Funding for Faculty Projects

The CLS provides language faculty with financial assistance in their academic endeavors. These take the form of Instructional Innovation Workshops offering a week of hands-on training in new technologies for the classroom and Instructional Innovation Grants for ongoing projects. The Provost also provides an opportunity for language faculty to request a professional leave.

Instructional Innovation Grants (IIGs)

The CLS offers financial support to language faculty wishing to pursue projects to facilitate language learning in their classrooms. Funding will typically be made available for purchasing materials and for hiring student assistants. IIG projects are comprehensive, long-term projects that demand more extensive focus and commitment. More information, including dates and details on applications and stipends, will be announced each spring semester. In addition to providing financial and technical support for these projects, the CLS affords grantees an opportunity to present their project results during the CLS Brown Bag series. More information...

Professional Development Leaves

The Provost offers an opportunity for non-ladder faculty to seek paid, semester-long leaves to work on projects that relate directly to their teaching. For the full-time language teachers who are eligible to apply, these leaves are excellent opportunities to devote time and attention to major instructional innovation endeavors. To ensure sufficient availability of resources, faculty currently considering leaves for projects that require the support of CLS staff should consult with the CLS Director on their plans.

Faculty Travel Grants

The CLS will hold two competitions each year to award travel grants to language lectors of all ranks.  The awards are for faculty who present papers at conferences and they cover registration, travel, lodging, and meals up to the amount awarded. Funded activities must relate directly to the teaching profession. Funding cannot be used to improve language speaking skills or for research outside the discipline of language acquisition.

We will consider applications according to the following deadlines:

  • October 15th - for events occurring between October 1 and February 15
  • January 15th - for events occurring between February 15 and June 30

Applications submitted after a competition deadline will be considered subject to the availability of funds. The awards will consist of limited funding depending upon the size of the travel grant budget for that year. Awards will only be given to those making presentations. Due to budget constraints, there will be no funding for international travel, and each faculty member will be limited to a single award during each year. More information...