Faculty Grants and Professional Development

2014-2015 Faculty Development and Professional Support Programs

Scholarship Enhancement

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  • Professional Travel Funds: The total fund to support and encourage scholarly activity and conference participation in 2014-2015 is $367,800. 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 Policy on the provost's Web page.
  • David Delo Research Professor Grants: The Faculty Development Committee reviews and makes recommendations to the Provost for grants of up to $5,000 for individual grants out of a $100,000 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.
  • 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 Development Committee reviews PDA proposals and makes recommendations to the Provost. Up to 4 PDA awards are made annually.
  • Dana Grants: Funding originally provided by the Dana Foundation provides $50,000-60,000 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 $1,500. The Faculty Development Committee reviews Dana proposals and makes recommendations to the Provost.
  • 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.
  • Board of Fellows Grant: The Office of Development Board of Fellows allocates a total of $10,000 and accepts up to three applications from each College. Funds can be used to support innovative scholarship ideas as well as direct instruction.
  • 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, 11 faculty members will be on semester and five 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 Development Committee.

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 $27,000 supports faculty registration fees for the workshops, faculty travel to NSEE annual conferences, and five annual student awards in experiential education.
  • Student Travel Fund: A fund of $22,000, shared equally by the college deans, supports students traveling with professors to academic conferences.
  • Teaching Innovation Funds: Each college dean has a fund of $10,000 allocated at the dean's discretion to promote teaching excellence, amounting to a total fund of $40,000. The associate dean for Graduate and Continuing Studies also has a fund of $13,000 annually to support innovation in adult and summer programs.
  • Learning Enrichment Grant: The associate dean for Baccalaureate Experience administers a fund of $40,000 that is intended to promote improvement in educational experiences associated with the Baccalaureate Experience program.
  • Special Instruction Budget Line: The total funds allocated to special instruction in 2013-2014 is $210,901. These funds are allocated to each unit and used at the discretion of the deans. Although it varies widely across departments, these funds are typically used for small programs and supplies that affect direct instruction.
  • Faculty Research Incentive and Director's Institute Awards: These two awards, open to College of Business faculty only, provide small stipends ($300-500) for faculty to present on COB research day and for miscellaneous other research needs respectively.

For more information on any of the above programs, contact Melanie Hicks, (813) 257-3889 or mhicks@ut.edu.