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.


Sabbatical Leaves (2019-2020) - Application Deadline 5pm October 12, 2018

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.  The deadline for submission of sabbatical proposals is mid-October to Barbara Jean. A sabbatical application cover sheet is required.   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 Senior Sabbatical Programs (2019-2020) - Application Deadline 5pm October 12, 2018

The annual Jones Senior Sabbatical and the new Garey Senior Sabbatical Program awards are designed to give tenured faculty with an excellent record of teaching, scholarship and service additional time to conduct their scholarly work. One Jones award and three (3) Garey awards will be granted in 2019-2020.  Faculty may apply to have 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. The deadline for submission of the sabbatical proposal is October 12, 2018 and should be sent to Barbara Jean. A Jones - Garey senior sabbatical application cover sheet is required.

Faculty-Student Projects (2019-2020) - Application Deadline 5pm October 26, 2018

This program funds a range of faculty-student projects not eligible for SCOPE funding including but not limited to archival research, research in preparation for honors theses or other significant student projects, conference travel with students for faculty not participating on the conference program, and projects in the studio arts, music, and, theatre.  Projects may involve faculty-student research, faculty supervised undergraduate research, or intensive collaborative 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.  Tenured and tenure-track faculty members, three-year visitors, and academic affairs staff with faculty rank may apply.  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 and on-campus student housing, project expenses, travel and other items related to the particular project.  The deadline for the proposals is October 26, 2018. Please submit proposals via email to Barbara Jean, no later than the due date.

SCOPE Summer Research Program (2019) - Application Deadline 5pm October 26, 2018

In this student-faculty collaborative summer research experience for Southwestern students, SCOPE Scholars spend eight weeks conducting full-time research on the projects of Southwestern faculty mentors.  The mission of SCOPE is to foster a culture of research at Southwestern, made possible by student-faculty collaboration; to promote student investigative learning, persistence, self-efficacy, and success; and to create an inclusive and diverse research community.  The deadline for proposal submission is October 26, 2018 at 5:00 pm.  To learn more about the SCOPE program, visit the SCOPE website.

Course Design Fellowships - Application Deadline 5pm January 22, 2019

Competitive Professional Development Funds (2019-2020) - Application Deadline 5pm February 1, 2019

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 February 1, 2019.  Please submit proposals via email to Barbara Jean, no later than the due date.

Professional Travel Award (2019-2020) - Application Deadline 5pm March 1, 2019

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 March 1, 2019, 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 (2018) - Application Deadline 5pm October 5, 2018

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 2018 submission deadline for the Call for Proposals for the Sam Taylor Funds is Friday, October 5, 2018.  Please submit proposals via e-mail to Susan Lamb.  To view the past recipients click here. 

  • 2018 Call for Proposals for the Sam Taylor Fund

 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.