Provost's Leadership Opportunity Grants

Faculty Career Development (FCD) in the Office of Faculty Affairs is currently accepting proposals for Provost's Leadership Opportunity grants (PLOG). Projects will be supported for the 2021-2022 academic year.  These are offered through funding from the Office of the Provost with support from FCD. Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded. Proposals will be accepted until Monday, November 15, 2021, 11:59 pm. Decisions will be announced approximately December 1, 2021.

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 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.


  1. Eligible faculty include full-time tenured, tenure-track or non-tenure-track faculty who meet the goals and purpose of the Provost's Leadership Opportunity Grant.
  2. Faculty with "visiting" status are not eligible to apply for a grant. 
  3. Priority will be given to junior faculty aspiring to leadership positions at RIT or new department chairs/unit heads. 
  4. Submissions are limited to one grant application (for one project or activity) per faculty each academic year.
  5. Faculty who have not completed projects/used grant funds previously awarded or have not submitted an outcome report for a prior grant will not be eligible for a new grant-funded activity. 
  6. Hospitality requests should not exceed 10% of total budget.
  7. 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 your academic chair/unit head and associate dean/dean complete the Verification form below and return to 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.


The Faculty Career Development team at

Award Recipients

  • Joy Olabisi, SCB-Attend Leadership Development in Higher Education Conference
  • Parsa Shima, COS-American Physical Society, March Meeting 2020; sponsored by the Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP).
  • Jakob Patekar, RIT Croatia-Attend Conference: Going Global 2020, UK
  • Mary Lynn Reed, COS-Attend Leadership in Higher Education Conference
  • Rong Yang, SCB -Accounting Programs Leadership Group & the Federation of Schools of Accountancy Annual Joint Seminar

Pamela Conley, NTID - Bridging the Generation Gap: Communicating Effectively in a Multi-Generational Workforce Conference

Denis Cormier, KGCOE - Advanced Leadership Development in Higher Education Conference

Paul Craig, COS - Mutual Mentoring/Faculty Reading Groups to support the COS Leader Faculty Program  

Carl Lutzer, COS - New Directors conference held by the National Collegiate Honors Council

Kelly Martin, CLA - Post-Tenure Pathfinders program, National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity 

Karthik Namasivayam, CET - Advanced Leadership Development in Higher Education Conference

Tom Oh, GCCIS - Advanced Leadership Development in Higher Education Conference

Justin Pelletier, GCCIS - Cornell Grant Writing Workshop

Elizabeth Perry, CHST - Annual Conference of the Association for Assessment of Learning (Poster Presentation)

Robert Pollard, NTID - Invited guest, Dr. Jeffrey Osborn, Dean, School of Science, The College of New Jersey, in a one-week consultation program @ RIT


Marcos Esterman, KGCOE - Attend Network for Change and Continuous Innovation (NCCI) Annual Conference

Irena Guszak Cerovecki, RIT Croatia - Assertive Communication Skills Training

John Oliphant, CHST - Attend Advanced Leadership Development in Higher Education Conference

Jakob Patekar, RIT Croatia - Attend Leadership in Higher Education Conference

Martin Zagar, RIT Croatia - Attend EAIE (European Association for International Education) Conference and Exhibition