Faculty Growth

Ifill Faculty Growth Funds


DEADLINES: August 15 (immediately), November 1, April 1
APPLICATION: apply now online


The Ifill Dean Fund for Faculty Growth promotes ongoing exploration and collegial exchange between Ifill faculty around our shared work in teaching, learning, creativity, and inquiry. The funds support faculty from different departments, fields, disciplines, and perhaps colleges to explore and create new ideas for courses or undertake special projects that will promote pedagogical, creative, and scholarly growth among the Ifill faculty. Faculty Growth funds serve a distinct purpose from individual faculty professional development funds that support conference travel and dissemination of research and creative activity.

Ifill Faculty Growth Funds complement funding from the Office of Sponsored Programs and the offerings of the Center for Teaching Excellence. The CET can also be a great resource for idea generation, proposal development, or partnership on specific projects.


2018-2019 Theme: Interdisciplinary Partnership

Each year the Faculty Growth funds will have a theme and the inaugural focus is Interdisciplinary Partnerships. Applications must come from two or more faculty from different departments (including other Colleges). As we launch a redesigned institution, the funds will fuel new possibilities between colleagues, and perhaps rekindle old ones, as we equip ourselves, like our students, for lives of passion and purpose.


Eligibility and Guidelines

Open to all returning Ifill faculty. Three funding rounds (Aug 15, Nov 1, Apr 1). Notification ordinarily in one month.

Three types of proposals welcome: Course & Curricular Enhancement, Faculty Inquiry, Teaching Conferences & Institutes. Descriptions and submission forms below. Criteria include: likelihood to support faculty growth, improve student teaching and learning, and foster ingenuity in Ifill College. Any requested stipends for faculty time may only be applied in the summer.


Funding Possibilities

Course & Curricular Enhancement

Faculty are invited to apply for funds to support creative, interdisciplinary efforts to improve teaching and student learning, such as developing or enhancing existing courses, piloting new program ideas, and/or related aspects of teaching and curricular development. Expenses might include supplies, equipment (not computers), programming, research assistance, outside or internal teaching/course planning consultation, and other costs associated with creating learning materials, adapting and implementing new teaching concepts, integrating research and teaching, and/or related aspects of faculty development for curricular exploration and enhancement. (Ifill funds cannot be combined with existing course development support initiatives for PLAN.)

Suzanne Leonard, English and Saher Selod, Sociology: Student Outing to "The Niceties" Play at Huntington Theater (Fall 2018).

Faculty Inquiry

Faculty are invited to apply for funds to support the exploration of particular developments in the arts, media, or humanities related to teaching, scholarship, or artistic methods. This might take the form of reading groups, workshops, attendance at a scholarly meeting in a new area,  or other efforts to bring new creative, pedagogical, and scholarly developments in arts, media, and humanities to Ifill College.

Audrey Golden, English and Kelly Hager, English and Women & Gender Studies: Wayétu Moore Reading and Q&A (Fall 2018).

Teaching Conferences & Institutes

Faculty members may request support to attend a teaching conference/institute or to enroll in a course/workshop that will enhance interdisciplinary teaching and curricular development. The overall conference, workshop, or institute must be focused primarily on teaching. Expenses may be reimbursed up to $1,200 (per faculty member) for registration and eligible travel expenses.

Projects funded AY18-19

  • Audrey Golden (ENGL) and Kelly Hager (WGST), Wayétu Moore Reading and Q&A. Type: faculty inquiry.
  • Suzanne Leonard (ENGL) and Saher Selod (SOC), Student outing to The Niceties at the Huntington Theater. Type: course enhancement (ENGL 193 Women in Literature & SOC 300 Race Theory)
  • Cathryn Mercier (Children's Literature) and Gary Bailey (Social Work), Through an Activist Lens: We Need Diverse Books. Type: course enhancement (ChLit 401 Criticism of Children's Literature & SSW 490 Social Activism, Professional Action, and Strategies)