Information Technology

Faculty Computer Committee: Call for Technology-Related Proposals

Submit A Proposal

Background

The use of technology in teaching and research is an increasingly important component of the academic environment. The intent of the Academic Technology Development Program is to allow faculty to enhance their teaching and research through collaboration with Information Technology on projects that require technological expertise or innovation.

The Faculty Computer Committee accepts proposals for IT-related projects and, in conjunction with Information Technology, is responsible for reviewing projects proposals and prioritizing IT resources.

Eligibility

Applications may be submitted by all full- and part-time faculty, including those on visiting appointments or on term contracts. Faculty members are eligible to apply regardless of whether they are on sabbatical leave or taking leaves of absence for research reasons. Priority will be given to new applications, as well as to applicants who have not recently been supported under this program.  Individuals should not submit more than one proposal at a time.

Proposal preparation

Proposals should be sent to the chair of the Faculty Computer Committee. The deadline for project proposals for Fall 2013 is June 15, 2013. In subsequent years, the deadlines will be October 15 for Spring proposals and April 15 for Fall proposals.

To be eligible, proposals (limited to 1000 words) must include a broadly accessible description of the project (addressed to a non-specialist audience) and relevant background necessary to place the objectives in a larger context. Applicants should describe the relationship of the project to their immediate or future scholarly or teaching activities including, but not limited to, specific courses that are affected, or research outcomes anticipated from collaboration with IT. Proposals should make an explicit and compelling case for the ways in which collaboration with IT will enhance or transform teaching, learning or research. The proposal will be used to evaluate the feasibility of the project given current IT resources. When IT resources are particularly constrained, the proposals may also be used to prioritize projects.

Proposals asking for the use of existing IT equipment, e.g. “clickers” and videoconferencing, require only a brief description of the need for the equipment and will be evaluated in terms of the availability of the desired equipment.

Reporting

At the end of the project, IT and the Faculty Computer Committee will solicit feedback from project participants.