Faculty Development

The Sunset Project 2009-2010

SunsetAs part of an effort to make Butler a more stimulating, collaborative and supportive workplace (Priority Six of our new strategic plan, Dare to Make a Difference), Provost Jamie Comstock initiated the "Sunset Project" in August of 2009. The project is envisioned as a year-long experiment in communal inquiry, focused on the theme of sunsets. The shared intellectual, creative, and pedagogical investigation will include a series of lunchtime symposia, service projects, lectures (co-sponsored with departments and groups on campus), exhibitions, and poster sessions oriented around the theme. Faculty and staff in the academic division are encouraged to conceive of this theme in the broadest possible terms. Please see our  event calendar for more details on events.

Grants: The Sunset Project Committee will offer modest grants to help launch or defray the necessary costs involved in faculty or staff carrying out a research, pedagogical, or creative project related to the theme, or involved in integrating the theme into a classroom project. Applications should be made in writing to one of the Committee members, and will be considered on a revolving basis, until funds are depleted.

Stipends: Faculty or staff who initiate and organize a larger event related to the Project (e.g., a lunchtime symposium or service project) will receive a modest stipend of $300 in recognition of their contribution to the Butler community. Please contact a member of the Project Committee for more information.

Lectures: Throughout the year, the Committee will co-sponsor several lectures related to the theme (again, interpreted very broadly) with departments or groups on campus. Applications for co-sponsorship should be made in writing to one of the Committee members, and will be considered on a revolving basis, until funds are depleted.

Prizes: To encourage collaboration across colleges, and to recognize creative contributions to the project, the Committee will offer prizes of $500 for the following (prizes will be announced at a year-end party organized by the Provost's office):

  • Best cross-college collaborative project
  • Best creative submission (art, poetry, dance, etc.)
  • Best integration of the theme into a classroom project (preferably with results that can be exhibited)
  • Best poster submitted for the poster session
  • Best faculty or staff presentation (at a symposia or other event)
  • Most innovative form of participation or suggestion for an event related to the theme

The Sunset Image

The Provost displayed the digital image of a sunset, which appears above, when she announced the project in August. If you would like to use that exact image as part of your participation in the Sunset Project and would like a high resolution digital copy, please contact Chad Bauman (cbauman@butler.edu).