The Western Mentoring Micro Grant Program
In order to assist new Western faculty to access resources in the areas in which they need to support their career development, the Teaching Support Centre is introducing a new program: Western Mentoring Micro Grant. Mentoring promotes professional growth and career advancement of new faculty. It can take a variety of forms depending on the individual, and her or his disciplinary area, for example: through individual interactions with more experienced colleagues, or through a network of peers and experts in different areas. Currently, the Teaching Support Centre organizes workshops and special events for new faculty to assist them in accessing and developing the resources and networks they need to succeed at Western. These mentoring initiatives help to build our community and to recruit and retain members of faculty.
Details of the Mentoring Micro Grant Program
To enhance teaching and research and to develop solid careers, faculty often need resources to acquire new skills and new research and teaching methods, and to develop partnerships with established scholars. Micro Grants are designed to provide opportunities for tenure-stream members of faculty to choose mentoring opportunities that make good sense for their own professional development, but that may be inaccessible to them because of lack of funding.
Some examples of ways that a Micro Grant could work:
- a scholar from another institution with the same area of research or teaching who is recognized as a potential mentor could be invited to Western; an event such as a faculty seminar or talk for new faculty could be sponsored; probationary faculty could host a meal for networking opportunities;
- a tenure-track faculty member could arrange to visit a scholar or research team at another institution to experience a new research or teaching method and be mentored in the new techniques;
- a tenure-track faculty member could attend a conference or meeting specifically designed for mentoring in a given field (such as women academics in science or engineering);
- a tenure-track faculty member could hire a coach or editor to work with a small faculty writing group to review manuscripts or tenure dossiers.
Amount of Grant:
Micro Grants may be awarded to an individual tenure-track faculty member or a small group of tenure-track faculty members. The amount of the grant can be up to $2000 and will be awarded for a one year period. Successful applicants will be notified by December 10, 2012.
Deadline for Applications: November 30, 2012
All full-time tenure-stream Western faculty are eligible to submit applications for Micro Grants. Please note that members of the affiliated university colleges are not eligible to receive this funding.
Criteria for Selection
- Proposals will be evaluated based on key criteria:
- Does the project include a plan of action that is realistic, practical and fiscally responsible?
- The proposal cannot duplicate funding to attend conferences normally provided by other sources, but must be specifically focused on mentoring opportunities at a conference, symposium or workshop.
- Does the project serve as a foundation for continuing mentoring opportunities after the funded year?
- Can the project serve as a model for mentoring in other individual, departmental, and interdisciplinary scenarios?
Application Cover Sheet
Application Form PDF
Contact: Madeline Lennon firstname.lastname@example.org