International Program Overview

The purpose of the UT Martin Faculty Development International Travel Grant Program is, in the words of Robert T. Voelkel (1980), "to encourage faculty members to venture outside areas of specialization and outside their own professional disciplines" (p. 16). To this end, the Program is designed to encourage faculty members to find new ways of thinking and new sources of ideas to bring back to their classrooms, where, ultimately, the mission of UT Martin - research, scholarship, and creative endeavors enhance teaching and enlarge knowledge - is realized.

The Office of Research, Grants, and Contracts (RGC) manages the Faculty Development International Travel Grant Program that provides modest support for faculty development. The Office of RGC does not have unlimited funds for this Program. There may be times when a qualified request goes unfunded simply because there is no available money. Priority will be given to faculty who have not participated in the Faculty Development International Travel Program (formerly the International Travel Grant) and to fund proposals submitted by individual faculty members not involved in a group-travel endeavor. The maximum amount of each award is $1,000. When the funds are available, funds may be used for a group of faculty (maximum of 10, including the group leader) for activities in non-native English speaking countries. The maximum amount per member is $1,000, and the Program will pay the group leader's expenses in accordance with University of Tennessee Fiscal Policy 070 for travel. The group leader must submit a proposal according to the Proposal Guidelines. If funds are available, only one (1) group-international travel program will be funded in an academic year. 

Regular, full-time faculty may apply for a Faculty Development International Travel grant. Other faculty/staff may participate, but they will not be eligible for financial assistance. Eligible participants may take one (1) guest, if space permits; however, UT Martin will not subsidize the guest's expenses. Faculty members who have previously been awarded monies for faculty development through international travel (individual or group) are ineligible to submit an application and proposal for the year following the travel award. 

Faculty members may submit subsequent applications and proposals for faculty development through international travel as long as the request is not for consecutive years, and they must show how the activities of the previous travel related back to the classroom.

Faculty Development International Travel Grant monies may be used to supplement activities engaged in during the Reagan Leave period. Further, a faculty member is ineligible for a Faculty Development International Travel Grant for one (1) fiscal year following culmination of the Leave. Faculty are eligible for only one (1) Faculty Development International Travel grant, either individual or group (when funds are available), during an academic year.

Applications and Proposals not meeting guidelines will not be considered for funding. Please submit a completed application package (signed application, proposal, and required attachments) in hard copy to the ORGC and email a copy of the proposal and required attachments to the ORGC by March 1. The electronic copy should be submitted as an email attachment in Microsoft Word to Dr. Joan K. West at jkwest@utm.edu by the March 1 deadline. The grant award period is between July 1 and June 15 of the next fiscal year. An End Report is due in the Office of Research, Grants, and Contracts by July 31. This Report should describe the project-related travel, including an explanation of how the objectives of the travel were met and how the results of the travel-related activities will be incorporated into the classroom. A syllabus of each course highlighting activities related to the international travel should be attached to the End Report.

Members of the Faculty Research & Development Committee (representing all UT Martin academic units) are responsible for reading and evaluating proposals. In the event a Committee Member submits a proposal, and/or if a Committee Member's immediate family member (i. e., spouse; parent(s); children, including step-children; siblings; nieces and nephews) submits a proposal, the Committee Member will excuse her/himself from reviewing and discussing any proposals, but will participate in all other aspects of the Committee's work. It is the responsibility of the Committee Member to secure a replacement for her/him to review and discuss all proposals and to provide the name of the replacement to the Committee Chair before the Committee's initial meeting.