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FDIC Faculty Professional Development Grants

FDIC Faculty Professional Development Grants are designed to assist an individual Unit A or full-time Unit B EIU faculty to enhance their pedagogy, scholarship, creative activity, and other professional development goals.

Proposals must address how the grant funds will allow the faculty member to develop or enrich necessary skills or competencies for their teaching, research, or creative scholarship. Grants (up to $1,000) may be used in conjunction with other internal and external support. Successful grant applicants are required to provide a summary report with evidence of the event or project, final budget with detailed expenditures, and a review of outcomes from the proposed activity; reports will be due no later than June 30, 2024. Grant proposals will be reviewed by a committee of faculty peers selected by the Director of the FDIC.

Examples of eligible activities funded by this grant include but are not limited to:

  • Taking professional development courses (research support, mentoring programs, educator programs)
  • Enhancing research skills through training or applied practice (new research methodologies, field schools)
  • Seeking professional certification or licenses (expert online educator courses, interventional practices)
  • Learning innovative technologies (i.e., database models, programming courses, or other innovative tools)
  • Attending conferences and workshops in their field (professional conference or workshop participation)
  • Textbook writing, open educational resource (OER) development, and/or curriculum development support courses

For application instructions and details, please see the full FDIC Faculty Professional Development Grant Application (AY 2023-2024).

Applications are due by October 15, 2023 (11:59 pm).

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Dr. Michael Gillespie, Director, FDIC


Kim Ervin
Instructional Designer


Faculty Development and Innovation Center

1105 Booth

David Smith
Instructional Support and Training Specialist


Keerthana Saraswathula
Instructional Support and Training Specialist


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