Associated Colleges of the South
Faculty Advancement Program Guidelines
Request for Proposals
The ACS Faculty Advancement Program invites faculty from all ACS institutions to submit proposals for projects to be completed no later than December 30, 2014.
Aims of the Project
The overall aim is to enable faculty to explore new possibilities, expanding their background and skills, and to take advantage of opportunities not otherwise made available on the campuses and for which other funds are not available.
Grants are available in these four categories:
- Interdisciplinary Studies
- Engaged Learning
- Learning-Based Pedagogy
- Undergraduate Research (with emphasis on the humanities)
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Interested faculty should complete the proposal cover page, describe the general design of the project in 250-500 words, provide a simple budget, and submit these materials to ACS at
firstname.lastname@example.org by September 12, 2013. A review committee will respond within 30 days, indicating whether or not a full proposal will be invited. Full proposals will be due by November 22, 2013 and decisions will be communicated to faculty within 30 days.
Deadline for Pre-Proposals
September 12, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Deadline for Full Proposals
November 22, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Range of Project Funding
- Up to $4,000 for individual initiatives
- Up to $7,000 for intra-campus group initiatives
- Up to $10,000 for cross-institutional initiatives in ACS
Priority Among Grant Requests
The consortium especially invites proposals from mid-career faculty.
Preference will be given, first, for collaborative efforts across ACS campus boundaries, second, initiatives on a single campus that could serve as a model and lead to broader inter-campus programs. The emphasis in the undergraduate research area needs to be on the humanities.
Under the first priority, funding may be directed toward cross-institutional ACS Faculty Advancement Workshops. These workshops should be designed to benefit the participating faculty, their institutions and the consortium as a whole. They can be hosted on any of the campuses but must include participation from faculty across ACS.
Below are some suggestions. Please feel free to add ideas or tweak the ones listed below.
- Stimulating interdisciplinary initiatives
- Demonstrating the nature and value of engaged learning
- Model collaborative research work- overcoming the obstacles
- Model programs in learning-based pedagogy
- How to use technology effectively in on-line instruction- a training workshop
- Complete proposals, required cover page and supporting documents should be submitted as a word document attachment via email to ACS and proposal preparation questions should be directed to
- The narrative of the proposal should be a maximum of 5 pages, double-spaced, 12 point font, one-inch margins exclusive of a one page budget. The budget should be the page after the narrative which will be page six. Place no other narrative on that page. Appendices are limited to 3 pages. Please include the following with the proposal:
- Required Standard Cover Page (go to www.colleges.org/faculty_advancementl/CoverPage.pdf to download )
- Title of Project
- Name(s) of faculty submitting the request
- Title(s), department(s) and mailing address(es)
- Phone and e-mail information
- Requested Amount
- Category of submission
- Interdisciplinary initiatives
- Engaged learning
- Undergraduate Research
- Learning-based pedagogy
- Blended Learning (Link for specific criteria for this category)
- Date of submission and date of proposed period of grant
- Signatures of applicant(s), department chair(s), and chief academic officer(s) send via email
- Letter of support from the academic dean sent along with the proposal
- Goals and anticipated outcomes
- Consistency with program priorities
- Project Description
- Overall timetable
- Specific timetable for grant supported activities
- Budget and justification for each line item
- Qualifications of project leaders related to specific proposal
- Collaborative nature of the proposal, on a single campus and/or an inter-campus project
- Evaluation and Dissemination
- State how the success of the project will be evaluated
Indicate how project results will be disseminated within ACS and outside of ACS for use as a possible model. For example: posting results and a final report on the ACS website along with presenting project findings at a professional conference or meeting at a specific time.
- Institutional Approval
The final proposal must be approved by the Academic Dean or Provost. The approval note should be sent along with the proposal. Each collaborative proposal must include
letters of intent from all participants. In the case of cross-institutional collaborations, the proposal should be accompanied by a letter of support from the academic dean of each participating institution.
- Disclosure Statement
Applicants should list other current financial support for the project that will coincide with the timetable of the proposal.
- Curriculum vitae
Applicants should include a short CV of professional activity. This should be emailed with the proposal and should not exceed two single-spaced pages.
- A final report must be received at ACS within 15 days of the end of the project but no
later than December 30, 2014 for the grants. This report should state how the goals were met, should include an expense budget with receipts and should provide the dissemination plan. All projects must be completed within this period. The funds also must be spent within this same time period, and any unused funds should be returned to ACS within 10 days of the end of the project.
Link for Final Report Guidelines
- Grantees will be asked to participate in evaluation of the faculty renewal grants. Feedback will help ACS refine the application and award process and assist in an overall evaluation of the total grant.
A Grant Review Committee will be made up of academic deans and faculty from ACS institutions. Applicants will receive notification within 30 days of receipt of the full proposal.
EXAMPLES OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
- Working with a group to design an interdisciplinary course
- Attending a particularly valuable workshop or seminar (e.g., a seminar on teaching)
- Purchasing a particularly needed piece of equipment for a new interdisciplinary course
- Obtaining support to produce publications
- Establishing a visitation program for faculty- an opportunity for faculty to visit other campuses, learning about their programs
- Mentoring connections between the faculty in two different departments, aiming at interdisciplinary collaboration
- Mentoring across institutional boundaries
EXAMPLES OF ENGAGED LEARNING
- Creating a service learning class, partnering with other faculty
- Finishing and/or staging a play
- Mounting an exhibit
- Offering training programs for faculty
- Engaging in an environmental project linked to a class
EXAMPLES OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
- Acquiring necessary materials for a research project (e.g., in preparation for a sabbatical)
- Acquiring necessary materials for a work of art or an exhibition
- Carrying out a joint research project (e.g., travel to a field site)
- Obtaining access to materials in international libraries
- Designing and engaging a focus group
- Assisting in preparing materials for publication
- Attending a tutorial or seminar on how publish papers and books
- Obtaining editorial assistance for a group project
EXAMPLES OF LEARNING-BASED PEDAGOGY
- Devising new ways of fully engaging students (emphasizing meta-cognition, for example)
- Experimenting with a new evaluation system
- Utilizing teaching and/or research assistants in new ways
- Arranging and developing train-the-trainer workshops
- Creating a clearinghouse of information
- Planning and organizing a workshop on neuroscience, cognition and the learning process
- Mentoring with a focus on teaching, with an outstanding teacher working with another on specific skills and issues