For each academic year teaching faculty may apply for one development grant, as listed below. Each grant initiative must result in its own “product” outlined in the “Expectations” section of the document “Mininger Center Internal Grants for Teaching Faculty: Grant Categories” also called the “Grants Grid.” Faculty members should indicate how they plan to complete both projects if applying for more than one grant.
Grant application documents are posted on the Offices drive, or are available from the Academic Dean’s Office.
I. TYPES OF FACULTY DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
A. Faculty Scholarship ($2000)
B. Conference/Continuing Education ($800 – $1500)
C. Publication Support ($2000)
D. Terminal Degree Completion ($2000)
II. RECEIPT OF PROPOSALS
All applications are due to the Office of Academic Affairs (electronically, as e-mail attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the Faculty Development Committee. Details regarding due date and notification of grant receipt are communicated by email to faculty at the beginning of each grant cycle.
Goshen College full-time teaching (.75 or above) faculty who will be continuing at Goshen College the following academic year. Library faculty with M.L.S. or M.L.I.S degrees are also eligible. Temporary and adjunct faculty are not eligible except under special circumstances.
- The standard budget form must accompany each application with projected itemized expenses.
- Since all faculty have access to college-owned computers, requests for computers will not be considered unless in rare circumstances where a solid rationale can be made for why a college-owned computer cannot be used in the project. Requests for software of specific equipment necessary for a project will be considered.
V. INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD
- Any internal grant that seeks support for a research project involving human subjects must undergo IRB review (if applicable) as soon as the project has been approved for funding.
- Please see Ross Peterson-Veatch regarding questions related to IRB Review.
VI. EVALUATION CRITERIA
(see also: rubric at the end of the Grants Grid document)
All proposals will be assessed on their merits as presented and on the extent to which the proposals show promise of strengthening faculty member’s intellectual/academic professional growth and development, teaching and contribution to his/her discipline. The project must promote academic and professional development of the applicant through research, study, critical/or creative activity. It must enhance knowledge/ performance in an area of specialty or develop a new but related area of expertise.
B. Specificity and Clarity
Proposals should be written clearly, be succinct and provide specific information on the particular method for completing the project, proposed calendar as well as budget items and amounts.
An outcome must be identified (e.g. article on innovative teaching pedagogy; experiment results; new or revised course; original musical composition; creative writing; art work; musical or dramatic performance). Expectations and outcomes for each grant vary according to the purposes and goals of each grant (see individual grant descriptions). One copy of final reports for all funded proposals will be submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs (electronically as e-mail attachments to email@example.com) upon completion of projects. Not filing reports will impact future funding possibilities.
D. New Applicants
If there is insufficient funding, a proposal from a new applicant will receive priority over a previously-funded faculty member if the proposals are of equal merit. In the case of applicants requesting funding for a project that has been previously supported, the application must clearly state the progress achieved on the initial project and must also identify new directions that an additional year of funding will enable.
E. Quality of Prior Reports and Results of Previously Funded Projects
The committee will consider the quality of final reports submitted from persons who have received prior grant funds and the results of prior grant projects (successful publication e.g. of an essay, exhibition or performance of artistic works, successful book contract, etc.) as new award decisions are made.
F. Grant Applications by Faculty Development Committee Members
To avoid conflict of interest, proposals from members of the Faculty Development Committee will be reviewed without the applicant present.