What is a study group?: Normally a study group is a collection of faculty that meets to study an interdisciplinary problem or topic of significance to the intellectual life of the college. It provides a development opportunity for teachers and scholars with like-minded interests to explore different perspectives on a topic or concept. The focus is often an exploratory investigation of a new concept in search of an appropriate curricular home.
What are the priorities for study groups?: Priority will be given to the following types of proposals:
* new interdisciplinary projects or pedagogical approaches that have curricular impact
* exploration of topics or themes that impact the intellectual life of the college
What criteria are used to grant study group funding?: Topics should focus on innovative, intellectual and scholarly questions, or pedagogic and curricular issues. Study group decisions are made by the R&D Committee using the following criteria.
1. Significance: The problem under study must substantially contribute to the participants' development as teachers and/or scholars.
2. Results: The proposal must identify the expected results, which usually take the form of further scholarship, interdisciplinary curricular innovation or formal grant proposals for new programs.
3. Track record. R&D considers the applicants' previous history of grant applications should indicate the ability to accomplish what was promised, to use awarded funds prudently, and to file final reports as required in a timely fashion.
4. The ideal study group size is 5-10 participants, who must commit to full participation for the duration of the project.
How are study groups supported?: R&D provides expenses for the group's activities including the purchase of books. A search and, when appropriate, application for external funding is the required first step in the process. To begin your search, you may want to consult www.fdncenter.org (The Foundation Center) and the Corporate, Foundation and Government Support Office for assistance. Stipends are not normally included with these grants. Depending on the availability of funding, stipends for faculty occassionally are awarded where thorough going reforms are proposed which demand extensive cooperative work, promising a major impact on teaching, scholarship, and institutional visibility.
How are other college committees involved in the funding decision?: The appropriate committees or departments may be consulted in understanding the value and relevance to the college of a proposed project.
Special application instructions for just this program: Your application should include a list of participants.
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For instructions on reporting, please click on the "Expense Reporting" and "Narrative Reports" menu buttons. (no special reporting requirements for just this program)