What is the Honors Faculty Engagement Grant for?
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.
Who is eligible to apply for an HFEG?
Instructors 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.
HFEG funds cannot be used to support Faculty Led Study Abroad and Study Away courses. HFEGs are designed to enrich courses offered on WKU's campus by making brief travel, equipment, speakers, etc. available that would not be otherwise, thus helping create an Honors experience for students.
What can HFEG funds be used for?
There are a wide variety of acceptable uses for HFEG funds, 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.
How much can I ask for?
The maximum HFEG award is $1,500; however, the Honors Development Board will determine the award amount. 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. For example, students could pay $5 each for a theatre ticket that actually costs $25, with the HFEG and other sources (such as department and college) subsidizing the rest.
When are HFEG applications due?
All HFEG applications, regardless of monetary value, are due at the start of the term in which they will be used. Please see the Honors College webpage for specific deadline dates. Late HFEGs are not accepted.
If you feel an important academic opportunity has arisen that does not fit easily within the HFEG deadlines, please feel free to contact the Honors College's Associate Director for Academics, to discuss the matter.
When will the decision on my HFEG be made?
HFEGs are 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 directly after the HDB's decision.
How are HFEGs chosen for funding?
The Honors Development Board is composed of faculty representatives from each of the University's colleges, as well as faculty and students from the Honors College. Budgetary restrictions are the prime factor in determining awards, followed by the committee's decision regarding the ability of the project to provide a valuable "Honors experience" for the students.
If selected, how will I receive my funding?
The Honors College can only pay for expenses itemized and approved on the HFEG Application in an amount equal or less than the total requested funds. Due to the large number of HFEGs we process each semester, we ask that your department pay the expenses up front and forward an Inter-Account bill to the Honors College for processing. It is important that you receive funding approval before making purchases.