Committee on Faculty Scholarship

Committee  (Effective FY 24)

Chair, Janine Shertzer, Physics

Oliver de la Paz, English

Aditi Malik, Political Science

Liat Spiro - History

Administrative Support

Stacy Riseman, Director of Sponsored Research

1. Faculty Fellowship

A limited number of faculty fellowships are awarded each year to provide an opportunity for senior faculty members to pursue scholarly work or professional development. Awards are salaried leaves of absence for one semester or the academic year.

Deadline: October 23, 2023 of the academic year prior to the leave. (See Statutes of the Faculty, IV.C.) 

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Department Chair Recommendation is completed via the Portal

Download the External Referee Template (PDF)

2. O'Leary Covid Support Award

These funds are intended to jump-start research interrupted by the COVID epidemic and to facilitate scholarly activity that will ultimately enhance the case of Associate Professors applying towards promotion to the rank of Full Professor. 

Deadline: February 5, 2024 - LAST CALL 

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3. Batchelor Ford

This fund makes available a limited number of summer faculty fellowships. Each award carries a stipend of $5,000 for the summer. All faculty on tenure or tenure-track appointments are eligible.

Deadline: February 5, 2024

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4. Mary Louise Marfuggi Award 

This annual award was established to honor a member of the faculty for outstanding achievement in the creation of original work in the arts and sciences. It is granted to a faculty member based on his or her original work that might include, but not be limited to, books, major research publications, major musical compositions, major works of art, and major presentations of scholarly or creative work. This award is based on nominations from Department Chairs or faculty members and is open to all tenured faculty. 

5. Agnes Williams Career Development Awards

All tenured members of the faculty are eligible to apply for the Williams Career Development Grant. Unlike research grants, which are supporting a particular project, these grants are intended to help tenured faculty members plan for career transitions or advances.

Deadline: Monday, April 29, 2024

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6. McFarland Center Research Awards

The McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture will fund up to four grants to support research that advances its scholarly mission. Two of the grants will fund research that advances our understanding of global Catholicism, either in contemporary or historic terms, since this is now a major theme for the Center’s work. Two grants will fund research on any ethical or religious theme that fulfills the Center’s broader mission.

Deadline: Monday, April 29, 2024

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