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The LFP National Office Closes for the Holidays!
Friday, December 19, 2014

The LFP National Office will be closed December 22, 2014 to January 4, 2015.  We will re-open Monday, January 5, 2014. We hope that you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


 

Announcing the 2014 Arlin G. Meyer Prize Winner
Thursday, November 13, 2014

The winner and finalists for the 2014 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Visual Arts was announced at the twenty-fourth annual National Conference.  Find out more here.

 

2014 Annual National Conference
Monday, May 19, 2014

The 24th annual National Conference has concluded and highlights from the 2014 conference at Xavier University of Louisiana will appear soon on our website.  Check back later!  

 

2014 Workshop for Senior Administrators
Monday, May 19, 2014

We have concluded our 2014 Workshop for Senior Administrators and highlights from the Workshop are available here.

 

Call for Submissions: the 2015 LFP Book Award
Monday, November 4, 2013

The LFP is now accepting nominations for its biennial Book Award.  Please see our website for more information.

 

November LFP Update
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Check out the recent _LFP_Update_

 

Follow the Exiles from Eden Blog!
Thursday, November 1, 2012

The LFP is now sponsoring a new blog, Exiles from Eden.  Go check it out!

 

National Network of Church- Related Colleges and Universities
Thursday, July 8, 2010
If you are interested in learning more about membership in the National Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities, please contact us here. 

Small Grant Program


LFP National Network Institutions are invited to apply for small grants of $1500 and $3000 to stimulate conversation about church-related higher education and church-related mission on their campuses or among church-related institutions in close proximity to each another.  The LFP hopes these grants will extend and strengthen the LFP’s national conversation about church-related higher learning and mission within and among our network campuses.  The Small Grant program is designed to fund new programs on network campuses rather than supplement ongoing ones.  The current deadline for the submission of applications is September 15, 2015.  See below for the application process.


Current Small Grant Programs

At its Fall 2013 meeting, the board awarded small grants to Belmont University, Duquesne University, Gordon College, Hope College, and Mount Saint Mary's University.

Belmont University “Courage and Renewal: Circle of Trust® approach Program” Director, Judy Skeen
Belmont University seeks in this yearlong program to answer this question: How can educators create classroom experiences where integrity is chosen from inside out?


Duquesne University, “Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability: Explorations at a Spiritan Catholic University”
Directors, Darlene Fozard Weaver and Maureen O’Brien
Duquesne University program will fund six faculty to participate in six meetings over the 2014-15 academic year to enhance interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration on ecological and sustainability initiatives by faculty across the university while drawing on their varied areas of expertise.  It will also integrate Spiritan Catholic mission for justice, peace, and the integrity of creation more fully into faculty’s research and teaching, thereby weaving them more fully into the awareness and academic engagement of undergraduate students and faculty as part of DU’s mission and it will provide faculty with a collegial setting in which to develop a specific area of their research or teaching related to environmental stewardship or sustainability.


Gordon College, “Young Scholars and Vocation” Discussion Group
Director: Bruce G. Webb

Gordon College seeks support for a small-group discussion seminar with young scholars.  They have chosen to focus our attention on young scholars, some of whom are already in pursuit of or in possession of advanced degrees, others who are in earlier processes of discernment, but who want to explore a calling to church-related higher education in more depth. These young scholars would benefit from time with one another and with more seasoned scholars around common readings and discussion.

Hope College, “Robust Ecumenism at Hope College”
Director: Steven Bouma-Prediger

Hope College's program will develop a larger conversation at the college on "robust ecumenism." They plan to extend the conversation to the Lilly Network by hosting a conference in 2015-2016 on the promise and challenges of genuine ecumenicity in Christian higher education.

Mount St. Mary’s University, “Gaudium et Spes, Then and Now: A Faculty Dialogue,” Director, Joshua Peter Hochschild
Mount St. Mary's University aims to engage members of its community in reflection on the 1965 Pastoral Constitution, Gaudium et Spes, on the occaision of its 50th anniversary.  They intend its dialogue series, "Gaudium et Spes: Then and Now," to develop its faculty and its curriculum.


At its Fall 2012 meeting, the board awarded six small grants to 
Benedictine UniversityBethel UniversityEast Texas Baptist UniversityWestmont College, the University of St. Francis, and Villanova University


Benedictine University plans to conduct the “Benedictine Faculty Forum” (BFF), a pilot program designed to build community among mid-career, newly-tenured faculty at Benedictine University who face many challenges as they negotiate their new roles in the university community.  

Bethel University
 will undertake its program, “The Pietist Idea of a Christian College: Bethel University,” a summer workshop in which participants will discuss the history of Pietism and the development of Bethel University.  The workshop will generate new writing projects that will contribute to the literature of Pietism and higher education.  

East Texas Baptist University’s
 small grant, “Human Rights, Reconciliation, and Restorative Justice: East Texas and the World,” is a multidisciplinary program conducted across the university to address “the broad local, national, and international issues of human rights and reconciliation, law enforcement, and restorative justice.”  It will be a year-long program involving presentations, a common reading among faculty, and integration of ideas into courses across the disciplines of the university.  

Westmont College
 will conduct a “Faith and Learning Faculty Roundtable Project” throughout the 2013-2014 academic year to deepen the college’s understanding of student learning in relation to institutional learning outcomes. The Roundtable is also designed to promote pedagogical discussions and familiarizing the college community with the best practices of faith-learning on campus and nationwide. 

The University of St. Francis will use its small grant to support “The USF San Damiano Scholars,” that will enhance the understanding of the Franciscan charism as it impacts faculty and students in higher education.  The program will include a pilgrimage to Assisi, brown-bag discussions on the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition, first year Core students’ seminars, the Franciscan Scholar Forum and the Francis and Clare Symposium, student scholarships intended to support a pilgrimage for Educators of Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities, and mentoring of future pilgrims. 

A small grant will support Villanova University’s “Faculty Luncheon Dialogues” for the 2013-2014 academic through its Center for Faith and Learning. The luncheon series will explore ideas of vocation, teaching, and world religions and draw from multiple disciplines including political science, mathematics, and business from within the Augustinian tradition.

Read more about previous small grants programs here.



The Application Process:

LFP National Network Institutions are invited to apply for small grants of $1500 and $3000 to stimulate conversation about church-related higher education and church-related mission on their campuses or among church-related institutions in close proximity to each another.  The LFP hopes these grants will extend and strengthen the LFP’s national conversation about church-related higher learning and mission within and among our network campuses.  The Small Grant program is designed to fund new programs on network campuses rather than supplement ongoing ones.

Proposals must be submitted by LFP campus representatives by September 15 of each year.  Activities funded will take place during following academic year.  The next application deadline for Small Grants to fund programs in the 2016/2017 school year is September 15, 2015.

Examples of programs that might be funded include but are not limited to:
  • On-campus reading or discussion groups for faculty or administrators on church-related mission, faith and higher education, faith and the academic vocation, etc.

  • Workshops for faculty and administrators on church-related mission or the academic vocation.
  • Lectures or a lecture series connected to reading groups or workshops on church-related mission or the academic vocation.
  • Discussion groups, workshops, or exchanges of best practices regarding church-related mission or the academic vocation among campuses in close proximity.
  • Peer mentoring for administrators or junior, mid-career, or senior faculty.

Funds might be used to secure supplies, to provide faculty incentives, to provide travel, or honoraria for speakers.

Grant recipients are required to provide a thorough assessment of the program to be submitted in a report to the LFP upon completion of the funded program.  Plans for this assessment should be included in the proposal.


Required Application Materials:
  • Cover Form (available here)
  • Description of the Program

  • Preliminary schedule of events for participants

  • Projected budget

  • CV of the Director

Please include an estimate of how many members of the campus or campuses will be involved, a description of how the program will be structured, monitored, and evaluated, and an indication of the need and support for this program on the host campus (including how the funded activity fits into other related efforts currently on your campus). Proposals for reading groups should include a potential reading list.

Please direct any questions to:

Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts
Valparaiso University
Linwood House
1320 Chapel Drive South
Valparaiso, IN 46383

OR  lillyfellows.program@valpo.edu

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