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Faculty Grants and Professional Development

Faculty Development and Professional Support Programs 2017-2018

This page outlines a variety of resources allocated to faculty development and professional support. Opportunities are categorized by purpose, either highlighting support for research and creative activity or support for the enhancement of teaching and curriculum.

Support for Faculty Research or Creative Activity 

Professional Travel Funds.  The total fund to support and encourage scholarly activity and conference participation in 2017-2018 is $406,800. Each college dean manages a travel budget drawn from this total and based on the number of full-time faculty in the college.  You may find the Faculty Travel Guidelines on the Provost’s webpage.

David Delo Research Professor Grants.  The Faculty Grants Committee reviews and makes recommendations to the Provost for grants of up to $6,000 for individual grants out of a $120,000 total grant pool. Funds are awarded on a competitive basis to professors who demonstrate how the grant will complement previous scholarly achievements and promote the continuing development of a research agenda. Funds may be used for travel, fees, supplies, student assistance, publication expenses, computer hardware and software, and other equipment. Delo grants may not be used for faculty stipends.

Dana Grants.  Funding originally provided by the Dana Foundation provides $50-60,000 per academic year to support research and creative activities that will culminate in appropriate forms of peer review. Besides supporting research expenses, Dana grants may also fund summer research stipends up to $2,000. The Faculty Grants Committee reviews Dana proposals and makes recommendations to the Provost. 

Professional Development Awards.  The PDA program promotes the intellectual growth of tenured or tenure-track faculty members who have taught at the University for a minimum of two years by granting release from one course per year. PDA activities should lead to a) curricular innovations, b) pedagogical enhancements, or c) scholarly ventures. The Faculty Grants Committee reviews PDA proposals and makes recommendations to the Provost. Up to four PDA awards are made annually. 

The UT Alumni Association Faculty Grants.  Each year, the Alumni Association makes $5,000 available for research grants to tenured and tenure-track faculty members to support individual and collaborative projects to involve faculty members in expanding the research, educational or community outreach of UT. Projects should result in a publication, new educational program and/or community recognition. The Faculty Development Committee and one member of the UT National Alumni Association Board of Directors reviews and recommends Alumni Association proposals to the Provost.

Faculty Sabbatical Leaves.  Sabbatical leaves (half-year at full pay or full-year at half-pay) are available to tenured faculty members on a regular seven-year cycle. In this academic year, 23 faculty members will be on semester and one on full-year sabbatical leaves. Further information about this program may be found in the Faculty Handbook and by contacting the chair of the Faculty Sabbatical Committee.

Support for Teaching and Curriculum Development

NSEE Workshops and Experimental Education Academy.  The University of Tampa has engaged the National Society for Experimental Education to deliver two workshops twice annually on a variety of experiential education topics. A fund of $20,000 supports faculty registration fees for the workshops, faculty travel to NSEE annual conferences and five annual student awards in experiential education. 

Teaching Innovation Funds.  Each college dean has a fund of $10,000 allocated at the dean’s discretion to promote teaching excellence, amount to a total fund of $40,000. The Associate Dean for Graduate and Continuing Studies also has a fund of $21,000 annually to support innovation in graduate, adult and summer programs.

Learning Enrichment Grant.  The Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning administers a fund of $40,000 that is intended to promote improvement in educational experiences associated with the Baccalaureate Experience program. Applications are reviewed and rated by the Baccalaureate Committee.

International Faculty Development.  The Office of International Program allocates approximately $40,000 annually to fund international faculty development seminars, as well as provides an additional $7,000-$10,000 for international conference participation and travel. To fully support UT’s international portfolio of programming, $40,000 is earmarked for stipends for faculty who lead or assist on UT Travel Courses Abroad and an additional $6,000 to $9,000 is used to support faculty who scout destinations for future student programs.

Funding is also available for faculty engagement at our first year abroad program locations at the University College of Dublin, Ireland, and the Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville, Spain. The Spartans Academy Abroad program held at the Monteverde Institute in Costa Rica provides funding for travel course program assistant mentoring. Finally, though UT’s partnership with Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and Generation Study Abroad, a new January Term program is available for faculty engagement and professional development.

Student Travel Fund. A fund of $40,000, shared equally by the college deans, supports student traveling with professors to academic conferences. In addition, the Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry has a Student Travel Fund of $8,000 to support approved student travel to conferences to present their project or problem-based research or scholarly inquiries.

Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry. The Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (OURI) has a budget of $147,500 to support approved faculty and student research and inquiry projects. The office has already coordinated UT faculty to participate in 29 inquiry-based first-year seminar sections in 2017-2018. Inquiry-based course development or redesign within majors will continue under these funds as well. OURI will also provide funds for faculty training, certain faculty and student travel, and those non-course related items that support the University's inquiry-based experiential-education initiative. A required assessment protocol must be followed. The funds are awarded through an application process coordinated by the OURI. 

For more information on any of the above programs, contact Lorelei Sells, (813) 257-3889 or