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Funding for Faculty Development at Muhlenberg College

Support for scholarship

TypeDescriptionApproval ProcessAmountDeadline
Faculty Summer Research and Professional Growth GrantsFaculty Summer Grants, which are competitive, can be used to support 1) Research or study leading to publication, exhibition, or performance; and 2) Professional growth. This includes projects related to the scholarship of teaching and learning. All other applications of a pedagogical nature should be made for the grants reviewed by the Muhlenberg Center for Teaching and Learning (MCTL).The Faculty Development and Scholarship Committee (FDSC) makes recommendations for funding to the Provost.$2000
(4 week) or
$4000 (8 week)
Direct Expense GrantStipend to cover direct expenses associated with a summer project. May be used in conjunction with a summer research or professional growth grant (but not the Crossette Fellowship).FDSC makes recommendations for funding to the Provost.Up to $1500early-February
The Crossette Family Faculty Fellowship for International ResearchGrant to support faculty development research grants with a preference for international research, so that Muhlenberg may expand its horizons through increased global experience. May be used in conjunction with a 4-week summer research or professional growth grant (but not 8-week).FDSC makes recommendations for funding to the Provost.$2200early-February
Daniel J. and Carol Shiner Wilson Grant for Completion of Scholarly ProjectsFund to support costs associated with completion of scholarly projects, such as page charges, reproduction rights for illustrations, indexing, final preparation of manuscript, installation fees, copying fees for sources, framing charges, and journal publication fees. It does not cover travel expenses. If given this funding, one must wait three years before applying again for support of a different project.Dean of Academic Life reviews proposal and approves funding.VariesAnnual rolling submission
Rising Scholar Award (pre-tenure faculty)Provides $50,000/year to support tenure-track faculty members who have completed successful third-year reviews. Tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply for this award only during the fall semester immediately following their successful third-year review. Each award will allow the recipient a course release in order to focus on scholarship, with funds going toward paying for research expenses and, if desired, hiring a first- or second-year research assistant.FDSC makes recommendations for funding to the Provost.Up to $4000 in direct expense funds and up to $1000 to support a research assistantEarly-to-mid September
Robert C. Williams Award (pre-tenure faculty)Provides a monetary award to one pre-tenure faculty member each year for distinguished scholarship and research or public performance. All tenure-track faculty can apply for this award, up to and including the year during which they stand for tenure.FDSC makes recommendations to the Provost.$500 awardMid-to-late March
Donald B. Hoffman Research Fellowship (post-tenure faculty)The Fellowship awards one post-tenure faculty member a reduction in their teaching load to engage in scholarship, research, or creative activity resulting in publication, performance, or exhibition. The Fellowship is rotated every year between Natural Science/Math and Humanities.FDSC makes recommendations for funding to the Provost and the President. The President makes the final decision.Two-course reduction per semester for one academic year (i.e., a 1-1 load)Mid-October
Class of ‘32 Research Professor (post-tenure faculty)The Class of ‘32 awards one post-tenure faculty member release time for up to one year to pursue established research or creative work.FDSC makes recommendations for funding to the Provost and the President. The President makes the final decision.Release time at full pay/benefits up to one year and up to $2000 for research, travel, and publication costsMid-October

Support for course and pedagogical development

TypeDescriptionApproval ProcessAmountDeadline
Pedagogical Development
These grants encourage faculty to develop a significantly different approach in their teaching that focuses on improving student learning. Projects could involve: investigating and integrating pedagogies established in a field but new to the professor or the course, the development of an entirely new pedagogical approach that has not yet generated a comprehensive critical literature, and/or discipline-specific training that will have an impact on teaching.MCTL reviews proposal and approves funding.$2000
(4 week) or
$4000 (8 week)
early February
New Course Development
This grant allows summer support for course development that meets departmental or College-wide needs. This does not include regular course preparation. The expectation is that the content of the course is significantly outside of the faculty member’s area of professional training or expertise, or, when the course is within the faculty member’s disciplinary area, it is beyond the scope of typical course development, such as developing a First Year Seminar (FYS), developing a capstone course that addresses multiple sub-disciplines, or developing a course to address an emerging sub-discipline within the field. A supporting letter from your Department Chair or Program Director is required.MCTL makes recommendations for funding to the Provost.$2000
(4 week) or
$4000 (8 week)
Early February
Center for Ethics (C4E) Course Development GrantThis grant supports faculty who integrate classes and projects with the Center’s thematic programming.C4E reviews proposals and approves funding.$500Late-July

Support for conference attendance

TypeDescriptionApproval ProcessAmountDeadline
Departmental BudgetYour department chair has a budget for professional travel, available whether attending or presenting at a meeting. Request for funding should be done before the conference.Approved by the Department Chair.Up to $550As needed
Provost BudgetApply through this form to the Provost’s Office to supplement departmental funds for professional travel when you have a significant role in a meeting (e.g., presenting a paper, serving as an officer). Request for funding should be done before the conference.With Department Chair’s recommendation, the Provost approves funding.As neededAs early as possible to ensure fair distribution across the faculty
MCTL Conference GrantThis grant supports attendance at conferences devoted to teaching. Request for funding should be done before the conference. Apply to MCTL Director.MCTL chair reviews proposal and approves funding.$500 maximumAs early as possible as funds are limited

Support for students

TypeDescriptionApproval ProcessAmountDeadline
Conference AttendanceStudent, in consultation with sponsoring faculty or department, can apply to Dean’s Office to subsidize expenses for presentations at professional meetings.Request to the Dean of Academic Life for approval.Normally up to $400As early as possible as funds are limited
Student Research AssistantshipsStudent Research Assistantships allow faculty to hire students throughout the year for skilled professional academic tasks that benefit the faculty member’s work (up to 12 hours/week during the academic year and up to 20 hours/week for 8 weeks during the summer).FDSC makes recommendations for funding to the Provost.Hourly pay scale for specified hoursAs needed
Dean’s Summer Research GrantsStudents can apply through the office of the Dean of Academic Life. Projects are intended to be student-initiated, but students must work with a faculty mentor.FDSC makes recommendations for funding to the Dean of Academic Life.$3000 (plus campus housing and possible course unit)Mid-February
Summer Collaborative GrantA faculty member recruits a student as a research collaborator for the summer. The student assists with the faculty member’s research in a substantive way. This grant is intended to be faculty-driven.FDSC makes recommendations for funding to the Provost.$3000 (plus campus housing and possible course unit)Mid-March
Harring-Wittenbraker Fund for Student ResearchThis endowed fund provides students with financial support associated with the direct costs conducting or presenting research. For example, funds may be used to pay the costs of gathering data and information, purchase necessary equipment, computer fees, copyright fees, or travel to conferences to present research results. A preference is given to students conducting research in the humanities and social sciences, followed by students conducting research in the natural sciences.Request to the Dean of Academic Life for approval.VariesRolling submission

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