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Sample Faculty Development Grant Application

*This is a sample proposal for the January - June grant cycle designed to illustrate the organization and content of the various sections of the proposal. This is not meant to be a comprehensive example.

Applicant's Name : John Q. Public

Department/Division: Environmental Management Systems

Title: Associate Professor

Office Telephone: (815) 753 1111 Office Fax: (815) 753 0000 E-mail: jqpublic@niu.edu

Title of Proposed Activity: Professional Development to Support the Design and Implementation of a New Course in Environmental Management Systems

Abstract of the Proposed Activity (not more than 5 lines):

The proposed activity will involve attending a three-day workshop titled "Teaching Environmental Management Systems" offered by the Center for Environmental Management Studies in Champaign, IL during May 2000 and applying the new learning to design and teach a new course as part of the Environmental Management Systems minor during fall 2000.

Time Frame for Completing the Activity (from/to): May - August 2000

Dates of faculty development funding during the past 3 years: None

Applicant's Signature : (signed) John Q. Public Date : November 5, 1999

Department Chair's Signature : (signed) Mary Doe Date: November 5, 1999

Dean's Signature: (signed) George Smith Date: November 5, 1999

Attachments (check below five copies of all items attached):

X Proposal organized under the sections as indicated in the guidelines

X Letter of support from the chair (indicating equal matching contributions)

X Letter of support from the dean

X Copy of brochure describing details of the workshop or training program applicant plans to attend and the associated costs

Project Description

The proposed professional development effort involves attending a three-day workshop titled, "Teaching Environmental Systems" offered by the Center for Environmental Management Studies at Champaign, Illinois. The primary objective of the proposed effort is to develop myself professionally to design and teach a new course on environmental management systems. The development activities will include attending the three-day workshop, designing and teaching the new course for the Environmental Management Studies minor, and evaluating the outcomes.

The new course I have been asked to design and teach covers both the technical and policy aspects of environmental systems management but my background is primarily on the technical side. I also have to recruit and advise students for the environmental systems minor as part of my new assignment. Considering the responsibilities of my new teaching assignment, I realize that I have to learn the policy aspects of environmental management systems and also the pedagogical techniques for integrating both aspects effectively to meet the course objectives.

After consulting with my department chair about the need for learning some new materials to develop and teach the assigned course, I checked with various academic and support units at NIU to see if they offer any workshops or training programs to help me in this regard. I was unable to identify any such workshops or programs scheduled during the next academic year. Therefore, I searched the World Wide Web and identified the three-day workshop titled "Teaching Environmental Management Systems" offered by the Center for Environmental Management Studies in Champaign, IL during May 2000.

I discussed with my department chair about the workshop opportunity in Champaign during next May and requested funds to allow me to participate in the workshop. My chair informed me that she could not allocate the total budget needed to allow me to participate in this workshop since our departmental budget did not have any provisions to do so this fiscal year. However, she offered to cover any expenses up to $600 to indicate departmental support for my professional development activity and encouraged me to apply for the Faculty Development Grant to cover the remaining budget.

Project Benefits

I anticipate the following benefits from the proposed professional development effort to my teaching, department, and students:

  1. I will be developing myself professionally by learning new material to improve my teaching as well as course design skills.
  2. This effort will result in the development of a new course that will fulfill the needs of the environmental management systems minor.
  3. Students who will register in this course will benefit from the integration of both the technical and policy aspects of environmental management systems in the same course and will receive a comprehensive introduction to environmental systems management.
  4. This effort will meet the curricula needs of the environmental management systems minor and in the long run may have a positive impact on the program.

After attending the workshop and implementing some of my new learning in my teaching and course development, I plan to offer a seminar to my colleagues during one of the departmental meetings and submit the final report to the departmental curriculum committee.

Project Schedule

Listed below are the activities and their milestones for completing the proposed development effort. Please note that the milestones for completing some of the activities are estimates.

May 24 - May 26, 2000 Attend the workshop on "Teaching Environmental Management Systems" at Champaign, Illinois.
June 1 - August 15, 2000 Design the new course by integrating the new material and pedagogical techniques learned at the workshop.
August - December 2000 Offer the new course, evaluate the outcomes of the new learning and pedagogical techniques implemented and prepare and submit final report for the grant and present the results to my colleagues.

Proposed Budget

The expense items involved in completing the proposed development activity are as follows. A copy of the workshop brochure is attached. Some expenses listed are estimates.

Registration fees for the workshop $800.00
Transportation (DeKalb to Champaign, IL and back - mileage) $100.00
Food and Lodging (2 nights hotel stay in Champaign and per diem) $300.00
Total funds needed for this professional development effort: $1200.00
Funds requested from Faculty Development Grant: $ 600.00
Departmental matching contribution: $ 600.00

Attachments

Letters of support from my department chair, Dr. Mary Doe, and my dean, Dr. George Smith indicating their support for the project and the matching contributions from the department are attached. A copy of the workshop brochure is also attached.

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Last Updated: 09/20/07