Connecticut College provides a range of support for faculty research, professional development, and teaching.
All new full-time permanent faculty receive start up funds for the first three years of service. Also available are a limited number of endowed chairs that carry funding for any professional development costs.
The Susan Eckert Lynch ’62 Faculty Research Fund offers stipends to all newly hired tenure-track faculty in their first, second, and third years of teaching. Elizabeth McGuire and Anthony T. Enders Endowed Fund fellowships, carrying two years of support, are available to up to three faculty in the Humanities upon successful completion of the third year review.
In terms of the College’s sabbatical policy, after successful completion of the third-year review, tenure-track faculty receive a one-semester sabbatical at 100% of their salary. Immediately after tenure, faculty are typically eligible for a year’s sabbatical at 80% or a one-semester sabbatical at 100%. Thereafter, tenured faculty are eligible for a one-semester sabbatical at 80% after six semesters of service or a full year sabbatical at 80% after 12 semesters. Faculty may also opt to take a one semester sabbatical at 100% of their salary after 12 semesters.
Support for Research
The R.F. Johnson Faculty Development Fund supports conference travel, research, and supplies for tenured and tenure-track faculty; the Hodgkin Fund supports the same activities for tenure-track faculty. Both funds are awarded twice yearly. (Neither fund is available to holders of endowed chairs or Lynch fellows.)
Research Matters awards support research undertaken by tenured and tenure-track faculty. The awards, made three times annually, may be used to fund conference travel, research, and supplies, including collaborative research involving students. Awards are also available to faculty reading and writing groups formed around a common interest, and the fund also supports grants-related programing as well.
The Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology supports research collaborative projects involving faculty from different disciplines spanning any of the creative fields and technology, together with students. The Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy offers Margaret Sheridan ’67 Grants in support of community learning courses or research in the local community. The Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity supports individual or team research into race and ethnicity by faculty, staff, and students, including relevant research and conferences.
The Joy Shechtman Mankoff Center for Teaching & Learning promotes engaged and effective teaching that cultivates significant student learning through a variety of programs and initiatives. These include Talking Teaching events, support for faculty learning groups, the Class of ’57 Seminar for Incoming Faculty, and Camp Teach & Learn, a conference held the week following commencement. Curricular development funds are available from the International Curriculum Development Fund as well as the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology and the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy. The Tempel Summer Institute, a weeklong program in early June, provides participating faculty with a focused opportunity to learn how instructional technologies can enhance student learning. The Technology Fellows program supports faculty who seek to improve the student learning experience through the effective implementation of digital technology.
The Faculty Student Engagement Fund, open to all faculty for both fall and spring semsters, supports engagement with groups of students—either advisees or students—beyond the classroom in innovative and exciting ways.
Four faculty awards are bestowed annually: the John S. King Memorial Teaching Award, the Nancy Batson Nisbet Rash Research Award, the Helen Brooks Regan Faculty Leadership Award, and the Helen Mulvey Faculty Award.