The Internal Funding program is a source of financial support for the research and scholarly activities of Samford University full-time faculty on continuing appointments. It is intended to foster new research and scholarly activities rather than to sustain research programs.

Faculty Development Grant Program

Faculty development grants were designed “to encourage and support academic activity and scholarly attainment by funding meritorious projects leading to professional growth in teaching, research, creative and scholarly activity, and service.” (Faculty Handbook 2014). It is the responsibility of the Academic Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate to evaluate and award grant on an annual basis. Once awarded by the committee, the grants are administered by Assistant Provost for Faculty Development, P.J. Hughes.

All full-time faculty members are eligible to apply for individual grants; however, preference is normally given to those who have not recently received funds from Samford Faculty Development Grants. The maximum award per development grant is $2,000, of which no more than $1,500 can be allocated for personal compensation. The principal investigator will have two years in which to complete the project. Upon completion of the project, the investigator must submit a written report to Assistant Provost for Faculty Development P.J. Hughes's office accompanied by the signature of the dean of the school. An electronic copy of the report should be sent to the current chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. The grant money is intended to be used for a complete project or as seed money for a larger project.

Criteria and applications for these grants are communicated to the faculty in September through e-mails and the Academic Affairs website. For additional information, contact the chair of the Academic Affairs Committee or Assistant Provost for Faculty Development, P.J. Hughes.

Previous Faculty Development Proposals

Supplemental Travel Funds

Supplemental Travel Funds are intended to supplement faculty who have exhausted their allotted funds from their department and/or college to present a major paper or preside over a major session of a professional society. In addition, it may be used to underwrite specialized travel, such as in connection with curriculum review or teacher training.

The William E. and Wylodine H. Hull Fund for Christian Scholarship

The William E. and Wylodine H. Hull Fund for Christian Scholarship seeks to strengthen the Christian character and institutional purpose of Samford University by supporting faculty who are interested in how the integration of faith and higher education enriches the life of the academy and the church, preparing both to respond more faithfully and justly to the pressing social, cultural, and moral challenges of the day.

In pursuit of this vision, the Hull Fund supports the following faculty initiatives.

William E. and Wylodine H. Hull Research Fellowships

Samford faculty pursuing a book or publication project that explores either (1) the integration of faith and learning or (2) a Christian response to a pressing social, cultural, or moral issue may apply for either a one- or two-course release to pursue their projects. Course release is based upon the complexity and depth of the proposed project and must include a letter of support from the applicant’s dean. Fellowships may, upon review, be renewed for an additional year. In the semester following their appointment, all Hull Research Fellows will give a faculty-wide presentation on their projects.

Distinguished Visiting Scholars Seminars

The Hull Fund will provide support to departments and colleges to host scholars of national and international reputation who are (1) skilled at relating academic disciplines to the Christian faith or (2) renowned for addressing deeply entrenched social, cultural, or moral problems from a Christian perspective. These seminars, lasting several days and hosted during the semester or over the summer, should encourage faculty to think creatively about what it means to teach, write, and act as a Christian in a particular discipline or professional field. Priority will be given to proposals accompanied by additional sources of funding from departments, colleges, or outside sources, as well as a clear plan by the participants to disseminate, through publication or conference presentation, the findings of the seminar.

Faculty Short Courses

Funds are available to support interdisciplinary faculty teams willing to host “short courses” for fellow faculty. These short courses, which meet either during the semester for four or five weeks, or for a week over the summer, allow faculty to explore a challenging conceptual idea or pressing social, cultural, or moral issue from an interdisciplinary perspective informed by Christian faith.

Course Development

Funds are available to support faculty during the summer to develop courses that engage disciplinary questions from a Christian perspective. Proposals must have the approval of department chairs, who must also commit to including these courses in the regular rotation of departmental offerings. The fund will not support the development of special topics courses that are not offered on a regular basis.

Conference or Seminar Development

The Hull Fund will support departments or colleges seeking to host a conference or seminar related to a pressing concern in Christian higher education. These conferences or seminars should bring scholars from around the country to campus, with priority given to proposals that come with additional sources of funding from departments, colleges, or outside sources, as well as a clear plan to disseminate the findings of the conference or seminar.

Conference or Seminar Participation

Faculty may apply for funding to attend conferences and seminars hosted by centers and institutes devoted to promoting Christian scholarship and/or social justice. Priority will be given to faculty attending extended seminars that are vital to their professional development as Christian scholars, as well as to faculty presenting scholarship at conferences with a specifically Christian or faith-based focus. This fund does not provide support for faculty presentations at conferences with a general professional or disciplinary focus.

Innovative Technology Grant Program

The purpose of the innovative technology grant is to provide funds to encourage the innovative use of technology to support student learning outcomes. This is intended to be used for a complete project or a pilot program for a larger project. Focus should be on how the proposal will improve student learning outcomes using technology. Applications must include a survey, statistical methodology or other assessment tool to measure student learning outcomes.

Research Proposal Development Grant

The Office of Research established the Research Proposal Development Grant to support the development and submission of proposals for external funding. As a re-investment of indirect cost returns, funds are available to support a load reduction for full time employees for one semester. Full-time faculty are eligible for a one-course teaching load reduction. Full time staff are eligible for up to 0.2 Full Time Equivalency (FTE). Grant proposals with multiple on-campus investigators are welcome to apply!

Criteria and application procedures are communicated annually via email. Questions should be directed to the Office of Sponsored Programs at

Howard College of Arts and Sciences Course Release for Research Product Completion

The Course Release for Research Product Completion (CRRPC) was established by the Dean of the Howard College of Arts & Sciences (HCAS) to facilitate the completion of manuscripts, books, book chapters, anthology edits, external funding proposals, and the like, authored by college faculty. The overall aim is to increase the research and scholarship output of HCAS faculty, and provide ongoing support for research active faculty who are near the completion of a research product.

Criteria and application procedures are communicated to the HCAS faculty annually. Questions should be directed to the Faculty Research & Scholarship Committee at