Dean of the Faculty

Internal Funding

IMPORTANT REMINDERS AND UPDATES:

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

3 February 2021 Awards and Honors Committee message on its work amid the pandemic. 

The Committee understands that owing to the exceptional circumstances of the present moment, some faculty might need more flexibility when it comes to deadlines. In addition to adopting rolling or multiple deadlines for all awards where possible, the Committee will consider late applications with compelling reason. In most instances, extensions cannot exceed one week. Requests for extensions should be submitted to the Dean.

 

CLOSED; please see below for the call for 2021-2022 Research Assistantships, OPEN until 5 pm on Friday, 16 April 2021 - Research Assistantship Program (Spring 2021) - Applications can be received at any time in the Fall 2020 semester, and will be awarded on a rolling basis. The Awards Committee will review applications until all remaining funds have been allocated.

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. Applications can be received at any time in the Fall 2020 semester, and will be awarded on a rolling basis.  Send proposals to jeanb@southwestern.edu. The Awards Committee will review applications until all remaining funds have been allocated.

CLOSED - Sabbatical Leaves (2021-2022) - Application Deadline 5:00 pm Friday, 30 October 2020

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 30 October 2020. 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.

PENDING - The Jessie H. and Mary Gibbs Jones and the Jack and Camille Garey Competitive Course Release Sabbatical Programs

[Last year’s call: 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.]

  • Jones and Garey Competitive Course Release Sabbatical Program Rubric (2020-2021)  — for reference only, to be used by the Awards and Honors Committee

CLOSED - FACULTY-MENTORED RESEARCH (FSP & SCOPE, 2021-2022) - Application Deadline 5:00 pm Friday, 13 November 2020

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.

Professional Travel Award - Summer 2021 - Application Deadline 5:00 pm Wednesday, 24 February 2021

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. In most years, a call for applications will go out to faculty once per year for all activities during the following fiscal year. However, owing to the unprecedented circumstances of the covid-19 pandemic, the Awards Committee will consider submissions in three distinct funding rounds, with three distinct deadlines: for Summer 2021 (1 July to 31 August), Fall 2021 (1 September to 31 December), and Spring 2022 (1 January to 31 June). Eligibility requirements and caps remain the same, meaning that faculty must still choose one of the four options outlined above for the period between July 2021 and June 2022. The deadline for proposals for Summer 2021 travel is Wednesday, 24 February 2021 at 5:00 pm.

Competitive Faculty Professional Development Funds - Application Deadline 5:00 pm Friday, 5 March 2021

Tenured and tenure-track faculty members, three-year visitors, 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 Friday, 5 March 2021 at 5:00 pm.  Please submit all additional materials via email to Barbara Jean , no later than the due date.

Pedagogical Innovation Fellowship (replaces Course Design Fellowship) - Application Deadline 5:00 pm Friday, 26 March 2021

The Office of the Dean of the Faculty and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship invite proposals from faculty for the 2021 Pedagogical Innovation Fellowship. This fellowship will support faculty who need time and support to incorporate a substantial pedagogical change or innovation into existing or new courses, in line with the areas of focus outlined below. The two primary goals of this program are: a) to improve teaching and learning at Southwestern by increasing our courses’ uses of innovative and evidence-based teaching approaches; and b) to invest in current university strategic priorities related to teaching and learning. The hope is for all faculty participants to experiment with new, innovative pedagogies in ways that go above and beyond usual course development or revision by incorporating substantial elements that will enhance the learning outcomes and experiences for Southwestern students.

Research Assistantship Program - Application Deadline 5:00 pm Friday, 16 April 2021

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 Friday, 16 April 2021 at 5:00 pm. Please submit proposals by email to Barbara Jean  , no later than the due date.

Professional Travel Award - Fall 2021 - Application Deadline 5:00 pm Friday, 23 April 2021

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. In most years, a call for applications will go out to faculty once per year for all activities during the following fiscal year. However, owing to the unprecedented circumstances of the covid-19 pandemic, the Awards Committee will consider submissions in three distinct funding rounds, with three distinct deadlines: for Summer 2021 (1 July to 31 August), Fall 2021 (1 September to 31 December), and Spring 2022 (1 January to 31 June). Eligibility requirements and caps remain the same, meaning that faculty must still choose one of the four options outlined above for the period between July 2021 and June 2022. The deadline for proposals for Fall 2021 travel is Friday, 23 April 2021 at 5pm.

Professional Travel Award - Spring 2022 - Application Deadline 5:00 pm Friday, 10 September 2021

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. In most years, a call for applications will go out to faculty once per year for all activities during the following fiscal year. However, owing to the unprecedented circumstances of the covid-19 pandemic, the Awards Committee will consider submissions in three distinct funding rounds, with three distinct deadlines: for Summer 2021 (1 July to 31 August), Fall 2021 (1 September to 31 December), and Spring 2022 (1 January to 30 June). Eligibility requirements and caps remain the same, meaning that faculty must still choose one of the four options outlined above for the period between July 2021 and June 2022. The deadline for proposals for Spring 2022 travel is Friday, 10 September 2021 at 5pm.

Sam Taylor Awards

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 2021 submission deadline for the Call for Proposals for the Sam Taylor Funds will be announced in Fall 2021. Please submit proposals via e-mail to Kelly Lessard .  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.