TO: Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty

FROM: R. Joseph, Dieker, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College

DATE: January 30, 2017

RE: Fund for Course Development

Cornell College has limited funding available for 2017-18 for faculty proposals for course development including, but not limited to, writing courses, interdisciplinary courses, off-campus courses, and first-year seminars.  Development of online courses or technology-based learning enhancements to current courses will be considered for this grant.

The award is intended to assist in the development or substantial revision of a course the award winner intends to teach within the following two years.  The course-development project should be substantive; it should culminate in the creation of a detailed syllabus and related materials. 

Faculty proposing such courses should communicate frequently with their departmental colleagues prior to the submission of a proposal. Awards will range from $500 to $3,000.

General Guidelines:

1)  Requests for support may include the following:

a)  Summer stipends of $1,000 for each faculty member involved in the design of a course to be offered in a subsequent academic year (within two years of the time of the award).  This stipend will be taxable income and will be paid in two equal installments.

b)  Travel expenses related to the development of the course or courses.  In regard to the use of these funds, please refer to the Business Expense Reimbursement Policy on the Business Services webpage.  The total amount awarded for meals will be capped at $230 (with no single day's food reimbursement to exceed $46).  Applicants may request additional daily amounts for those cities with higher rates as established by the IRS.  However, the maximum amount requested cannot exceed $230 (the equivalent of five days).

c)  Through Cole Library, purchase of books and/or materials related to the course or courses.

2)  Awarded funds must be used for the purposes described in the proposal.  If a faculty member wishes to use the funds in any other way, he or she must consult the Dean in advance to seek approval.

3)  Grantees must submit a pertinent activity report summarizing achievements, including a detailed syllabus of the new or revised course, to the Office of Academic Affairs by September 1, 2017.  The grantee cannot be considered for additional faculty development funding if this report is not filed.  Funds should be expended in full by June 30, 2018.

Application Procedure:

The Faculty Development Advisory Committee will evaluate the proposals and make recommendations to the Dean of the College.

1) Proposals should contain the following sections in this order:

a) Name of principal applicant(s); current date; short title of the proposal.

b) An introduction, including a statement concerning the purpose of the project.

c)  An explanation of the process and timeline to be followed in the development of the course or program and an explanation of the ways in which the success of the endeavor will be assessed.

d)  A copy of the current syllabus, if the project is a revision of an existing course rather than the development of a completely new course.

e)  An itemized budget with justification of each item.

f)  An estimate of the duration of the project.

g)  Other information which you consider appropriate.

2)  Submit the proposal to Kimberly Taylor, Office of Academic Affairs, by March 3, 2017, for projects and grant-related travel to be undertaken during the 2017-18 academic year.  Be sure to receive confirmation that your proposal was received.  Awards will be announced at the end of March 2017.  Funding for travel expenses and for the purchase of books and/or video materials is available May 11, 2017.  Stipends are payable on July 31, 2017 and on August 28, 2017.