Travel To Read/Travel To Represent
Skidmore College’s support for professional travel is an invaluable component of its
commitment to faculty development and one of which faculty should take advantage.
Its resources are limited, however, and require responsible action by all of us. Reimbursement
for travel to speak at another college or university should normally be provided by
the host institution, just as Skidmore usually covers expenses of those who come here.
The Office of the Dean of the Faculty will, of course, be attentive to rationales
provided by applicants for aid.
Increased faculty requests (sometimes multiple requests) for support and the rising
costs of travel and registration have placed heavy demands on the budgets for these
programs. They require that we live within our means so that we can promote equity,
control costs, and administer these funds efficiently, and insure funding for other
kinds of faculty development programs. In addition, the College has instituted general
guidelines for travel expenses. All faculty should review the Skidmore College Travel
Policy for important details.
The Dean’s office oversees both the Travel to Read and the Travel to Represent funds.
In addition to these funding sources, departments are budgeted $500 per full-time
faculty member in the Travel line of their own budgets, overseen by the chair. Full-time
faculty members, whether on campus or on sabbatical leave, may receive reimbursements
from the Travel to Read or the Travel to Represent program up to a total of $1,500,
as well as from the departmental Travel line as approved by the Chair. Part-time faculty
are eligible for proportional assistance if funds are available. On limited occasions,
and at their discretion, chairs may authorize for department members’ reimbursement
from the departmental Travel budget for professional support other than travel.
Temporary faculty serving as sabbatical replacements are not budgeted for departmental
Travel funds, but they may seek support from the Dean’s Travel to Read or Represent
programs. Chairs are eligible for departmental travel funds up to $500; they may,
when appropriate, apply for supplementary ad hoc funds.
It is essential to secure timely authorization from the Office of the Dean of the
Faculty before making commitments to be reimbursed from Travel to Read and Travel
to Represent programs. Faculty need also to allow ample time for processing requests
for advances. Requests can be made by completing and submitting the travel request
Travel to Read/Represent Form
Faculty should observe the College’s current travel policies.
The Travel to Read policies are currently being rewritten.