Undergraduate Faculty Course Release & Stipends
Institutionally Funded Course Release
Each semester, the Executive Vice President and Academic Dean (EVPAD) offers a one-course release to 3 undergraduate faculty members to:
- Prepare a proposal for externally funded research or special project grant with a budget of at least $30,000 or
- Administer an externally funded research or special project grant as Principal Investigator/Project Director (PI/PD) for a grant budget of at least $30,000.
A faculty member is eligible for only one institutionally funded course-release per year. The PI/PD must confer with their Department Chair and submit a one-page proposal to the EVPAD outlining plans for use of the course release by October 1 for the following Spring semester and by January 15 for the following Fall semester. Academic Council will evaluate and rank all proposals and notify applicants by October 15 for the following Spring semester and January 30 for the following Fall semester. This will allow department chairs time to prepare the schedule and find an adjunct to teach the course.
A PI/PD who receives a course release must submit a report of accomplishments to the EVPAD at the end of the awarded semester and will not be eligible for an institutionally funded release for the two following semesters unless fewer than five course releases are awarded during that time.
Grant Funded Course Release
PI/PDs who are not awarded an institutionally funded course release may be eligible to receive a one-course release through an externally funded project or research grant. Be sure to check each funder’s guidelines on including a course release in the proposed grant budget.
The PI/PD must confer with their Department Chair for approval prior to submission. This will allow department chairs time to prepare the schedule and find an adjunct to teach the course.
Grant Funded Stipend
In lieu of a course release, PI/PDs may choose to receive a stipend for administering an externally funded project and/or research grant. PI/PDs should conduct their grant-funded work outside of their regular work schedule (i.e., summer, holiday breaks) so they can maintain focus on their regularly scheduled courses. All stipend amounts must be in accordance with each grantor’s stated guidelines. With Methodist University as the awarded institution, all stipends will be paid to PI/PDs from the university once funds are received from the granting agency.