Faculty Development Grant

Faculty Development Grants are intended to provide funds for opportunities such as training, workshops, or other experiences that provide development within a faculty member's discipline.

Name of the Grant: Faculty Development Grant

  1. Funding Allowances/Restrictions
    1. Does this grant provide funding for:
      1. Personnel
        1. Academic year faculty course release/reassign time? No
        2. Academic year faculty stipends (i.e., extra pay)? No
        3. Summer faculty stipends (i.e., extra pay)? No
        4. Full-time Temporary (non-tenure-track) faculty? No
        5. Adjunct (non-tenure-track) faculty? No
        6. Academic year graduate or undergraduate student support? No
        7. Summer graduate or undergraduate student support? No

      2. Equipment and Travel
        1. Equipment/supplies/materials? No – funds are primarily allocated to experience-based support (e.g., training, certification, learning)
        2. Travel to a workshop or training program? Yes
        3. Travel to attend a conference? Maybe – support is provided if the conference includes active-learning experience (e.g., workshops or training) with a clear faculty development justification. Support is not provided for presenting a paper at a conference.

    2. Does this grant provide funds for projects longer than one year? No

    3. Does this grant have restrictions on or preferences for when faculty may reapply after having received an award? Yes – preference is given to applicants who have not received funding from this committee within the past two years.

    4. Does the grant committee prioritize proposals according to faculty status (e.g., rank, tenured, tenure-track)? No

    5. Does the grant committee restrict proposals according to faculty status (e.g., rank, tenured, tenure- track)? No

  2. Major Positive and Negative Aspects of Proposals for this Grant
    1. What have been the most common or frequent “gray” areas where submitters have been confused or inaccurate about the grant funding criteria?
      1. Confusion or lack of clarity about the difference between teaching/instructional projects (e.g., course changes, new teaching techniques or activities) and faculty development (e.g., training, workshops, or other experiences that provide development opportunities within one’s discipline).
      2. Simply attending a conference (cannot be funded) as opposed to attending a conference with the goal of participating in a professional development workshop or training (can be funded)
      3. Proposals that should have been sent to Instructional Enhancement and Development Committee (e.g., teaching or instructional innovations or equipment requests)

    2. What are the most important attributes of successful proposals?
      1. Submitter follows application instructions
      2. Proposal is detailed and explicit with respect to what the faculty member will be doing, the purpose of the workshop or training, expected benefits and outcomes, and how the experience will benefit MTSU
      3. If the proposal involves training for a certification program, why this certification is needed for submitter’s professional activities

    3. What are the most important attributes of unsuccessful proposals?
      1. Failure to show the attributes listed above under “successful” proposals
      2. Proposals that are purely research-oriented
      3. Proposals that do not indicate that the submitter has actually been accepted or admitted into the workshop or training program (if an application is required)

    4. Does your committee allow revisions or resubmissions of rejected proposals? Yes

  3. Details of Awards for this Grant
    1. Total funds available in past year: ~$14,000
    2. Mean grant size funded in past year: ~$1,177.15
    3. Range of grants awarded in past year: $300 - $2000
    4. Number of awards funded in past year: ~20
    5. Does your committee use proportionate awarding of funds (e.g., a certain % allocated for each funding deadline)? No -- funds are allocated on a “first-come, first-served” basis 

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