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Professional Improvement Grant

Full-time teaching faculty may apply for Professional Improvement Grant (PIG) funds for summer projects. PIG recipients should limit other duties so they may focus on their PIG projects. Each successful PIG proposal participant will receive up to $3,000 to be divided between a stipend and expenses. The entire $3,000 may be used toward expenses without taking a stipend if the applicant so desires. However, the maximum stipend allowed will be $2,000. Proposals may involve a single faculty member, or a team of faculty members and students. Projects involving multiple faculty members will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants are encouraged to seek external funding for long term projects: PIG funds can be used as matching money for external grants.

Criteria for Selection

A major goal of the proposed project should be to help strengthen the connection between the faculty member involved in the project and his or her discipline. This could take many forms including (but not limited to) publishable research, papers, panels, essays, books, works of art, reviews, software, etc. The project will usually result in some tangible outcome such as publication, exhibition, or some other form of public presentation. It is the proposer's responsibility to convince the Faculty Development Committee that the project will strengthen disciplinary connections.

Applicants will need to demonstrate some expertise in the skills required for their projects, e.g., musical or artistic composition, computer proficiency, competence in statistics or foreign language, and so on.

Faculty receiving PIGs are required to provide a written report, of no more than two pages, on work accomplished to the Faculty Development Committee and the Provost.

Application Format

Submit your Professional Improvement Grant application as an electronic file to the Faculty Development Committee Chair, Almuth Tschunko (  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 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. For PIGs, please indicate other responsibilities that you will have during the project period.

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

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