The Kenyon Faculty Development Program provides funds (up to $5,000) from the Labalme Endowment to support members of the faculty and full-time members of the professional library staff in the enhancement of their professional activities, specifically research, artistic projects, and writing that require international travel (see Provost’s website for additional information). Proposals are evaluated and grants awarded by the Faculty Affairs Committee. The program is administered by the Associate Provost.
Early in the fall semester, the Faculty Affairs Committee publishes deadlines and guidelines for the Faculty Development Research Grants for the year that is just beginning. This information is distributed to faculty members via e-mail several times each year and can be obtained from the Office of the Associate Provost. Before submitting a grant proposal, members should consult the guidelines for the current year. At the end of each round of funding, the Faculty Affairs Committee publishes a list of grants awarded.
The eligibility requirements, objectives, proposal guidelines, evaluation guidelines, etc. are similar to those for Research Grants (see section 4.1) except that Labalme Grants are awarded only to support research that involves international travel. In addition, those faculty members who are awarded Labalme Grants should contact the Admissions Office to discuss the possibility of contacting international students in the country they visit, if it seems feasible.
Eligible to participate are:
Applicants must be employed by the College at the time of application submission and during the funding period. Joint applications are acceptable; not all persons in a joint application need be eligible as individuals.
Labalme Faculty development funds may not be used in support of work towards a degree or for expenses that are primarily promotional in character.
Labalme Faculty Research Grants are primarily intended for the support international travel as part of the scholarly or artistic engagement of faculty in areas of research, conference attendance, workshops, exhibitions, performances, and other such needs associated with professional development of the applicant beyond the classroom. Funds will not be awarded if the proposal focuses on developing courses or enhancing teaching methods. Funding for such proposals is available through Teaching Initiative Grants. (See section 4.2.)
A member seeking support will submit a written proposal to the Faculty Affairs Committee in accordance with the directions announced at the beginning of each academic year by the Faculty Affairs Committee. Ordinarily, the committee sets a series of dates as deadlines for different kinds of grants. Members planning to submit a proposal are encouraged to discuss it with the Associate Provost or the chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee, but only a fully developed proposal, submitted by the deadline, will be considered by the committee.
Applications must include the following:
For the application to be considered complete, the applicant must have submitted written reports on previously awarded faculty development grants. The committee will review the file on the most recently funded proposal, and may review files pertaining to earlier grants as well. An applicant should regard this information as available to the committee and make reference to it as appropriate.
After each announced grant deadline, the Faculty Affairs Committee will meet to evaluate proposals. Before each meeting the members read the proposals and rate them on a five-point scale. At the meeting the members discuss each proposal and their individual ratings. Following this discussion, members declare their final rating and the results are tallied. The committee then determines appropriate funding and makes awards. The Associate Provost notifies applicants of the committee's decisions. Applicants may discuss the committee's decision regarding their proposal with the chair or any other member of the committee.
When a member of the committee has submitted a proposal to be evaluated, that member must excuse himself or herself during the time the proposal is evaluated. The other committee members will vote and the total score will be multiplied by a fraction compensating for the member's absence, or the scores will be added and averaged, and the average score will be added to the total.
The principal criteria used in evaluating proposals are:
These criteria must be clearly stated and/or argued in the member's proposal.
In judging proposals that seek funding to attend conferences and other meetings, the committee gives priority to applicants who are presenting work or presiding over conference sections, or whose attendance will significantly alter the direction of the applicant's professional development.
The Faculty Affairs Committee has the right to revoke its funding of proposals when, in its estimation, members have failed to utilize approved funds within a reasonable period. Successful applicants must follow the policies and practices described in this section (4.3) when spending their grant allocation.
All recipients of Labalme Faculty Research Grants, including cosponsors of joint grants, must submit written reports to the Associate Provost on the work accomplished under the grant. The report is due within two months of the completion date for the project. It should include the recipient's evaluation of the project and a summary of actual funds expended and all receipts covering those expenditures. The report is required of all recipients to maintain eligibility for subsequent proposals. No proposal will be considered for funding if the applicant has failed to submit a written report for any previous Faculty Research Grant and/or Labalme Faculty Research Grant.