College Faculty Development Funding Opportunities and Guidelines through the College of Arts and Sciences:

Wake Forest College provides funding to support and enhance the professional activities and growth of teacher-scholars. Development funds are organized to support the various phases of project development and completion. Please see descriptions below to discern the fund most appropriate to the needs of your project. Awards from all funds are competitive. Proposals are reviewed twice annually (once per semester) by a Faculty Funding Committee appointed and chaired by the Associate Dean for Faculty in the College. Award announcements are typically shared within one month of the submission deadline. Proposals for projects involving travel should therefore be submitted during the semester preceding the intended travel. All proposals must be accompanied by a supporting letter from the departmental chair.

Funding Opportunities The Faculty Development Fund (maximum award $3,000): The Faculty Development Fund is designated to support projects or activities that will enhance teaching or contribute to the development of a scholarly or creative research project. Please note that Dingledine and other designated funds may be used to support international activity approved under this category. Activities that are supported by Faculty Development Funds include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Conference travel (applicant must be presenting scholarly or creative work to be eligiblefor funding)
  • Workshops or symposia: support for acquisition of specialized skills or knowledge of new methods, theories or technologies that will enhance teaching research or creative activities
  • Conferences or workshops to enhance student-centered teaching in the disciplines
  • Activities to support or enhance collaborative or interdisciplinary teaching content or research
  • Support for linking teaching, scholarship or creative activity to public engagement or community partnerships.

The Archie Fund For the Arts and Humanities: (maximum award $6,000):  The Archie award provides support for primary research and research travel domestically and internationally in the Arts and Humanities. Archie funding is typically used to support extensive research to be conducted either over the summer or during a paid Reynolds or Junior research leave. Please note that analogous awards for faculty not in the Arts and Humanities are the Social Science Research Fund and the Science Research Fund, both of which are administered through the Provost’s office (ORSP:

Summer Research Award ($6,000): This highly competitive award will be made available to a maximum of three (3) faculty members per summer. The College awards committee will select awardees based on the merits of the project, which may be conducted on or off the Wake Forest campus. The successful applicants will receive funding in June. Projects must be in advanced stages of development and execution to be considered. Applications must include: a project prospectus summarizing the project and explaining its significance to the field; a copy of the manuscript or project in its current state; and an explicit research plan and timeline for completing the project during the summer months. All proposals must be accompanied by a one-page letter of endorsement from the department chair (please follow submission guidelines as outlined above). The summer research award is intended to recognize the promise and importance of advanced research and to provide unencumbered research time in the summer to focus exclusively on completing a significant project. Faculty members holding this award are ineligible for summer teaching or other university related activities that would divert time and attention from completing the research or creative project.

Book Development Grant (maximum award $2,500): The purpose of this grant is to provide supportive, critical feedback and publication advice during the book manuscript preparation and pre-submission phase. Faculty members may apply to bring a top scholar, book editor, or series editor to campus to workshop book proposals and chapters of work in progress, and to provide mentoring on publishing in the discipline. Departments or groups of scholars from sub-disciplines may also consider inviting scholars or editors to campus to provide a Q and A session on publishing in the discipline and to provide a group workshop on selected book proposals and sample chapters. Guest scholars and editors must be traveling from within the continental United States. Award funds are available to pay for transportation, room, board and honorarium for the visiting scholar or editor. Grant proposals must include the book proposal (s), a sample chapter, a summary of the progress on the manuscript to date, the name and cv of the proposed scholar or editor, a summary evaluation of what qualifies the person to provide expert critical feedback on the proposed project, the applicant’s cv, and a detailed budget.

The Research and Publication Fund: This fund supports costs associated with the publication of faculty scholarly or creative activities. The fund may be used to offset the cost of obtaining permissions, reproducing photographs or other images, transcribe interviews, or, occasionally, of indexing. The fund may not be used to pay for editors.

College Course Enhancement: This fund is provided to assist faculty members with expenses associated with regularly scheduled fall or spring classes.  Funds may be used to offset expenses that enhance students’ academic experience in the classroom through travel, admission performance fees, or other academic-specified activities.