The Rashkind Family Foundation has established the Rashkind Endowment to assist faculty during sabbatical leaves or while pursuing advanced study.
The program is open to all tenured or tenure-track faculty who have completed at least three years of service at Randolph-Macon. Awards will be made (1) for work to be conducted by tenured faculty during sabbatical leaves, and (2) for research by non-tenured, tenure-track faculty. Awards may include funding for research and equipment costs and travel associated with the proposed project. In addition, untenured, tenure-track faculty may be awarded up to a two-course reduction in their teaching load for the academic year to which the proposal will apply. Applicants requesting course reductions may distribute the course reductions in any of the three terms (Fall, January, Spring), with the approval of the department chair and the Provost.
Funds for projects approved will revert to the Rashkind Endowment if for any reason the project is not begun within six months of the scheduled date. Projects may not begin before July 1, 2015.
One or more awards may be made annually at the discretion of the Committee on Faculty Development. Preference will be given to faculty members who have not recently received a Rashkind grant.
Only faculty on full-year sabbatical leaves with no support beyond their Randolph-Macon salary may apply Rashkind funds for salary supplement stipends. In such a case, the award of a full-year sabbatical must be critical to the success of the proposal. The maximum stipend is $1,250 per month per person for a maximum of nine months during the academic year.
Non-tenured, tenure-track faculty seeking the two-course reduction must have the Chair of their department, and if appropriate, the Chair of programs in which the applicant teaches, provide a letter of support, which should include a statement of the suitability of the candidate for a reduced teaching load and an explanation of how the department/program will adjust the teaching schedule. Applicants for Rashkind grants should also consult the General Guidelines for Faculty Grants for further details on proposal preparation.
The deadline for receipt of proposals in the Provost's Office is January 31, 2015. Electronic submissions are acceptable.