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Course Release to Conduct Scholarly Research or to Develop Curriculum


All proposals should be submitted to the Office of the Provost/Dean of Faculty. Proposals will be forwarded to the Faculty Development Committee. Applicants are expected to review the Faculty Handbook for the specific purpose of course forgiveness for research and criteria for consideration. Please limit application to 3-5 pages.


  1. Summary
    Please provide a one-paragraph abstract of the proposed research or project(s) or curriculum development; also state the semester for which the course release is requested and the resulting course load.
  2. Rationale (20 points)
    Explain the significance of and the specific objectives of the research or project(s) or curriculum to be conducted or developed during the course release; include any sources of funding if relevant.
  3. Methodologies (20 points)
    Describe the activities and/or theoretical frameworks, methodologies, strategies, and/or practices to be employed to achieve the stated objectives of the research or project(s) or curriculum development.
  4. Dissemination (20 points)
    Explain how the research or project(s) will be disseminated or how curriculum will be implemented. Describe the professional venues, such as publishers, journals, sites, festivals, galleries, or conferences that would be appropriate for this research or project(s).
  5. Benefit (20 points)
    Describe the mutual benefit of this research or project(s) or curriculum development to the faculty member’s scholarly development and the College.
  6. Selected Bibliography (20 points)


  1. CV
  2. Letter of endorsement by the Department or Division Chair
  3. Endorsement/reference letters where appropriate. This might include outside letters of support, acceptance for an exhibition or book proposal, etc.

On occasion, the Faculty Development Committee may request further details or clarification. All applicants should be prepared to provide additional information should the need arise.

Approved May 3, 2016