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Faculty Development Grants
Adjunct Professional Development Grants
The Office of the Provost and Faculty Career Development created the Adjunct Professional Development Grant to provide funds for adjunct faculty to be used toward their professional development, such as attending conferences, workshops, meetings or delivering presentations as a means to further their expertise in teaching at RIT.
Faculty Stretch Grants
The Faculty Stretch Grant is designed to support activities that are closely aligned with the goals and objectives of Faculty Career Development (FCD) and the RIT community with regard to faculty success, leadership development, mentoring, or promotion/tenure by providing funds to RIT faculty and/or their Colleges to support related projects. The grants are intended to provide an opportunity to stretch dollars to support faculty with an idea or venture that is somewhat broad in scope, but impacts faculty within the College or across departments. This type of grant is intended ‘for the larger good’ of the College or department, not an individual’s personal professional development. Funding will be decided based on wider institutional impact.
Faculty Mentoring Grants
The Office of the Provost and Faculty Career Development (FCD) sponsor mini-grants to support faculty mentoring at RIT. Each peer-mentoring or other faculty mentoring group at RIT may request funding for one project or activity each academic year. Requests up to $2,000 will be considered. The mentoring projects or activities for which you are requesting grant funds must be related to teaching excellence, dissemination of scholarly works, or grant proposal development. The goal is for you to participate in activities or projects that will help your mentoring group be successful. Requests related to general professional development activities/projects will not be considered.
Projects or activities may include guest speakers, site visits to a corporate or government entity, conference attendance, launch of an e-journal, webinar participation, workshops, etc. Funding for software/hardware acquisition or other equipment, professional membership fees or licensure, tuition, or additional faculty salaries will not be considered. Submissions are limited to one grant application proposal per individual faculty, each academic year.
Lecturers’ Professional Development Grants
The Office of the Provost and Faculty Career Development (FCD) created the Lecturers’ Professional Development Grants to acknowledge the many contributions of RIT’s lecturers. This grant program provides funds for professional development activities that involve teaching, development and/or creative endeavors. Grants of up to $2,000 each will be awarded. Submissions are limited to one grant application per faculty each academic year.
Provost’s Leadership Opportunity Grants (PLOG) are offered through funding from the Office of the Provost with advisory support from Faculty Career Development (FCD) in the Innovative Learning Institute (ILI). The goal of these grants is to provide professional development opportunities for faculty to support their career advancement related to leadership. Good leadership is founded on mutual purpose and good character. More broadly, leadership can be demonstrated in the classroom, in governance, or the conference room through collegiality and ethical behavior. The role of leader can be groomed more formally like that of department chair, unit director, or dean. However, informal leadership roles can be possessed and honed by all through reading, resource sharing, and skills developed through lifelong learning and professional development.
This grant program is designed particularly for faculty members who are committed to the future of RIT and who:
- aspire to a leadership role in the future or are serving in a leadership role;
- want to expand knowledge about leadership in higher education;
- have a desire to learn more about the role effective academic leadership plays in academia.
The grants will provide support for projects/activities related to leadership development and/or attendance at leadership development programs.
Further information about eligibility, important dates, the selection process, and the application are available through the Faculty Career Development Website.