Full-time, continuing faculty members are invited to submit
proposals to the Center for Faculty Excellence for CFRD released
time during the 2020-2021 academic year.
The Center for Faculty Excellence seeks to further the mission and goals of Ithaca College by supporting the professional development of its full-time, continuing faculty. It does this by providing released time for faculty:
a) to pursue pedagogical, research (including collaborative student/faculty and service-learning research), and creative projects;
b) to engage in outreach “service” activities that utilize the faculty member’s professional training and talents; and
c) to write grant proposals that will be submitted to external sources for additional funding.
The Center’s role is to support worthwhile endeavors that faculty choose to pursue in exchange for a reduction in teaching load. Proposals for CFRD released time submitted to the Center for Faculty Excellence must:
a) be consistent with the mission and goals of Ithaca College;
b) contribute or have the potential to contribute significantly to the professional development of the faculty member submitting the proposal; and
c) enhance or lead to the enhancement of the intellectual life, scholarly discourse, and/or learning environment of the College.
Proposals for released time are invited in the areas outlined above (research/creative endeavors; pedagogical projects; outreach/service activities; grant-writing efforts). They should be routed through department chairs and deans to the Center for Faculty Excellence (Gannett 316), and should be no more than two single-spaced pages. Longer proposals may be read with prejudice. Proposals must clearly explain, in language that is accessible to a wide range of academic readers, what project or activity is being undertaken; what their purposes and goals are; and how they contribute to the professional development of the faculty member. Proposals that do not meet these basic criteria will not be considered.
Proposals that contribute to the current initiatives of Ithaca College will receive priority consideration. We are also seeking proposals that involve released time for more than one person – for example, interdisciplinary proposals from faculty in two or more departments or schools, departmental projects undertaken by more than one faculty member, and so forth. In these cases, please be sure that the amount of released time requested is justified by the nature of the work proposed.
Like other faculty development support programs, proposals will
be evaluated on their merits. The Center for Faculty Excellence
will also fund special projects that do not fall neatly into any of
these categories or for which special consideration is appropriate.
Faculty who anticipate being on a sabbatical any semester during
the academic year 2020-2021 are NOT eligible to apply for this
Before submitting a proposal, please read the following changes to the guidelines:
• All CFRD proposals will be reviewed fairly. While exceptional circumstances may be considered, these awards are generally intended for faculty whose regular teaching loads are 21 or more credit hours, and who receive no overload or additional release time for scholarly/creative work during the academic year of the CFRD released time.
• Should you receive a CFRD reassigned time award, you may NOT teach a course overload for the semester in which you receive the award.
• Verification of classroom teaching hours and/or other reassigned time will be sought from the relevant Department Chair and Dean before an award is made.
Please remember that accepting this award means that you agree to not teach an overload or to accept additional release time for scholarly/creative work during the academic year you have CFRD released time.
Please submit your proposal (including the Cover Sheet, which may be downloaded below, and no more than two single-spaced pages) to your respective dean (through your department chair) by:
Fall Semester (for course release in Fall 2020): Monday, October 21. We in turn ask deans to review the proposals and forward only those deemed appropriate and competitive to the Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center, by Wednesday, October 30.
Spring Semester (for course release in Spring 2021): Friday, February 14. We in turn ask deans to review the proposals and forward only those deemed appropriate and competitive to the Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center, by Monday, February 24.
As part of their review process for CFRD proposals, deans are responsible for determining the administrative feasibility of the proposed released time.