TO:  All Faculty

FROM: Joe Dieker, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College

DATE: February 1, 2019

SUBJECT: Richard B. Caple ’53 Endowed Fund for Faculty Development

Through the generosity of Dr. Richard B. Caple  ’53, Cornell College is pleased to announce Dr. Richard B. Caple ’53 Endowed Fund for Faculty Development for faculty development in history or psychology.  Dr. Richard B. Caple ’ received a degree in history and political science at Cornell College and a M.A. and Ed.D from the Teachers College at Columbia University. Early in his higher education career, Richard realized that faculty members, coaches, or other staff members serve as major influences in the life development of most college students, and therefore, through this award, wishes to strengthen faculty member’s potential to fulfill this role. 

Faculty may apply for funding for activities to be undertaken during the summer or the academic year. The Richard B. Caple Award provides up to $3,000 in project support.   Awards will be available in the 2019-20 academic year.

General Guidelines:

  1. The award is intended to support pedagogical workshops, academic conferences, curriculum development, or similar opportunities, excluding any costs associated with travel.
  2. These funds should not be used for costs directly associated with travel.
  3. These funds should not be used to support the purchase of equipment, computers, hardware, software, printers and other computing accessories, unless pre-approved by the Dean. These items can be requested through the College’s regular process for capital requests.
  4. Awards are for a period beginning May 09, 2019. Funds will be disbursed upon submission of receipts of related expenses or documentation of costs incurred. Funds should be expended in full by June 30, 2020.
  5. Awarded funds must be used for the purposes described in the proposal. If the faculty member wishes to use the funds in any other way, the Dean must be consulted in advance to seek approval of the change.
  6. A brief written report (250 words) on activities related to this award is due in the Office of Academic Affairs within 30 days of funds expended. The grantee cannot be considered for additional faculty development funding if this report is not filed.

Application Procedure:

The Divisional Council will evaluate all proposals and make recommendations to the Dean of the College. Online proposals for the Richard B. Caple Award should include:

  1. A description of the activities (250 words); and a statement explaining how the activities contribute to your professional development, including immediate and longer-term outcomes (250 words).
  2. An itemized budget. In your itemized budget, please be careful to follow Cornell’s 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. 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)
  4. 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.