Internal Grant and Travel Fund Opportunities
The following internal grants and funds are awarded and administered by the Provost Office.
Appropriate application forms are available in Sampson House; they can also be downloaded from the web at http://www.lawrence.edu/dept/faculty_dean. Once completed, these forms can be submitted electronically as email attachments, but a signed paper copy of each proposal will eventually be required for the Provost Office records. More details about each of these funding opportunities may be found in the relevant sections of the Faculty Handbook.
Research grants support specific projects undertaken by full-time members of the faculty. In most instances, these funds are granted with the expectation that the project will culminate in a publication or improved artistic performance. Faculty members who seek research grants must submit written proposals according to the guidelines published in the Faculty Handbook. Please note that, among other exclusions, research or other work toward completion of the doctoral dissertation may not be supported by research grants. Two examples of research funding available include the Excellence in Science Fund, which provides science faculty with support for student research assistants, and the Excellence in Humanities Fund, which provides humanities and fine arts faculty with support for student research assistants.
Curricular Development Grants
These grants support faculty members’ planning for significant revision or innovation of a set of courses, a new curricular program, or a new course that will involve more than one faculty member. Please note that these funds are not intended to support individual course revisions or development of single courses taught by individual faculty members because these activities fall within the normal professional responsibilities of each faculty member. Curricular Development Grants may, however, subsidize the work of individual faculty members who will undertake new teaching assignments beyond the normal range of their curricular expertise.
Curricular Development Workshop Grants
Curricular Development Workshop Grants have as their primary purpose support of broader curricular revision and innovation. Preference in awarding such grants will be given to (i) departmental or program summer workshops; (ii) workshops for two or more faculty members to devise proposals for team-taught or collaborative courses, within a discipline or across disciplinary lines; and (iii) workshops for groups of faculty who want to devise thematic connections for their courses across disciplinary lines, or to develop proposals to revise the content or format of the Freshman Studies Program, or to develop proposals for new Interdisciplinary Areas or interdisciplinary majors.
Professional Development Travel Funds
Lawrence University faculty members are urged to attend national or regional meetings of professional organizations. They are further encouraged to participate actively in such organizations and meetings, as officers, program chairs, panel discussants, and speakers. The travel fund supports these goals.
Enhancing Academic Distinctiveness Fund
This new grant program (est. 2005-06) was designed to support faculty work that contributes to Lawrence’s distinctiveness. The program, Enhancing Academic Distinctiveness: The Fund for the Lawrence Difference in Scholarship and Creative Activity is intended both to support faculty scholarship and creative activity and to promote Lawrence as a leading institution of liberal learning. Work supported by the Enhancing Distinctiveness Fund will further the faculty’s professional development while also creating projects that build on and enhance Lawrence’s academic strengths. Examples include: 1) Projects involving one-on-one work with students that either build on existing forms of faculty-student collaboration or explore new types of collaboration; 2) Projects with an interdisciplinary focus, particularly those involving new, creative combinations of knowledge or skill; 3) Projects involving world or civic engagement, particularly creative projects that integrate our campus and global concerns. Forms for requesting funds are available through the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty.
The Associated Colleges of the Midwest’s Faculty Career Enhancement Project
Supported by an $800,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation, the FaCE project funds Common Interest Workshops, a Visiting Scholars program, and grants for Enhancing Scholarship. Visit the FaCE website for more information http://www.acm.edu/faculty/face/index.html. Interested faculty should contact Provost David Burrows or Associate Dean of the Faculty Nancy Wall.
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