The College of Fine Arts invites applications from career non-tenure track Professors of Practice and Instruction for COFA Faculty Pandemic Relief, a program designed to support non-tenure track faculty members whose professional activity and teaching have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Recipients must propose feasible curricular, research, or professional development plans that will, when completed, make a tangible contribution to their programs and teaching.
The COFA Faculty Pandemic Relief program will offer recipients a minimum of one course reduction for one semester during AY 2021-22 or AY 2022-23 to revitalize their professional lives and teaching with no reduction in pay. The exact course reduction and scheduling will be at the discretion of your department chair or school director. Alternatively, eligible applicants can apply for summer compensation in the amount of $10,000, for projects occurring during summer 2022 or 2023.
The application deadline is Wednesday, May 5, 2021.
Non-tenure track faculty members in the College of Fine Arts are eligible to apply if
- you hold the faculty title of Assistant Professor of Practice, Associate Professor of Practice, Professor of Practice, Assistant Professor of Instruction, Associate Professor of Instruction, Professor of Instruction, Senior Lecturer, or Distinguished Senior Lecturer;
- you were teaching at a high level prior to COVID-19;
- your teaching or departmental service or professional development was substantially disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic for either personal or professional reasons; and
- by the end of spring 2021, you have worked for the College of Fine Arts for four or more semesters.
Applications will be reviewed by your department chair/school director and a college review committee, using the following criteria:
- evidence of a strong record of accomplishment prior to COVID-19 pandemic, in the areas consistent with the expectations of your appointment;
- merit and feasibility of proposed plan for restarting research/professional work, developing new curricula, sharing teaching innovations made during COVID-19 with the field, or participating in other self-identified professional development opportunities; and
- magnitude of the professional disruption resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please submit the following materials via e-mail to the dean’s office contact Tim Creswick at email@example.com by Wednesday, May 5, 2021:
- Need Narrative, highlighting the following:
- your record of accomplishment and trajectory consistent with expectations of a non-tenure track faculty appointment prior to COVID-19;
- evidence of negative professional impact of COVID-19 on your faculty duties;*
- which semester during AY 2021-22 or AY 2022-23 you propose to take the course release, or during which summer (2022 or 2023) your plan would occur; and
- justification supporting that the course release or summer appointment time will help restart professional or academic trajectory.
- Project plan** Some possible examples include a plan to restart research/professional activity; attend professional development conferences, workshops or other opportunities; incorporate the best aspects of online teaching into coursework moving beyond the pandemic; presentation or publication about teaching innovations developed to respond to the pandemic; etc. You plan should highlight:
- what you will do instead of teaching the course(s) or during the chosen summer;
- how that will put you back on an upward trajectory;
- how that will improve student outcomes or learning; and
- clearly explain the merits of the project relative to advancement of your discipline or field.
- Curriculum Vitae
*A successful candidate is eligible for this award if COVID has negatively affected faculty duties, irrespective of whether the proximate cause was personal or professional circumstances. The need criterion examines how this cause has affected their work, not the cause itself. The description of the negative impact of COVID therefore should only include the negative professional outcome (e.g., reduced time available for research, delayed manuscript submission, delayed grant submission, canceled performance, etc.) that demonstrates the impact. This description should not include COVID-related (personal or professional) circumstances that led to the negative outcome. The evaluation of the proposals will be based on the impact and the recovery plan, not on the cause of the impact. Thus, both professional and personal circumstances are eligible sources of need.
**If your project plan is a collaboration of two or more eligible non-tenure track faculty colleagues, you may submit one proposal on behalf of the group of faculty members. The need narrative must address each member of the group. If approved, all members of the group will receive at least one course release for one semester or the summer appointment.
- This is not a commitment of future faculty appointment. If awarded, the teaching release will be honored only if the applicant holds one of the eligible faculty titles during the semester of the proposed course release, or the spring semester prior to the proposed summer assignment.
- Because of funding limitations, far fewer awards will be made for projects occurring during the summer (additional summer compensation) than for projects occurring during the long semesters (course release).
Page last updated: 4/7/2021.