Development Opportunities

Professional Development opportunities include attending national meetings, faculty development seminars, obtaining faculty references, etc.

1. Research and Sponsored Program Development (ORSPD) at FSC

FSC help in finding and applying for grants. Be sure to visit our office of Research and Sponsored Program Development (ORSPD) and use its resources and expertise.

2. Sabbaticals and Reduced Loads Opportunities at FSC

Sabbaticals and Reduced Loads Procedures

The application system which has taken effect for requesting sabbaticals and release time for teaching obligation, or other professional responsibility, in order to pursue scholarly activity is identified below. According to the Policies of the Board of Trustees, applications for sabbatical leaves must be submitted to the chief administrative officer as far in advance as possible.

The Standing Committee on Sabbaticals and Reduced Loads reviews all applications before forwarding their recommendations to the Provost and the President.

Applications for Sabbatical or Reduced Load must be submitted one year prior to the requested term. This change was approved during the Fall 2019 Governance meeting on October 29, 2019. Therefore, the deadline for Fall 2021 Sabbatical and Reduced Loads is Thursday, October 15, 2020. 

Application forms for these requests are available on Axiom Mentor. Sabbatical and Reduced Load Axiom applications are found in the Institutional Application section of the Axiom Application module. Applicants must complete their applications no later than October 15, 2020.  Chairs and Deans must review and make their recommendations no later than November 2, 2020.  Decision letters will be sent out no later than December 1, 2020.

The Professional Handbook on the College aries site addresses the policies and procedures in further detail.

3. Teaching and Pedagogy

Reacting to the past consists of elaborate games, set in the past, in which students are assigned roles informed by classic texts in the history of ideas.

The "Reacting to the Past" Consortium sponsors both a national meeting (Barnard College) and several regional faculty conferences throughout the academic year. At the conferences, faculty and administrators learn about the curriculum by participating in intensive workshops featuring "Reacting" games. In addition to game sessions, plenary and concurrent sessions allow participants to engage in discussions of a more general character on student motivation, teaching, liberal arts education, and the challenges and possibilities of the "Reacting" pedagogy.

4. Service Learning and Community Engagement

Summer Research Institute on the Future of Community Engagement in Higher Education: CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars. IFDS seminars contain many multi-faceted components.
The following is a breakdown of what you can expect on the seminars:

  • Seminar Theme and Topics
  • Lectures / Discussions
  • Site Visits
  • Seminar Leadership
  • Academic Interchange
  • Length
  • Group Size

5. Union-Funded Awards

INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS PROGRAM (IDAP) is designed to assist eligible FSC employees in developing their full potential and preparing for advancement. Fifteen percent of allocated funds will be initially reserved for eligible part-time employees. All expenses for this award must be incurred and expended during the award period. A maximum of ,000 per person may be awarded. Applicants may submit only one proposal for one activity for consideration. IDAP funding cannot be awarded for the purchase of equipment or supplies

A completed application, with attachments, may be submitted at any time, but at least 45 days prior to the commencement of the project or activity. The decision to fund an application is at the discretion of the Committee

The Individual Development Program package which includes guidelines and required forms is available on the UUPF website or in the UUPF Office in Ward Hall.

6. Jefferson Science Fellowship

Jefferson Science Fellowship, initiated by the Secretary of State in 2003, this fellowship program engages the American academic science, technology, engineering and medical communities in the design and implementation of U.S. foreign policy.

Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) spend one year at the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for an on-site assignment in Washington, D.C. that may also involve extended stays at U.S. foreign embassies and/or missions.

The fellowship is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, academic scientists, engineers and physicians from U.S. institutions of higher learning. Nominees/applicants must hold U.S. citizenship and will be required to obtain a security clearance.

The deadline for 2014 program year applications/nominations is January 13, 2014. To learn more about the Jefferson Science Fellowship and to apply, visit the JSF web at:

7. Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program

Smithsonian Institution Fellowship The Smithsonian Institution encourages access to its collections, staff specialties, and reference resources by visiting scholars, scientists, and students. The Institution offers in-residence appointments for research and study using its facilities, and the advice and guidance of its staff members in fields that are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Institution.

At present these fields include:

  • Animal behavior, ecology, and environmental science, including an emphasis on the tropics
  • Anthropology, including archaeology
  • Astrophysics and astronomy
  • Earth sciences and paleobiology
  • Evolutionary and systematic biology
  • History of science and technology
  • History of art, especially American, contemporary, African, and Asian art, twentieth-century American crafts, and decorative arts
  • Materials Sciences
  • Social and cultural history of the United States
  • Folklife

Proposals should fall under at least one of the Smithsonian Institution's four grand challenges: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe; Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet; Valuing World Cultures; and/or Understanding the American Experience. For more details about the grand challenges, please visit:

POSTDOCTORAL Fellowships are offered to scholars who have held the degree or equivalent for less than seven years.

SENIOR Fellowships are offered to scholars who have held the degree or equivalent for seven years or more. Applicants must submit a detailed proposal including a justification for conducting research in residence at the Institution. The term is 3 to 12 months. Both fellowships offer a stipend of ,000* per year plus allowances.
* Earth and Planetary Sciences Senior and Postdoctoral stipends are ,000 per year.

PREDOCTORAL Fellowships are offered to doctoral candidates who have completed preliminary course work and examinations. The applicant must submit a detailed proposal including a justification for conducting the research in-residence at the Institution. Candidates must have the approval of their universities to conduct doctoral research at the Smithsonian Institution. The term is 3 to 12 months. The stipend is ,000 per year plus allowances.

GRADUATE STUDENT Fellowships are offered to students formally enrolled in a graduate program of study, who have completed at least one semester, and not yet have been advanced to candidacy if in a PhD Program.

8. National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Programs for College and University Teachers

Each year NEH's Division of Education Programs offers university professors opportunities to study a variety of humanities topics in Summer Seminars and Institutes. Click the link below for the detailed descriptions and application instructions: National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Programs for College and University Teachers.

9. Civic engagement and engaged scholarship

The Research University Civic Engagement Network (TRUCEN) works to advance civic engagement and engaged scholarship among research universities and to create resources and models for use across higher education. TRUCEN calls upon research university colleagues to embrace a bold vision for civic and community engagement and work to bring it about.

10. The National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies - Research Associateship Programs

The National Research Council (NRC) administers competitive graduate, Postdoctoral and Senior Research awards on behalf of 26 U.S. government research agencies and affiliated institutions with facilities at over 100 locations throughout the U.S. and abroad. Awardees have the opportunity to:

  • conduct independent research in an area compatible with the interests of the sponsoring laboratory
  • devote full-time effort to research and publication
  • access the excellent and often unique facilities of the federal research enterprise
  • collaborate with leading scientists and engineers at federal research laboratories and affiliated institutions

Detailed program information, including instructions on how to submit online applications, a list of participating laboratories and the locations, and areas of research, can be found on the web site at

11. NSF and NIH Guidance and Useful Web Resources

Useful sites for NSF and NIH grant opportunities

Office of the Provost

Horton Hall, Room 230


Dr. Laura Joseph
Senior Vice President and Provost


Holly Gordon
 Admin. Assistant to the Provost


Lauren Romer
Assistant to the Provost


Loretta Costello
 Admin. Assistant to the Assistant to the Provost


Dr. Michael Goodstone
Associate Provost


Dr. Jennifer Bryer
Interim Assistant Provost


Anice Dacosta
Admin. Assistant to the Associate and Assistant Provost


 Justin Salvatore Dolce
Academic Project Coordinator

Last Modified 9/15/20