Multicultural Faculty Commission

  West Chester University

Lei Zhu, Ph.D.
304 Anderson Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-430-5671

Local Grants

Award Application

Final Report Form

MFC Local Grants

The purpose of the WCU-Multicultural Faculty Commission (MFC) Local Awards is to enhance and support faculty scholarship, creative activity, innovation in teaching and learning, assessment, and other aspects of professional development. Stipends for summer work will not be awarded; however, requests for equipment, registration fees, etc., for projects conducted during the summer will be considered.

Specifically, the Request for Proposal (RFP) will fund at least one of the following types of activities:

  • attend workshops and seminars to enhance professional skills.
  • purchase small pieces of equipment or supplies related to specific scholarly or creative projects.
  • support travel to conferences to present scholarly works or creative projects.
  • pay for page charges and other publication costs.                                 
  • cover expenses associated with data collection and/or data analyses.
  • conduct on-campus colloquia or seminars for the purpose of professional development.      
  • pay students assisting planned faculty research.


Priority consideration will be given to applicants who propose to conduct research projects for the purpose of collecting preliminary data needed to develop a major proposal for submission to funding external agencies.

Priorities for Funding
Priority in funding will be given to activities and expenses to the extent that they meet the following criteria:

  • designed to enhance the professional development of the faculty member involved.
  • show potential for eventually generating a discernible product (for example, a publication, presentation at a scholarly conference, performance, exhibition, curricular innovation, or service program). 
  • correspond to the criteria for professional growth in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
  • consistent with the goals of WCU, college/school/division, and department as applicable.

The 2010 MFC Grant process runs according to the following timeline:

February 26 The MFC Request for Proposal (RFP) is issued from the MFC or the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
March 4 A reminder notice is circulated announcing MFC RFP.
March 11 A reminder notice is circulated announcing proposal deadline of March 30th at 12 PM.
Tuesday, March 23 Proposals are due in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and Faculty Development at 12:00 PM.
March 30 The MFC Grant Committee announces 2010 Grant Recipients.
April 2010 250-word proposal abstracts and amount rewarded are highlighted online for the year.
April 2010 Recipients/Project Directors attend workshop and have pictures taken for Fall Newsletter
April 2011 Year-end and budget reports are due tonya thames taylor in Main 309 at 12:00 PM.

Final Report

  • One page submitted at the completion of the project; this includes outcome of project and completed budget form.
  • Award recipients are required to file reports on their project activities at the close of the academic year during which the project was run.  In the event that the project activities extend beyond the academic year, the report should be submitted within one month of the conclusion of the project. 
  • All reports should be submitted to the attention of Dr. tonya thames taylor, Associate Professor, History Main 309.
  • Recipients who fail to complete final reports will not be eligible for future awards.