Joan Luerssen Faculty Enhancement Fund and the Horace T. Woodward Faculty Development Fund

The purpose of these two endowments shall be to provide supplementary funds to support professional development and programs.


Full-time faculty members, in the initial phase of their academic career, within the College of Agricultural Sciences who hold the rank of Assistant Professor. 


$15,000 total amount, not to exceed $3,000 per request. 


  • One-page letter to describe the activity and associated costs, as well as the impact you predict it would have on your professional programs. 
    • Funding may be used to support travel to conferences, scholarly journals, or for program support in your teaching, research, and/or extension activities, as long as the expenditures are for professional development.
      • Please note only opportunities occurring between July 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019 will be considered.
  • A brief supporting note (one paragraph) from your academic unit leader describing her/his concurrence with the impact on your program is required. 
  • All charges must be expended by May 31, 2019 to clear the budget by June 30.  Any remaining funds will revert back to the principal of the endowments.
  • Submit a unified pdf, containing all required components, to Research and Graduate Education via email () by 5:00PM Monday, May 14, 2018.

Selection Process

Proposals will be reviewed by the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education with consultation from appropriate department heads or faculty members as needed.