TO: All Full-Time Faculty and Lecturers, Lab Instructors and other Academic Instructional Staff who are appointed above the half-time level on a continuing basis

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

DATE: February 1, 2019

SUBJECT: McConnell Travel Fund – for travel between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020

We are pleased to announce the availability of support for faculty travel through the McConnell Travel Fund for the 2020-20 academic year. These funds will support travel opportunities that occur between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020. This endowed fund, established by Campbell McConnell ’50, recognizes that regular professional interaction and continued development for faculty members is important to the intellectual life of Cornell College.

Funds are limited and awards depend on the amount currently available, the number and quality of proposals submitted, and the history of funding.  Priority may be given to faculty who have not recently received funding.

These funds are available in addition to the allocation of $500 available to support faculty development from the college. When applying for these McConnell funds, please specify how you plan to use the Cornell faculty development funds and justify the need for additional funding.

McConnell Travel awards may range from $100 to a maximum of $2,500. Funds will be available July 1, 2019. If additional funds are available, a second call for proposals for the spring semester of the 2019-20 academic year will be issued next fall.

General Guidelines:

  1. The McConnell Travel Fund will support faculty travel, including attendance at professional meetings and travel for special projects and initiatives, if approved by the Dean of the College.
  2. The Divisional Council will evaluate all proposals and make recommendations to the Dean of the College.
  3. Travel funds may be obtained by requesting a travel loan in advance or by submitting receipts for reimbursement. In either case, the “Travel Loan and Expense Reporting Form” must be completed and submitted with the itemized documentation to the Office of Academic Affairs for review and approval, within 30 days of incurring the expenses. In regard to the use of these funds, please refer to the Business Expense Reimbursement Policy on the Business Services webpage.
  4. 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).
  5. 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 with the Dean in advance to seek approval.
  6. Funds should be expended in full by June 30, 2020. Grantees must submit a report (250 words) summarizing activities funded by the grant to the Office of Academic Affairs within 30 days of incurring final expenses. The grantee cannot be considered for additional faculty development funding if the report is not filed.

Application Procedure:

  1. Online proposals should include:
    1. Name of the conference or purpose of proposed travel.
    2. Brief statement (250 words) of the importance and/or benefits of this activity.
    3. An itemized budget.
    4. 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.