The Office of the Provost provides funding for faculty activities in three categories: research, curricular innovation, and mentoring. Funding for projects in all three categories is available to principal members of the full-time faculty and, for some programs, part-time faculty members with post-probationary, annual, multi-year, or grandparented status as defined in the ACT-UAW contract or AFM Local 802 part-time faculty with a minimum of four semesters of classroom appointments. Awards are competitive. All applications are reviewed by a committee of faculty representing a range of fields.
The Faculty Research Fund supports faculty members in their work as scholars and creative practitioners. Grants of up to $10,000 are awarded on a competitive basis to support new research-based, professional, or creative projects. Priority is given to 1) projects developed by junior members of the faculty that will provide opportunities to advance their research careers and 2) projects for which there is demonstrated effort and potential to secure external funding (in which case FRF funds can constitute seed money or a matching grant). The application deadline for the 2015-2016 cycle is February 2, 2015. Guidelines and the application form are available here.
The Innovations in Education Fund supports members of the faculty in their work as innovators in the areas of curriculum and pedagogy. Grants of up to $10,000 are awarded on a competitive basis for projects that develop or implement new courses and programs or innovative methods of teaching and student evaluation. The application deadline for the 2015-2016 cycle is February 2, 2015. Guidelines and a link to the application form are available here.
Full-time faculty members can apply for individual grants (up to $1,200) or team grants (up to $5,000) to support the development of mentoring relationships. This program aids faculty members in building a network of mentors who will support them in their professional growth and career advancement. The application deadline for the 2015-2016 cycle is March 2, 2015. Guidelines and the application form are available here.