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Faculty Development Grants

Each year, two $2500 Faculty Development Grants will be available to faculty interested in developing a course that involves a study abroad experience. There are two formats for such courses, and one of these $2500 grants will be awarded for each type of study abroad course:

  1. Spring Semester "Break Away" course : a course that meets on-campus during the entire spring semester and includes an obligatory, integrated study abroad trip during the Spring Break for ALL students enrolled in the course.
  2. Summer Session courses: A course that occurs abroad during 1-6 weeks of the summer May-July


Faculty Development Grants will be announced each year in December and have an application deadline of February 1st. Awardees will be funded for exploratory travel that MUST be accomplished by the end of the current fiscal year, June 30th.


Some handy tips on what works well in each format.

  1. Complete the Online Grant Application 
  2. Write and attach a 1-2 page narrartive addressing the listed items on the second page of the Online Grant Application. 
  3. Submit to: Dr. Joe DeCrosta, Executive Director, Center for Global Engagement

DEADLINE: February 1st
Successful Faculty-Led Courses
What Kinds of Courses Work Well? What Kinds Do Not?

Whether you are thinking about a Spring Break Away class and study trip OR a Summer study trip, we all worry about whether students will be interested and subscribe. There is a minimum number of students needed to make the economics of these trips work, so teaching a course that appeals to a wide group of students and choosing a destination/s that is appealing makes a difference. Here are a few things that we have learned:


  • CORE classes work especially well
  • General electives with wide appeal
  • Courses for majors that can be open to non-majors and have NO prereqs
  • See previous Spring Break Away courses
  • Courses that don't work well? A single section of a course required for majors