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Call for Faculty Development Project (FDP) Proposals for Post-Tenure Reviews 2015-16

Call for Faculty Development Project (FDP) Proposals for Post-Tenure Reviews 2015-16

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The Faculty Welfare Committee is seeking FDP proposals for full Professors who are scheduled for review in 2015-16 as a pilot program to explore the benefits of an alternative way to evaluate, reflect, and provide merit points to senior faculty.

For those selected to participate, the Office of Academic Affairs will award $500 in Professional Development Funds.  In order to be selected, candidates should follow the following procedure: 

First, submit a preliminary FDP proposal to your department chair and divisional chair by March 17.  At that time, please inform Michelle Heinrichs in the Office of Academic Affairs that you are interested in participating in this option. 

Your final proposal and the Chair's departmental letter should be sent to Michelle Heinrichs to be reviewed by the entire Faculty Welfare committee by April 10th.  You will be informed of FWC's decision by no later than Friday, May 9th.  

What a successful proposal entails:

A successful proposal should be no more than five (5) pages in length (excluding bibliography and/or appendices, if warranted).

It should include the following:

  • A personal reflection statement, not to exceed two (2) pages, assessing the faculty member's current strengths and areas of growth in the primary areas of teaching, scholarship and service;
  • Your current CV;
  • A project plan that includes the following elements:
    • clearly articulated goals and objectives for the project. These objectives should be defined narrowly enough to provide the project with direction and limits, and concretely enough that they may be assessed at the end of the project;
    • an action plan for engaging the goals and objectives for the project. The plan should delineate what the faculty member wants to do and how, what resources are necessary to carry out the plan, and the time frame for implementation during the project;
    • an assessment plan for evaluating progress on the project goals. The nature of the assessment will depend on the project objectives and actions, but ideally should be grounded in some form of research literature or statement of best practices relevant to the disciplines involved (e.g., SoTL research, professional association statement, etc.), and/or some other form of tangible observation (e.g., evidence of student learning in the objective area, submission of a paper to a conference or publication, etc.).
    • optional: identification of other persons involved in support for the project, if desired (e.g., a peer mentor, a project partner, a teaching observation group, etc.);
  • A letter from your department chair.

More information about the pilot program, including timelines for the project, criteria for evaluation, possible forms the project might take, how it will be evaluated, and how merit points will assigned can be found in the Faculty Development Plan (FDP) proposal document.

Revised 01/20/2014