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Early Career Faculty Travel Awards

      The Emeritus College of UMKC dedicates the proceeds of its dues- and donation-funded endowment to support Early Career Faculty. These are faculty who are early in their career at UMKC, typically tenure-track.
      Awards will be made annually on a competitive basis to support travel to conferences, meetings, collaborations and projects, that will enhance networking and faculty contacts and that will directly support the career development of UMKC faculty.

The inaugural 2019 ECFA competition for travel assistance received 10 applications: Criminal Justice, Economics, Geosciences, History, Political Sciences (all College A&S), School of Nursing (2), School of Computing and Engineering (2), and Conservatory of Music and Dance.
    The 2019 ECFA inaugural recipients are:
  • Assistant Professor Matt Chrisman, Nursing: $500. "Dissemination of UMKC’s PHAB Lab findings to national and regional audiences"
  • Assistant Professor Sandra Enriquez, History, A&S: $500. "Attendance to Western History Conference Meeting in October 2019"

      In November 2018, a campaign was started, asking retired and current faculty of UMKC for donations. The earnings of the endowment will be distributed annually as Early Career Faculty Travel Awards.
      The campaign letter reminds faculty how much relatively small amounts of financial support for travel have been beneficial for the development of their own career, to gain tenure, and to become a better, more accomplished faculty member.
      As a result of budget pressures, this type of small, often matched, support to allow travel to conferences or in support of projects and collaborations, has dried up.
The Emeritus College hopes through its endowment to provide some of this type of support. The campaign seeks to increase the availability of travel funds to help more faculty to become successful.
      Additional donations for this campaign can be made On-Line through the UMKC Foundation website. Donations and Donors are listed on the Donations page.

  • The 2020 Early Career Faculty Travel Awards competition for 2 grants of $500 each opens June 1, 2019.
  • Eligible UMKC faculty members can only submit a single application per year.
  • The On-Line Application process specifies eligibility criteria.
  • The submission deadline is April 15, 2020 with funds availability by June 1, 2020.