Faculty-led Interdisciplinary Group Grant

March 31, 2016

Application due: April 1, 2016 by 4:00 p.m. (download application)

The grant supports activity during Summer 2016

Consistent with our “Educating for the Future” strategic priority and its goal to “break down traditional disciplinary silos,” the purpose of this grant is to support interdisciplinary faculty groups who wish to study a particular topic, learn a new skill, or pursue a project of mutual benefit to the teaching or scholarly life of the participants. Faculty groups must consist of 6 or more members and come from at least two disciplines or departments. Priority will go to proposals that involve more than two disciplines.

Various timelines and models for meeting will be considered, but the project must be completed by August 31, 2016. Project leaders will be required to submit a final report by Monday, October 3, 2016.

An award will be made up to $1500. Funds may be used for e.g., books, supplies, speaker honoraria, or participant stipends. The budget must include a clear justification of why full funding for the project is unavailable from departments and/or deans. Priority will go to proposals that show financial support from impacted departments/units that will supplement Faculty Development funding.

Examples of interdisciplinary groups could include: STEM, Business, Humanities, Social Sciences and we also encourage collaborations that cut across disciplines in non-traditional ways (e.g. science + humanities). Proposals that are broad enough to include all St. Thomas faculty should be directed toward the Faculty-Led Summer Seminar program.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Faculty Development Committee. One group grant will be awarded. Proposals should specify one or two individuals who are the leaders of the proposals.

Criteria for evaluation:

  • The proposed program benefits faculty from multiple disciplines.
  • Proposed impact/outcomes for participants are clearly articulated along with a plan to assess outcomes.
  • Application shows evidence of careful planning.
  • Budget request is well-justified and indicates that attempts have been made to secure additional funding from other sources. 

Download the application and email to Faculty Development at facdevctr@stthomas.edu by 4PM on Friday, April 1, 2016.  

Have an idea for the grant and want to talk it over? Contact Ann Johnson, Director of Faculty Development at facdevctr@stthomas.edu.