Holder Fund for Faculty Innovation

The Holder fund was created “to promote innovative forms of faculty development and renewal that simultaneously enable Agnes Scott College to retain outstanding teacher-scholars and enhance the scholarship and teaching of faculty who receive support from it.”  Income from this endowed fund will support “various forms of faculty innovation that require travel, research assistance, reassigned time from teaching, specialized equipment, and access to archival and other scholarly materials.  It is the donor’s intent that these awards be used to supplement other available resources for faculty development and innovation.”  In other words, they will be given in addition to other professional development support, such as travel awards provided by the Office of Academic Affairs, and awards recommended by the Faculty Professional Development Committee.

Recipients, who must be tenure-track or tenured faculty members, will be selected through a competitive process in which applications are reviewed by a committee chaired by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, with the following members:  two tenured or tenure-track faculty who will be appointed by the President, the Vice President for College Advancement, and Beth Holder ‘82.

The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. (Atlanta time) on April 1st (or the first business day after April 1st) each year and will award funds to be spent between August 16th of the current calendar year and August 15th of the following calendar year.  A final report will be due by September 30th.  

Awards are generally between $3,000 and $5,000 each.  Please note that whenever possible, “at least one award will be made to a tenure-track faculty member for a project that will advance her or his scholarship and teaching in preparation for tenure review.  At least one award will be made to a tenured faculty member for a project that will advance his or her scholarship and professional development in ways that benefit the faculty member and students in one or more of the following areas:

  • the proposed project expands the curriculum;
  • the proposed project contributes to scholarship and professional growth;
  • the proposed project involves collecting materials or purchasing specialized equipment that will directly affect the learning experience of Agnes Scott students;
  • the proposed project involves collaborative research with colleagues at other institutions or with Agnes Scott students;
  • and/or the proposed project involves other activities that will ultimately enhance the curriculum and contribute to the learning experience of Agnes Scott students."

Criteria for selection will be determined by the committee, and will include consideration of intellectual promise, transformative potential, impact on students, and previous record of success.

Please submit your application form (including budget) and CV by 5:00 p.m. on April 1st (or the first business day following April 1st, if the 1st falls on a weekend or holiday) using the standard form and online submission link found on the Internal Grants for Faculty web page.