Grants Office

Professional Council

Professional Council membership for 2017-2018:


Members:


Deadline Information:

Note: All applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. on the specified date.

Faculty Development Grants
Sept. 8, Oct. 20, Dec. 1, Feb. 9, March 23, May 4 (all Fridays). The May 4 deadline includes activities through August 31 of the next academic year. Any request for activities taking place after May 31 will require the use of, or reserving, one’s $450.00 travel funds for the next academic year.

Summer Faculty Scholarship Grants
April 13

Sabbatical Requests
November 2


Faculty Information:

The Professional Council invites members of the faculty to submit proposals for Faculty Development Grants (FDG). We encourage all faculty and especially those who have not received FDGs in the recent past to consider applying. We appreciate your efforts to hold down expenses, thereby enabling us to support more applications.Eligibility: All full-time faculty are eligible to apply for up to $2,500 per year in Faculty Development Grants from the Professional Council. Part-time faculty are those persons who do not have a full-time faculty employment contract with Albright College, do not hold an administrative position of 50 percent or more, and who currently teaching one or more courses. Part-time faculty who have taught at least 18 courses for the College and are currently teaching are eligible for up to $1,000 in annual funding.

Faculty applying for a faculty development grant involving international travel will be eligible for an additional $500 to assist with the additional costs.

Full-time faculty are also eligible for up to $450 in funds annually for professional development.

The $450 funds are eligible with the following distributions:

    • Academic or Professional Association Memberships – up to $150

Note: Expenditures not covered by Faculty Development Grants

    • Research Software/Equipment – up to $150

Note: Software uploaded to College computers must be registered/notified with IT Department. All software and equipment purchased with College funds remain the property of the College.

  • Conference participation, research travel and the like – up to $450

These $450 funds are typically applied to the first proposal submitted to Professional Council for the applicable fiscal year, but can be reserved in advance of that submission by submitting a proposal through Process Maker. $450 funds are not subject to normal FDG caps and percentages.

Note that the College fiscal year begins on June 1 and ends May 31.

Caps: Because the Professional Council has a limited amount of funding with which to support faculty work, we encourage applicants to explore ways to economize on travel and other expenses. The following caps apply to all grants: Domestic Airfare $550 (including baggage); Hotel (per night) $180; Meals (per day) $60.

Deadlines: For up to date deadline information visit the Deadline webpage which is accessible through the Professional Council’s website. All applications must be submitted prior to the deadline preceding the activity; Professional Council will not consider requests for retroactive funding.

Grant Criteria
The Professional Council will give careful consideration to each proposal submitted. In preparing proposals, faculty should be aware that the PC will evaluate proposals using the principles mentioned in these guidelines and using the following prioritized (highest priority to lowest priority) criteria.

Tier 1: Eligible for 100 percent funding, subject to caps:

  • Support for scholarship resulting in imminent publication, performance, exhibit, or appearance in some other peer-reviewed forum. Examples of funding support may include: page costs, exhibit costs, or other costs associated with finalizing the imminent product.
  • Support for conference participation (including travel) where the faculty member is presenting his or her scholarhip or creative works or is an invited speaker. Please provide appropriate documentation to demonstrate in what capacity you will serve.
  • Support for conference participation (including travel) where the faculty member is serving in some official capacity, for example organizing a session, serving as a discussant, or serving as an officer of the sponsoring society. Please provide appropriate documentation to demonstrate in what capcity you will serve.

Tier 2: Eligible for 75 percent funding, subject to caps:

  • Funding to support travel or other related research costs. Preference will be given to proposals that will result in tangible scholarly or creative contributions to one’s field.

Tier 3: Eligible for 60 percent funding, subject to caps:

  • Support for participation in professional workshops and seminars intended to develop teaching and research expertise, or for curricular development.
  • Conference attendance.

Grant Proposals
We ask that you answer the following questions in the course of your proposal. You must submit your proposal through the online Process Maker form.

  • Proposed Activity- Please describe the proposed activity and your role in the activity.
  • Goals and Assessment- How will your proposed activity enhance your professional development and the development of your discipline? How will you assess your progress?
  • Efforts to Obtain Other Funding- Have you sought or will you seek additional funding for your project from other sources? Can the Albright grant be used as “seed” money in obtaining external funding? For help with attaining outside funding please see Charlene Wysocki in the Development Office.

Submission Format
Applications for Faculty Development Grants should be filed electronically through the Process Maker form (please see the hyperlink at the bottom of this page). Don’t use Internet Explorer as your browser for accessing the form, as it is not compatible with the software. Supplemental materials can be emailed as an attachment in electronic format (MS Word document preferred) to the Professional Council at profcouncil@albright.edu. Please include the subject heading “faculty development grant items your name”.

Important Notes

Reporting: Please carefully read the PC Faculty Development Report information. The narrative report and the expense report must be submitted WITHIN ONE MONTH AFTER THE COMPLETION OF THE PROJECT OR TRAVEL or the applicant will not be reimbursed. The expense report and a hard copy of the narrative report should be submitted to Leigh Fernandes in the Provost’s Office.

Advances: The PC will only advance 50% of the funds awarded. The rest of the funds will be funded when the receipts for all of the expenses and the written report have been filed. Awardees who received advances but did not submit receipts and a report in the last academic year will not be eligible for travel funds in this current year.

External Funding: The PC encourages all faculty to seek grant funding from outside sources. Those who have already received a development grant are especially encouraged to seek outside funding. For help with attaining outside funding please see Charlene Wysocki in the Development Office.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT EXPENSE REPORTS FOR FUNDED PROPOSALS GO THROUGH
ALBRIGHT’S BUSINESS OFFICE, NOT THE PROFESSIONAL COUNCIL

Thank You

Faculty Development Grants

Albright College has a thriving research and creative community that the college community and the general populace should be informed of. The Professional Council (PC) would like to promote the hard work done by our faculty in order to increase awareness of the research and creative activities on campus. The PC has provided you funding for an experience which will further your research or professional development. The PC encourages you to write a short report describing your work and how the funding was used. These reports should be written in a popular style and may be used to disseminate your results via the Albright College website and other media. The PC encourages you to see this report as a celebration of your work, not an onerous task that must be completed. However, additional PC grants will not be awarded until the report is completed and receipts of expenses submitted.

In order to maximize the effectiveness of the report the PC encourages you to consider the following when crafting your article:

1. This should be written in a popular article style with consumption by the general populace in mind.

  • Assume a target audience of graduating high school seniors and underclassmen undergraduates with only general familiarity with your field.
  • Include a general overview of your scholarly background, specific research topic, and how the activity funded by the PC expands upon it.
  • Avoid excessive use of jargon or other specialized terms when possible. Define them if unavoidable.
  • Focus on the big picture rather than the details of your work.

2. Please write no fewer than 200 words; however, we encourage you to limit your text to fewer than 500 words.

3. Remember that your article will be available to the entire world. Do not include proprietary data, un-copyrighted images, or other information that you do not want available to the general public.


Summer Stipends

Communication of creative or research work done during Professional Council funded stipends or sabbaticals.

Albright College has a thriving research and creative community which the college community and the general populace should be informed of. The Professional Council (PC) would like to promote the hard work done by our faculty in order to increase awareness of the research and creative activities on campus. In order to achieve this, the PC will ask sabbatical and summer stipend awardees to supplement their report of their work which will be used to disseminate their results via the Albright College website and other media. In addition, awardees will present their work to the college community at a live event. The PC believes that these requirements will help create a culture of research and creativity that will encourage collaboration and promote high quality scholarly work. This document will provide guidelines for the live presentation and written report. The PC encourages the faculty to treat these presentations as a celebration of their work, not an onerous task that must be completed. You will be working hard this summer or over your sabbatical so please take this as an opportunity to show off your results. Moreover, we strongly encourage all faculty to attend this speaker’s series, as we would like these to be a series of events that bring faculty and students together to celebrate the intellectual life of the Albright Community.

Written Report

This report will take the form of a written article (sent as an attachment as a .docx or Rich Text Format) that gives an overview of the research done during your sabbatical or over the summer. Your report will help form the face of research and creative activity at Albright. These documents will be converted into HTML web-pages and linked from the faculty research section of the Albright College website. Your article may also be featured on the main webpage or used in whole or in part in college publications or promotional materials..

This article is to be submitted to the PC chair AND to the Provost’s office no later than 6 weeks into the semester following your award. Failure to submit this article by the deadline will result in exclusion from consideration for all PC funding opportunities. The articles will be reviewed by the PC, which reserves the right to request modifications or revisions before finalization of the document.

In order to maximize the effectiveness of the report the PC encourages you to consider the following when crafting your article:

1. This should be written in a popular article style with consumption by the general populace in mind.

  • Assume a target audience of graduating high school seniors and underclassmen undergraduates with only general familiarity with your field.
  • Give a brief biography of your scholarly background, field of work, and why you are interested in the subject.
  • Include a general overview of your specific research topic and how your project expands the knowledge of it.
  • Avoid excessive use of jargon or other specialized terms when possible. Define them if unavoidable.
  • Focus on the big picture rather than the details of your work.
  • Pictures, Graphs, or other images are strongly encouraged. Including an image of you participating in the work will help put a face on your research or creative work.

2. Please write no fewer than 500 words; however, we encourage you to limit your text to 2000 words or less excluding images or other reference material.

3. Please include a literature cited for works referenced in the article. (. URL addresses for references and other sites where more information can be found are encouraged to be included).

4. Remember that your article will be available to the entire world. Do not include proprietary data, un-copyrighted images, or other information that you do not want available to the general public.


Sabbaticals

Communication of creative or research work done during Professional Council funded stipends or sabbaticals.

Albright College has a thriving research and creative community which the college community and the general populace should be informed of. The Professional Council (PC) would like to promote the hard work done by our faculty in order to increase awareness of the research and creative activities on campus. In order to achieve this, the PC will ask sabbatical and summer stipend awardees to supplement their report of their work which will be used to disseminate their results via the Albright College website and other media. In addition, awardees will present their work to the college community at a live event. The PC believes that these requirements will help create a culture of research and creativity that will encourage collaboration and promote high quality scholarly work. This document will provide guidelines for the live presentation and written report. The PC encourages the faculty to treat these presentations as a celebration of their work, not an onerous task that must be completed. You will be working hard this summer or over your sabbatical so please take this as an opportunity to show off your results. Moreover, we strongly encourage all faculty to attend this speaker’s series, as we would like these to be a series of events that bring faculty and students together to celebrate the intellectual life of the Albright Community.

Written Report

This report will take the form of a written article (sent as an attachment as a .docx or Rich Text Format) that gives an overview of the research done during your sabbatical or over the summer. Your report will help form the face of research and creative activity at Albright. These documents will be converted into HTML web-pages and linked from the faculty research section of the Albright College website. Your article may also be featured on the main webpage or used in whole or in part in college publications or promotional materials..

This article is to be submitted to the PC chair AND to the Provost’s office no later than 6 weeks into the semester following your award. Failure to submit this article by the deadline will result in exclusion from consideration for all PC funding opportunities. The articles will be reviewed by the PC, which reserves the right to request modifications or revisions before finalization of the document.

In order to maximize the effectiveness of the report the PC encourages you to consider the following when crafting your article:

1. This should be written in a popular article style with consumption by the general populace in mind.

  • Assume a target audience of graduating high school seniors and underclassmen undergraduates with only general familiarity with your field.
  • Give a brief biography of your scholarly background, field of work, and why you are interested in the subject.
  • Include a general overview of your specific research topic and how your project expands the knowledge of it.
  • Avoid excessive use of jargon or other specialized terms when possible. Define them if unavoidable.
  • Focus on the big picture rather than the details of your work.
  • Pictures, Graphs, or other images are strongly encouraged. Including an image of you participating in the work will help put a face on your research or creative work.

2. Please write no fewer than 500 words; however, we encourage you to limit your text to 2000 words or less excluding images or other reference material.

3. Please include a literature cited for works referenced in the article. (. URL addresses for references and other sites where more information can be found are encouraged to be included).

4. Remember that your article will be available to the entire world. Do not include proprietary data, un-copyrighted images, or other information that you do not want available to the general public.

Eligibility

One important way of promoting faculty development is the provision of sabbatical leave. The Professional Council is charged with formulating criteria for recommending the granting of sabbaticals, soliciting applications for leave, and making recommendations to the Provost based on the quality of the applications. Full-time, tenured faculty of the rank Assistant Professor or higher are normally eligible for sabbatical leave after six full years of teaching since beginning employment or after a previous sabbatical. Applications should be made in the fall semester of the academic year prior to the academic year of the requested sabbatical leave. In addition to 50% of the faculty member’s salary, up to $1200.00 is available for research supplies. This year, faculty whose last sabbatical leave was in the academic year 2011-2012 or earlier or faculty who began employment in the fall of 2011 (if tenured) or earlier are eligible to apply for a sabbatical. If you are uncertain about your eligibility status, please call the Provost’s office.

Selection Criteria

For the past several years we have used four criteria in formulating our recommendations and it is expected that requests will address these criteria. We will continue to use the following in rank-ordering sabbatical requests (the criteria are listed in order of priority):

  • Well-developed plan for scholarly research intended to result in publication, performance, or appearance in some other peer-reviewed forum.
  • Well-developed plan for research and other work (including travel) supporting the development of new courses, new areas of expertise, or other new curricular development.
  • Well-developed plan for research and other work (including travel) supporting the comprehensive revision of existing courses.
  • Graduate course work leading to a renewal of the faculty member’s teaching and research activities.

Proposal Requirements

The following elements must be part of your proposal:

  • The chairperson of an academic department is required to express approval or disapproval of a request from his or her colleague in the department.
  • The chairperson’s letter of support must contain specific information about how your curricular responsibilities will be covered in your absence. (Note that a one-semester sabbatical leave often is not supported by hiring a full-time replacement).
  • A prospectus (3-5 pages) outlining the project to be undertaken, along with a detailed budget ($1200 max).
  • The prospectus and any supporting materials should be emailed to profcouncil@albright.edu as an attachment in MS Word format. Please include the subject heading “sabbatical request”. Any material that cannot be placed in electronic format should be sent to the chair of the Professional Council via campus mail.
  • A current CV.

Albright College faculty are invited to apply for a Summer Faculty Scholarship Award. All full-time faculty who will be continuing at Albright in the following academic year are eligible to apply. Award includes a $2000.00 stipend. This award is designed to foster faculty scholarship, creative activity and research during the summer months. All forms and phases of faculty scholarship, including collection of materials, production of creative works, writing, laboratory and/or field research, and the like are eligible for this funding. The award is not for course development.

NOTE. Faculty are encouraged to apply for a faculty development grant to defray costs associated with the project.

Requirements:

  • Completed application form (MS-Word Document). This should be the cover page of your application. Your application should be submitted in an electronic format (MS Word preferred) and emailed as an attachment to profcouncil@albright.edu with the subject heading “summer faculty scholarship application”.
  • The award is restricted to use in the summer session for which it is awarded.
  • Presentation of project on campus (e.g., experience event, faculty talk) during the following academic year (arranged by the Professional Council).
  • A report will be submitted no less than six weeks after the beginning of the fall semester. Please see the reporting requirements.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not received Summer Faculty Scholarship award in the past.

Selection Criteria (in order of priority):

  • Likelihood of project resulting in a significant publication, presentation, exhibit or performance.
  • The extent to which proposed project is consistent with and will help meet faculty member’s long-range scholarship development and goals.
  • Feasibility of successful completion of the project.
  • The contribution the project makes to the field of study as defined in the project description.
  • Completeness of the application and extent to which it follows specified guidelines.

Albright College faculty are invited to apply for a new Faculty Teaching and Learning Grant. All full-time faculty who will be continuing at Albright in the following academic year are eligible to apply. The award includes a $2,000 stipend to support time invested in researching, developing, and implementing methods and materials to significantly enhance teaching and student learning in a specific course or courses. These funds can be used for professional development in teaching, to develop a new course, substantially recreate an existing course, or integrate a new pedagogical approach to teaching, representing a significant gain in knowledge for the faculty member, and have an anticipated significant and demonstrable impact on student learning. Projects must be tied to departmental or general education learning goals and a detailed assessment plan must be included (see application materials). Examples include learning and/or introducing new technology, adding an experiential learning component, increasing use of active learning strategies and the like.

In order to be eligible for the award, a faculty member must not have been awarded a Summer Faculty Scholarship, a full Summer ACRE or be teaching more than one course in the summer day program or no more than one course at a time in ADP.

As much as an additional $1,000 may be requested to support related expenses (a conference, publications, etc.). Faculty grantees would be expected to present their new teaching approach to the faculty once it is developed and implemented. In addition, grantees are expected to blog about their experiences on the Center for Teaching and Learning website, and present their work to their colleagues the following academic year. This award is designed as a strategic investment in the professional development of Albright’s dedicated teaching professors. The number of awards available depends on available funding, with no more than five expected to be awarded in a given year.

Requirements:

  • Completed application form (MS-Word Document). This should be the cover page of your application. Your application should be submitted in an electronic format (MS Word preferred) and emailed as an attachment to profcouncil@albright.edu with the subject heading “faculty T&L grant application.”
  • Use of the award in the academic year for which it is awarded.
  • Presentation of project on campus (e.g., experience event, faculty talk) during the following academic year (arranged by the Professional Council).
  • Creation of a blog about experiences associated with the project on the Center for Teaching and Learning website.
  • A written report to the Provost one month after course is completed. Documents and materials developed during the project as well as assessment results should also be submitted. These will be featured on the Albright Teaching and Learning website.

Selection Criteria (in order of priority):

  • Likelihood of the project resulting in a significant teaching and learning impact.
  • Clear statement of the learning goals for the faculty member, student, and/or course(s), and plan for how such learning goals will be achieved.
  • A detailed plan for assessing the achievement of these learning goals by completing the following form.
  • Feasibility of successful completion of the project.
  • The contribution the project makes to teaching and learning in the field of study as defined in the project description or its usefulness as a model for other faculty, both on campus and within one’s discipline. Ideally the proposal will include a plan for wider dissemination of the project outcomes and methods.
  • Completeness of the application and extent to which if follows specified guidelines.

Other Funding Opportunities: