The Keefer Funds support professional development activities for both junior and senior faculty.
Senior faculty members (Tenured Associate and Full Professors) will be invited to submit proposals for Keefer Senior Faculty Grants. This grant is designed to fund sustained research projects with a focus on bringing the research toward public presentation, publication, or as a step toward obtaining external funding. Proposed projects may be completed over a summer, while on sabbatical, and/or throughout the academic year. Grants will be available to fund projects to a maximum of $12,000. Proposed projects may span up to two years, provided the project budget is within the maximum allowed for a single project.
New tenure-track faculty members receive an account that they may use at their discretion for the advancement of their teaching and research agendas. These accounts will be closed at the first semester following the faculty member's first sabbatical or the beginning of the academic year that follows the faculty member's tenure at the college, whichever comes later, with any remaining funds reallocated to future tenure-track faculty members.