Loyola University Maryland

Center for Humanities

Summer Study Grants for Non-Tenure Track Faculty

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This program funds six weeks of concentrated study of a coherently organized list of materials for non-tenure track faculty.  The program is intended to recognize the contributions of non-tenure-track faculty to the University.  The Center hopes to award three or four of these $3,000 grants each year.

Study grants may be used for two things: to conduct research in the faculty member’s discipline, or to support pedagogical development in the discipline.  Ordinarily, preference is given to funding one grant for research and a second for teaching.  The other grant(s) are left open for applications in either category.  Applicants should indicate whether a specific study project is designed to support research or teaching.

Any portion of the $3,000 grant may be deposited, at the recipient's request, in a special pre-tax account to be used for reimbursement for expenses associated with the summer study grant (for instance, for the purchase of texts, or for travel associated with the grant).  Unspent funds from this account will be returned to the recipient at the end of the study period (after appropriate taxes, if any, are deducted).

Eligibility

  • Any non-tenure track faculty member in the humanities who has taught at least four courses at Loyola and who is teaching at Loyola in the year of application, is eligible to apply.  Faculty may apply for other Loyola summer study grants, but may not accept this one in addition to another.  In any given year, preference will be given to applicants who have not received one of these grants in the previous year.
  • Applicants may not teach more than one summer course at Loyola during the summer in which they hope to receive a grant.
  • Non-tenure track faculty with administrative appointments may apply, unless they are working under a twelve month contract, in which case they are ineligible to receive these summer study grants.
  • An individual may receive no more than two of these grants in any three-year period.

Standards for Proposals

Applications for study grants designed to support research will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  •  The conception, definition, organization, and description of the proposed study;
  • The likelihood that the applicant will successfully complete the proposed plan of study;  
  • The likelihood that the study will lead to publication or presentation;
  • The information provided in the department chair’s letter.

Applications for study grants designed to enhance pedagogical development will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • The conception, definition, organization, and description of the proposed study;  
  • The likelihood that the applicant will successfully complete the proposed plan of study; 
  • The likelihood that the study will enhance the applicant's teaching of specific courses, whether at Loyola or elsewhere.; 
  • The information provided in the department chair’s letter.

Procedures

Applications must include the following:

  • A cover letter describing the proposed study project;   
  • A résumé;
  • A list of the four courses most recently taught at Loyola, and when they were taught; 
  • A detailed study plan, no more than 500 words.
  • A no more than one page letter from the applicant’s department chair commenting on the quality of the application within the discipline as well as the applicant’s performance as a faculty member.  This should be sent separately from the rest of the application.

Terms of the Grant

The applicant must submit a one-page narrative report on the project by Sept. 30, following the summer of the grant.  The report should include a description of both successes and failures and, most importantly, advice for future applicants.

Deadline

Applications must be submitted electronically to  pingram@loyola.edu   by the last working day of January for the following summer.