January 30-31, 2014
Co-sponsored by Grants and Research Office & Center for Faculty Development


Workshop Overview and Purpose

This workshop is designed for individuals and teams wishing to enhance their skills and knowledge related to grant writing. It’s anticipated that the participants should be equipped to submit a proposal to an outside sponsor within 24 months. This workshop will serve faculty most effectively who have developed their scholarly agendas to the point where external funding would significantly accelerate or expand the scope of their work. This workshop is geared toward scholars in all areas.

Learning Goals

  • Where to find information on federal, state and local funders
  • How to build partnerships and collaborations in support of joint funding
  • Definitions of key terms associated with proposal development
  • Methods for interpreting the fine print within a Request for Proposals (RFP)
  • Identifying typical proposal content for both public and private funding
  • Delineation between goals, objectives, methods and outcomes
  • Suggestions for narrative development in support of typically requested proposal sections
  • Recommendations for developing clear budgets and budget narratives
  • Ideas for qualitative, quantitative, formative and process evaluation
  • Time management tips for meeting fast approaching funding deadlines
  • Tips for following up with funders to build relationships

Post Workshop Consultation

After the workshop ends and during the month of February, Dr. Stewart will be available for remote (phone and email) individualized consultation on grant proposal drafts.

Who should consider attending?

Workshop participation is limited to 25 faculty and is open to both full-time and adjunct faculty regardless of rank. Priority will be given to:

  • Faculty who have submitted external grant proposals that were not funded
  • Those who can show they have used prior Faculty Development funding successfully to strengthen their prospects for external funding
  • Pre-tenure faculty with clearly articulated research goals and objectives

How do I apply to attend the workshop?

Faculty interested in attending should download the workshop application and email the completed application to Faculty Development at by 4:00 pm on October 29.


Questions regarding the workshop should be directed to David Steele at in the Grants and Research Office or Ann Johnson at in the Faculty Development Center.

Dr. Ronald StewartWorkshop Leader: Dr. Ronald A. Stewart

Dr. Stewart on holds a Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies in Organizational Leadership and Management from The Union Institute and University, a Master of  Arts in Nonprofit Organizations from Case Western Reserve University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Communications from Kent State University. Dr. Stewart is passionately engaged in service to the nonprofit and public sectors having served both large and small organizations.

A focus within Dr. Stewart’s consultation services is his work with faculty, graduate students and community partners to assist them in gaining an appreciation for the mechanics of proposal development along with the processes associated with grant-based funding.  Dr. Stewart has assisted scores of people and their institutions to garner federal, state, and local grant funding and has facilitated processes for granting millions of dollars of government grants to grant seekers.

A native of rural Ohio, Dr. Stewart is keenly aware of the need to engage young people, especially those from Appalachia, in the consideration of contemporary global issues.  In 2010, Dr. Stewart established the Ronald A. Stewart Fund for International Study and Service at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences to award qualified students with scholarship assistance so that they may engage in study and service around the globe.

Dr. Stewart resides in southern California’s Coachella Valley.

"Every one of the 30-plus faculty who attended Dr. Stewart's workshop said they received invaluable, individualized help in formulating or revising their grant proposal, and they came from a very wide range of diciplines: from chemistry to psychology, from the engineering fields to the sociology and anthropology, from the performing arts to the life sciences.  Dr. Stewart's knowledge of the world of research grants is amazing, and he knows how to translate the funding agencies' somewhat cryptic directions for writing grant applications into familiar academic language." 

--Linda B. Nilson, Ph.D., Director Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation, Clemson University

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