DePaul University Academic Affairs > Faculty Resources > Teaching > Quality Of Instruction Council > General Guidelines
This section provides an overview of the councils and general guidelines for preparing proposals for the Quality of Instruction Council, the University Research Council, and the Public Service Council. Applicants should also refer to the specific guidelines for the program to which they are applying.
Introduction to the Councils
Proposal Preparation Process
Criteria for Review
Eligible and Ineligible Expenses
Award Conditions and Procedures
The programs of the Public Service Council (PSC), the Quality of Instruction Council (QIC), and the University Research Council (URC) are designed to promote a vital and productive faculty. All operate out of the Office of Faculty Development and are chaired by Lawrence Hamer, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.
All programs are intentionally competitive in nature to ensure the best use of available funds and to encourage the development of proposal-writing skills. The number of applications submitted usually does exceed available funding, so applicants are encouraged to submit well-crafted projects that advance their scholarly objectives.
The council guidelines are divided into two parts. This section includes general guidelines about working with all three councils:
Please also refer to each council's main page for information particular to the programs of each council along with any specialized forms, notably for the Paid Leave Program.
For information about grant opportunities supported by individual colleges and schools, please write or call the staff members for those programs.
The councils review proposals according to the general criteria listed below and any specific criteria described in the program guidelines. In awarding grants, the council takes into account three priorities: demands on faculty tenure and promotion, each applicant's record of completing projects, and how each project sustains university values. The council expects projects to be completed in a timely manner and will not fund projects beyond three years.
Does the statement of the project explain its significance persuasively to an audience of academic readers, most of whom are not expert in the field of the proposal? The use of technical and/or disciplinary jargon is discouraged. Proposals that are not readily understood by a majority of the council will be returned to the applicant for revision and consideration at a later date.
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A brief report of one to two pages should be submitted via email. The report should describe the activities conducted during the grant and address the achievement of the project outcomes as outlined in your proposal.
Scan copies of your expenses and include with the narrative as part of your final report. All materials must be emailed.