Faculty Development At Grinnell College
Grinnell College provides a supportive atmosphere for faculty and facilitates their development, both in teaching and scholarship, during their entire careers. Below are outlined a number of our efforts in faculty development.
One of the Associate Deans and a standing committee of the faculty (the Instructional Support Committee) focus on support of faculty development related to teaching, learning, and the curriculum. They administer a substantial budget (including both internal and grant funds) to support faculty development activities and projects. Guidelines
We have created a variety of forums to bring faculty members across departments and divisions together to talk about teaching. These include: teaching and learning discussion groups, teaching colloquia, reading groups, faculty weekend seminars, and summer workshops on such topics as the teaching of writing, the teaching of oral communication skills, the arts of advising and mentoring, and uses of technology in teaching and learning. We also support faculty-faculty tutorials, which promote collaboration across departments in teaching. In addition to workshops, discussion groups, seminars, and other gatherings, we provide modest stipends for curricular development projects in targeted areas. Announcements of these opportunities occur regularly through our bi-weekly Faculty News Digest.
We secure external grants which provide stipends for faculty to develop courses or course modules supporting the goals of the grant-funded project--for example, use of technology in teaching or development of diversity in the curriculum. Faculty work individually or together in workshops to develop new pedagogical techniques, modules for courses, and/or new courses.
Faculty members can apply to the Instructional Support Committee for funding to support attendance at teaching-related professional meetings and workshops, beyond the one scholarly meeting which is fully funded for each faculty member.
Tenured faculty members may apply to teach in the College-operated off-campus study programs, Grinnell-in-London or Grinnell-in-Washington DC. These programs provide full-time teaching semesters on Grinnell's remote campuses with predominantly Grinnell students. Faculty members may offer new or existing courses using place-based pedagogies that tap the rich resources of these cities, and they often develop new scholarly interests or connections as well. For further information, consult the faculty applications guidelines
for GIL (http://www.grinnell.edu/academic/gil/faculty/facultyapplication/)
or GIW (http://www.grinnell.edu/academic/giw/faculty/facapp/).
The Committee on Support of Faculty Scholarship (CSFS), a faculty committee, oversees activities and fund allocations to support faculty scholarly projects.
Travel to Professional Meetings. Grinnell College provides support for each full-time faculty member to attend one professional meeting per year (generally covering travel, registration, lodging, and meal expenses). In addition, faculty may apply, on a competitive basis, for support of travel to attend additional professional meetings. The CSFS awards money, typically at half to three-quarters of the total expense, for these additional requests. (Faculty Travel Guidelines)
Funding for Scholarly Projects. Grinnell College maintains a fund to support faculty scholarly activities requiring travel to study sites or collections, purchase of supplies or materials, or student assistance. The total amount of funding available is approximately $1000 per faculty member per year. Faculty members submit proposals to CSFS for funding consideration. The range of awards is up to $4000. The College maintains a separate fund that pays for student stipends, supplies, and travel associated with faculty collaborations with students on scholarly projects. (Guidelines)
Support for Preparation and Submission of Grant Proposals. The Office of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations is staffed by a director and a grant writer. These two individuals assist faculty members in finding appropriate potential funding agencies, preparing proposals, and submitting proposals. This office also provides support for institutional grant proposals focused upon the academic program, including both instruction and research.
See document summarizing leave opportunities, found at: http://www.grinnell.edu/offices/dean/supfac/oncampusopportunities/facleaves/