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Academic Affairs

Grants and Sabbatical Opportunities for Faculty

The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs offers a number of competitive grant, stipend, and sabbatical opportunities as outlined below. For detailed information about individual funding mechanisms and application guidelines, click the appropriate call for proposals link. All applications are reviewed by the Faculty Development Advisory Committee (FDAC), which issues recommendations for funding to the Provost. More information about FDAC review criteria can be found in the FDAC Review Process. Questions about any of these funding opportunities can be directed to FDAC co-chairs Ray Ozley ( and Heather Tinsley (

Summer Stipend for Pre-Tenured Faculty

The Summer Stipend Program is intended to assist pre-tenured faculty in completing research or creative projects at a critical time in their careers. The program provides a $5,000 stipend for 2 months of continuous full-time research or creative endeavor during the summer of the award year.

Application Deadline for Summer 2020:  September 6, 2019 by 5 p.m.

Summer Stipend Call for Proposals

Summer Stipend Application Form

Sabbatical Leave

Sabbatical leave provides faculty with opportunities for professional development, scholarly pursuits and professional and intellectual renewal.

Application deadline for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 leave:  September 27, 2019 by 5 p.m.

Sabbatical Leave Call for Proposals

Cover Sheet for Sabbatical Leave Application

Sabbatical Leave Application Form

Teaching and Scholarly Projects Grant

Teaching and Scholarly Projects Grants are designed to support and promote faculty innovation in scholarship, creative endeavors, and/or teaching. The grant provides up to $2,000 for supplies and expenses necessary to achieve the project’s stated goals. Eligible expenses include but are not limited to the purchase of books, software, and consumable materials; the payment of student assistant(s); and the payment or reimbursement of participant expenses.

Application Deadline for 2019-2020: October 25, 2019 by 5 p.m.
Second Application Deadline for 2019-2020: February 21, 2020 by 5 p.m.

Teaching and Scholarly Projects Call for Proposals

Teaching and Scholarly Projects Grant Application Form

Academic Development Stipend

The Academic Development program is intended to support faculty efforts in developing new courses, significantly redesigning existing courses, or pursuing other major academic development initiatives (i.e. creating a new minor). The program provides a $2,000 stipend for summer efforts. If multiple faculty members will be working on the project, the stipend may be split among the faculty.

Application Deadline for Summer 2020:  February 21, 2020 by 5 p.m.

Academic Development Stipend Call for Proposals

Academic Development Application Form