Travel Support

Faculty are encouraged to participate in professional conferences as a vehicle for disseminating their scholarly work and for their own professional development. To that end, modest financial support from the College’s budget is available to assist faculty in conference attendance.

  • Travel allocations from the College operating budget are made to each of the academic departments in the amount of $1,000 per full-time faculty member. Faculty members access these funds by completing Travel Authorization forms and submitting them to their department chairperson. State guidelines and timelines for travel must be adhered to. If a faculty member chooses not to use the travel allocation in a given year, the faculty member should notify the department chair to that effect in a timely manner so that the funds may be reallocated within the department. The decision about how the funds are reallocated is made by the department chair; because these funds are a budgeted item to support faculty travel, they are not used for other purposes.

Whether or not the faculty member receives financial support from the University for professional travel, Travel Authorization forms must be completed and submitted prior to the professional travel.

New faculty may utilize start-up funds for professional travel.

  • College of Education International Travel Grants for Faculty. College of Education faculty are invited to apply for College of Education International Travel Grants. An annual $10,000 faculty international travel fund is administered by the Dean and awarded to faculty based on an application process. This travel fund is contingent upon available funding in the College of Education. The award amounts will be disbursed based on the following:
    • 75 percent of the trip, up to a maximum amount of $1,500
    • Consideration will be given to faculty who are engaged in the presentation of scholarly work in an international setting for the first time.
    • International Travel Grants will be awarded to an individual faculty member no more frequently than once every two years.

If fundng is available for International Travel Grants in a given academic year, the Dean’s Office will notify the faculty. Applications for a College of Education International Travel Grant may be submitted to the Dean’s Office at any time and must include:

  • Description of trip and estimated expenses
  • Documentation of invitation or proposal acceptance (if applicable)
  • Purpose statement that includes the following: Connection of the trip to the College of Education Internationalization Plan; ways the trip contributes to the internationalization of the College
  • Overall benefit to students in the College

Review process:

The Dean will review all applications once a quarter and provide applicants with one of these responses:

  • The proposal is funded.
  • The proposal is not funded.
  • The proposal is not funded at this time but will remain in the applicant pool for the next cycle.

Funds will need to be spent within the fiscal year of the award. Spending options include the prepayment of an airline ticket for the next fiscal year.

The Dean will report annually to the College on the travel grant awards.

  • Modest stipends to support participation in international conferences may also be available through the Office of International Programs. Faculty seeking this support should contact the Office of International Programs directly.
  • A special travel opportunity is afforded through the College of Education’s partnership with the Paedagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg, a university of education in Germany. Our two institutions sponsor a German-American Faculty Symposium each year, alternating sites between Charlotte and Ludwigsburg. Faculty from the two institutions participate in collaborative research and professional development activities. Members of the traveling delegation are selected based on those collaborations. For more information, contact: Mary Lynne Calhoun.