Faculty Development

Global Initiative Grants

In support of Butler University's Strategic Plan initiatives for comprehensive campus internationalization, funding is allocated by the Provost's Office, in conjunction with  the support, enthusiasm, and expertise of the Center for Global Education, for the following faculty and curricular development programs.

Grant applications for next academic year are due February 3, 2014.

Foreign Language Enhancement Grants

For intensive programs, Foreign Language Enhancement grants of $3,000 to $4,000 are intended to support faculty who wish to participate in an intensive language acquisition or language enhancement program germane to their teaching or scholarship. The language program, normally undertaken during the summer months, must be at least three weeks in duration and carry formal academic credit of at least three credits.  Programs undertaken abroad are strongly preferred, but intensive domestic programs will also be considered for funding.  Grant funds can be used for program tuition, textbooks and related instructional materials, living expenses and domestic or international travel. These awards may not be used for stipends.

For one-on-one tutoring, grants of up to $1,200 may be issued for people with already established proficiency and specific language needs. These grants are intended to be used to pay tutoring fees and associated FICA contributions only.

Click here for the Foreign Language Enhancement Grant application.

Area Studies Enhancement Grants 

Area Studies Enhancement Grants of $3,000 to $4,000 are intended to support faculty participation in a formal faculty development program to enhance their knowledge and expertise in a region of the world germane to their teaching or scholarship. Programs of at least two weeks duration, undertaken abroad, are strongly preferred. See, for example, the International Faculty Development Seminars offered each year by CIEE (http://www.ciee.org/IFDS/), and the programs offered by the Augsburg College's Center for Global Education  (http://www.augsburg.edu/global/upcoming-programs/). These examples are only illustrative; a very large number of other faculty development programs also would be appropriate for funding.  Grant funds can be used for program fees or tuition, instructional materials, living expenses, and international travel. They may not be used for stipends.

Click here for the Area Studies Enhancement Grant application.

On-Campus Course Internationalization Grants

This program supports the incorporation of substantial international or global content in newly developed courses or in significantly revised existing courses in any academic discipline. The maximum award is $1,200. A summer stipend of up to $1,000 can be a part of the award. The award can be used to purchase audio-visual materials, publications, and other materials to assist in course preparation. The applicant must teach the course supported by the grant during the following academic year and expect to offer it periodically thereafter.  (Note:  Because other funds are available for the purpose, courses for Global and Historical Studies courses will not be supported by these Course Internationalization Grants.)

Click here for the On-Campus Course Internationalization Grant application.

Scouting Grants for Faculty-led Study Programs Abroad

Faculty members who are planning to lead a new short-term study program abroad may apply for up to $3,000 to support a scouting trip to the study program's intended destination in order to consolidate plans for accommodations, ground transport, site visits, participation by guest lecturers, and the like. Planning for such a program must be relatively advanced at the time of application, and the program must be offered in the academic year or the summer following the scouting trip. Potential applicants should consult with Dr. Monte Broaded, Director of the Center for Global Education, regarding the University's policies and guidelines for faculty-led programs abroad. 

Click here for the Scouting Grant for Faculty-led Study Programs Abroad Grant application.

Application Details

Eligibility

Eligibility for Butler's Global Initiative internal grants is limited to faculty who are in a tenure-track or tenured position, or who hold a full-time continuing appointment, at the time of the grant award. 

Application Forms

If you have questions about these grants, please contact Dr. Monte Broaded in the Center for Global Education (940-8312; mbroaded@butler.edu).

In addition to the application cover sheet and budget form, applicants should submit a narrative statement (of no more than two pages) describing the nature of the project to be undertaken and explaining how it will contribute to her or his professional development or to the internationalization of the curriculum. 

Grant Deadlines

The grant year runs from June 1 through May 31. The deadline for receipt of 2014-15 applications is Monday, February 3, 2014 by 5 p.m.  Applications should be submitted electronically to Judy Malarney at jmalarne@butler.edu. A faculty committee will read proposals and applicants will be notified of awards by February 28, 2014.

General Policies for Submission of Global Initiative Proposals

  • Because funding for the Global Initiative grants is limited, it is likely that between one and three awards will be made in each of the four categories each year.
  • Grant Extensions - If an awardee is not able to undertake the program of activity proposed during the grant period, s/he will need to reapply in the following annual cycle.  Summer awards will not be carried forward.
  • Awardees must submit a brief activity report, detailing what has been accomplished as well as future plans, to the Center for Global Education. The final report is due within 60 days following the close of the grant period. 
  • In the event that two proposals are of equal quality, the Global Initiative Grants Committee will give priority to proposals by tenure-track (but untenured) faculty members over proposals by tenured faculty members, and faculty who have not received an International Curricular Innovation Grant in the previous three years. Previous awardees who have not submitted a final report will be ineligible for further funding until the final grant report is submitted.
  • In any fiscal year, a faculty member may receive funding in only one of the four Global Initiative categories.
  • Application submission is electronic-full details about the application process is available on the application form for each of the grants.

2011-2012 Global Initiative Grant Recipients ~ Show Recipients

Area Studies Enhancement Grants

  • Jeffrey Gillespie, participation in CIEE International Faculty Development Seminar on French Notions of Disability and Difference

Faculty-Led Study Program Abroad Grants

  • Eloise Sureau-Hale, scouting trip to France in summer 2012
  • Margaretha Geertsema-Sligh, scouting trip to South Africa in summer 2012 
  • Ann Savage, scouting trip to South Africa in summer 2012

Foreign Language Enhancement Grant

  • Kristin Swenson, "Women and Social Change in Mexico and Worker's Rights Movement in Mexico"
  • Bob Bennett, participation in intensive German language program of the Goethe Institute in Germany
  • Kathie Kelton, participation in intensive German language program of the Goethe Institute in Germany

2010-2011 Global Initiative Grant Recipients ~ Show Recipients

Area Studies Enhancement Grants

  • Antonio Menendez, "Truth and Reconciliation: Ongoing Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland"
  • Michelle Stigter, travel to Leipzig, Germany for KEFCO seminar

Faculty-Led Study Program Abroad Grants

  • William Fisher, Butler University Theatre Department Global Theatre Initiative: ITALIA, travel to Italy
  • James McGrath, "The History of Religion in Israel," travel to Israel and the Palestinian Territories

On-Campus Course Internalization Grants

  • Brooke Beloso, "sexandthecity.org"
  • Margaretha Geertsema-Sligh, for "Gender and Media: Global Views"
  • Michelle Stigter, "Power and Revolution in the GDR"
  • Sylvie Vanbaelen, "Introduction to Francophone Cultures"