Faculty Research Grants

Bluffton University Research Center Grants
The Bluffton University Research Center provides up to four grants ($3,000 plus up to $600 for expenses) for summer research activities that relate in some fashion to Bluffton's Anabaptist heritage e.g. peacemaking, conflict resolution, service, international understanding, Believer's Church topics and moral and ethical implications of peace perspectives across the disciplines. The research center program includes a special commitment to encourage the work of junior faculty.

NOTE: For summer 2016, the Bluffton University Research Center will provide up to four grants ($3,000 plus up to $600 for expenses.) Please contact Jeff Gundy, BURC director, for further information.

C. Henry Smith Peace Lectureship
C. Henry Smith, the distinguished Mennonite historian, gave priority in his will to maintaining and strengthening the peace witness in Mennonite churches. The peace lectureship provides an opportunity for faculty members of Mennonite-related colleges, and Mennonites teaching at other colleges, to strengthen their resources for teaching peace. Because of C. Henry Smith's long association with Goshen College and Bluffton University and his special consideration of these two institutions in establishment of the trust, if top proposals are of equal quality, faculty member proposals from Goshen and Bluffton will receive priority. A committee composed of representatives from Goshen College and Bluffton University are looking for creativity in research and  presentations that will convey peace from a distinctive Anabaptist perspective and strengthen the peace witness of the Mennonite Churches. Lectureship guidelines and application information.

Civic Engagement Theme Lectureship
Each year a faculty member is selected to serve as the civic engagement theme lecturer. Responsibilities of the lecturer are to prepare a lecture related to the civic engagement theme to be presented at the Presidential Scholarship competition in late January and at the Forum directly preceding civic engagement day in the spring. The lecturer is chosen by the academic dean in consultation with the civic engagement committee.
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Faculty Mini-Leaves
Faculty members are eligible to apply for mini-leaves (typically a one-course reduction) for special research, teaching or community service projects. Mini-leaves are awarded by the president in consultation with the faculty development committee and the academic dean.  Please contact the academic affairs office for further information.

Faculty Scholarship Grants

  • Karl V. Schultz Faculty Scholarship Grant
    The Karl V. Schultz Faculty Scholarship Grant encourages and supports creativity in scholarship, including and especially projects that explore across disciplines and impact the lives of real people and communities. 

    This grant is one of the Bluffton University's faculty endowment scholarship grants. The grant will provide a total of six-hour course release to be used at the discretion of the applicant over two academic years. The grant is available to any tenured or tenure-track faculty member with a minimum of three years teaching experience at Bluffton University. Grants are awarded by the president in consultation with the faculty development committee and the academic dean. This grant is awarded every three years.
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  • Naomi E. Lehman Faculty and Trollinger Faculty Scholarship Grants

    The university has two additional endowed faculty scholarship grants, each providing one six-credit-hour release over a two-year period. These grants are made possible by generous gifts by the Trollinger and Naomi E. Lehman families.

    These grants are designed to complement other university initiatives, including the Bluffton University Research Center Grant, the mini-leave program and sabbatical program. Grants are available to any tenured or tenure-track faculty member with a minimum of three years teaching experience at Bluffton University. Grants are awarded every three years by the president in consultation with the faculty development committee and the academic dean.
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  • For the 2016-18 academic years, the Karl B. Schultz Endowed Faculty Scholarship grant is available. Please send applications to Steve Harnish, faculty development committee chair, via Nancy Neff.