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Marietta College Faculty Development Committee

Faculty Development programs are designed to help strengthen faculty members' disciplinary ties by supporting projects in the "scholarship of discovery" (research) and the "scholarship of teaching" (ways to transmit knowledge and excite future scholars). The projects should benefit the faculty member and support the college's core values.

Awards are competitive and recommendations submitted to the Provost are based on proposals submitted to the Faculty Development Committee.

The Faculty Development Committee prefers to receive applications/proposals as electronic submissions.

Suggestions for electronic submission:

  1. Submitted materials should be in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel or Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format. Submission in other file formats may delay or prevent consideration of the proposal. If possible, all materials for the submission should be included in a single file.
  2. Forms are available for Minigrants and Mentor Grants.
  3. Applications, proposals, and nominations may be uploaded directly to the Faculty Development SharePoint site.
  4. Alternatively, an electronic version of the proposal may be sent directly to the chair of the Faculty Development Committee (FacDev@marietta.edu). If the attached file can be opened, you will receive a return e-mail confirming the receipt of the proposal. The e-mail accompanying the attached file should clearly state what type of proposal is being submitted.
  5. If you have any questions about the electronic submission procedure, please contact the chair of the Faculty Development Committee, Dennis Kuhl, by e-mail (Dennis.Kuhl@marietta.edu) or by phone x4482.


    Deadlines: 4 p.m. on the dates indicated

    September 15, 2014: Load Reductions 1 [for Sp'15 or F'15]
    October 20, 2014: Minigrants / Mentor Grants, Round 1
    November 3, 2014: Sabbaticals
    January 26, 2015: Research Award
    January 26, 2015: Load Reductions 2 [for AY 2015-2016]
    January 26, 2015: Innovative Teaching Award
    February 2, 2015: Minigrants / Mentor Grants, Round 2
    February 16, 2015: Professional Improvement Grant
    March 30, 2015: Minigrants / Mentor Grants, Round 3

    Awards Available

    click to expandInnovative Teaching Awards

    Nominations are invited for Innovative Teaching Awards.

    Up to three $2,000 awards will be made to faculty members who have implemented innovative teaching techniques.

    Selection of award recipients will be made by the Faculty Development Committee, and the recipients will be recognized at the Founders Day Ceremony in February. In order to share ideas with the college community, recipients will be expected to describe their teaching innovation in a Faculty Forum, possibly as a joint presenter with other recipients.

    Faculty members can be nominated by any member of the college community, and self-nomination is acceptable. The nomination should be accompanied by a brief (maximum 1 page) description of the strategy or technique used and where appropriate appendices (or URLs) of pedagogical materials. The description should include:

    • when and how long the teaching innovation has been implemented,
    • a description of the teaching innovation,
    • an explanation of how it is an improvement over the earlier strategy,
    • evidence of positive educational outcomes, and
    • any other pertinent information (such as the source of the innovation).

    Nominated faculty members are encouraged to write the description themselves. Listing potential teaching activities that qualify for this award may be counterproductive by implying unintended constraints. However, the following general guidelines can be used when determining if the teaching technique is innovative:

    • Would it impress colleagues at a conference as being something innovative?
    • Does it involve new pedagogy or is it something that has been done before?
    • Has the innovation been implemented within the last five years?
    • Did the technique provide an improved (more thought-provoking, more hands-on, more demanding, more-integrative, more successful, etc.) way of presenting subject matter when compared to how it was presented before?

    Considering the broad range of activities that potentially will qualify, the selection process will rely upon relatively broad criteria. A higher ranking will be given where the description clearly documents positive outcomes, e.g., how the teaching technique has improved skills, deepened or broadened understanding, honed critical thinking skills, etc., here at Marietta College. The effort and time spent in development of the teaching system and extent of the curricular changes will also be considered. Innovations that have been developed at Marietta College and published for a broader extra-campus audience will be ranked higher than those developed elsewhere and applied here.

    All nominees will be notified of decisions before Founders Day. The $2,000 awards can be used as a salary enhancement (taxable) or for purchase of on-campus instructional materials (nontaxable). Should the process necessitate selection of the best among the worthy, nominees not chosen for awards will be encouraged to resubmit. Some innovations may be bolstered for resubmission merely through a longer and better documented track record of success.

    Nomination Procedure

    Submit an electronic version of the nomination to the Faculty Development Committee chair.

    The nomination form should include the date, name and department of nominee, a description of the innovative teaching technique, and the name and department of nominator as well as the signature of the nominator. For self nominations, a signed letter of support from your department chair must also be included.

    click to expandLoad Reduction Program

    The Load Reduction Program (LRP) reduces a full-time teaching faculty member's teaching load by one course for one semester. Up to $1000 is available to cover expenses connected with the project. Faculty with load reductions may not teach day, evening, or weekend courses on an overload basis, here or elsewhere, or for the Institute of Learning in Retirement (or any similar agency of the College) during the semester of the reduction. Reduced loads will not be given for administrative work. The FDC reviews LRPs and makes recommendations to the dean.

    A Research Load Reduction (RLR) provides release time to allow pursuit of a research project. An Instructional Load Reduction(ILR) provides release time to allow pursuit of a pedagogy project.

    Criteria for Selection

    While the criteria for Load Reductions are similar to those described for sabbaticals, Load Reductions are intended to fund projects that are smaller in scope compared to sabbaticals. Faculty receiving Load Reductions are required to provide a written report, of no more than two pages, on work accomplished.

    Application Format

    Submit Load Reduction applications to the Faculty Development Committee Chair. If your application includes materials that can not be sent in an electronic format forward 10 hard copies.

    Failure to follow the proposal format or guidelines may exclude the applicant from being recommended for funding. If time permits, promising proposals that need more work will be returned to the applicant for revisions.

    Summary of project and outcomes: Briefly summarize the project and clearly state, in specific terms, the goals of your project. Demonstrate how the project will improve your professional development (for RLR) or teaching effectiveness (for ILR), and describe the benefits you see for yourself, students, and/or the college community. Discuss how the project goes beyond your regular faculty responsibilities and describe the specific outcomes you see resulting from your project.

    Qualifications: Summarize your qualifications and those of each project member. Briefly describe previous work (e.g., publications, presentations, etc.), training, and experience in the project area. The goal is to demonstrate that you have expertise, ability, and commitment to accomplish the project objectives.

    Action Plan: Give a step-by-step description of what you plan to do and the rationale for doing it. Relate these actions to the objectives of the project.

    Relevant Literature: Provide a brief review of relevant literature on the topic of your project.

    Funding History: List all Faculty Development funding: minigrants, load reductions, professional improvement grants, and sabbaticals you have received during the past three years, and indicate whether or not you have submitted the two-page report required for load reductions, professional improvement grants and sabbaticals.

    Departmental Support: Provide evidence of departmental support. This could be a brief letter from your department chair which indicates how your project fits department goals and how your course load reduction will impact the department. (If you are a department chair, attach a letter from the Provost or a senior department member.)

    Expenses: Present an itemized list of anticipated expenses. Valid expenses include supplies, student salaries, travel, or other items deemed important to the project. Applicants are encouraged to investigate other sources of funding for the items listed above (e.g., minigrants, outside grants, work study, etc.).

    click to expandMentor Grants

    Mentor Grants provide funds to help faculty members accompany students to conferences or competitions where the faculty member is not usually a direct participant in the conference. Mentor Grants will reimburse the faculty member's travel, conference fees, and hotel expenses within certain limits.

    Here's how to do it:

    • If the conference is a professional development experience for the faculty member, instructors are encouraged to seek funding for a Minigrant prior to applying for the Mentor Grant.
    • Submit the Mentor Grant application, in which you will provide us with an estimate of the costs, electronically.
    • Each application should be accompanied by a short narrative, not to exceed three paragraphs, describing the event.

    What kinds of proposals have been funded in the past?

    Mentor Grants have funded a wide range of trips--from competitions in Ohio to conferences in Texas. For more information and a variety of examples, visit the Recent Grants page.

    click to expandMinigrants

    Minigrants are cash awards given to faculty who have plans for projects that will improve their scholarship and/or enable them to gain knowledge or skills beyond the normal growth expected of faculty in order to improve teaching and support the college's core values. The minigrant should be used to support those projects that are beyond the scope of a department's budget and are too small for external funding. All voting faculty may apply. Reimbursement is made upon presentation of receipts and corroborating evidence.

    Minigrants are limited to a maximum of $2,000 per faculty member per academic year.

    Priority will be given to individuals submitting their first requests and individuals whose proposals most clearly meet the additional guidelines set forth below. The actual grant will be contingent upon the committee's recommendation and available funds. When project expenses exceed the size of the award, the committee recommends that the applicant seek other forms of financial support. Please try to apply for minigrants before spending money because FDC cannot guarantee the funding of every proposal, and thus be aware that the committee may make adjustments to your itemized cost estimates in order to fund as many applications as possible.

    Funding possibilities for minigrants include:

    • Travel expenses to present a paper (or the equivalent) at a recognized professional meeting
    • Purchase of research materials or equipment that are not typically purchased by the college or department and that are essential for the individual's scholarly project
    • Travel expenses to a conference, workshop, or training program
    • Costs incurred by a faculty member whose manuscript has already been accepted for publication


    How to Apply

    Submit application form as an electronic file to the Faculty Development Committee Chair.

    Failure to follow the proposal format or guidelines will exclude the applicant from being recommended for funding.

    Criteria for Selection

    There are generally too many qualified projects for the limited funds available for faculty development. Therefore, FDC has developed the following guidelines to allow it to determine priorities of qualified projects.

    Strengthening Factors As Opposed to . . .

    Publication in a juried venue Self - Publication

    Chairing a session or a panel, or being a presenter at a conference Attending a conference as a participant or as a self-selected presenter

    Serving as an officer of the hosting group at a conference Attending the event without holding an office

    When better teaching is the goal, learning and techniques beyond the normal growth expected of faculty Revising existing courses or developing courses as part of the faculty member's routine responsibility

    New projects Projects that have received repeated FDC funding without evidence of progress (Faculty needing long term funding for the same project are encouraged to seek external funding)

    Projects part of a clearly delineated, long-term faculty development plan Projects unrelated to the faculty member’s other activities

    Projects identified by the chair as supporting the goals of the department Projects of interest to the faculty member but considered by the chair as unrelated to the plans of the department

    Proposals demonstrating commitment to the project Proposals not demonstrating such commitment

    Projects involving students collaboratively, with a clear indication of faculty development Projects involving student research but with little or no faculty development

    click to expandProfessional Improvement Grants

    Full-time teaching faculty may apply for Professional Improvement Grant (PIG) funds for summer projects. PIG recipients should limit other duties so they may focus on their PIG projects. Each successful PIG proposal participant will receive up to $3,000 to be divided between a stipend and expenses. The entire $3,000 may be used toward expenses without taking a stipend if the applicant so desires. However, the maximum stipend allowed will be $2,000. Proposals may involve a single faculty member, or a team of faculty members and students. Projects involving multiple faculty members will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants are encouraged to seek external funding for long term projects: PIG funds can be used as matching money for external grants.

    Criteria for Selection

    A major goal of the proposed project should be to help strengthen the connection between the faculty member involved in the project and his or her discipline. This could take many forms including (but not limited to) publishable research, papers, panels, essays, books, works of art, reviews, software, etc. The project will usually result in some tangible outcome such as publication, exhibition, or some other form of public presentation. It is the proposer's responsibility to convince the Faculty Development Committee that the project will strengthen disciplinary connections.

    Applicants will need to demonstrate some expertise in the skills required for their projects, e.g., musical or artistic composition, computer proficiency, competence in statistics or foreign language, and so on.

    Faculty receiving PIGs are required to provide a written report, of no more than two pages, on work accomplished to the Faculty Development Committee and the Provost.

    Application Format

    Submit your Professional Improvement Grant application as an electronic file to the Faculty Development Committee Chair. If your application includes materials that can not be sent in an electronic format forward 10 hard copies.

    Failure to follow the proposal format or guidelines may exclude the applicant from being recommended for funding. If time permits, promising proposals that need more work will be returned to the applicant for revisions.

    Summary of project and outcomes: Briefly summarize the project and clearly state, in specific terms, the goals of your project. Demonstrate how the project will improve your professional development and describe the benefits you see for yourself, students, and/or the college community. Discuss how the project goes beyond your regular faculty responsibilities and describe the specific outcomes you see resulting from your project.

    Qualifications: Summarize your qualifications and those of each project member. Briefly describe previous work (e.g., publications, presentations, etc.), training, and experience in the project area. The goal is to demonstrate that you have expertise, ability, and commitment to accomplish the project objectives.

    Action Plan: Give a step-by-step description of what you plan to do and the rationale for doing it. Relate these actions to the objectives of the project. For PIGs, please indicate other responsibilities that you will have during the project period.

    Relevant Literature: Provide a brief review of relevant literature on the topic of your project.

    Funding History: List all Faculty Development funding: minigrants, LRP, PIG, and sabbaticals you have received during the past three years, and indicate whether or not you have submitted the two-page report required for LRP, PIG, and sabbaticals.

    Departmental Support: Provide evidence of departmental support. This could be a brief letter from your department chair which indicates how your project fits department goals and how your PIG will impact the department. (If you are a department chair, attach a letter from the Provost or a senior department member.)

    Expenses: Present an itemized list of anticipated expenses. Valid expenses include supplies, student salaries, travel, or other items deemed important to the project. Applicants are encouraged to investigate other sources of funding for the items listed above (e.g., minigrants, outside grants, work study, etc.).

    click to expandResearch Awards

    The research award recognizes a faculty member for a significant scholarly contribution to his or her discipline. Selection of award recipients will be made by the Faculty Development Committee, usually in January, for recognition at the Founders Day ceremony in February.

    Criteria for Selection

    To be considered for the award, the research product (e.g., book, article, exhibition, performance) will have been produced within the three years prior to the time the award is made.  To be eligible for the February 2013 Research Award, the research product must have been completed between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2012.

    Items that match one or more of the criteria listed below would typically indicate a strong likelihood of consideration for the award.

    • Publication of a book or article (external and peer-reviewed)
    • Production of a work commissioned, invited, or funded by an external entity
    • Publication, exhibition, or performance in a juried venue
    • Favorable review in an international or national publication
    • External evidence of widespread use of the product in the discipline (e.g., citations, number of libraries holding the book, etc.)

    This list is not exhaustive; very worthy endeavors may fall outside these categories. If the product being recommended for a research award is atypical, the nominee is urged to clearly demonstrate how this work qualifies as significant research within a particular discipline.

    Application Procedure

    Faculty members can be nominated by any member of the college community, and self-nomination is acceptable. Submit applications electronically to the Faculty Development Committee Chair.

    The application for a research award must include: 

    • a brief letter of nomination, stating the name of the nominee and specifying the research product for which the applicant is being nominated (note that any product may receive this award only once);

    • a one-page abstract summarizing the research and how it contributes to the discipline;

    • a supporting letter from the department chair or other authority in the discipline who should explain to the committee the significance of the contribution and the nature of the venue of publication or exhibition or performance of the creative product; and

    • a copy of the publication or other tangible evidence of the product (e.g., photographs of an exhibition).  Only one copy is necessary. This will be returned to the applicant after the decision has been made.

    It is recommended that the applicant include supplementary supporting material, e.g., reviews of the product, brochures from an exhibit, letters from the commissioning organization.

     

     

    click to expandSabbaticals

    A sabbatical enables a tenured faculty member to engage in literary, scientific, or artistic study and/or research. Faculty members may receive a first sabbatical after five years of service and not more frequently than every seventh year after that. A regular sabbatical is either a half-pay, full academic year leave or a full pay, half year leave (full pay, full year sabbatical leaves are possible but must be arranged with the Provost prior to application to FDC). The College will grant sabbatical leaves for not more than 15 percent of the tenured faculty in any one academic year. For the purpose of this calculation, a full-year full-pay sabbatical counts as the equivalent of two leaves

    The Faculty Development Committee reviews applications and makes recommendations to the Provost and the President. As stated in the Faculty Handbook (section V.C.3), a faculty member taking a sabbatical leave will be expected to return to full-time service at the College for at least two years immediately thereafter.

    Criteria for Selection

    A major goal of the proposed project should be to help strengthen the connection between the faculty member involved in the project and his or her discipline. This could take many forms including (but not limited to) publishable research, papers, panels, essays, books, works of art, reviews, software, etc. The project will usually result in some tangible outcome such as publication, exhibition, or some other form of public presentation. It is the proposer's responsibility to convince the Faculty Development Committee that the project will strengthen disciplinary connections.

    Proposals involving course development or improving teaching effectiveness will be considered, but must show a major change of direction for the proposer, rather than a simple review and/or enhancement of current subject areas or teaching methods. Applicants will need to demonstrate some expertise in the skills required for their projects, e.g., musical or artistic composition, computer proficiency, competence in statistics or foreign language, and so on.

    Faculty receiving sabbaticals are required to provide a written report, of no more than two pages, on work accomplished to the Faculty Development Committee and the Provost.

    Application Format

    Submit your sabbatical application as an electronic file to the Faculty Development Committee Chair. If your application includes materials that cannot be sent in an electronic format forward 10 hard copies.

    Failure to follow the proposal format or guidelines may exclude the applicant from being recommended for funding. A sabbatical applicant may, or may not, be given the opportunity to revise his/her proposal. Ultimately, it is the applicant who bears responsibility for the merit of the proposal.

    Summary of project and outcomes: Briefly summarize the project and clearly state, in specific terms, the goals of your project. Demonstrate how the project will improve your professional development and describe the benefits you see for yourself, students, and/or the college community. Discuss how the project goes beyond your regular faculty responsibilities and describe the specific outcomes you see resulting from your project.

    Qualifications: Summarize your qualifications and those of each project member. Briefly describe previous work (e.g., publications, presentations, etc.), training, and experience in the project area. The goal is to demonstrate that you have expertise, ability, and commitment to accomplish the project objectives.

    Action Plan: Give a step-by-step description of what you plan to do and the rationale for doing it. Relate these actions to the objectives of the project.

    Relevant Literature: Provide a brief review of relevant literature on the topic of your project.

    Funding History: List all Faculty Development funding: indicate when you had your last sabbatical; list all minigrants, load reductions, and professional improvement grants that you have received during the past three years. Also indicate whether or not you have submitted the two-page report required for load reductions, professional improvement grants, and sabbatical.

    Departmental Support: Provide evidence of departmental support. This could be a brief letter from your department chair which indicates how your project fits department goals and how your absence from teaching will impact the department(s) in which you teach. (If you are a department chair, attach a letter from the Division Coordinator or a senior faculty member.)

    Committee Members

    Dennis Kuhl, Chair
    Ken Itzkowitz
    Janie Rees-Miller
    Ena Vulor
    Brent Yorgason
    Lynn Bostrom
    Beth McNally, Academic Grants Office
    Mark Miller, Academic Affairs Office