FACULTY DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

One-stop shopping for Macalester funding opportunities for you and your students. Dates below are Application Deadlines. For more information and application forms, follow the links below.

  • Form for travel expenses
  • Check requisition
  • FTR reimbursement form
  • Travel advance
  • Sabbatical Leaves
  • Sabbatical Extensions
  • Faculty Exchange Program with Carleton
  • Faculty Travel and Research Funds (FTR)
  • Wallace Travel Grants
  • Wallace Research Grants
  • ACM FaCE Project
  • Funding available from Mellon, Beltman, Taylor, Ford,
    and Keck Programs
  • Faculty Seminars, Colloquia, Institutes & Conferences
  • Co-mentoring Grants
  • Department Development Grants
SABBATICAL AND SEMESTER LEAVES
October 31, 2013
Regular Sabbatical Leaves for Tenured Faculty: a one semester leave at full pay or a full year at half pay every seventh year of full-time employment. Click here for an application form.

Sabbatical leaves for Adjunct/Senior Lecturers:
After teaching 36 courses an adjunct professor or senior lecturer is eligible to request a one semester Professional Leave at full pay.  Click here for an application form.
No firm deadline
Junior Faculty Sabbatical Leaves and Leaves Immediately After the Tenure Decision: a one semester leave at full pay for faculty who have successfully completed their third-year or tenure review. This leave is normally taken in the fourth or seventh year of employment, respectively. These leaves are worked out with the department chair in advance of the sabbatical. No formal application is required. Faculty member and department program chair should consult about the leave during the faculty member's review year and report the sabbatical plan to the Provost.
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FACULTY TRAVEL AND RESEARCH FUNDS
As Expenses Occur
Regular Faculty Travel and Research Funds (FTR): Tenure and Tenure Track faculty, pre/post doctoral fellows, adjunct professors (prorated by FTE) and MSFEO faculty (50%) receive $1,750 per year in FTR funds; full-time non tenure track faculty receive $1,250 per year; part-time non tenure track faculty are eligible for FTR after the first year of employment (prorated by FTE). FTR funds help to support professional development activities such as attending conferences, journal subscriptions, research materials, professional association dues, etc. Receipts are always required, and must be turned in with the reimbursement form to the Academic Programs Office. Funds may be carried over for up to one year upon request by May 1st. Click here for FTR form. Click here FTR for guidelines
Nov 3 & Feb 16
Wallace Grants Travel and Scholarly Activities Grants that support faculty scholarship. Click here for guidelines and Click here application form. Applications submitted in November will be considered for the current academic year. Applications submitted in February will be considered for next academic year.
Nov 3 & Feb 16
The ACM FaCE program has changed significantly. It is now focused on Collaboration and Assessment. Click here for new guidelines and more information. Submit proposals electronically to Theresa Klauer.
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STIPENDS FOR STUDENT-FACULTY RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS DURING THE SUMMER
Stipends (or FTR contributions) and other funds supporting student-faculty collaboration on research projects during the summer are available through numerous funding sources. These programs are summarized on the College's Student Research web page. All opportunities, with the exception of the Keck Program outlined below, are limited to specific disciplines, and may bear additional restrictions. Faculty considering these opportunities should contact the director of the program of interest.
Spring Term, See Program for Details
The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program for students interested in academic careers in selected fields - Jane Rhodes, Professor and Chair of American Studies.
Spring Term, See Program for Details
The Beltmann Program for student-faculty collaborative research in the physical sciences (no stipend provided to the faculty member in this program). See Tom Varberg, Chair of Chemistry.
Spring Term, See Program for Details
The Taylor Fellowship Program - For students interested in shadowing a health professional for 5 weeks during the summer (no stipend provided to the faculty member in this program) Director Elizabeth Jansen.
February 17, 2014
The Student-Faculty Summer Research Collaboration Program (Keck) provides student stipends plus support for project expenses and student travel for 10 weeks of collaborative scholarly work in the summer. Application and Guidelines.
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INTELLECTUAL ENGAGEMENT WITH OTHER FACULTY
February 2014
ACM Advisory Board of Deans Faculty Development Grants. Grants of up to $2,000 to support a meeting, conference or workshop for ACM faculty members. Most recently, this program has funded classicists, economists, computer center directors, mathematicians, anthropologists, Latin Americanists and theater directors. Meetings may focus on such themes as disciplinary or interdisciplinary pedagogy, course or curriculum development, or emerging scholarship; or campus-wide concerns such as the use of information technology in scholarship and teaching, helping students develop as competent thinkers and communicators, or the development of institutional structures that support interdisciplinarity. Interested faculty should contact Adrienne Christiansen prior to proposal development.
Please apply no later than 6 weeks before
the seminar you wish to attend
Midwest Faculty Seminars: Every year the University of Chicago invites Macalester faculty to a series of seminars held on their campus. The Associate Provost's Office will reimburse travel expenses and meals not provided by the Seminar for up to two faculty to attend each of these seminars. Housing will be provided by the University of Chicago. Topics for the 2014-2015 academic year are: The Theory of Moral Sentiments (Oct 31-Nov 1, 2014); Order and Liberty in the Information Age (Jan 15-17, 2015); Everyday Life (Feb 26-28, 2015); What is Human Nature? (Apr 16-18, 2015) To register please contact Brenda Piatz or Kendrick Brown for the registration form.
Apply directly to the Collaboration and submit receipts to the Associate Provost's Office
The Collaboration For the Advancement of Teaching and Learning: This independent organization is an alliance of colleges and universities that supports and promotes outstanding college teaching through newsletters and conferences. The Associate Provost's Office will reimburse the early registration fee to attend The Collaboration conferences.
Arrangements made on a case-by-case basis
Preparing Future Faculty: Macalester participates in this program with other liberal arts colleges and the University of Minnesota to provide graduate and post-doctoral students an opportunity to work with liberal arts college professors to learn more about this career choice. Macalester faculty who serve as mentors receive a supplemental $300 travel and research grant from the U of MN. If you are interested in participating, contact the Associate Provost's Office.
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INVITE YOUR STUDENTS TO DINNER
As Expenses Occur
The Tom Leonard Fund provides endowment income to foster a sense of community by reimbursing faculty members for expenses incurred when entertaining students, preferably in faculty homes. Individual faculty members may be reimbursed for up to $13.00 per person for expenses for a single event. Reimbursement for departmental or divisional events must be approved by the Assistant Provost, Lynn Hertz. Click here for application form.
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CURRICULUM AND COURSE DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
February 28
The Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching seeks proposals for curricular innovation within and beyond the fine arts. Recipients of successfully funded proposals will also be encouraged to participate in a companion spring faculty development seminar designed to benefit participants by sharing ideas, resources and course materials.

Funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the “New Perspectives on the Fine Arts” grant seeks to:

  1. bring humanities, social science, and natural science colleagues together with faculty from the fine arts to celebrate and generalize those artistic excellences that resonate across the liberal arts and form the common ground that faculty share;
  2. prompt art-related curricular innovations by funding the development of new and significantly revised courses in, across, and beyond the fine arts;
  3. prompt consideration of how new spaces and artistic imperatives enable the fine arts to advance liberal education at Macalester.
The faculty development seminar is designed to catalyze curricular innovations by having participants jointly discuss their course projects, discover and gather art-related resources, learn about the new pedagogical practices the faculty members wish to implement, and share drafts of their new course syllabi, assignments, reading lists etc.

Dr. Vicky Karaiskou, Distinguished Visitor in Residence (Art History) will lead the companion faculty development seminar. Professor Karaiskou’s most recent book, Uses and Abuses of Culture: Greece 1974-2010was published in December by University Studio Press. The first meeting of the seminar will take place either March 4, 5, or 6th (exact date to be announced) at  8:15-9:15 a.m. in the Serie Center. Light refreshments provided. The seminar group will meet in total six (6) times every other TuesdayWednesday, or Thursday depending on which day best accommodates participants’ schedules. 

Deadline for applications:

Friday, February 28th.  Applicants will receive word not later than Monday, March 3rd if their proposals are funded or not.

Funding for Curricular Innovation: 
The “New Perspectives on the Fine Arts” grant provides funding for four types of curricular revision projects:
  1. The development of new courses within the fine arts in which alternatives to current pedagogical assumptions and practices are examined and experimented with.
  2. The development of new cross-listed or co-taught courses within or across fine arts departments or art-related courses taught by faculty beyond the fine arts.
  3.  The development of new cross-listed or co-taught fine arts courses that promote significant close collaboration and integration with faculty in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences.
  4. Redesigned current courses in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences in which the arts are used to illuminate and extend the subject of a course.

Compensation:

  • Faculty members who successfully propose a curricular innovation by developing a new course will receive a stipend of $2000 with 1/2 paid in May 2014 pay and 1/2 after the Serie Center Director receives the final syllabus, course catalog description, assignment descriptions, and course reading list.
  • Faculty members proposing to co-teach a course will each receive a total of $1000, with 1/2 paid in May 2014 pay and 1/2 paid after the Serie Center Director receives the final syllabus, course catalog description, assignment descriptions, and course reading list.
  • Faculty members who successfully propose to redesign a current course in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences will receive a stipend of $500 with 1/2 paid in May 2014 pay and 1/2 paid after the Serie Center Director receives the final syllabus, assignment descriptions, and course reading list.
Application Process: 
To apply for “New Perspectives on the Fine Arts” course development funds, please submit via e-mail a one-page application including the following items to Adrienne Christiansen, Director of the Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching by Friday, February 28, 2014:
  • A brief description and title of the course you wish to develop or to significantly revise. If you are designing a new course, indicate what new curricular innovations or pedagogical practices you intend to employ. If you are revising a course, indicate how the revised course will differ from the one you are currently offering.
  • Identify the curricular objectives, potential student learning outcomes, and expected impact of the course on your department’s curriculum.
  • Timeline for course completion, including a target date for when you intend to offer the new or revised course to students.
  • Indicate whether you will be able to participate in Professor Karaiskou’s faculty development seminar and whether TuesdayWednesday, or Thursday mornings (8:15-9:15) best fit your schedule).
  • Indicate any other applications you are currently making in support of course development projects.
Selection Criteria:
The Serie Center Director, Associate Director, and Distinguished Visitor will select recipients for Curricular Innovation awards.  Criteria for selection include the following:
  1. Innovation:  In what ways does the proposed new or significantly revised course provide an alternative to current curricular assumptions or pedagogical practices?
  2. Impact:  In what ways does the proposed new or significantly revised course enable the fine arts to advance liberal education at Macalester? What effect does the new or revised course have on the curriculum?
  3. Longevity:  Can the proposed course be offered on a regular basis in the absence of grant-supported funding?
  4. Timing:  When will the new or revised course be launched and how frequently will the course be offered?
If you have questions or would like to discuss potential course development ideas, please contact Adrienne Christiansen or Vicky Karaiskou.
Ongoing
Funding is available through the Mellon Grant for faculty reading groups on topics of academic interest. FTR/stipend support plus funding for food is available for participants and the reading group convener. Contact Adrienne Christiansen to discuss ideas and budgets.
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