Draft of Guidelines for Faculty Development Awards



The faculty development fund was created by President Boren to provide support to enhance the professional development of the faculty. This year, $15,000 is available for faculty support. Awards up to $2,500 will be considered. The faculty development fund provides support for all aspects of a faculty memberís mission including teaching. This differs from the charge of the Research Council, which supports only research/creative activities.

††††††††††††††† Since funds are limited, priority will be given to proposals that would not be funded from other sources, i. e., the Research Council. Simultaneous submissions to the Faculty Development Fund and the Research Council will not be considered. Also, we request that faculty submit proposals only if departmental and college funds are not available to support the activity. However, proposals that have matching funds from these sources are acceptable.

Application guidelines are provided below. We intend to make awards twice during this academic year.


Application information.


I. Title page: Please format the title page to include the following information:

  1. Title of the proposed activity.
  2. Applicant information: Please provide your name, title, department affiliation, phone number and email address and this information if there are any faculty co-applicants.
  3. Provide the departmental account number (122-7____) to which the funds will be transferred if awarded.
  4. Amount requested.
  5. State whether the project does or does not involve any of the following: human subjects, laboratory animals, biohazards, or recombinant DNA technology. If so, IRB, IACUC or biosafety committee approval will be required to receive funding, but approval letters do not have to be submitted with the proposal.
  6. Provide your signature, those of faculty co-applicants, and your departmental chair. Your signature affirms that you will not seek duplicate funding from other university sources (e. g., from the Research Council). The signature of the chair affirms that departmental/college funds are not available to support this activity.


II. Proposal format:

††††††††††††††† Provide a summary of the project and requested budget information, not to exceed 2 double-spaced pages (use normal formatting for margins and font size and style). Remember that your proposal will be read by a diverse group of faculty, most of whom will have no background in your field. Therefore, please submit a clearly written statement that keeps jargon and acronyms to a minimum. Your narrative should include the following items:

a.        A statement of the basic purpose or goal of the project and how the project fits into your overall program.

b.       An explanation of what you plan to do if you are funded.

c.        A description of the results or outcomes that you expect from the project. How will you benefit? What will be the significance of the project to your individual efforts, those of your department, and /or those of your discipline?

d.       An explanation of how the funds will be spent and why they are needed. Since funds are limited, briefly why such activities cannot be supported by other sources. This portion of the proposal should be no more than one paragraph in length.


III. Biographical information:

††††††††††††††† Provide an up-to-date curriculum vita (2-pages maximum) that lists recent publications/creative activities.