Faculty Resource Committee

The Faculty Resource Committee (FRC) reviews applications and makes recommendations to the Faculty Council for the Pre-Tenure Faculty Research Leave Program, the Sabbatical Program, and the Faculty Study Time Program. The FRC also reviews applications and awards funds for Conference Travel Expenses and Atkinson Research Expense Grants.

Faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts are eligible to apply for travel funds to present at professional meetings (up to $1,600 for domestic meetings and $2,000 for international meetings).

Eligibility, Guidelines and Evaluation Material

See the Faculty Travel Policy website for detailed selection criteria.

Application Materials

All applications for conference travel must be submitted through the Willamette Internal Funding Database on JASON.

Deadlines:

  • October 1, 2015 - For requests for conference travel completed before June 1 (CLOSED)
  • December 1, 2015 - For requests for conference travel completed before June 1 (CLOSED)
  • April 1, 2016 - Requests for funding for conferences taking place after June 1

Contact Information: David Gutterman (ext. 6716)

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The Atkinson Research Program supports and encourages scholarship and continuing professional development for full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty. Through this program Willamette University affirms that research, artistic activity, and other forms of continuing professional development are essential for sustaining the role and vitality of the University. Commensurate with the University's emphasis on high academic quality, the program provides funding for expenses related to scholarly endeavors selected through a competitive review process. Awards are $2,500 every two years (max).

Eligibility, Guidelines and Evaluation Material

Part A. Criteria for Exclusion of Further Review: 1. Applicants must submit their proposal prior to the deadline. 2. The application must be complete. 3. The proposal cannot be for an extension of an existing project. 4. The proposal cannot be for course development. 5. The Atkinson Program does not fund research expenses that are already funded by other sources. Faculty members must demonstrate that funding is not available through other departmental, university, or external sources. 6. Atkinsons do not fund conference travel. 7. Atkinsons do not fund tuition toward a degree granting program. 8. An applicant cannot have received an Atkinson Award in the previous year. 9. If a faculty member has received a previous award, then s/he must submit a grant report in order to be eligible for future Atkinsons. 10. Atkinson requests do not fund faculty stipends. Part B - Review Criteria. Members of the Faculty Resources and Success Committee review Atkinson proposals, ranking proposals based on these criteria: 1. ABSTRACT - Clearly describes the purpose of the project, issue to be investigated or goal to be achieved. Proposed goal(s) relate to one of the two areas of professional development described by the Atkinson Program. 2. RATIONALE - Clearly describes the significance of the project to applicant’s own research and discipline. 3. METHODS/TIMETABLE - Clearly describes planned project activities that connects directly to the purpose and goals of the project. Presents a reasonable set of activities that can be completed within the time and resources of the project. 4. EXPECTED PRODUCTS - The applicant describes a likely set of publications, exhibitions, presentations or grants that will result from this project. 5. BUDGET - Budget is logical and provides enough detail to demonstrate how the expenditures will support the planned activities. 6. OVERALL PROPOSAL - Proposal makes a compelling case, is understandable to non-specialists and is interesting to read.

Application Materials

The Faculty Resource Committee invites requests for research support. Proposals are due by 5:00 pm on October 1 for support for the current academic year, and April 1 for support in the upcoming fiscal year that starts June 1. Atkinson applications must be submitted through the Willamette Internal Funding Database on JASON. The committee expects to make its recommendations to the CLA Dean approximately four weeks after the deadline. Final reports are due no later than May 31 of the fiscal year that funds were used.

Deadlines:

  • October 1, 2015 - 5 p.m. - Deadline is for work to be completed by May 31 (CLOSED)
  • April 1, 2016 - 5 p.m. - Deadline for work starting June 1

Contact Information: David Gutterman (ext. 6716)

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The pre-tenure leave program supports the development of teacher-scholars by providing faculty members with a concentrated period of time dedicated to research and professional development during their probationary period. This program is designed to facilitate outstanding scholarship by faculty members early in their career and to provide them with a semester without responsibility for teaching and service. Faculty in their second and third year in the tenure process may apply for a leave to be held the following year. The leave is a two-course release from teaching and a full release from service and advising responsibilities generally taken over one semester.

Eligibility, Guidelines and Evaluation Material

Pre-tenure research leaves are available to non-tenured, tenure-track assistant professors entering their third or fourth year in rank. Faculty members hired at the assistant professor level with no more than one year of credit toward tenure are eligible to apply. (See the Pre-Tenure Research Leave Policy Proposal for detailed application guidelines, eligibility and evaluation criteria.)

Application Materials

See the Pre-Tenure Research Leave Policy for application guidelines, eligibility and evaluation criteria.

Deadline: September 1, 2015 - (CLOSED)

Contact Information: David Gutterman (ext. 6716)

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Sabbatical leaves are granted to encourage professional growth and intellectual enrichment,particularly as these qualities contribute to teaching effectiveness. Sabbatical activities may involve but are not limited to, artistic performance, creative work, critical writing, development of new approaches to teaching, or laboratory research.

Eligibility, Guidelines and Evaluation Material

More information on Willamette's Sabbatical Leave Policy can be found in the CLA Faculty Handbook (pages 38-40, Article XII).

Application Materials

Deadline: September 15, 2015 - 5 p.m. for submission of application materials to rhedlund@willamette.edu (CLOSED)

Contact Information: David Gutterman (ext. 6716)

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