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Junior Faculty Development Leave Awards


Application deadline: September 15, 2014

Conditions | Eligibility | Application | Selection Process

We are pleased to announce the start of the annual selection process for Junior Faculty Development Leave Awards. Faculty selected are offered a semester’s leave at full salary during which they are released from all teaching and service obligations to the college. Awards may be used for either the fall or spring semester of the 2015–16 academic year.

Junior faculty members often assume such heavy responsibilities for teaching and service that their scholarly or artistic development may be impeded at just the moment in their careers when renewal and tenure decisions require evidence of significant achievement. These awards are, in effect, internal fellowships that provide an opportunity for junior, untenured faculty to concentrate exclusively on advancing or completing an important professional or scholarly project.

This program is an important opportunity for the advancement of our junior faculty, and we encourage all who are eligible, including prior candidates, to apply. We regret that late, incomplete, or ineligible applications will have to be returned.

Guidelines for Purchase College
Junior Faculty Development Leave Awards

1. Conditions

  • The duration of the award is one semester. Those designated receive a Title F leave and retain full faculty status, salary, and rights, but are exempted from all instructional and service obligations.
  • The awards are contingent upon the approval of the chancellor for Title F leave, as recommended by the president. Such approval is normally given.
  • Upon return to regular service, those who have held the awards must submit a report of their accomplishments.

2. Eligibility

  • Full-time Purchase tenure-track (not “visiting“) instructors and assistant professors, and equivalent librarian ranks, in any unit of the college are eligible to apply. Candidates must have received official notification of reappointment and must have served full-time at Purchase College for at least two academic years before applying.
  • Any meritorious project representative of the faculty member’s professional interests and activities is eligible for submission. This includes the entire range of scholarly research, a creative or artistic work, the formulation of a new component of the curriculum requiring the synthesis or acquisition of further knowledge, and/or the evaluation and improvement of instruction either within a discipline or across disciplines. Projects that enhance the relationship between the fine arts and the liberal arts are especially welcome.
  • Projects that represent the completion of work for a doctorate or other academic degrees are not eligible.

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3. Application

  • The college’s leave application form is used for sabbatical, Title F, Junior Faculty Development, and other leaves: Word | RTF
  • Each application should consist of a full description of the proposed project, including a statement of its significance to the individual’s professional development and role in the college. The anticipated results of the project should be clearly defined, with a discussion of their scholarly, artistic, and/or pedagogical importance. A timetable of activities, a statement on the need for released time to make substantial progress, a current curriculum vitae, and any other appropriate documentation should be attached.

4. Selection Process

  • The Faculty Professional Standards and Awards Committee reviews the applications and makes recommendations to the provost, who selects the award recipients.

Updated May 12, 2014

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Faculty Awards (main)

Junior Faculty Development Leave Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2015–16
Junior Faculty Development Leave Award recipients!

Stephen Flusberg

Elizabeth Middleton

Gaura Narayan

Lorraine Plourde
Media, Society, and the Arts

Nelly van Bommel