Each year the Faculty Center selects between 30 to 50 full-time faculty members to participate in a 2½-day on-campus conference in the week following exams. Each funded faculty member joins a cohort of colleagues from departments across campus to make a prepared presentation about professional practice related to the conference theme, attend workshops, and engage in think tank sessions. The event features some elements of a typical academic conference and other elements similar to a working retreat.
Selected faculty members who attend all sessions and submit the required deliverables receive a $500 grant subject to normal withholding tax. The call for proposals typically goes out in mid-October.