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Load Reduction Program

Applications are Submitted to Faculty Development Committee

The Load Reduction Program (LRP) reduces a full-time teaching faculty member's teaching load by one course for one semester. Up to $1000 is available to cover expenses connected with the project. Faculty with load reductions may not teach day, evening, or weekend courses on an overload basis, here or elsewhere, or for the Institute of Learning in Retirement (or any similar agency of the College) during the semester of the reduction. Reduced loads will not be given for administrative work. The FDC reviews LRPs and makes recommendations to the dean.

A Research Load Reduction (RLR) provides release time to allow pursuit of a research project. An Instructional Load Reduction (ILR) provides release time to allow pursuit of a pedagogy project.

Criteria for Selection

While the criteria for Load Reductions are similar to those described for sabbaticals, Load Reductions are intended to fund projects that are smaller in scope compared to sabbaticals. Faculty receiving Load Reductions are required to provide a written report, of no more than two pages, on work accomplished.

Application Format

Submit Load Reduction applications to the Faculty Development Chair (  If your application includes materials that can not be sent in an electronic format forward 10 hard copies.

Failure to follow the proposal format or guidelines may exclude the applicant from being recommended for funding. If time permits, promising proposals that need more work will be returned to the applicant for revisions.

Summary of project and outcomes: Briefly summarize the project and clearly state, in specific terms, the goals of your project. Demonstrate how the project will improve your professional development (for RLR) or teaching effectiveness (for ILR), and describe the benefits you see for yourself, students, and/or the college community. Discuss how the project goes beyond your regular faculty responsibilities and describe the specific outcomes you see resulting from your project.

Qualifications: Summarize your qualifications and those of each project member. Briefly describe previous work (e.g., publications, presentations, etc.), training, and experience in the project area. The goal is to demonstrate that you have expertise, ability, and commitment to accomplish the project objectives.

Action Plan: Give a step-by-step description of what you plan to do and the rationale for doing it. Relate these actions to the objectives of the project.

Relevant Literature: Provide a brief review of relevant literature on the topic of your project.

Funding History: List all Faculty Development funding: minigrants, load reductions, professional improvement grants, and sabbaticals you have received during the past three years, and indicate whether or not you have submitted the two-page report required for load reductions, professional improvement grants and sabbaticals.

Departmental Support: Provide evidence of departmental support. This could be a brief letter from your department chair which indicates how your project fits department goals and how your course load reduction will impact the department. (If you are a department chair, attach a letter from the Provost or a senior department member.)

Expenses: Present an itemized list of anticipated expenses. Valid expenses include supplies, student salaries, travel, or other items deemed important to the project. Applicants are encouraged to investigate other sources of funding for the items listed above (e.g., minigrants, outside grants, work study, etc.).