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Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Renewal Program Guidelines

 

First Round of funded proposals - Spring 2008

Second Round of funded proposals - Spring 2009

Third Round of funded proposals - Spring 2010

Final Round of funded proposals - Spring 2011


 

Required Proposal Cover Sheet

Request for Proposals

The ACS Faculty Renewal Alliance invites faculty from all ACS institutions to submit proposals.

Aims of the Project

The overall aim is to enable faculty to explore new possibilities, expanding their background and skills, and to take advantage of opportunities not otherwise made available on the campuses and for which other funds are not available.

Aims of the new grant provided by the Mellon Foundation include the following:

  • Provide opportunities for faculty to become more effective teachers through specific faculty renewal experiences
  • Make available opportunities for faculty to prepare well for leadership and decision making roles on the campus
  • Provide opportunities for personal development, with particular attention to preparation for retirement and making retirement a fruitful and productive experience

Grants

Grants are available in these four categories:

Professional Development, Leadership Development, Personal Growth and Mentoring.

Professional Development will cover:

  • Pedagogical Alternatives and Engaged Learning – Interdisciplinary and Experiential
  • New Research Perspectives, New Skills/Knowledge Acquisitions, Alternative Settings – New Projects and Experiences
  • Faculty Exchanges and Experiences

See Project Examples

Leadership Development will cover:

  • Leadership Training and Decision-Making
  • Research on Student Learning, Advising (training & evaluation) and Faculty Evaluation Initiatives
  • Diversity Projects

See Project Examples

Personal Growth will cover:

  • Goal Setting, Planning, Option Exploration (externships)
  • Retirement Preparation and Retirement  Projects

See Project Examples

Mentoring will cover:

  • Professional, Leadership and Personal mentoring

See Project Examples

First deadline for Pre-Proposals

January 15, 2008

Second deadline for Pre-Proposals

October 1, 2008

Third deadline for Pre-Proposals

October 1, 2009

Fourth deadline for Pre-Proposals

October 1, 2010

To respond to this RFP, please send a pre-proposal of 250-500 words describing the general design of your project along with a simple budget no later than October 1, 2010. It is required that you copy your academic dean on your pre-proposal and full proposal and use the required cover page when submitting the pre-proposal and full proposal. After the grant review committee has had the opportunity to review your pre-proposal, we will let you know by email whether or not you or your group will be invited to submit a full proposal. If the committee has suggestions that may be helpful in developing the proposal, we may follow up with further email or phone exchanges.

First deadline for full proposals

March 10, 2008

Second deadline for full proposals

January 15, 2009

Third deadline for full proposals

January 15, 2010

Fourth deadline for full proposals

January 14, 2011

 

Range of Project Funding For Professional Development, Leadership Development and Personal Growth

Individual Projects – $1000-$5000
Group Projects – $5000-$8000
Cross Institutional Workshops $10,000-$12,000

Range of Project Funding For Mentoring – $1,000–$2,000

Priority Among Grant Requests

Preference will be given, first, for collaborative efforts across ACS campus boundaries, second, collaboration among faculty on a single campus that could lead to broader inter-campus programs and, third, projects carried out by individual faculty that could provide a model for efforts at other ACS institutions.

Under the first priority there is also funding available to hold Cross Institutional ACS Mellon Faculty Renewal Workshops. These workshops should be designed to benefit the consortium as a whole. They can be hosted on any of our campuses but must include participation from our faculty across ACS. The workshops should be scheduled for the spring and summer of 2011, the last year this funding is available. Below are some suggestions. Please feel free to add ideas or tweak the ones listed below.

  • Workshop on Retirement Planning
  • Grant Writing Workshop
  • Publishing Your Manuscript Workshop
  • Middle East Faculty Planning Workshop
  • Consortial Collegia on Student Learning: Cognitive Learning Pedagogy

Proposal Preparation

  1. Complete proposals, required cover sheet and supporting documents should be submitted as a word document attachment via email.

  2. The narrative of the proposal should be a maximum of 5 pages, double-spaced, 12 point font, one-inch margins exclusive of a one page budget.  The budget should be the page after the narrative which will be page six. Place no other narrative on that page. Appendices are limited to 3 pages.  Please include the following with the proposal:

    1. Required Standard Cover Sheet (go to www.colleges.org/faculty_renewal/CoverSheet.pdf to download cover sheet)
      • Title of Project
      • Institution(s)
      • Name(s) of faculty submitting the request
      • Title(s), department(s) and mailing address(es)
      • Phone and e-mail information
      • Requested Amount
      • Category of submission
        • Professional development
        • Leadership development
        • Personal growth
        • Mentoring
      • Date of submission and date of proposed period of grant
      • Signatures of applicant(s), department chair(s), and chief academic officer(s) send via email

    2. Introduction
      1. Goals and anticipated outcomes
      2. Justification
      3. Consistency with program priorities

    3. Project Description
      1. Activities
      2. Overall timetable
      3. Specific timetable for grant supported activities
      4. Budget and justification for each line item
      5. Qualifications of project leaders related to specific proposal
      6. Collaborative nature of the proposal, on a single campus and/or an inter-campus project

        PLEASE NOTE: FUNDING IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR STIPENDS AND RELEASE TIME.

    4. Evaluation and Dissemination
      1. State how the success of the project will be evaluated
      2. Indicate how project results will be disseminated within
        ACS and outside of ACS for use as a possible model.  For example:  posting results and a final report on the ACS website along with presenting project findings at a professional conference or meeting at a specific time.

    5. Institutional Approval  
      The final proposal must be approved by the Academic Dean or Provost.  The approval note should be sent along with the proposal.  Each collaborative proposal must include letters of intent from all participants.  In the case of cross-institutional collaborations, the proposal should be accompanied by a letter of support from the academic dean of each participating institution.

    6. Disclosure Statement
      Applicants should list other current financial support for the project that will coincide with the timetable of the proposal.

    7. Curriculum vitae
      Applicants should include a short CV of  professional activity.  This should be emailed with the proposal and should not exceed two single-spaced pages.

  3. A final report must be received at ACS within 15 days of the end of the project but no later than September 1, 2011.  This report should state how the goals were met, should include an expense budget with receipts and should provide the dissemination plan. (Budget guidelines will be supplied later.) Download the Final Report Guidelines.

  4. All projects must be completed and the final report received by ACS by September 1, 2011. All events must occur within this period. The funds also must be spent within this same time period, and any unused funds should be returned to ACS within 10 days of the end of the project.

  5. Grantees will be asked to participate in evaluation of the faculty renewal grants.  Feedback will help ACS refine the application and award process and assist in an overall evaluation of the total grant.

Proposal Review

            A Grant Review Committee will be made up of academic deans and faculty from ACS institutions. Applicants will receive notification within 30 days of receipt of the full proposal.


PROJECT EXAMPLES

Aims of Project

The overall aim is to enable faculty to explore new possibilities, expanding their background and skills, and to take advantage of opportunities not otherwise made available on the campuses and for which other funds are not available.

 

Priority Among Grant Requests

Preference will be given, first, for collaborative efforts across ACS campus boundaries, second, collaboration among faculty on a single campus that could lead to broader inter-campus programs and, third, projects carried out by individual faculty that could provide a model for efforts at other ACS institutions.



EXAMPLES OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Working with a group to design an interdisciplinary course
  • Creating a service learning class, partnering with other faculty
  • Attending a particularly valuable workshop or seminar (e.g., a seminar on teaching)
  • Attending a necessary class
  • Joining with others in creating and offering a new teaching seminar
  • Acquiring a new technological skill
  • Designing a language tutorial or class
  • Partnering with a faculty member on campus or on another campus for a new interdisciplinary course or research initiative (e.g., travel to meet the partner)
  • Working with colleagues to create an online journal
  • Acquiring necessary materials for a research project (e.g., in preparation for a sabbatical)
  • Acquiring necessary materials for a work of art or an exhibition
  • Carrying out a joint research project (e.g., travel to a field site)
  • Devising new ways of fully engaging students
  • Experimenting with a new evaluation system
  • Developing a new module for a course
  • Purchasing a particularly needed piece of equipment for a new interdisciplinary course
  • Obtaining access to materials in international libraries
  • Engaging a translator for important materials not otherwise available
  • Designing and engaging a focus group
  • Assisting in preparing materials for publication (e.g., revising a dissertation for publication)
  • Attending a tutorial or seminar on getting works published
  • Offering seminars or tutorials in grant proposal writing
  • Utilizing teaching and/or research assistants
  • Engaging tutors for specific lessons and skills
  • Obtaining editorial assistance for a group project
  • Scheduling a workshop on professional development

  • Finishing and/or staging a play
  • Mounting an exhibit

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EXAMPLES OF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT


  • Creating workshops on leadership development
  • Offering workshops on decision making
  • Hiring a rotating consultant/expert on leadership development to visit the campuses
  • Purchasing publications on leadership development and decision making (for reading groups)
  • Obtaining support to produce publications on leadership development
  • Offering individual campus seminars and tutorials on leadership development and decision making
  • Offering workshops for prospective department or division chairs
  • Offering workshops for department and division chairs
  • Arranging and developing  train-the-trainer workshops in leadership development
  • Providing administrative fellows to work with department heads, deans and presidents (i.e., apprenticeships)
  • Creating a clearinghouse of information on leadership development opportunities
  • Planning and organizing a workshop on the learning process
  • Offering training programs on institutional planning and program evaluation
  • Engaging visiting teams of experts on organization, planning and evaluation
  • Establishing an administrative visitation program for faculty – an opportunity for faculty to visit other campuses, learning about their decision making processes
  • Offering workshops on student advising and faculty evaluation

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EXAMPLES OF PERSONAL GROWTH

  • Offering workshops on retirement planning
  • Bringing to the campus consultants/experts on retirement planning
  • Establishing a clearinghouse of information on preparation for retirement and retirement activities
  • Forming campus interest groups of retired faculty to discuss books and issues

  • Creating forums and training sessions for potential writers and poets
  • Initiating a speakers’ bureau for the consortium
  • Offering information on educational travel opportunities
  • Creating an ACS professors emeritus group, for the exchange of information on opportunities and programs

  • Offering opportunities in skill development - through workshops and tutorials
  • Identifying and creating specific opportunities on the campuses for retirees – e.g., carrying out specific research or working on grant proposals
  • Offering seminars on setting personal goals
  • Providing personal coaches to assist individuals and groups
  • Rotating teams of advisors or coaches who would hold meetings on the individual campuses
  • Exchanging positions between and among institutions
  • Offering opportunities to take special courses in person and online

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EXAMPLES OF MENTORING ARRANGEMENTS

  • Mentoring related to new faculty
  • Mentoring related to older-younger partnerships
  • Mentoring related to female faculty
  • Mentoring related to minority faculty
  • Mentoring connections between the faculty in two different departments, aiming at interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Mentoring on a single campus
  • Mentoring across institutional boundaries
  • Mentoring between an administrator and a faculty member considering a move to administration
  • Mentoring with a focus on teaching, with an outstanding teacher working with another on specific skills and issues

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