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SUN Faculty Development Grants

The Skidmore Union Network offers the following grant opportunities to female assistant and associate professors in the STEM disciplines at Skidmore and Union Colleges. The Visit Here or There Grants are available to assistant and associate professors. at both institutions, the Advanced Education Grants are available to associate professors at both institutions, the Teaching Load Modification Grants are available to Union College assistant and associate professors, and the Conference/Workshop Leadership Grants are available to Skidmore College assistant and associate professors.


Visit Here or There Grant

SUN Visit Here or There Grants are opportunities for women to pursue research collaborations that will enhance scholarly productivity and promotion to the ranks of associate and full professor. A variety of possibilities exist for collaborations: collaborators might work at one another's home institutions, meet to work together at a field site, or work together before or after a professional meeting. This flexible travel program, modeled after a similar program run by the Association for Women in Mathematics, may be of particular benefit to women with obligations or family responsibilities that restrict or preclude travel, enabling them to bring in a colleague for collaboration at their home institution.
A complete program announcement is available below.


Advanced Education Grant

SUN Advanced Education Grants are opportunities for women to pursue advanced training that will enhance scholarly productivity and promotion to the rank of full professor. Upon receiving tenure, women often take on new responsibilities and leadership roles, such as pursuing new teaching initiatives or chairing a department or committee, that redirect their energies away from research and scholarship. Over the course of a career, scholarship may also move from the focus of Ph.D. studies into new subfields. In the STEM disciplines, where the knowledge base, methodologies and technologies constantly grow and change, access to advanced training can be critical to achieving and maintaining scholarly competitiveness and productivity, particularly after a hiatus or change of focus in research. To address this need, Advanced Education Grants will support participation in coursework, professional workshops and research collaborations in which women will acquire and refine the skills necessary for continued scholarly achievement.
A complete program announcement is available below
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  • Program Announcements:
  • Who's eligible to apply: Female associate professors who hold a full-time or shared appointment in the fields of science (including social science), technology, engineering or math (STEM) at Skidmore or Union College. Skidmore College and Union College departments in the STEM disciplines are: Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Environmental Studies, Exercise Science, Geology, Geosciences, Government, Mathematics and Computer Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
  • Past Recipients: For a list of previous awards, click here.
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Conference/Workshop Leadership Grant--Skidmore College Faculty Only, Spring Grant Period Only

A faculty development opportunity for female tenured and tenure track assistant and associate professors in STEM disciplines, providing funding to assist the faculty member in assuming a leadership role in the organization and hosting of a conference or workshop to explore an area of importance to her research or pedagogy, advancing knowledge within her disciplines and forging connections with colleagues for future collaborative endeavors that will enhance scholarly productivity. Available only in the Spring 2011 round of grants. A complete program announcement is available below.

  • Who's eligible to apply: Female tenure-track assistant professors and tenured associate professors holding full-time or shared appointments in the fields of science (including social science), technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Skidmore College STEM disciplines are: Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Environmental Studies, Health & Exercise Sciences, Geosciences, Government, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology.
  • Application deadline:
    • Skidmore College: March 28, 2011
  • Program announcement:
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