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Faculty Excellence Fund

The School of Education Faculty Excellence Fund is a yearly, competitive fund that supports two full-time faculty members (tenure, tenure-track or term) at the assistant professor level or above with an award from $2,500 to $5,000 apiece. Successful proposals are awarded each November, for projects to commence the immediate next semesters (spring and summer).

Among the items the School of Education Faculty Excellence Fund can be used for include:

  • Professional development – conferences and workshops that would result in specific new skills or expertise to be used in teaching and research and/or scholarship
  • Professional travel – attending conferences and professional activities that would be used in teaching and/or professional service (through a leadership position in a professional organization)
  • Graduate assistant support – for specific projects related to teaching and research and/or scholarship
  • Professional materials – for use in a specific, defined project related to teaching, to research and/or scholarship (materials include both print and non-print and can range from professional journal subscriptions to academic books to computer software)
  • Research support – for specific projects related to teaching, research or scholarship, and can include faculty summer stipend, data analysis, interview transcription and manuscript review

Proposal submission process

To apply, complete the proposal cover sheet and narrative [Word doc]. The latter should be a single-spaced proposal (no more than five pages) and include a rationale, projected significance and impact (with a specific tie to teaching, research and/or scholarship, or service), tangible product, a bibliography and a budget. Have your department chair review and sign your proposal and then submit it to the dean’s office by Nov. 1.

All proposals are evaluated on the criteria of: consistency with the university’s Quest For Distinction goals; significance for the individual, school and university; projected impact and production of tangible products related to the stated purpose. If the proposed project is currently funded through another source, the funding amount and funding source should be detailed.

Awards will be selected by a committee, which will include two members of Advancement Council, one representative selected from the officers of Faculty Organization and the interim dean (or her designee).

Awardees are required to submit a brief, five-page report (detailing how the funds were used and the impact/benefits received) to the interim dean by the beginning of the fall semester following the receipt of the award. Awardees will also be invited to report to Advancement Council in early fall.

Expenditures should be documented and processed according to VCU’s standard procedures.

Download the School of Education Faculty Excellence Fund proposal forms [Word doc] »