Career Development Awards
Career Development Awards are designed to help faculty increase their exposure to colleagues at other institutions who can be collaborators and role models while introducing outside scholars to faculty at Drexel. Social networks are increasingly important and funding agencies are increasingly interested in projects that demonstrate multi-investigator, interdisciplinary endeavors. Building such a team, and developing a history of working together, can be invaluable for junior faculty or mid-career faculty moving in a more collaborative direction or beginning a new research area. This program provides funding for Drexel faculty to develop networks, nationally or internationally, with colleagues whose work complements activities at Drexel.
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Call for Proposals
Application Window Currently Closed. AY 16-17 Call for Proposals will be announced in Fall 2015.
The Office of Faculty Development & Equity is pleased to announce the eighth round of awards to help junior (pre-tenure) tenure-track faculty members increase their exposure to colleagues at other institutions who can be collaborators and mentors. Such connections can be extremely important to academic success as they can bring diverse perspectives to campus and help develop collaborative and interdisciplinary projects.
Drexel’s Career Development Awards provide up to $7,500 for early-career, tenure-track faculty to develop mentors or networks, nationally or internationally, to create long-term collaborations. No funding is available for course release or for student support. Tenure-track faculty members who will be reviewed for tenure after June 30, 2016 are eligible to apply. Projects that foster advancement of faculty members in diverse or underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. The award period is July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. Awards will be announced in March 2015.
Possible Initiatives Include
1. Establishing a new relationship with a mentor or team of mentors, with whom the applicant has never worked, from outside Drexel who will agree to provide mentorship and training. Funds could be used to bring the mentor(s) to Drexel to conduct a seminar or give a talk, and for the Drexel faculty member to travel to the mentor(s) campus to do the same.
2. Organizing a working group of collaborators from different institutions to visit Drexel concurrently to discuss a potential collaborative research project and offer a panel discussion, seminar, or half-day symposium for faculty, graduate students and post-docs.
3. Creating a quarterly seminar series on a specific topic and bringing a series of speakers to Drexel, with plans for future possible collaborations as part of each visit.
4. Developing a faculty initiative on diversity or equity issues, either multi-disciplinary or in a single discipline, hosting at least one national speaker at Drexel, and developing a plan for collaboration to create a research study, publication, new course, or funded project application.
Proposals should describe the goals of the project, provide a clear plan for how the funding will be used, and give the expected measurable outcomes with a plan for assessment. Measurable outcomes might include published papers, conference presentations, educational materials, curriculum design, or grant applications.
We encourage applicants to plan and justify their budget carefully, using the sample budget templates available on the Office of Faculty Development & Equity website and to request an amount of funding appropriate for their plan. Budgets that include evidence of cost-sharing from the department or college are especially encouraged.
Proposals should include a 1-2 page (max) description of the career development plan including an assessment strategy with measurable outcomes, a budget in the recommended format with justification and cost-sharing (if any), a CV, a letter of support from the applicant’s academic unit leader (e.g. department chair, head, or associate dean), and a letter of support from the potential mentor(s) or collaborator(s) if any are involved in the project. If speakers will be invited to the university, a brief letter or email indicating their willingness to participate is required. Proposals should include bulleted lists of all major goals.
Procedure for Submission
Proposals are due by midnight on Friday, January 23, 2015. Proposals should be submitted electronically to the Office of Faculty Development & Equity email account at firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line of the email should read “Career Development Proposal.” Applicants will receive a reply acknowledging the proposal submission within 2 business days. If such a receipt is not received, applicants should contact the office no later than January 28, 2015.
Reporting for Awardees
Awardees are required to submit brief quarterly reports to the Office of Faculty Development & Equity. The report should review progress, provide updated budget information, and give assessment data. Awardees are expected to notify the Office of Faculty Development & Equity promptly of any difficulty in achieving stated goals within the specified timeline. Within sixty days of the end of the approved award period, the recipient must provide a final report to the Office of Faculty Development & Equity and must complete a brief survey. The report should provide a brief description of the impact of the funding on the career of the award recipient and how the funds were spent. Expected outcomes should be listed and matched with actual outcomes. In addition, CDA awardees will be contacted for follow-up annually. Awards are subject to retraction if sufficient progress has not been made by the 3rd quarter of the award cycle.
A panel of senior faculty members will review the proposals. Criteria will include the potential to have a significant impact on the career of the faculty applicant, impact at Drexel, the proposed measurable outcomes, and evidence of support by the applicant’s own department and the mentors involved.
Questions may be directed to Janet Fleetwood, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives, at Janet.Fleetwood@drexel.edu.
Sample Budget Formats
Please note that categories and amounts shown are samples only. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ascertain costs for all items used in budget proposals by working with department administrators or senior faculty members. Please note that Career Development Award funds cannot be used for alcohol purchases.
Sample Budget Format A - Collaborator(s) from single location
Sample Budget Format B - Collaborators from multiple locations