The purpose of the Ruth S. Holmberg Grant for Faculty Excellence is to support faculty who have demonstrated the potential and ability to function at a higher level of scholarship, engage students in addressing problems of contemporary importance through research efforts, or work with tenured faculty or the administration in building innovative curriculum.
Requested funding must address one of the areas noted below:
- Faculty Development, Training and Travel to ensure recipients are scholars at the cutting-edge of their field or discipline.
- Buy-outs for course releases to support time for research and special projects. Funding could be used to pay an adjunct teacher so the faculty member would be free to pursue research or innovative projects.
- Faculty grants that promote innovative or creative research and engagement, or advancement of an academic discipline.
Tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply.
Call for submissions for academic year 2022-2023 will go out January 2022
- The purpose or focus of the professional development, scholar activity, research, etc.
- Justification and rationale for the activity.
- A description of how the activity will advance the professional/scholarly career of the applicant.
- Expected outcomes and how outcomes will be assessed or validated.
- Funding request (budget) and justification.
Proposals will be evaluated by a committee comprised of current Holmberg recipients and a representative from each college. Recommendations for funding will be made to the Provost, who will make final funding decisions by late April. Approximately $20,000 will be available for awarding each year. There is no set number of awards to be made each year. Only highly meritorious proposals will receive consideration and potential funding. A range of $2,000 - $5,000 will be awarded per proposal.
A review form will be utilized by the committee with the following areas of focus:
Innovative or creative nature
- The focus of the proposal is carefully designed and clearly articulated.
- The proposed activity is reasonable and appropriate for UTC.
- The proposal incorporates new and creative approaches in a designated discipline or area of activity.
Potential impact on the faculty member’s career and scholarship
- The proposed activity has the potential to result in published scholarship or creative activity.
- The proposed activity has the potential to provide opportunities for additional funding.
- The proposed activity will increase and/or enhance the faculty member’s standing / reputation in his/her discipline.
- Budget meets requirements outlined on the proposal form
- The requested funds are reasonable and necessary for completion of the activity.