Faculty members may apply for ethics-related awards through the regular Faculty Development award process. These applications should follow the process outlined on the Faculty Development website.
In order to be eligible for an ethics award, the project should attend to ethical questions or issues in an integral way. A project may consist of empirical research, normative inquiry or artistic expression, but in all cases the description should make clear how ethical issues will be addressed within the project. Ethics is understood here in a very broad sense that can include all disciplines and programs at DePauw.
Faculty members considering projects that involve ethical issues are encouraged to look at the abstracts for funded projects related to ethics as listed below. They also may wish to consult with members of the Ethics Advisory Committee.
In the past two years ethics-related awards have been granted in three categories: Summer Stipends, Faculty Sabbaticals, and Student/Faculty Summer Research Grants. All categories of Faculty Development grants might include ethics-related projects. In the future we particularly encourage sabbatical and Fisher Fellowship proposals which are ethics-related. Faculty members with ethics-related projects would be eligible to apply for office space at the Prindle Institute.
The summer stipend program is designed to enhance the range of faculty development possibilities by taking into account that scholarly and creative pursuits take a variety of forms and may go through a series of stages before fruition. They acknowledge that individuals need time and encouragement to develop new courses or renew existing ones. To encourage several different ways in which scholarly and artistic work may be accomplished, the Faculty Development Committee will recommend to the administration that at least one summer stipend be awarded to qualified applicants in each of four categories: a) exploratory scholarship and artistic projects, b) scholarly work or artistic project, c) computer enhanced course renewal, and d) course development and renewal. Additional monies have been added to this fund to support ethics-related projects.
A major purpose of Leaves of Absence is to provide time away from the normal routine of institutional responsibilities for scholarly immersion; the development of professional skills; experimentation; the creation of artistic, musical, or other intellectual products; and, in general, personal and career renewal. The Prindle Institute provides office space to those on sabbatical who are working on ethics-related projects. See the Guidelines for Office Availability for more information on the process of applying for an office.
The objective of the summer research fund is to increase the opportunities for faculty and students to work together on research projects in the summer. The project and the proposal should be a collaborative effort of the faculty member and the student. The project should be of value to both the faculty member and the student. The student is expected to have the qualifications to do successful work and a product from the research is expected by the end of the summer. In addition to the fifteen projects ordinarily funded by Faculty Development, additional projects will be funded by The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics.
The funding will consist of an honorarium of $3,800 for the student, an honorarium of $2,500 for the faculty member, and a maximum of $400 for materials for the project. The $400 allotted for each student covers research related expenses but not computers. This is based on the assumption that the projects will last 10 weeks, and that the student will work full time (40 hours per week) and faculty members will work half-time (20 hours per week). The stipends will be prorated for projects of shorter duration.
For further information and application forms for all these grants and awards, click here for the Faculty Development website.