Resources Available to Faculty for Teaching, Advising, and Research
- Beaumont Faculty Development Fund
All full-time social science or science faculty members in the College of Arts & Sciences are eligible to apply for the Beaumont Faculty Development Fund. The aim of the fund is to encourage and stimulate research. In order to fund as many projects as possible, the maximum award is generally $5,000. Awards are made for a period not to exceed one year. Awardees are encouraged to seek external funding for continuing support of their research. For more information about the Beaumont Faculty Development Fund, please contact the Office of Research Services at 977-2241.
- College of Arts & Sciences Excellence Awards
One full-time professor in each of the College divisions (humanities, sciences, social sciences) will be chosen for an Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. An Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring Award will be given to one full-time faculty member from the College. An Excellence in Graduate Teaching and an Excellence in Graduate Mentoring will be awarded to a faculty member in Graduate Education. An Excellence in Adjunct Teaching Award and an Arts & Sciences Staff Excellence Award are also offered. For more information and to obtain nomination forms, visit the Excellence Awards website.
- Classroom Fund
Recognizing faculty's need for up-to-date classroom materials, the College of Arts & Sciences allocates $3,000 per year to the Classroom Fund in addition to the support available through departments. A grant from this fund may be requested by faculty to cover the cost of materials such as videotapes, software, maps, and supplies for demonstrations that will add to the effectiveness of classroom experiences. Faculty may request these funds at any time. The maximum dollar amount for this grant is $200.00. Proposals with matching funds from the unit are encouraged. For more information, see A&S Policy Manual.
- Co-Curricular Fund
The Co-Curricular Fund of the College of Arts & Sciences supports educational activities that are extensions of the normal classroom experience. Examples of possible activities that may be supported include partial funding for classes attending local theatre and cultural events, class field trips, service projects, travel to conferences, student retreats, and seminar speakers. While there is no maximum award, funding will normally not exceed $500 per project. For more information, please see A&S Policy Manual
- Fund for Intellectual Renewal and Enrichment (FIRE)
In order to encourage and support enrichment programs, the College of Arts & Sciences allocates funds to departments and programs to sponsor activities that will contribute to the growth and vitality of academic life and intellectual pursuits at either the undergraduate or graduate levels. The Fund for Intellectual Renewal and Enrichment (FIRE) may be used by departments and programs for visiting scholars, guest artists, lecture series, individual speakers, conferences, and faculty retreats. Annually, each department may use up to $2,000 of this fund and each program may use up to $500. For further information about the Fund for Intellectual Renewal and Enrichment (FIRE), see A&S Policy Manual. To request these funds, submit the FIRE Funds Pre-Approval Request.
- Mellon Faculty Development Grants in the Humanities
Mellon Faculty Development Grants were established to provide funding for faculty and departmental projects in the humanities. Full-time, ranked faculty members in the humanities may apply for Mellon Grants. Proposals that are humanistic in nature and submitted by full-time, ranked faculty members in the social sciences are also eligible for consideration if their projects are in the humanities. Mellon funds are intended to support projects in the following four categories: publishing/exhibitions/performances, teaching development, professional enrichment, and departmental and inter-departmental development. The amount of the grant will not exceed $3,000. For more information, see A&S Policy Manual.
The purpose of sabbatical leaves is to provide faculty members with additional time for professional development and renewal. Full-time tenured faculty members may apply for sabbatical leaves of one semester at full-salary or one academic year at half-salary. In order to be eligible, faculty must have completed six years of full-time service since hiring or since the end of the academic year of the previous sabbatical leave. The SLU2000 research leaves will not affect an applicant's eligibility for a sabbatical leave. Applications for sabbaticals must be submitted by October 1 for sabbatical requests for the next academic year. For further information, see A&S Policy Manual.
- Supplemental Funding for Scholarly Opportunities
Supplemental funds may be available to members of the College of Arts & Sciences for the pursuit of scholarly opportunities. These funds are intended to supplement, not replace, additional funding sources. Applications are accepted year-round, and must be submitted by the department chair or program director, or designated staff, on behalf of the applicant. To apply, submit the Application for Supplemental Funding.
- Travel Funds for Professional Development
In accordance with its commitment to support the continued professional development of its faculty, the College of Arts & Sciences reserves funding for faculty travel that relates to professional advancement. All full-time tenure-track faculty members are eligible to apply for these funds. These funds are allotted by the College to departments at the beginning of the academic year. Please see your department chair for full information.