional Activities should be submitted to the VPAA. Applications are available from the VPAA or in Division offices. Filling out the Assessment/Evaluation Sheet following the event is imperative for receiving future funding.

Recent awards have been approximately $750; however, the committee requests full accounting of all expenses so that we may be flexible in meeting needs. The Travel Expense Voucher should be submitted to the VPAA within 30 days of the event. Full accounting of all expenses will be helpful in gauging faculty expenditures for professional development and preparing future budget requests.

Cover Sheet for Faculty Leadership Fund Application

Applications for funds from a given fiscal year will be reviewed April 15th (prior to the start of the fiscal year), September 1st, and January 1st . Applications submitted outside of these cycles will be considered on an as-needed basis.

Sabbatical Leave


Tenured faculty members are eligible for sabbatical leave every seventh year of continuous full-time employment at Utica College following initial appointment or a previous sabbatical. The leave may be for one semester at full pay and benefits, or for one academic year at half pay and full benefits. For the following year's leaves, an application cover sheet, accompanied by the project proposal with executive summary, plan for professional development, current Summary of Professional Activities and your Division Dean's letter of recommendation must be submitted to the VPAA by December 1st. It is strongly recommended that your proposal have some review by your division faculty before its submission. The cover sheet for Sabbaticals application form is available from the VPAA or in Division offices. The Faculty Resources Committee (FRC) will review the proposals using established criteria found later in this document. The FRC will then recommend Sabbatical Leaves for the approval of the VPAA and the President. Generally this will consist of a ranking and a list of comments that the VPAA may share with the individual applicant whether or not the Sabbatical Leave is awarded. As many as six (6) sabbaticals have been approved per year but five (5) is more the norm. It is possible to apply further in advance than December 1st if external funding is involved - by October 15th for a Spring departure 18 months later and March 1st for a fall departure 18 months later. Filling out the Assessment/Evaluation Sheet following the sabbatical is imperative for receiving future funding.

Cover Sheet for Sabbatical/Mini-Sabbatical Application

Mini-Sabbatical

Tenured full professors may apply for a one-half load reduction for up to two semesters without affecting their sabbatical leave status. The deadline, application, and criteria are the same as for Sabbatical Leaves. A total of four (4) quarter-load reductions are available each year. Filling out the Assessment/Evaluation Sheet following the mini-sabbatical is imperative for receiving future funding.

Cover Sheet for Sabbatical/Mini-Sabbatical Application

Summer Fellowships


Summer fellowships are awards used in support of research, scholarship, and or creative projects as well as for curriculum and instructional development. The purpose of the latter category is to encourage innovation and improvement in the quality of instruction and curriculum design. A maximum of six (6) $2,300 fellowships will be available to full-time faculty.

Proposals for Summer Fellowships should be submitted to the VPAA by February 1st. Applicants should complete the cover sheet for Summer Fellowships, accompanied by the project proposal with executive summary, plan for professional development, current Summary of Professional Activities and your Division Dean's letter of recommendation. The application form is available from the VPAA and in Division offices. The Faculty Resources Committee (FRC) will review the proposals using established criteria described later in this document. The FRC will then recommend Summer Fellowships for the approval of the Dean of the College. Acceptance of any Summer Fellowship by a faculty member limits summer teaching assignments to one course. Filling out the Assessment/Evaluation Sheet following the Summer Fellowship is imperative for receiving future funding.

If the applicant desires, proposals dealing with instructional issues may be considered for additional funding from the Crisafulli Fund. Applicants should so indicate this desire.
Cover Sheet for Summer Fellowship Application

Small Grants


Faculty seeking funds to underwrite the costs of equipment, supplies, computer time or software, photocopying, travel to research libraries, the acquisition of special microfiche, microfilm, books, or monographs for scholarly or artistic activity are encouraged to submit a proposal for this award. Up to $200 is available per grant. Applications for funds to support new research or teaching endeavors are specifically encouraged. Depending upon the demand, requests for support of on-going projects will be considered. An application that includes the cover sheet for Small Grants application form, attached description of project, attached plan for professional development, and Summary of Professional Activities should be submitted to the VPAA. The cover sheet for the Small Grants application form is available from the VPAA or in Division offices. Filling out the Assessment/Evaluation Sheet following the use of the award is imperative for receiving future funding.

Cover Sheet for Small Grants Application

Applications will be reviewed October 1st, December 15th , and April 15th.

Grants to Students


Students working on scholarly research with faculty, or under their direct supervision, leading to publication or presentation at professional meetings are encouraged to submit for funds to support their work. Filling out the Assessment/Evaluation Sheet following the event is imperative for receiving future funding.

Small Grants
Up to $100 is available per student. An application that includes the cover sheet, attached description of the project, and an attached explanation of how the project fits into the student's plan for professional development should be submitted to the Vice President for Academic Affairs in the Office of Academic Affairs.
Cover Sheet for Small Grants to Students Application
 

Student Professional Travel
Funds are available to support students who are traveling to conferences or professional meetings. An application which includes the cover sheet, an explanation of how the proposed travel fits into the student's studies, and a recommendation from a faculty member, should be submitted to the Vice President for Academic Affairs in the Office of Academic Affairs.
Cover Sheet for Student Professional Travel Application

Applications will be reviewed November 1st and March 15th.

Form for the Assessment/Evaluation Report

(Print out form, complete, send to the Office of Academic Affairs)