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Canisius College Memorandum

College of Arts and Sciences


To:

Full-Time Arts & Sciences Faculty

From:

Tom Chambers, Dean

Date:

June 29, 2021

Subject:

Travel Funding for 2021-2022

Limited funding for faculty travel is available for the 2021-2022 academic year. Funding will be available to full-time faculty for the following purposes, in order of priority:

  1. Presentation of research at an academic conference, in-person or virtual;
  2. Primary research at a field site, archive, library, museum, or event;
  3. Commenting on a panel at a professional meeting;
  4. Attendance at a governing/editorial board meeting for a professional society;
  5. Chairing a session at a professional meeting.


Not every faculty member will be able to receive full funding for every research-related or professional trip they would like to take. My goal is to fund as many trips as possible for as many people as possible. To that end, I am implementing the following guidelines to stretch our travel budget:

  1. Priority given to untenured, tenure-track faculty;
  2. Limit of $900.00 in travel funding per faculty member;
  3. One trip funded per faculty member;
  4. Funding requests must be submitted by August 1, 2021 for Fall semester travel. I will allocate funds based on the requests received, holding back some funding for spring semester trips. If you already have plans for a Spring semester trip, you may submit that request at this time.
  5. Funding requests must be submitted by December 1, 2021 January 31, 2021 for Spring semester travel. If there are unallocated funds, I will consider funding second trips or additional expenses above $900.00 from first trips.


I've been told that at some point there was a limit on being away from campus for more than two days for conference travel. That doesn't make sense to me. Please ignore that past protocol without abusing the privilege (e.g. no ten-day pay-to-play conference in Hawaii the week before spring break).
Faculty seeking travel funding should file a Travel Authorization Form on the MyCanisius portal. Please use "Dean of Arts & Sciences—Office (5016)" when prompted to "Add Departmental Budget Source." Note that I have already approved several travel requests for virtual conferences over the summer and will continue to provide support for those faculty who need to travel before the August 1st application deadline.
I am optimistic that in-person professional meetings will resume very soon.

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