Kress Family Creative Pedagogy Grant
DEADLINE: Friday, October 13, 2017 (or Friday, March 16, 2018 if no award is made
in the fall)
The Kress Family Fund for Creative Pedagogy, established by the colleagues, students,
friends, and family of Susan Kress, will support an annual award of $2,000 to a faculty
member who proposes a new teaching venture. As long as student engagement, creativity,
and curiosity are central to the proposed enterprise, teaching is to be construed
broadly here and need not be restricted to a proposal for a course. The award may
support a wide variety of pedagogical practices, including technological trials, case
studies, experiential learning, field work or trips, workshops, team teaching, interdisciplinary
learning, student research and publications—and others yet to be imagined. The award
is intended to encourage the taking of risks and to serve as both an incentive and
a reward. It is hoped that the award winner will be sustained by discussions of pedagogy
across the College hosted by the Director of the Center for Leadership, Teaching,
and Learning and will share with the community, in some appropriate form, the pedagogical
experience as well as the assessment of its success in promoting student engagement
Any Skidmore faculty member, whether on or off the tenure track, may apply for this
award, and the application may also be submitted in conjunction with an application
for a faculty development award. The Faculty Development Committee will oversee the
application process and make the annual selection with the assistance of the Associate
Dean of the Faculty.
GUIDELINES & PROCEDURES
- Faculty may apply only for this award or may apply for this award in conjunction with
an application for a faculty development award.
- Faculty members may also apply for this award as individuals or share it as members
of a collaborative team; collaborators may also come from other institutions.
- The award may be treated as a taxable stipend or may fund expenses in support of the
applicant’s pedagogical agenda. If expenses are submitted, all financial documentation
and itemized receipts need to be submitted by the end of the grant period to the Office
of the DOF/VPAA. The final narrative report should be submitted to the Office of
the DOF/VPAA within one month of the end of the grant period.
- Requests for equipment and special materials not ordinarily covered by grants from
the Committee should be directed to the appropriate academic chair, program director,
and/or the Office of the DOF/VPAA. Proposals for expensive scientific equipment,
for example, are better directed to the chair of the department and Office of the
DOF/VPAA for inclusion in operational and capital budgets for the department.
- Travel reimbursement may cover the cost of transportation, lodging, and food. PLEASE
NOTE: Faculty must complete and sign an expense report giving details for each expenditure;
there is no reimbursement for alcohol. Original, itemized receipts for each expenditure
of $10 or more must be attached to the expense report; your credit card bill and the
receipt showing the total amount paid for restaurant charges are not considered adequate
proof of purchase. If travel reimbursement is requested for a collaborator, these
guidelines still apply.
- Although faculty development funds are not typically intended to support faculty travel
to conferences, this award may be used to fund attendance at conferences, workshops,
or seminars that support pedagogical activities.
- Subsidy for production or publication shall carry no obligation for repayment. It
is expected, however, that grantee(s) will acknowledge support of the College on exhibition
- Aid cannot be applied toward reimbursement for work completed nor is aid to be used
as honoraria for award recipients.
- Any equipment purchased under the approved research grant will remain the property
of the College.
- Projects funded by the FDC are not intended for personal financial gain. Should financial
gain (profit) be realized, faculty members are strongly encouraged to reimburse the
College for the costs of the profitable enterprise it has supported.
- Although projects funded by the FDC are not intended for hiring student assistants,
this award may be used to hire student assistants who will both aid in, and benefit
from, the faculty member’s proposed pedagogical initiative.
- Proposals that involve human subjects or the use of human tissues are subject to the
requirements of the College’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) (IRB guidelines, FAQs
and forms are available at: https://www.skidmore.edu/academics/CFG/irb/index.htm). Proposals that involve the use of vertebrate animals are subject to the requirements
of the College’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) (IACUC guidelines
and forms are available by contacting the Office of Sponsored Research or the IACUC
chairman). IRB and IACUC approvals are not a prerequisite to submitting a Faculty
Development Grant but are required prior to the commencement of the research.
- The FDC will advise recipients of awards via campus mail. The Chair of the FDC will
announce the awards at the December and April faculty meetings and will request that
the list of recipients and their project titles be entered into the minutes of the
- Deliberations of the FDC are strictly confidential and decisions on awards are not
to be discussed with individual committee members. All inquiries regarding awards
shall be addressed to the chairperson.
CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION OF GRANT APPLICATIONS/PROPOSALS
In making this award, the FDC will first consider the excellence of the faculty proposal.
When proposals are comparably meritorious, the FDC will award grants on the basis
of the following criteria:
- Proposals will be assessed on their merit, and particularly on their inventive and
imaginative use of pedagogies to promote student engagement, creativity, and curiosity.
- Proposals from faculty who have not recently received faculty development grants will
be considered more favorably than faculty who have recently been granted faculty development
- Applications from faculty who have, in the past, used grant money effectively for
the pursuit of pedagogical work will be considered in a more favorable light than
applications from those who have received grants but who have not yet productively
- Applications from faculty who have not filed completed reports and expense forms on
the use of previous grants awarded by the FDC will not be considered.
- Applications from faculty who will not be under employment contract to Skidmore during
the whole of the grant period will not be considered.