Resources for Professional Development

St. Olaf College offers substantial funding for faculty development, including programming and workshops available through the academic year and summer, assistance with researching and writing grant proposals, sabbatical and competitively awarded leaves, and internal and granted-funded support. With a few exceptions, these resources are available to term as well as tenured/tenure track faculty members.

Grants – College Funded
Faculty members may apply for a “Course FTE Award for Innovation and Exploration” to pilot curricular ideas.  While proposals for any type of course are welcome, preference shall be given to proposals that enhance student access to high impact learning experiences, introduce themes related to diversity into the curriculum of a major or concentration, or that explore aspects of “hybrid” instruction.

The Faculty Life Committee awards:

Grants – Externally Funded
Many St. Olaf faculty benefit from individual and collaborative grants from private foundations and government agencies to support scholarly, creative, curricular, and pedagogical projects.  Considerable assistance in grant application and grant fund management is available from the Office of Government, Foundation, and Corporate Relations.

Grant support for faculty development and for teaching and research projects is available through two campus-wide initiatives funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

  • Broadening the Bridge fosters a broad range of projects fostering collaboration between St. Olaf and Carleton colleges, including curricular, library, and IT partnerships.  http://www.broadeningthebridge.org/
  • To Include is To Excel     will enhance faculty expertise and seed curricular and pedagogical innovation so that St. Olaf can best serve new generations of students. The college seeks new ways to engage its talented, motivated, inquisitive and changing student body.

Individual Professional Activity and Travel (IPAT) accounts
IPAT accounts provide annual professional development support for tenured, tenure-track, special appointment and teaching specialist faculty members.

Leaves
Various types of college-supported leaves are available to faculty at varying stages of their careers.

Programs and Events
A variety of professional development opportunities are available throughout the academic year and over the summer, some hosted by St. Olaf and some by other institutions.

  • The St. Olaf Center for Innovation in the Liberal Arts (CILA) coordinates faculty conversations, writing retreats, and longer-term collaborations about learning, teaching and scholarship.
  • The college hosts periodic summer workshops to support faculty members teaching courses that meet selected General Education requirements, including writing (FYW, WRI), oral communication (ORC), and ethics (EIN).
  • The Libraries and IT offer learning communities, summer institutes, showcase events, and hands-on workshops that focus on integrating digital technologies with teaching and research. All events are open to both St. Olaf and Carleton faculty and staff as part of the Mellon Grant, “Broadening the Bridge: Leading Carleton and St. Olaf into a More Collaborative Future.” https://wp.stolaf.edu/it/itech/
  • The Provost’s Sabbatical Series features presentations by two faculty members each semester concerning their sabbatical experiences and accomplishments.
  • The Associate Provost notifies the faculty of other professional development opportunities, such as Midwest Faculty Seminars or Associated Colleges of the Midwest programs.
  • Funding for special lectures, events or speakers is available through  Leraas Fund grants.
  • The Oslo International Summer School offers an opportunity for a St. Olaf faculty member to participate in the six-week ISS program each summer. Participation in the ISS could lead either to an enrichment of courses faculty already teach, to development of new courses, or to new contacts or research opportunities in their field. It could also mean an opportunity for individuals to take on new intellectual or cultural challenges outside of their own academic fields.  The stipend includes all program fees, room & board, (if living on-campus) and one weekend excursion. Recipients are responsible for their own international travel and personal expenses.  The ISS website is www.uio.no/summerschool. Contact Torild Homstad homstad@stolaf.edu for more information.

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