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A&S Faculty Development Award

Objectives of the Program

The objectives of the College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Development Program are to aid faculty in the development of new research and teaching skills and to provide opportunities for the development of new research interests. The program will provide travel funds, instructional fees, extraordinary living costs, and materials related to these objectives.


All Tenure-Track and Instructional Arts & Sciences faculty are eligible to apply. Other faculty may be eligible for Faculty Development Awards when the proposed activity is necessary for the fulfillment of the individual's professional responsibilities to the University. 

The types of activities which will be supported include:

  1. Participation in courses, seminars, workshops, or other activities whose purpose is the acquisition of new research skills or the development of new research areas.
  2. Workshops, seminars, and other activities for individuals interested in incorporating new and innovative developments into their areas of teaching.
  3. The development or exploration of new areas of research, areas which represent a departure from the individual's current research program and which would be ineligible for funding from either the Ohio University Research Committee or the Baker Fund.

The types of activities which will not be covered include:

  1. Participation in professional society meetings. Exceptions for participating in professional meetings will be made for the following: (a) to rejuvenate an individual's research program or to reestablish an individual's teaching qualifications when other responsibilities have interrupted that individual's research or teaching career, e.g., when someone returns to research after having served an administrative role at the University, or (b) to expand an individual's research program or teaching interests by acquiring expertise, either technical or substantive, in a new area.
  2. Cost of on-going research in a certain area, except under circumstances where the attendance at a course or workshop will lead to the acquisition of new skills which will be of use in the research. Under these circumstances activities paired to a professional leave will be considered.
  3. Enhancement of University Faculty Fellowships except as cited above.
  4. Support of degree-related activity.
  5. Funds to buy out of classes or to provide summer stipends.

Review Cycles

The Faculty Development Committee will consider development requests and made awards three  times during the academic year. The periods covered are:

  • Fall Cycle:  Dec. 1 to April 30 — Deadline for Submission: second Friday in October.
  • Winter Cycle:  March 1 to Oct. 31 — Deadline for Submission: third Friday in January
  • Spring Cycle:  June 1 to Nov. 30 — Deadline for Submission: second Friday in March

No requests will be considered out-of-cycle.

Review and Evaluation

Requests will be received by the College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Development Committee. Criteria used in evaluating proposals are described below.

Proposal Preparation

It is the responsibility of the individual preparing the request to ensure that each copy of the request is complete. Please number the pages. The request should include the following, in the order given:

  • Cover page with budget
  • Narrative
  • Short curriculum vitae
  • Budget justification
  • Additional funding sources
  • Appended materials
  • Outcome of previously supported Faculty Development proposals

Cover page: Prepare a cover page that contains the information and signatures called for on the accompanying sample cover page. The cover page must be the first page of the proposal. Do not provide any other cover or binders.

Narrative: The applicant gives the details of the request in this section. The narrative should be three to five double-spaced typewritten pages. The narrative must include a discussion of the following: (a) the activity; (b) the impact and importance of the activity for the individual, i.e., what skills will be acquired; and (c) the benefit of the activity for the College and the University, e.g., how the activity will lead to more competitive grant applications or how it will lead to more effective teaching. In the narrative, the individual must clearly explain how the proposed activity satisfies the guidelines of the Faculty Development Program. In particular, in requesting funds to attend a workshop, conference, or symposium, the individual must make clear why the proposed activity is not eligible for travel funds from his or her department or from other University sources. Similarly, in requesting funds for research, the individual must make clear why the proposed project could not be funded by other sources, such as the Ohio University Research Committee or the Baker Fund. In other words, it is the responsibility of the applicant to explain how the proposed activity differs from normal scholarly activities. The narrative should be written so that it can be understood by educated laypeople, so avoid using specialized jargon.

Curriculum vitae: An abbreviated version of the individual's current vita, emphasizing only the last five years, must be included.

Budget Justification: Please give a detailed account of the budget items that are listed on the title page. Explain relationship to other funding, if any. This will be of use to the committee in the situation where it might not be possible to fund the entire request.

The Faculty Development Program has a modest budget, which means that the Faculty Development Committee is unable to fund relatively expensive proposals, regardless of their merit. Typically, Faculty Development Awards will be less than $1,500.

Additional funding sources: Please specify amounts requested from other funding sources, if any.

Appended materials: Please append any materials that you consider necessary, but do not submit copies of reprints or preprints of articles or book chapters. You should include copies of any literature or brochures which describe the proposed activity.

Outcome of previously supported Faculty Development proposals: Briefly describe the outcome of previous Faculty Development Awards. Priority will be given to those individuals who have not received a Faculty Development Award within the past three years and to those individuals who provide evidence that they accomplished the goals described in previously funded Faculty Development proposals.

Reporting Requirements

Each awardee must submit a brief written report describing the results of his or her activity to the Faculty Development Committee in the Dean's Office. Until this is done, an individual will not be eligible for additional Faculty Development Awards. A copy of this report should also be filed with the individual's department chair.

Proposal Submission

Send completed and signed cover page with complete proposal (pdf only) by email to Erin Thompson.