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Part-Time Faculty Mission Micro-grant

Part-time Faculty Mission Micro-Grant

sponsored by

The Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

The Division of Mission and Identity

Duquesne University

* Objective

We are pleased to announce the inaugural Part-time Faculty Mission Micro-grant competition, an important university-wide internal funding opportunity for Duquesne University’s Part-time Faculty.  Eligible faculty who are working in any academic discipline are encouraged to apply. The grants are intended to support faculty work that engages resources in the Catholic intellectual tradition. Grant awards will be $500 each. Up to eight grants will be awarded in the Spring, 2014 semester.

 *  Part-Time Faculty and the Mission of Duquesne University

Part-time Faculty contribute to the mission of Duquesne University. They share scholarly expertise, clinical and professional experience, and pedagogical skills. Part-time Faculty Mission Micro-grants are intended to support scholarly, curricular, and professional development opportunities that reflect Duquesne's mission and engage resources in the Catholic intellectual tradition.  All inquiry in search of the truth and in service to the human and common good contributes to the mission of Duquesne. Accordingly, a very wide range of research projects would fit within the scope of the Part-time Faculty Mission Micro-grants program. Moreover, the best insights of the Catholic intellectual tradition include openness to dialogue and commitments to non-defensive engagement. Projects that engage the intellectual resources of other faith traditions and relate these to the mission of Duquesne are welcome.  Examples of fundable projects include: travel to a conference to present scholarship engaged with Catholic intellectual traditions; resources for a research project related to Catholic intellectual tradition; operating costs for a class project or field trip related to Duquesne's mission; faculty development projects that integrate Catholic intellectual resources into one's scholarship or teaching.

Proposals should be explicit regarding the relation of the research topic to Duquesne’s mission.  Faculty are encouraged to confer with the Director of the Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition to discuss how particular proposals meet the micro-grants program objectives.

Part-time Faculty Mission Micro-grants are made possible through the support of the Office of the Provost and the Division of Mission and Identity.

 * Eligibility

 We invite part-time faculty who meet the following requirements to apply for the Part-time Faculty Mission Micro Grant:

 * Advanced degree in faculty member's discipline.

 * Faculty member must have taught for Duquesne at least four of the last six semesters prior to applying for the Part-time Faculty Mission Micro-grant. Summer session teaching may be included in this tally. Prospective applicants for the Spring, 2014 Part-time Faculty Mission Micro-grant must have taught during at least four semesters since Spring, 2011.

*Faculty who have received a Mission Micro-grant in the past may reapply in future grant cycles provided: 1) the faculty member met the reporting requirement for the previous grant (see below) and 2) funding is sought for a different project.

* Application Deadlines

* Applications are due on or before May 1, 2014

   * Awards will be announced on May 5, 2014

   * Report of Project Outcomes is due on or before December 15, 2014

* Application requirements 

1.     Cover sheet, available at www.duq.edu/cit, with signatures from the applicant’s Chair and Dean.

2.     Narrative: The narrative should not exceed five double spaced pages; this does not include the cover sheet, curriculum vitae, budget or list of classes taught.  The narrative should state:

a.     The scholarship, curricular project, or faculty development that the micro-grant would support and its significance

b.     Relation to the mission of Duquesne University and the Catholic intellectual tradition

c.      Schedule or timeframe for the project

d.     For scholarly and curricular projects: describe the methodology and assessment standards;

e.     For faculty development projects: rationale and anticipated impact

3.     One page curriculum vitae

4.     One page budget

5.     One page list of courses taught for Duquesne and academic ssessions during which they were offered

6.     Proposals involving human subjects require approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human  Subjects.

7.     Submit your application materials electronically as .pdf file to weaverd1@duq.edu by May 1, 2014.

* Budget

Applications must include a one page budget. Faculty may apply for up to $500 in funding.  The funds may not be used for salary.  Examples of eligible expenses are travel, materials, or fees.  These examples are merely illustrative and do not exclude other eligible expenses in accordance with university policy.  Spring micro-grant funds will be dispersed by June, 2014.  Fall micro-grant funds will be dispersed by the following January.  Micro-grant funds must be used within one calendar year.  Funds must be spent in accordance with University policies and procedures.

* Review

The Part-time Faculty Mission Micro-grant program is administered by the Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Applications will be evaluated by an ad hoc committee. Committee members include:

  • Bruce Beaver, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Andrea Chester, MA., Adjunct Professor of English
  • Sr. Rosemary Donley, Ph.D., APRN, FANN, Professor, Jacques Laval Chair for Social Justice
  • Joseph Kush, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Instructional Technology
  • Darlene Fozard Weaver, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology, CCIT Director

The Committee will consider the merit of proposals based on the grant objectives stated above.

* Post-Award Report of Project Outcomes

Grant winners are required to submit a Report of Project Outcomes to the Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. The report must:

* state the work completed during the grant period,

* assess the research completed in light of the objectives and timeframe in the grant proposal,

* indicate how the research is being disseminated,

* include a copy of any published outcome if appropriate, and

* provide an updated account detailing how grant funds were spent.

Submit all post-award materials electronically to weaverd1@duq.edu. Reports will be shared with the grant recipient's Chairs, Deans, the Office of the Provost, and the Vice-President for Mission and Identity.

Please acknowledge the support of the Part-time Faculty Mission Micro-grant program in publications and presentations connected to the grant project.

Cover Sheet Available Here