Which faculty members are eligible to apply?
Full-time and Adjunct faculty members who have taught at Otis for two or more consecutive years are eligible to apply for Faculty Development Grants to support professional activities. Part-time faculty members are not eligible; part-time faculty, by definition, are engaged professionally beyond Otis, are not subject to the rigors of the Performance Assessment and Step (PAS) process nor Otis' demanding Rank and Promotion criteria, and have no Service to the College obligations. The College strives to support those individuals (full-time and adjunct faculty members) who face the rigors menioned above as part of their engagement with the College, and at the same time manage their external professional activities.
How often can I apply?
Applicants may apply for one award each year, not to exceed $2,500 per person within a two-year period.
How much money can I get?
Grants are awarded up to $2,500.
How are the grants paid?
Grant recipients recieve a letter outlining the grant award, and the process by which grants are paid. Since all amounts paid by the College to any individual are taxable, and therefore subject to tax withholdings, Otis preserves maximum grant award amounts for recipients by reimbursing all expenses incurred as part of the grant-funded activity. Please refer to your grant award letter and confer with the Faculty Development Committee Co-Chairs for guidance on how to process your reciepts for reimbursment.
What are the due dates?
Grant applications are due on or before the first Monday of November and March each academic year. This year's deadlines are November 2, 2015 and March 7, 2016. Click here for the online Application Form with instructions for submission.
Do I need to write a report on what I did with the grant?
Prior to receiving reimbursement for the grant activity, dissemination includes a Grantee Report ready for publication to the Otis Faculty Development website. Applications that include proposed wider dissemination to the Otis Community (e.g. presentation at department meeting, addition to the curriculum, etc.) will be rated higher.
What criteria are used to evaulate my proposal?
The three criteria are the same ones used for your Step Evaluation Form and advancement in rank: teaching effectiveness, professional achievement, and contributions to the college/community. For a more complete discussion of the three criteria please consult your faculty handbook. Proposals are judged on value as it relates to the three criteria as well as overall quality, project feasibility, dissemination strength, proposal clarity, and completeness.
What kinds of activities do the grants support?
You may apply for grant supported travel to a site, research, funding for supplies and materials, hotel costs, meals, services used in the execution of the activity, ground transportation, registration fees, project documentation fees, copying costs, software needs as they relate directly to the project, equipment, participation in professional conferences and workshops, participation in conferences and workshops that support teaching effectiveness related to student learning styles, dealing with classroom issues, developing college activities that support building departmental teamwork, collegiality, and communications, and more.
What have have other faculty members done with their grants?
See the Full List of Grantees and Reports on their Projects, 2004 - present