Scholarship Committee

The scholarship committee of the Black Faculty Association is a faculty-driven initiative that supports its members’ scholarly activities. Through a series of focus groups, members of the Black Faculty Association have identified lack of resources and knowledge of resources as barriers to their success and retention within the university. In an effort to address these, the scholarship committee is charged with three initiatives:

  • Create competitive calls for proposals to support research and scholarly/creative activities, including but not limited to conference and workshop attendance, publication fees and research support
  • Promote awareness among members of regional, national and global resources to advance their scholarly activities
  • Establish strong partnerships with students, other faculty, alumni and community partners

Committee Members

  • Chair: Assistant Professor Dana Harley
  • Associate Professor Renee Seward
  • Associate Professor Edward Wallace

To learn more about the Scholarship Committee’s activities, or to inquire about how to join, please contact Dana Harley.

Black Faculty Association Scholarship

On behalf of the BFA Scholarship Committee, we are pleased to announce the funding for Academic Year (AY) 2018-2019. Three funding types are available:

  1. Travel Support (i.e., conference/workshop attendance, registration fees, lodging).
  2. Publication Fees (i.e., editorial services, statistical consultation)
  3. Research Support/Scholarly Creative Activities (i.e., organization membership fees, data collection expenses, transcription, software)

Applications for each type of award must come to the BFA Scholarship Committee. Applicants are encouraged to explore whether funding for the proposed activities may be available from other sources (e.g., faculty travel monies, annual software allowances), as the BFA has limited funds to disburse.

Applications will be accepted during two rounds of funding:

Round 1: Applications for the first round are be due midnight est on October 31, 2018. Results will be sent by November 15, 2018.

Round 2: Applications for the second round are due midnight est February 28, 2019. Results will be sent by March 19, 2019.


  1. Funds must be encumbered by June 30, 2019 or the money will be returned to the BFA Scholarship Committee.
  2. Priority will be given to assistant and associate professors but all are encouraged to apply. Each award may be partially- or fully-funded (or not funded at all).
  3. Applicants should thoroughly describe the proposed activity so that reviewers understand the purpose (1 page max).
  4. An itemized budget (1 page max) is required.
  5. Applicants may request up to a maximum of $500 per application.
  6. All recipients must submit a final report within a year of receiving funds.


Please follow these instructions for this two-page submission. Your application will not be reviewed unless you adhere to these instructions.

Page 1: Please write a 1-page prosposal (1” margins and 12 point font) that includes 3 headings (bold font):

  • Summary of the Scholarly Activity,
  • Learning Objectives,
  • Describe how activity will support research/scholarly productivity. Faculty are expected to make a case for how this will develop research or scholarly activity.

Page 2: Include a brief budget. Do not include additional pages.

Page 3: Include a one-page vitae. Do not include additional pages.

Questions? Contact Dana Harley.

Application Evaluation Rubric

Rubric Evaluation


Exceptional (4-5)

Acceptable (2-3)

Unsatisfactory (0-2)

Summary of Faculty Development Activity

Well-written, concise description of activity that is understandable by interdisciplinary reviewers.

Description is complete and understandable to interdisciplinary reviewers.

Summary is not clear, concise, or understandable to interdisciplinary reviewers

Learning Objective(s)


Well-written (specific and measurable), attainable, aligns with rationale, and also has clear actionable items that promote scholarship

Written according to guidelines, attainable, aligns with rationale, and contributes to program

Is not written well; no evidence that it is attainable; does not align well with rationale

Description of How Activity will Support Research Scholarly Productivity

Well-conceived plan that demonstrates the ability to advance scholarly agenda and trajectory

Clear plan for specific application to purpose of rationale

Plan is not clear for specific application to purpose of rationale

Application Submission