Honors Faculty Engagement Grant
The Honors Faculty Engagement Grant (HFEG) is designed to financially support faculty in developing innovative, creative, and unique academic experiences for Honors College students in Honors courses and sections. Any instructor of a WKU Honors section (including an Honors Enriched Embedded Course) may apply for an HFEG for the semester they are teaching this section. Instructors may apply for an HFEG each semester they are teaching an Honors section regardless of past awards.
The maximum HFEG award is $1,500. When participating in an out-of-class experience, instructors are strongly encouraged to require participating students to share in the cost. Sharing in the cost of a trip, and paying in advance, improves student participation in the event and encourages an appreciation for the cost and effort associated with the trip.
HFEG funds can be used for a wide variety of expense as long as the funds are devoted to providing an Honors experience for Honors College students. Common examples of HFEG-supported uses are: inviting guest speakers to a class, taking a field trip and purchasing select materials. Please note that HFEG funds are primarily intended to support Honors College students. When there is no added expense for non-Honors student participation, then HFEG funds may be used; for example, renting a van or paying a guest speaker is no less expensive regardless of how many Honors and non-Honors students participate. Purchasing tickets for a performance, however, would become more expensive with the participation of non-Honors students, and thus would not be an appropriate use of HFEG funds.
HFEG applications greater than $500 are due at the end of the first month of each semester.
HFEG applications less than $500 can be submitted at any time during the semester. This allows faculty to take advantage of opportunities that they may not be able to plan for at the start of the semester.
If you feel an important academic opportunity has arisen that does not fit easily within the HFEG deadlines, please feel free to contact Dr. Clay Motley, Assistant Director for Academics, to discuss the matter.
HFEG Determination Information
HFEGs greater than $500 will be evaluated by the Honors Development Board (HDB). It takes the HDB two to three weeks after the deadline to evaluate the HFEG applications and make funding recommendations. Faculty will receive an awards letter via their WKU campus mail after the HDB's decision.
HFEGs less than $500 will be evaluated in one to two weeks from submission. Faculty will be notified of the funding decision via their WKU campus mail.
In order to publicize your project and to encourage other faculty to develop Honors experiences through HFEGs, the Honors College requires that faculty receiving HFEGs submit their experiences for publication. These publications may include:Arete (the Honors student newsletter), departmental newsletters or websites, Doers and Deeds, College Heights Herald, Bowling Green Daily News, or others.