TO: Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty

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

DATE: February 1, 2019

SUBJECT: Fund for Course Development

Cornell College has limited funding available for 2019-20 for faculty proposals for course development including, but not limited to, writing courses, interdisciplinary courses, off-campus courses. 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.

Faculty proposing such courses should communicate frequently with their departmental colleagues prior to the submission of a proposal. Awards will range from $1000 to $3,000.

General Guidelines:

  1. Requests for support may include the following:
    1. 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.
    2. 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).
    3. 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 detailed syllabus of the new or revised course to the Office of Academic Affairs within 30 days of expending all funds. 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, 2020.

Application Procedure:

The Divisional Council will evaluate the proposals and make recommendations to the Dean of the College.

  1. Online proposals should contain the following sections:
    1. Proposed Course Title
    2. A brief description of the project (250 words), including the intended student constituency (majors? first-year students?) and college requirements filled; the purpose, scope and significance of the course; and the importance of the new course in the context of the department’s and the college’s core curriculum.
    3. 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.
    4. An itemized budget
    5. An explanation of any unclear or atypical budget requests, if needed  (i.e. requesting additional daily amounts for food in traveling to a city with higher IRS rates)
  2. Proposals should be submitted using the online form by March 6, 2019 for projects to be undertaken during the 2019-20 academic year or during the summer of 2019. Acknowledgement of receipt of the proposal will be sent. Retain a copy for your file. Awards will be announced by the end of March 2019. Funding for travel expenses and for the purchase of books and/or video materials is available May 08, 2019. Stipends are payable on July 26, 2019, and on August 16, 2019.