Dean of the Faculty

Internal Funding



The Travel Policy and the Corporate Card Procedures  should be followed when using awarded funds. Please familiarize yourself with the details of these documents.

Research Assistantship Program (Spring 2020) - Application Deadline 5:00 pm Wednesday, 18 September 2019

The Research Assistantship Program supports faculty scholarship by funding students to assist faculty with research. Faculty may hire more than one student research assistant. We welcome your proposals for how a research assistant could benefit your work. Possibilities include: assistance with literature reviews, laboratory assistance, archival research assistance (for local or digital archives), field work support, qualitative data collection and assistance, such as interviewing or survey programming, assistance with data preparation and analysis, including transcription or coding, assistance with manuscript preparation, including copyediting and indexing, assistance with securing image permissions. Tenured and tenure-track faculty members, three-year visitors, Mellon Teaching Fellows, and academic affairs staff with faculty rank may apply. All disciplines are welcome. The deadline for proposals is Wednesday, 18 September 2019 at 5:00 pm. Please submit proposals by email to Barbara Jean , no later than the due date.

Sabbatical Leaves (2020-2021) - Application Deadline 5:00 pm Friday, 11 October 2019

The Sabbatical Leave Program supports the long-term professional growth of the faculty by funding semester-long leave for innovative, substantial research projects consistent with the faculty member’s plans for long-term professional growth and development. Faculty are encouraged to discuss potential projects with the Dean of the Faculty and their Department Chair well in advance of application. Policies, eligibility, kinds of supported activities, financial considerations, procedures for application, deadlines and timelines are all available in the Faculty Handbook , pp. 66-70. The deadline for submission of the sabbatical proposal is 11 October 2019. A sabbatical application Google form  is required. All additional materials should be sent via email to Barbara Jean , no later than the due date.  Note: Some deadlines fall as far as two years prior to your anticipated sabbatical leave.

The Jessie H. and Mary Gibbs Jones and the Jack and Camille Garey Competitive Course Release Sabbatical Programs (2020-2021) - Application Deadline 5:00 pm Friday, 11 October 2019

The annual Jones and Garey Competitive Course Release Sabbatical Programs are designed to give tenured faculty with an excellent record of teaching, scholarship and service additional time to conduct their scholarly work. One (1) Jones award and up to three (3) Garey awards will be granted in 2020-2021.  Unlike regular-cycle sabbaticals, these awards are competitive and take a more holistic view of faculty contributions. Specifically, these awards are designed to reward tenured faculty who have achieved excellence and high productivity in research/creative works while maintaining excellence in teaching and service and provide them the opportunity to devote additional time to their scholarly work. Faculty may apply to have a release from one (two-course) semester of teaching responsibility or a release of two courses for the academic year (a 2-1 or 1-2 teaching load for one academic year). Each proposal must provide a justification for the type of course release requested. Jones proposals may include a budget of up to $5,000 for expenses related to the project; Garey proposals may include a budget up to $2,000. Please follow the guidelines for regular sabbatical applications in the Faculty Handbook , pp. 66-70. The deadline for submission of the sabbatical proposal is 11 October 2019. A Jones - Garey sabbatical application Google form  is required. All additional materials should be sent via email to Barbara Jean , no later than the due date.

FACULTY-MENTORED RESEARCH (FSP & SCOPE, 2020-2021) - Application Deadline 5:00 pm Friday, 25 October 2019

Southwestern values student engagement with faculty in original research and creative works. Two of our most innovative and successful programs—Faculty-Student Projects (FSP) and SCOPE—support that engagement and fall under the broader category of Faculty-Mentored Research.

The FSP program funds a range of faculty-student projects including but not limited to laboratory research, archival research, research in preparation for honors theses or other significant student projects, and projects in the studio arts, music and theatre. Projects may involve collaborative faculty-student research, faculty supervised undergraduate research, or intensive projects in the arts, music and theatre. The goal is to accommodate different types of faculty-student projects aimed at improving student learning and strengthening faculty teaching and/or scholarship. The program pays faculty and student project expenses during the academic year. For up to eight summer weeks, the program pays faculty and student stipends, student housing, project expenses, travel and other items related to the particular project.

The SCOPE program also involves faculty supervised undergraduate research and intensive collaborative projects in all disciplines from all academic areas. For eight summer weeks, the program pays faculty and student fellowships (stipends), provides student on-campus housing, funds project supplies, and provides a budget for travel.

Course Design Fellowships - Application Deadline 5:00 pm Friday, 24 January 2020

The Office of the Dean of the Faculty and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship invite proposals from faculty for the 2020 Course Design Fellowship. This fellowship will support faculty who need time and support to create new courses or substantially redesign existing courses. This course design or redesign should go above and beyond what faculty typically do in the summer to update or improve classes. Eligible candidates include tenured and tenure-track faculty members, visiting assistant professors with 3-year contracts, staff with faculty rank, as well as Mellon teaching fellows. The deadline for the proposals is 24 January 2020. Please submit proposals via email to Barbara Jean , no later than the due date.

Competitive Faculty Professional Development Funds (2020-2021) - Application Deadline 5:00 pm Friday, 31 January 2020

Tenured and tenure-track faculty members, full time coaches, three-year visitors, librarians and academic affairs staff with faculty rank may apply for competitive professional development funds for scholarly and academic projects. These funds may be used for any legitimate professional development expense including domestic and international research travel, books and supplies, subvention fees (subject to the Book Subvention Award Policy), journal publication costs, projects leading to permanent and/or public documentation of creative works in the Fine Arts, and other research related expenses. The deadline for the proposals is 31 January 2020.  Please submit all additional materials via email to Barbara Jean , no later than the due date.

Professional Travel Award (2020-2021) - Application Deadline 5:00 pm Friday, 13 March 2020

Each tenured and tenure-track faculty member, academic affairs staff member with faculty rank and three-year visitor is eligible to apply for a professional travel award, except for those who hold Brown Chairs/Endowed Chairs. The categories included in the Professional Travel Award are - a.) special conference participation (up to twice per year), b.) one special conference participation and fees for one professional membership, c.) one international special conference participation, or d.) invited travel-based projects in the Fine Arts.  The call for applications will go out once per year with a deadline of 13 March 2020, and will cover all activities for the following fiscal year starting July 1 and ending June 30. All submissions and reimbursement forms must be sent to Barbara Jean , no later than the due date.

Sam Taylor Awards (2019) - Application Deadline - October 23

The will of the late Sam Taylor set aside income from a portion of his estate to fund continuing education and development of faculty members at United Methodist-related colleges and universities in Texas.  Grants may be used for graduate study or post-graduate research. The 2019 submission deadline for the Call for Proposals  for the Sam Taylor Funds will be in October. Please submit proposals via e-mail to Susan Lamb .  To view the past recipients click here .  

 Institutional Review Board

Southwestern’s Institutional Review Board  for Human Research (IRB) was established to approve research projects involving the use of human participants. The Board exists both because Southwestern wants to ensure that research participants are treated with the utmost respect and safety and because federal law requires that all federally-funded research involving human participants receive Board approval.

Brown Working Papers In Arts And Sciences

The Brown Working Papers in Arts and Sciences is a series of professional papers (to date conference papers and drafts of articles or book chapters which are on their way to completion or under revision; many have now been or are about to be published) from SU faculty and students and staff. Professor Eric Selbin is the editor of the compilations. Initial funding was made available by the Brown Foundation through the Brown Distinguished Research Professor Program.