Faculty Development Newsletter

2015-2016: Issue #1 - August 23, 2015 - New Academic Year Edition

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Faculty Resources and Grants

Lynda.com Subscription for Faculty

Lynda.com is an acclaimed technology instruction website. Knox faculty now have access to the hundreds of lynda.com video courses on all things digital. To use lynda.com, you must check out a special Knox license.

See this handout on how to acquire a license for lynda.com.


Knight Fund in Religious Studies

Generous financial support is available for faculty projects in Religious Studies through a gift from Knox Trustee Mary Kent Knight. Examples of fundable activities include designing or re-designing a course with a substantial religion component, research into topics related to Religious Studies, or other professional development to support religious studies education on campus.

The next deadline for proposals is Monday, October 12.

Details on supported activities and the application process are here.


New ACLS Fellowship for Liberal Arts College Faculty

This year ACLS will expand their Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship Program for Recently Tenured Scholars to offer fellowships designated specifically for liberal arts college faculty in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Awards include a stipend of $75,000, plus up to $5,000 for research costs and related scholarly activities, and up to $2,000 for relocation costs. Applications must be submitted online by 9pm EDT on September 23, 2015. For more information about eligibility criteria and how to apply, please visit the program's website.


It's Grants Season! Check Out Other External Grants Announcements

The latest sampling of external grants opportunities is here.

Interested in finding others? Anne-Marie Berk put together this excellent presentation on grant-seeking for the New Faculty Seminar Series, but the information is pertinent for all faculty. The SPINPlus Quick Start Guide is especially useful. Search the powerful SPINPlus Database for any and all grants.



Faculty Funding Requests Timetable for 2015-2016

September 1 - Deadline for Faculty Research / Creative Work Grants and Mellon FaCE Grant Applications in All Categories - For projects through the end of Fall Term.

October 1 - Deadline for Faculty Research / Creative Work Grants and Mellon FaCE Grant Applications in All Categories - For projects through the remainder of the Fiscal Year.

January 5 - Final Call for Faculty Research / Creative Work Grants for 2015-2016 Fiscal Year (until June 30, 2016).

April 1 - First Deadline for 2016-2017 Fiscal Year Grants (beginning July 1, 2015).

Conference Travel Allocations - Approved on a rolling basis. Please apply anytime prior to conference attendance.

All application forms are on the Faculty Development Website


Unused Cash! Consider Mellon Grants for Collaborative Research

Grants for Collaborative Research are a significantly underutilized category within our current Mellon FaCE Grant. CoFR encourages you to consider whether you have projects that could be promoted through collaborative work (with colleagues at Knox or outside of the College) or whether you have ongoing projects eligible for support under this category. Grants can range up to $2500 for a Knox faculty member collaborating with external collaborators to significantly more for internal projects.

Funding guidelines follow our usual Mellon parameters. Grants with external collaborators have a few important restrictions: (1) Funds can only support expenses related to your involvement in the project, not the expenses of external collaborators, (2) It is generally expected that external collaborators will bring resources to the project as well.

Examples of funded projects:

Karen Kampwirth and a colleague at another school supported a meeting related to their research in Nicaragua

Nikki Malley and Rob Smith are collaborating on a project related to auctions.

Preparing Readings for Courses? Please Read

Guidance on Fair Use of Copyrighted Material

As you prepare course materials for the Fall Term, we would like to draw your attention to the College's statement "Copyright and Fair Use at Knox College".  You may be aware that litigation regarding copyright and fair use has been quite active in recent years.  While strict rules for deciding questions of fair use have not emerged, there are guidelines and checklists that instructors can use to assess the appropriateness of their use of copyrighted material.  It is clear that the mere use of Moodle, Google Drive, or other password-protected sites for sharing course materials with students is not a guarantee that copyrighted materials are being used fairly without infringement of copyright.  Instead, instructors must assess their use of each piece of copyrighted material separately.

It is essential that all instructors review the statement on "Copyright and Fair Use at Knox College" and assess their use of materials in all courses regularly.  Jeff Douglas and the library staff can assist you with this task.  Although they cannot decide for you whether a particular use infringes on a copyright, they can provide you with crucial information on whether Knox holds a license for the material in question, whether public domain or Creative Commons versions are available, or if alternatives to the work under consideration exist.  Please consult your departmental librarian if you have questions about these guidelines as they relate to your course materials.


Reminder: Advising Workshop - Thursday, September 3, 2015

The annual Advising Meeting for all academic advisors will be held on Wednesday, September 2, during the Faculty Fall Conversation. To delve deeper into issues of advising and to provide orientation for new advisors, we invite ALL academic advisors to an Advising Workshop to be held on Thursday, September 3, 2015. This workshop will explore the ingredients of effective advising, review the many tools and resources available to advisors, and answer any questions or concerns you might have about advising. New advisors and advisors who have not participated in an advising workshop in recent years are especially encouraged to participate.

Please sign up for this workshop by Friday, Aug 28 through this form.


ACM Shanghai Program Faculty Site Visit, Oct. 12-17 - Apply by Sept. 4

ACM is inviting applications for a Faculty Site Visit to the new ACM program in Shanghai from Oct. 12 to Oct. 17, 2015. The visit is designed to be mutually beneficial, to faculty who can integrate what they observe and learn in Shanghai into their teaching and advising on campus and to students currently enrolled in the Shanghai: Perspectives on Contemporary China program. ACM pays for the travel, lodging, meals, and other costs.

The call for applications is here. Letter of application and supporting materials due Sept. 4.


Fridays @ 4 in 2015-2016: Presenters Wanted

Please apply to present by contacting facultydevelopment@knox.edu.

All faculty are encouraged to consider presenting as part of "Fridays @ 4," the faculty's lecture series for itself. The aim of "Fridays @ 4" is to provide an opportunity for faculty to present "work in progress" in front of a supportive, interdisciplinary, non-specialist audience. Work at any stage in any field is welcome. "Fridays @ 4" is especially useful for new, experimental projects, projects that need a kick-start, or a presentation that would benefit from a dress rehearsal. "Fridays @ 4" has two presentations each term. Refreshments and camaraderie are served at each. Please contact facultydevelopment@knox.edu if you have questions or would like to present.