Faculty Funding Sources | Kent State University

Faculty Funding Sources

Stark Faculty Funding Sources for Travel, Teaching & Research

Stark Faculty Travel Fund
Funding for travel to professional conferences, performances and exhibitions. All faculty members eligible. Full-time faculty can receive up to $1,500 in funding.

Load Lifts
Reduction in teaching load (typically 3 credit hours) to work on a project relevant to the applicant's research or teaching. All full-time faculty members eligible, with preference given to untenured faculty and applicants who have not recently received a load lift. NTT Faculty may only apply for teaching load lifts. Load lift applications for the upcoming academic year are usually due in early April.

Grants & Sponsored Projects
Kent State Stark's grant administrator, Theresa Ford, can assist you in searching for, and applying for grants.

Chautauqua Workshops
Application form available in Dean's Office. Funding for a training program of more than one day duration (short course, seminar, etc.) All faculty eligible. 100% funding available for appropriate workshop. Funds will be taken out of your $1,500 allotment.

Faculty Professional Development Center (Moulton Hall)
Provides support for a variety of programs involving technology, including equipment mini-grants, professional development projects and the Moulton Scholars Program.

Farris Family Innovation Fund for Early Achievement
The Farris Family Innovation Fund for Early Achievement, a special endowment created by Kent State alumnus David J. Farris, ’60, and his wife, Jill, supports innovative, multidisciplinary work among junior faculty members at the university. As a result of the Farris family’s $1 million gift in 2002, faculty who are working toward tenure are able to apply for grants of up to $10,000. Contact the Office of the Provost at 330-672-2220 for more information.

Division of Research & Sponsored Programs
Supporting a variety of research activities, applicants can receive from $100 to $2,500 ($3,500 for projects involving undergraduate students) for materials, supplies, travel expenses, conferences, publication costs and guest speakers.

Community of Science (COS) - Pivot
Pivot focuses on what matters most to Research Administrators, Research Development Professionals, and their institutions: the ability to identify and connect funding opportunities to researchers at their institution. Pivot combines the most comprehensive, editorially maintained database of funding opportunities worth an estimated $33 billion with our unique database of 3 million pre-populated scholar profiles, drawing from Community of Scholars and Community of Science profiles.

University Teaching Council
Supports and encourages outstanding teaching in a variety of ways, including travel support, Teaching Conference and Development Grants, Workshop Grants and Summer Teaching Grants. Full- and part-time faculty eligible.

Regional Campus Summer Awards (Professional Development, Teaching Development, Distance Learning)
Application forms and information available in the Dean's Office. Summer awards of $10,000. Regional campus TT faculty are eligible, with preference usually given to those early in their career, except for the Field Experience Grant which is for tenured faculty only. Applications are usually due at the beginning of the spring semester.

Center for Teaching & Learning
The Teaching Scholars for the Early Career Faculty Program is a faculty learning community that promotes shared scholarly inquiry about learning and teaching. Through collaborative relationships with student associates, faculty mentors, and teaching scholar peers, participants conduct a scholarly examination of significant issues within an identified course in an effort to enhance student learning. The goal of the program is to support the development of scholarly projects that investigate and identify significant learning environments.

Professional Improvement Leave (Sabbatical)
The university permits a tenured faculty member who has completed at least seven years of full-time service to the university and has the rank of assistant professor or higher to be freed of instructional or official responsibilities and granted a faculty professional improvement leave for the purposes of:  upgrading professional skills; acquiring new skills; or intellectual and professional development that will be of benefit to the individual and to the university.