Early Career Faculty Development Grants

The Early Career Faculty Professional Devleopment Fund is available for pre-tenure and pre-promotion early career faculty to travel to a conference or workshop that will benefit their professional development, or to meet with fund managers. Typically, the support will be available for use during the summer or fall semester following the faculty member's first year on campus.

CAFE will consider proposals from tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty of up to $1,000 to support registration fees, airfare, hotel, and per diem to travel to a conference or workshop or to visit with fund managers. Go to Professional Development Funds for Early Career Faculty for more information and to apply.


Faculty Reports on Professional Development Travel Grants

Early career faculty who take advantage of the professional development travel grants submit one-page reports as a result of travel to conferences or to visit fund managers. Here are the reports from AY 2017-2018: 

Sutapa Barua Yanjie Fu Amardeep Kaur Justin Pope
Amy Belfi Zishan Guo Alanna Krowlikowski Fateme Rezaei
Rui Bo Daozhi Han Nicolas Libre Ali Rownaghi
Jessica Cundiff Daoru Han David Lipke David Samson
Wen Deng Sarah Hercula Hongyan Ma Rachel Schneider
Kathryn Dolan XB Hu Vadym Mochalin Michelle Schwartze
Kristen Donnell Jie Huang Jason Murphy Zeyi Sun
  Kendrea James Joontaek Park Haiming Wen

 

This fund is available for early career faculty to travel to a conference or workshop that will benefit their professional development; or to meet with fund managers.

All full-time, pre-tenure and pre-promotion tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty are eligible to apply for one $1,000 grant per academic year. 

Up to $1,000 per academic year can be requested to support registration fees, airfare, hotel, and per diem for conference or workshop related expenses. If the total cost exceeds $1,000, you may want to seek matching funds from your department or college. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis as long as there are available funds. 

Prepare a one-page, single spaced proposal which clearly identifies the conference or workshop name, location, dates, or the location of the fund manager. Provide a description of how the activities will benefit your professional development. Preference will be given to activites that offer multiple opportunities for professional development. Submit your proposal to cafe@mst.edu or mail to 207 Norwood Hall

Awards will be determined based on: 

  • Potential benefits from the conference, workshop or visit to fund managers. Presenting your research, networking, and investigating ways to serve on technical or professional committees within your professional society are examples that will help your proposal. 
  • Your participation in the early career faculty forums, offered every other Wednesday at 4 p.m. during the academic year.
  • Explanation of how your participation in the conference, workshop or visit with fund managers fits into your overall plan for acheiving your goals. 

If your request is funded, a one-page report describing the conference activities and outcomes is required upon return from your trip. Every year we invite some awardees back to the early career faculty forums to discuss your experiences with the next class of new faculty. 

Contact the CAFE office by emailing cafe@mst.edu, or stopping by 207 Norwood Hall.