Samford University

Faculty Development Opportunities

Connecting Across the University Faculty Fellowship 

The "Connecting Across the University" Faculty Fellowship is a competitive program that allows full-time faculty members an opportunity to enhance their professional development, teaching, learning or scholarship through work or study in an area of the university other than their own department or academic discipline.  The ultimate outcomes should benefit the individual, the host department, the university and the broader academy of higher education.  Announcements of available opportunities will be made by the Office of the Provost in the fall semester.  Guidelines are provided with the annual request for proposals.

Academic Initiative Grant 

The Academic Initiative Grant opportunity is a competitive program that offers applicants the opportunity to conceive and implement an externally-focused, high-impact initiative that will advance the intellectual mission and academic ambitions of the university. Applicants should be full-time faculty and projects may include staff and/or administrators. High preference is given to projects taking place in Jan Term and summer, as well as initiatives that involve multiple schools, disciplines, and offices, and show long-term economic sustainability beyond the terms of the grant.  Guidelines are provided with the annual request for grant proposals.

Faculty Development Grants   

Faculty Development Grants are available to encourage and support academic activity and scholarly attainment by funding meritorious projects leading to professional growth in teaching, research, creative and scholarly activity, and service. Full-time faculty members are eligible to apply annually for a grant up to $4,000 with the money being available for two years. The Faculty Committee on Academic Affairs reviews the applications and awards the grants in the fall semester. Preference is given to those who have not recently received grant funds. Guidelines are provided with the annual request for grant proposals.

Supplemental Travel Funds 

Full-time faculty are eligible for supplemental travel funds up to $750 annually for travel related to presentations at conferences. The Provost office divides the annual allotment evenly into two six-month periods in order to spread the opportunities throughout the year. The funds are awarded on a first come basis.  Faculty should email requests to Associate Provost for Academics Chris Metress at     

Innovative Technology Grants   

Innovative Technology Grants are available to encourage the use of technology to support student learning outcomes.  All part time and full time faculty are eligible to apply for individual or collaborative grants of up to $5,000.  The Faculty Academic Technology and Learning Resources Committee reviews the applications and recommends awards to the Chief Information Officer in the fall semester.  The funding is provided by the student technology fee. Guidelines are provided with the request for grant proposals.

Center for Teaching, Learning and Scholarship 

The Center for Teaching, Learning and Scholarship is a multifaceted resource to assist faculty, staff, administrators, and students in their integration of innovative teaching and learning techniques, and the scholarship of teaching within the University's Christian environment.  The CTLS encourages and motivates faculty to examine their teaching methods and relationships, thereby, cultivating faculty development and student learning. Refer to the CTLS website for additional information.