Faculty Grant Program

The Archbishop Mitty Faculty Grant Program is designed to support the professional development of faculty at Archbishop Mitty High School. A primary goal of this program is to enhance the Catholic identity of AMHS through education and development of faculty as active ministers of the Gospel. In addition the program exists to promote the academic expertise of faculty. Growing as a minister and as a teacher requires faculty committed to engaging in experiences and academic investigations that enhance the faculty member's skills, knowledge, and teaching methodologies.

As the Mission Statement of Archbishop Mitty points out, “ . . . the school . . . encourages students to respond to their world with competence, insight, understanding, courage, and compassion based on a tradition of faith and moral values" (The Mission of Archbishop Mitty High School). In response to this mission and the demonstrated needs of faculty for professional development as Catholic educators, Archbishop Mitty sponsors the Faculty Grant Program. The program is successful to the degree that faculty grow to be individuals who teach as Jesus taught and who prepare young men and women to be agents of change in our world.

In the final analysis, the Archbishop Mitty educator is a skilled professional who walks in the footsteps of Christ. As a person of faith, the Archbishop Mitty educator empowers young men and women to develop strong character and broad academic competence while living lives of faith and justice.

Program Description and Budget

The Archbishop Mitty Faculty Grant Program coordinates, funds, and provides professional development activities for the faculty.

Grant Criteria

Grants are funded for both individuals and groups. Grants can be departmental or interdepartmental. Projects may be on site or off site.

Preference is given to grant proposals that adhere to the following criteria:

1. Priority is given to projects that support the Catholic identity of AMHS.

2. Priority is given to projects that directly impact student learning in a programmatic manner, e.g. curriculum development.

3. Priority is given to those projects that have the full support of the related academic departments.

4. Priority is given to those projects that are collaborative in nature.

5.  Priority is given to those projects that employ technology in the classroom.

Process of Approval

Applications and the application process are described in detail on the school's internal web resource, Compass.  Faculty grant requests are submitted to the Associate Principal. The Associate Principal then consults with the Principal to determine whether or not a particular grant is adopted in whole or in part.

Expenses

1. Grants consist of stipends for teacher time, as well as, moneys for all expenses related to the project. Stipends are paid when the final report is submitted and approved by the Associate Principal. Expenses can be paid through submitting purchase order forms to the Business Office during the project.

2. Grants are funded as stipends up to $30.00 per hour to a maximum of 120 hours or $3,600.00. Grants are awarded in toto or in part.

3. Expenses such as consultants, related travel, and materials/equipment are limited to $1,200 per person and $2,200 per grant in addition to the faculty stipend. Given the nature of each grant and the need to fund numerous grants, consultant fees, travel costs, and material/equipment costs may be funded in toto or partially.

4. The grants should not replace application to other sources of funding such as the National Endowment for the Humanities.

5. Grants are not applied to those traditional in-service opportunities budgeted through the departments or the Associate Principal, e.g. attendance at the state conference in a subject area.

6. Grants may be applied to enrollment in university programs or workshops that are sponsored by Archbishop Mitty. In some cases theses classes may gain credit for teachers for advancement on the faculty salary scale. These grants apply to educational programs that enhance the theological or spiritual growth in the Roman Catholic tradition. Grants are not applied to enrollment in other university programs or workshops that are not sponsored by the school and gain credit for teachers for advancement on the faculty salary scale.

Accountability

1. Applications must be complete.

2. Final reports must account specifically for all moneys expended.

3. The final report must be submitted at the end of the grant period. Final reports are due within one month of the completion date of the project.

4. Stipends are paid upon receipt of the final report and submission to the Associate Principal of a completed Check Request Form.

5.  Teachers are expected to give a brief presentation of their grant to the faculty during a Faculty-Staff Development Day.