Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Grants

Adjunct Professional Development Grants

Faculty Career Development in the Office of Faculty Affairs is currently accepting proposals for Adjunct Professional Development Grants. Projects will be supported for the 2021-2022 academic year. Proposals will be accepted until Monday, November 15, 2021, 11:59 pm. Decisions will be announced approximately December 1, 2021.

Grants of up to $500 will be awarded 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 teaching expertise at RIT. Submissions are limited to one grant application (for one project or activity) per faculty each academic year.


  1. Each candidate must have taught at RIT for at least two semesters and will be continuing as an adjunct instructor at RIT to be verified by the department head.
  2. Priority will be given to faculty who have not previously received an Adjunct Professional Development grant.
  3. Adjunct faculty who have not completed previously awarded grant-funded projects or have not submitted an “Impact Report” for a prior grant will not be eligible for a new grant-funded activity. 
  4. Hospitality requests should not exceed 10% of total budget.
  5. Funding for software/hardware acquisition or other equipment, professional membership fees or licensure, tuition, add-pay, faculty stipends, course release, or additional faculty salaries will not be considered.

Application Timeline and Process

  • Call for Proposals: Week of October 18, 2021
  • Grant Applications Due: Monday, November 15, 11:59 pm. Late applications will not be considered.
  • Funding Decisions Announced: Approximately December 1
  • Final “Impact Report” Due: 30 days after completion of grant-funded project


  1. Complete the online application available. We strongly recommend that you complete your application in the sample application (Word document) and copy to the Qualtrics application form (see below):
  2. Have the Department Chair/Unit Head Verification form completed and signed by your department head. Grant applications without this form will not be considered.

Grant Selection and Reporting Requirements

Proposals will be reviewed by a faculty selection committee, and recipients will be notified approximately December 1. If you are awarded a grant, you will receive instructions for accessing funds and reporting on the use of your grant in your award letter.

Grant recipients are asked to help disseminate their results by completing an online “Impact Report” following the project completion. In this report, you will share the impact of this grant on your professional development, your teaching, and future success in your field.

Award Recipients

John Aasp, CAD, Frieze Week-New York City
Pablo Bustos, CLA, Travel to participate as a featured soloist performer at the Bachfest Leipzig in Leipzig, Germany.

Cecily Culver, CAD, Travel to the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA)-Montreal

Guoming  Funkenbusch, CLA, Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Maja Tadić Vujčić, RIT CROATIA, Attend international conference "Well-Being 2020: Knowledge for Informed Decisions"

John Aäsp, CAD - Attend Armory Arts Week
Johannes Bockwoldt, CLA - Expenses related to travel for research interviews
Emilie Coon-Frisch, COS - Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE) Conference
Molly Gavin, CHST - American College of Sports Medicine Health & Fitness Summit
Kellie Grasman, KGCOE - Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) Annual Conference
Laura Lentz, CLA - “Alexander Technique for Musicians”
Elizabeth Moore (Wronko), GCCIS - National Council for Science and Environment (NCSE) Conference
Seema Thomas, COS - 41st Annual Association for Biology Laboratory Educators (ABLE) Conference
Rhonda Voight-Campbell, NTID - Course: “Haptics: Using Touch Signals to Convey Visual and Environmental Information to People who are Deaf-Blind”
Ben Woelk, SOIS, Technical Communication - Society for Technical Communication Summit

Johannes Bockwoldt, CLA
Timothy Fossum, GCCIS
Guoming (Ming) Tian Funkenbusch, CLA
Jessica Hooper, SOIS
Gary Jacobs, CET
Kristin Kant-Byers, CLA
Christine Kemker, CLA
Seann McArdle, CHST     
Suzanne Piotrowski, CET
Peter Spacher, SOIS/CLA 
Ai-ze Wang, CLA
Ben Woelk, SOIS

Kristin Kant-Byers, CLA
Laura Lentz, CLA
Peter J. Spacher, SOIS
Ruon Priscilla Yuen, CLA

Amber M. Anderson, CLA
Michelle Friedman, COS
Guoming Tian Funkenbusch, CLA
Jessica Hooper, Adjunct Professor, SOIS
Nolan Little, Adjunct Professor, CLA


The Faculty Career Development Team at