Lecturer Travel Grant

English Department Lecturer Travel Grant – Criteria, Application Guidelines and Application Form

In order to support Lecturers in their development as educators and in order to enhance excellent teaching at San Francisco State University, the English Department and Composition Program will offer travel grants to Lecturers in AY 2018-2019 as follows:

  • $750 to award among applicants in Fall semester, 2018
  • $750 to award among applicants in Spring semester, 2019


We hope that these funds will help offset registration and/or travel costs as Lecturers seek out quality professional development opportunities that will positively impact their teaching in the English Department at SFSU.

Application Deadlines for 2018-2019

Fall Deadline: November 15, 2018

Spring Deadline: Februrary 15, 2019


Award Criteria

The goal of this travel award program is to make funding opportunities available to Lecturers across the department with diverse interests and teaching experience. The primary criteria for selection will be based on:

  • the likelihood that the travel will positively impact teaching effectiveness in the English Department at San Francisco State University.

Other criteria taken into consideration include:

  • clear articulation of the applicant’s professional goals for attending the conference
  • clear explanation of how funds will be used
  • clear explanation how the applicant awardee will share what s/he learned after the conference

Note that funding preference will be given to applicants who are scheduled to present at a juried/peer-reviewed conference. Conference presenters are eligible for funding through grants (non-taxable income); faculty attending but not presenting at conferences are eligible for honoraria (taxable income). Applicants may receive only one grant per academic year.


Application Process

To apply, please submit an application form, the conference schedule or link to the conference website, and (if relevant) a copy of a conference abstract, to the Faculty Support and Mentoring Committee (Co-Chair Lyn Motai at lmotai@sfsu.edu. FSMC members are charged with reviewing applications and forwarding these to the Writing Program Director for final decisions on awards. 


Presenters who have been awarded grants must submit a Request for Authorization to Travel (RAT) to the English Department Assistant to the Chair, Erin Macke (engaoc@sfsu.edu), at least 35 days before the date of travel.

Non-presenting conference attendees who have been awarded honoraria: Once awarded, the names of awardees and award amounts are forwarded to the English Department by the Faculty Support and Mentoring Committee.


Post-conference Sharing

All awardees are asked to share their conference experience with the Department community in at least one of 3 ways:  (1) by submitting a short description (1 paragraph) of your conference participation to the Department newsletter; (2) by attending a Department Coffee Break, during which you can share your conference highlights in an informal networking setting; or (3) by participating in a “brown bag” discussion, open to all department faculty, to share highlights of your conference experience.