Faculty Development Fellowship

Faculty Development Fellowship

Please submit your Faculty Development Fellowship applications for Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and academic year 2017-18 by December 13, 2016.

Applications must contain

  1. A cover page using the FDL cover form.
  2. A signed copy of the FDF Acknowledgment form
  3. A completed Application for Leave of Absence
  4. A statement by the applicant (maximum of three pages) describing the project. This statement must address the criteria below.
  5. The applicant's current CV.
  6. If the applicant has had a previous leave with pay, an updated report on the activities and accomplishments from that leave.
  7. A statement indicating the rankings of the proposals from the same department, reasons for the ranking and an evaluation of the proposal in light of the criteria below. This statement should come from the chair or the committee which evaluated the proposals.
    NOTE: A PAF is not required with the application. It will be requested after the leave is approved.

Award criteria

  1. Excellent scholarship (including research and creative activity and/or instructional development) is the primary factor in judging proposals.
  2. The FDF proposal must present a clear goal and a clear plan (including expected outcomes).
  3. It is important that faculty are able to explore new areas and to investigate ideas which potentially have a big pay-off but may not work out. Thus, proposals for risky projects may rate highly provided the potential for significant outcomes can be demonstrated.
  4. The benefits of the leave to the University and the faculty member must be explained in terms of departmental, college and campus priorities.

The College is allotted one leave for every ten eligible faculty. We will accept requests for leaves beyond this for a department but you should be sure to indicate how the teaching program will be maintained if the leaves are all granted.

Persons appointed as Assistant, Associate or Full Professors of Practice are eligible to apply for Faculty Development Fellowships after they have met the requirement for six years of full time service.

As stated in The Faculty Development Fellowship policy, these leaves are to be awarded competitively and must be awarded on the basis of expected benefits to the University and to the faculty member. The primary evaluation of applications will remain in the departments. The Dean’s Office will review the applications to ensure that they meet the above criteria.