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UA Faculty Alliance announce calls for proposals for the AY23 Faculty Initiative Fund.

Proposals are due by  November 14, 2022


Submission Form

Summary and background

A $300,000 financial commitment by the University of Alaska for FY23 to promote inter-university collaboration in program development, scholarly endeavors and student engagement with the goal of reducing the cost to degree and promoting internship opportunities for students. The commitment is identified as the Faculty Initiative Fund and may also serve as seed money toward the procurement of external grants and contracts.

Systemwide projects that develop, facilitate and sustain effective and innovative efforts to meet the university’s academic mission and goals are also eligible for the FIF. These projects are intended to utilize the intellectual resources of UA faculty to address challenging issues of academic importance including educational accessibility, course content, cost effectiveness of course delivery, and other initiatives that enhance UA’s service to the state. Traditional professional development opportunities, as well as those focused on engagement and collaboration among faculty at all three universities are crucial to maintaining academic innovation, quality and rigor.

The purpose of this request for proposals is to provide an equal opportunity for FIF distribution to eligible faculty to 1) build the intellectual capital of UA through basic and applied research, 2) develop high-impact pedagogical practices, 3) generate new professional development programs for faculty that will establish and maintain collaborations across the system or 4) build on existing systemwide collaborative programs.

Request for proposal and project timeline

All proposals in response to this RFP are due to the Office of Academics, Students & Research no later than 5 p.m. on November 14, 2022. The review period will end on December 12, 2022, with awards announced on December 19, 2022. All applications must be submitted via Google Forms or by emailing a PDF to the Office of Academics, Students & Research Office to kajames6@alaska.edu.  All submissions will receive an email confirmation of receipt within two business days. Disbursement of project funds may begin on January 9, 2023.

Award funds are to be expended by the deadline in the application. Project extensions may be granted through formal requests made to the appropriate College Dean(s) no later than 30 days before the original end date of the project. Project extensions may be no more than 12 months in length.

AY23 Faculty Initiative Fund RFP

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Faculty Alliance AY23 Chair

Gökhan Karahan, Ph.D. 
Professor, Accounting and Finance
University of Alaska Anchorage
RH 307C
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99501

Faculty Alliance AY24 Chair

Jennifer Ward
Associate Professor, Library
and Information Science,
Outreach Services Librarian
University of Alaska Southeast
(907) 796-6285
Egan Library 204
11066 Auke Lake Way
Juneau, Alaska 99801


Faculty Alliance AY22 Chair

Julie (Jak) Maier, Ph.D. 
Professor, Developmental Education
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Gruening Building
1747 South Chandalar Drive
Fairbanks, AK 99775

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