As announced by Provost Janet Riggs at a recent faculty meeting, the Central
Pennsylvania Consortium (CPC) has received a $600,000 grant from the Andrew W.
Mellon Foundation to support a coordinated project of faculty development among its
three member institutions: Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall, and Gettysburg College. The
grant, “Supporting the Faculty Career Cycle,” is shared by the three colleges. The main
focus of the grant is to support the scholarly careers of senior faculty who carry (or have
carried) large responsibilities for college governance. The grant (1) provides CPC-level
training for department chairs and (2) provides support, awarded at the level of the
individual colleges, for scholarly or creative activities for those faculty members who
have contributed generously to college governance and find themselves eager to
revitalize their programs of scholarship. The funds awarded to each college will establish
an endowed Provost’s Discretionary Fund for the Faculty Career Cycle. Through this
fund, approximately $18,000 at each institution will be available each year to support
scholarly or creative projects conducted by senior faculty. First priority in funding will
be given to faculty members at the associate professor level who have been in rank for
more than eight years, have contributed generously to governance at the departmental
and/or college level, and whose proposals show promise of strengthening or revitalizing
the applicant’s programs of scholarship.
At Gettysburg College, three grants of up to $6,000 will be awarded annually. These
grants may be used for a variety of types of appropriate support including (but not limited
Hiring a research assistant
Costs involved in research collaborations with faculty elsewhere, particularly at R
Participation in workshops and other forms of advanced training
Enhancement of sabbatical leaves (specifically, as a stipend to provide partial
support for a full-year sabbatical, or as a summer stipend during the sabbatical
Reassigned time in the form of a course release (which should be budgeted at
$5,000, the approximate cost of an adjunct replacement).
To apply for funding, please submit a narrative explaining the purpose or goals of the
project, the methods involved, the expected outcomes of the project, and the context of
the project in the applicant’s scholarly career. In addition, please submit a budget (with
accompanying brief explanations) of anticipated expenses. Applicants should submit a
c.v. as well as a clear explanation of recent governance responsibilities at Gettysburg
Please submit the application as an email attachment to the Faculty Development
Committee at email@example.com. Applications are due the same day that
research and professional development grant proposals are due each spring semester.
This year, that date is February 21, 2008.
The committee will attempt to balance three factors as it makes funding decisions:
1. By the terms of this grant, faculty members at the associate professor level
who have been in rank for more than eight years and have contributed
generously to governance at the departmental and/or college level will receive
priority for funding.
2. Projects that show strong promise of continuing or revitalizing a productive
program of scholarship will be evaluated highly.
3. Projects for which the financial support provided by the grant is essential to
the project’s feasibility are especially likely to receive funding.
Those projects that aren’t funded through the Mellon grant will be considered with the
regular research and professional development grant applications in cases where the
requested funds are consistent with the guidelines of the R&PD program. (That program
doesn’t provide stipends, course releases, or funding for meals.) Decisions will be
announced during the last week of classes at the same time that Research and
Professional Development grant decisions are announced.
Recipients of Mellon awards are expected to report the uses of their funds in a narrative
submitted to the Associate Provost for Faculty Development at the time of the project’s
completion and to share their work as appropriate with departmental colleagues and the
campus community (e.g., through departmental presentations and/or Friday Faculty