Travel support will be available during the academic year 2010–2011 for travel related to the following:
Given the mission of the college, accreditation standards, and budget considerations, it seems appropriate to take a holistic approach in the case of each individual faculty member. The objective will be to achieve the greatest marginal benefit to the faculty member, given the mission of the college. For example, a faculty member wishing to engage in instructional development might benefit most from a workshop or mentoring in pedagogy. On the other hand, the college would benefit most from additional scholarly production if an instructor were deemed highly effective in the classroom.
Given budget considerations, it may not be possible to support every travel request. Each department will have to rank those requests in relationship to its developmental and scholarly needs. In no case will the college fund more than one travel per semester per faculty member per year unless the travel is deemed to be administrative/editorial in nature. In all cases, the reimbursement will be applied to the least-cost combination of airfare and motel expense or mileage and motel expense. The general support will be 75 percent of reimbursable expenses, not to exceed $600 for domestic travel; or 75 percent of reimbursable expenses, not to exceed $900 for international travel.
Research releases are available to faculty members who have published refereed journal articles in a timely way. For the Fall semester of a given year, faculty are eligible for a research release based on having published at least one refereed journal article within the previous two calendar years. For the Spring semester of a given year, faculty are eligible for a research release based on having published at least one refereed journal article within the two previous academic years.
Based on their publication productivity, those faculty who have research release eligibility for an entire academic year (both Fall and Spring) will be rewarded travel funding in the following manner:
Domestic travel is defined to include all conference sites in the following countries:
Group travel by motor vehicle will be evaluated separately for possible reimbursement. All group funding proposals should be submitted directly to the Dean. The chairpersons collectively will evaluate these proposals before reviewing individual proposals for travel reimbursement. The amount of reimbursement for group travel will be as outlined below:
When available, groups should request and utilize state vehicles from the university motor pool. For groups traveling by private car, reimbursement will be one-half (½) of the mileage rate to the driver of the vehicle; 50 percent reimbursement of per diem and hotel/motel charges; and one-half (½) of the conference registration fee. In any case, the maximum reimbursement is $150 per person.
Late requests for reimbursement are discouraged and will be handled on an individual basis.
Individual proposals will go to the department chair who will rank order them. The rank-ordered list and copies of all proposals will then be submitted to the Dean. They will be compiled for review by the departmental chairpersons collectively. Chairpersons will submit their own proposals separately to the Dean. Like other proposals, they will be considered collectively by the Council of Chairs. The total number of funded proposals and the level of committed reimbursement will be contingent upon budget availability.
Individual Travelers: Submit one travel proposal form for each proposed trip during the July 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010, period. Your proposals should be submitted to your department chair no later than noon, Friday, September 3, 2010.
Group Travelers: Travel groups should submit one travel proposal form for the group to your department chair, also, no later than noon, Friday, September 3, 2010 for the July 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010 period.
Chairpersons will submit the travel proposals to the Dean’s office by noon on Tuesday, September 7, 2010. All proposals will be reviewed by the chairs collectively on Wednesday, September 8, 2010.