Faculty Development

Guidelines for Jesuit Faculty Fellowship

Xavier Faculty Fellowship


This endowed Faculty Fellowship competition is made possible by a generous gift from the Xavier Jesuit Community. The purpose of this Fellowship is to promote scholarship that enhances the service of faith and the promotion of justice. Each year, by means of a competition, a faculty member is selected as a Xavier Faculty Fellow. The Fellow is provided with a one semester leave with full salary, and a budget of $5,000 to cover expenses such as travel, student assistance, or materials related to the project. (Generally the department will be allowed to hire a full-time replacement faculty person for the semester.)

All full-time tenured or tenure track faculty from all disciplines are eligible to apply. Applicants must submit proposals following the format below. The application must describe concisely a plan for scholarly research of a publishable nature that is intended to further the service of faith and the promotion of justice. All proposals must be submitted by Wednesday, November 16, 2022, for a Fellowship awarded for a semester during the 2023-2024 academic year. Proposals should be submitted electronically (email to janzen@xavier.edu). The award will be announced by the end of the Fall 2022 semester (if at all possible).

Father Leo Klein, Vice President for Mission and Ministry, provided the following description that gives a clearer insight into the purpose of the Fellowship.

During its thirty-second General Congregation (1974-1975) the Society of Jesus declared that the hallmark of any ministry deserving the name Jesuit would be its service of faith of which the promotion of justice is an absolute requirement.

How does academic research serve faith? Ignatius Loyola strove to find God in all things, in all people and in all circumstances of life in our world. If, indeed, God can be found in all things, faith in God could be stimulated by every sort of human investigation, not just in philosophical or theological discourse.


How does academic research, serving faith, lead to the promotion of justice? Seeing reality through a faith perspective can lead to compassion for the suffering of fellow creatures and a will to act for the transformation of unjust social structures which cause suffering.


Contact the Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs (x4286) with questions concerning this fellowship.




Application for Xavier Faculty Fellowship


Cover Page

1. Name of Applicant

2. Rank

3. Department

4. Semester Requested

5. Title of Project

6. Funds Requested Exclusive of Full-time Replacement Faculty

7. A Brief Description (Abstract) of the Project Not to Exceed 150 Words


Budget Page

The Budget page should include a reasonably detailed explanation of how the requested funds will be spent within the time frame of the project in each category.

Example Categories:

$1,500 Travel

$2,000 Student and Clerical Support

$ 500 Materials and Copying Charges

$ 500 Miscellaneous Expenses



The narrative should be limited to three single-spaced pages. It is important to include a background of the project. Describe the factors that led you to pursue the proposed activity. Do you have previous publications pertaining to this proposal? Have you taught classes related to this proposal?

Departmental Support

A letter of support from the applicant's chair (or if a chair is applying, from the appropriate dean) must accompany the application.


Submission of Application

applications should be submitted electronically to the Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

NOTE: Faculty Fellows will be expected to present a seminar to the University Community within one academic year following the Fellowship.
The faculty development committee reviews proposals utilizing the following rubric to guide assessment and committee discussions of each proposal. The committee makes recommendations for Jesuit Fellowships to the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, who will forward the committee's recommendations, along with his/her own, to the Provost and CAO. The Provost and Chief Academic Officer has the final voice in approving projects. The faculty development committee and faculty committee will be informed of the recipients of the awards.

Evaluation Rubric for Jesuit Fellowship