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." It is the responsibility of the Academic Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate to evaluate and award grants annually. Once awarded by the committee, the grants are administered by the Provost's Office.

Criteria and application procedures for these grants are communicated to the faculty annually. For additional information, contact the chair of the Academic Affairs Committee or the Provost's Office.

Previous Faculty Development Proposals

Connecting Across the University Faculty Fellowship

The Connecting Across the University Faculty Fellowship is a competitive program that allows full-time faculty members an opportunity to enhance their professional development, teaching, learning, or scholarship through work or study in an area of the university other than their own department or academic discipline.

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.

Academic Initiative Grant Program

The Academic Initiative Grant Program is a competitive program that offers applicants the opportunity to conceive and implement an externally focused, high impact initiative that will advance the intellectual mission and academic ambitions of the university. High preference is given to projects taking place in Jan Term and summer, as well as initiatives that involve multiple schools, disciplines, and offices, and show long term economic sustainability beyond the terms of the grant.

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.

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.