Autonomous Hamilton Affinity Groups (AHA!)

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Autonomous Hamilton Affinity Groups (AHA!)

Hamilton College
Open Date:
Apr 19, 2019
Close Date:
Jun 30, 2019

The Dean of Faculty invites applications for renewable faculty development projects to be carried out by AHA! groups in 2019-20. Requests up to $4,000 will be considered. Any cohort of five or more Hamilton faculty (including teaching employees) may form or extend an AHA! group of teacher-scholars to propose a mutually beneficial project for funding.


AHA! groups may be departmental or interdisciplinary, comprised of any and all categories of faculty. They may be intergenerational, or they may involve a group all at roughly the same career stage (for example, a tenure-track faculty writing support group). You may propose to bring a visitor who will assist in a faculty development project. You may ask for funds to facilitate regular meetings of your AHA! group, requesting for example lunch money. You could bring an outside expert to advise your group, though this call is not meant to supplant existing funding for lectures and performances. Existing groups may name themselves as an AHA! group, so long as their project meets the purposes of the program.

Proposals that clearly articulate outcomes related to strategic initiatives such as interdisciplinarity, experiential learning, digital pedagogy, or enhanced advising are strongly encouraged and more likely to be funded. Proposals supporting faculty development related to foundational teaching (Writing, Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning, Oral Communication), to the new Social, Structural, and Institutional Hierarchies requirement, to First-Year courses, or to Senior Projects will also receive serious consideration. Ultimate impact on teaching and students is implicit, but these funds are not for supporting student projects. Successful projects will be funded through reimbursement of documented expenses and will require a brief written report at the end of the grant. If you are reapplying on behalf of an existing AHA! group, please include a preliminary report on your activities this past year. Here's a great example: .

The process will once again be competitive.

Ground rules:

·The funds are not for acquisition of equipment, software, books, subscriptions, or supplies.
·Proposals that could be funded through an existing budget will not be considered competitive.
·No course releases, participation stipends for Hamilton faculty, or student expenses will be funded.

Application Instructions:

Limit your text to 500 words; include a detailed budget that adheres to the usual Hamilton College expectations.

Deadline for proposals: 30 June 2019.




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Posted: 4/20/2019
Application Due: 4/26/2019
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