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Office of The Dean's Grants

CLASS Faculty, Staff, and Student Grants and Awards

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is continuing its support for faculty, staff, and students by implementing new funding opportunities that are awarded by the Dean of CLASS. Outlined below are four new initiatives aimed at furthering the support for curricular development, recognize distinguished faculty, supplement NTT faculty and staff professional development, and contribute to student academic and scholarly endeavors.

Curricular Development Grant

The CLASS Curricular Development Grant is intended to fund and support new courses that promote the curricular goals of the department/program and or College. This is not intended to serve individual professional course development. This is separate from funding allocated to departments or funds available from offices outside the College. The maximum amount of the award is $1,000.

Curricular Development Grant schedule:

Earliest Submission Date: February 1st

Applications Due: March 1st

Notification of Award: May 1st

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Professional Development Award for Non-Tenure Track Faculty

This award is for CLASS Non-Tenure Track faculty members who are presenting at a professional, academic conference or attending a professional development workshop in his or her field. It is intended to defray costs associated with conference travel, lodging and meals. The maximum amount of the award is $1,000 per faculty member. Adjunct faculty members must submit "proof of participation" to the department chair or program director and to Dean Tillis.

Professional Development Grant Schedule:

Earliest Submission Date: August 1st

Applications Due: October 1st

Notification of Awards: November 1 st

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CLASS Distinguished Faculty Award

Purpose of the Award

This award recognizes senior faculty for a national and internationally known innovative and transformative body of scholarship/creative works, coupled with the strong promise of continuing excellence. Candidates for this award must have achieved preeminence in their field. This is a one-time award to honor stellar scholarly production in the areas of research, scholarship, or creative contributions.

Award Description

  • Up to 3 faculty are recognized annually: 2 faculty in the Humanities discipline and 1 in the Social Sciences discipline
  • Award: $10,000 one-time award

Eligibility Requirements

  • Eligibility: Associate, Full Professors preferred

Nomination Requirements

  • Nominations must be made by the department chair.
  • Chairs may submit only one nominee and are strongly encouraged to put forth the strongest candidate.

Nomination Materials and Submission Procedure

  • Compile the following nomination materials in the order listed below into a single PDF application file:
  1. Chair’s nomination letter (≤4 pages) to include:
    1. Nominee name, rank, and date of faculty appointment at UH
    2. Summary of nominee’s qualifications, as well as specific examples; evidence will vary by discipline but may include publications, performances, inventions, etc., since promotion to associate or full professor
    3. Other recognition of nominee, especially by disciplinary organizations and external agencies, should be highlighted
    4. Clear explanations of how the nominee’s accomplishments represent a standard of excellence for this award
  2. Nominee’s curriculum vitae
    1. Submit with nominee's application packet. See application form for instructions.

CLASS Submission Deadline:

  • (Fall) Oct 1, 2019
  • (Spring) February 1, 2020

Evaluation and Selection Process

A multidisciplinary committee of senior faculty will review the nomination packages. The following items will be evaluated and rated based on persuasiveness of arguments for merit and evidence of the nominee’s outstanding accomplishments:

  • Nomination letter
  • CV

Announcement of Award Recipients

The Dean will publically announce the award recipients and present the award at the CLASS Fall Faculty Meeting and the Spring Faculty Meeting

2019 and 2020 Timelines

Action

2019

2020

Nominations due from the Chair to the Dean October 1, 2019 February 1, 2020
Review of nominees’ application November 1, 2019 March 1, 2020
Announcement of award recipients December  2019 March/April  2020

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Billy Hawkins: hjbilly@uh.edu

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Professional Development Award for Staff

This award is for CLASS staff to attend conferences or workshops in his or her field for professional development purposes. The intent is to defray costs associated with conference travel, lodging and meals. Staff must submit "proof of participation" to the department chair and to Dean Tillis. The maximum amount of the award is $2,000 per staff member. Award recipients may apply again after three years.

Professional Development Award for Staff Grant Schedule:

Earliest Submission Date: August 1st

Applications Due: October 1st

Notification of Awards: November 1st

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Dean’s Supplemental Grant for Students

The Dean’s Supplemental Grant for Students is intended to assist CLASS majors who need additional funding for learning abroad, unpaid internships, and other scholarly endeavors. Department chairs and/or undergraduate or graduate directors must recommend students for this grant.

Dean’s Supplemental Grant for Students' applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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