Faculty Scholarship Release Time

General Guidelines for Faculty Scholarship Release Time Grants

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  • Grants are only awarded to full-time faculty members.
  • Each full-time faculty member is eligible for one grant (either $700 or $1300 per year) AND one release time grant (including online course development grants) per academic year.
  • Release time is currently limited to one course (three or four semester hours.)
  • Applications should be completed in Word and emailed as an attachment, first to the applicant’s dean, for approval, and then forwarded by the dean to Elise Hiatt (elise.hiatt@avila.edu). Please write “Faculty Scholarship Committee application” in the subject line of the email.
  • All applications must be emailed by the dean to Elise Hiatt before 5 PM on the deadline. The applicant must include all information requested. Only complete applications forwarded by the applicant’s dean will be considered. No late applications will be accepted for any reason.
  • All decisions of the Faculty Scholarship Committee are final. Notification of the outcome of the Faculty Scholarship Committee will come from the chairperson of the committee.
  • Within 60 days of the completion of the semester for which a faculty member has received release time, he/she must submit to the committee a one-page (maximum) descriptive summary of activities completed. If a deviation from the original plan is made, the faculty member should justify within the summary why such changes were needed. This summary will be made available to Avila faculty, and may be used in future decisions regarding applications to the Faculty Scholarship Committee. The summary should be completed in Word and emailed as an attachment to Elise Hiatt (elise.hiatt@avila.edu). Please write “Faculty Scholarship Release Time Summary” in the subject line of the email.

Criteria for Faculty Scholarship Release Time Grants

  • The basic criterion for all grants remains the promotion of original work within one’s discipline. Faculty Scholarship Release Time Grants are designed to allow faculty members the time for scholarship as broadly defined below. Note that priority will be given in the order in which they are listed.
  • Engage in original scholarship (i.e., research, writing, exhibition, or performance) at a national or international conference, competition, festival, gallery, etc.
  • Engage in original scholarship (i.e., research, writing, exhibition, or performance) at a local or regional conference.
  • Participate in committee work as an officer of a professional organization or as an organizer of a professional meeting, conference, etc.
  • Develop a workshop or training program that enhances professional abilities in an academic or community setting. Note: This does not include seeking a degree that is necessary as a condition of employment at Avila. Faculty requesting support for degree completion must apply directly to the Office of Academic Affairs for tuition reimbursement and the dissertation sabbatical for degree completion.
  • Revitalize of one’s knowledge base for teaching and research (i.e., the functional equivalent of attendance at a conference as an observer.)
  • Pursue purely institutional matters (i.e., activities related to program or university accreditation, advising, administrative development, etc.) Such activities will be considered, but only if focused on the faculty member’s personal professional goals. Any such application must also demonstrate that other funding is not available.

Revised August 2011

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