Teaching and Research Support

In addition to University-wide financial support, the College of Arts and Sciences provides financial support for teaching, research, travel, and development through Faculty Development Grants and Travel Grants.

Faculty Development Grants

The College of Arts and Sciences provides support for faculty research, scholarly work, and creative endeavors through Faculty Development Grants. These grants provide for three categories of funding:

  • Development Grants (10 at up to $2000 each)
    This program provides faculty with support for research, creative activity, pedagogical development, and/or writing projects.   They may be used to purchase materials (books, software, permissions, supplies), support research-related travel (libraries,
    laboratories, archives, sites, etc.), and/or compensate research assistants. Grants can be used for international conference travel or if a conference is directly related to the proposed project and if college travel funds are not available. 
  • Collaborative Grants (2 at up to $2500 each)
    These grants are available to two or more faculty who are working on a joint project: reading groups, conference planning, curriculum revision and development, and so on.  Funds may be used to purchase materials and/or compensate participants.
  • Research Support Grants (5 at up to $700 each)
    These grants are available to faculty to help defray some of the incidental costs of research.  They may be used to purchase materials (books, software, permissions, supplies), support research-related travel (libraries, laboratories, archives, sites, etc.),
    or compensate consultants.

Faculty Development Grant Request forms for Spring 2013 projects should be submitted electronically to Amy O'Shaughnessy by October 4, 2013.

The College of Arts and Sciences has sponsored the following Faculty Development projects for Fall 2013:

  • Ann Cravero and Nicholas Roth: Recording Project/CD
  • Leanne Freeman-Miller: “Letters from the Garden” CD
  • Tim Knepper and Lenore Metrick-Chen: Exploring Ineffability in Art and Religion
  • Steven Faux: Measuring the P300 Event-Related Potential
  • Mahmoud Hamad: Judicilization of Politics in Egypt’s Second Republic, to be presented at International Political Science Association Conference in Dublin, Ireland
  • Jerry Honts: “See Mee, Feel Me, Touch Me, Teach Me: Engaging the Molecular World through Virtual and Physical Models
  • Joan McAlister: Women’s Studies in Communication, Editorial Assistants
  • Gholam Mirafzal: Synthesis of Ultra-Fast Probe Substrates to Investigate Mechanism of P-450 Monooxygenase Enzyme
  • Joanna Mosser: “The Neo-Liberal Politics of Home Schooling and ‘Alt Teacher Certification’”
  • Jennifer Perrine: Cuba Arts and Culture Delegation
  • Chinatsu Bachmann: Visit to Kwansei Gakuin University and Middlebury School in Japan
  • Deb Symonds: Life and Work of Elizabeth Fox-Genovese
  • Rika Uchida: Assessment of Medical Problems of Performing Artists
  • Deborah Kent: Chutes & Ladders, Markov Processes, and Linear Algebra: Developing Dynamic Mathlab Demos for MATH 080
  • Renee Cramer: Catching Babies and Catching Hell: The Diffusion of Legal Power in the Domains of Birth
  • Benjamin Gardner: Abstraction and Ineffability exhibition
  • Brian Sanders: Developmental Influences on Stress-Related Disorders in Animal Model

Travel Grants

Tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply annually for travel support in amounts of $1000 for a first grant and $800 for a second grant. Visiting faculty are eligible to apply annually for one $900 travel grant.

Faculty may apply for travel grant funding to:

  1. Give a scholarly presentation or an artistic performance at a professional meeting
  2. Participate in a scholarly conference as a critic or discussant
  3. Participate in a scholarly conference as a session organizer/chair of a session
  4. Participate in a scholarly conference in a leadership role
  5. Attend a scholarly meeting (none of the above categories applicable)
  6. Attend a pedagogical workshop or conference. May also additionally apply for faculty development funds
  7. Undertake scholarly research or creative activity
  8. Serve in an official role as representative for the University

Exempt staff and lab assistants may apply for travel funding to attend conferences through the College of Arts and Sciences. Non-exempt staff may apply for travel funding through Human Resources.

Travel Grant Applications may be completed at any point during the fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) and will be awarded as funds remain available.

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April 15, 2014
On Wednesday, April 16, Drake University will host a special program for language immersion students from Merrill Middle School to celebrate Pan American Day. The students will participate in Drake Spanish courses in the morning and have the opportunity to celebrate Pan American dance and music at a performance by Drake students in Olmsted Center in the afternoon.
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