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Wellness Funding: Academic Unit Terms



Academic Unit Wellbeing & Success Funding


Supported by the university's Institutional Enhancement funds for academic excellence and student success, the Office of Faculty Success announces a one-time funding opportunity for departments, schools, and areas. Funding may be requested for programming supporting faculty, staff, and/or student wellbeing and success within academic units.

Details about the Academic Unit Wellbeing and Success funding opportunities are provided below. Please direct any questions to Vice Provost for Faculty Success Genevieve Durham DeCesaro

General Guidelines

  1. Proposed programming should be specific to needs articulated by or common among an academic unit's faculty, staff, and/or students. Department Chairs, School Directors, and Area Coordinators should discuss this call with faculty, staff, and/or students and should invite suggestions for and discussion about any proposed use of funds.
  2. Funds may be used for speaker fees, educational programming costs (e.g., workshops, trainings), travel (domestic only) to and from campus, lodging, and/or costs associated with the activity (e.g., rental fees). Funds may not be used for directly-purchased food (see “Submission and Review Procedures” below, item 6.b), gifts, or personal consumables. Funds may not be used to support services for individuals (e.g., personal counseling sessions).
  3. A single unit may request up to $15,000. Additional details follow:

    1. Some units house multiple academic areas without substantial crossover between curricula, faculty, or students. Those units may propose programming or activities specific to certain academic areas rather than the entire unit.

    2. The total amount requested across all proposals from a single unit cannot exceed $15,000.

    3. For each program or activity being proposed, the unit should complete a separate proposal form including required accompanying information.

    4. A unit must submit all of its proposal forms, with accompanying required information, in a single package. This is to ensure that reviewers are able to consider the entirety of any single unit's request(s).

  4. Multiple units collaborating on programming may request up to $25,000. Units may not submit more than one multiple-unit proposal.
  5. Units may not submit more than one single-unit proposal package and one multiple-unit proposal.
  6. Funded programs/activities must be completed by August 31, 2023. Funds may not be carried forward into FY 24. Funding is not eligible for renewal.
  7. Units receiving funding are expected to participate in follow-up activities in the 2023-2024 academic year to assess the efficacy of the funded program(s) in supporting faculty, staff, and student wellbeing and success.

Submission and Review Procedures


Proposals must be completed using the appropriate Academic Unit Wellbeing and Success Programming Proposal Form (links for forms can be found at the bottom of this page). For each separate program or activity, units must complete a separate Proposal Form along with required accompanying information. As a reminder, any unit submitting more than one single-unit proposal must submit all proposals as part of one package. A unit may submit a multiple-unit proposal separately.

Each Proposal Form requires the following attached documents, all of which are detailed on the Form itself:

  1. A narrative description of the proposed program, including:

    1. Objectives (purpose) of the program and the program's target audience (i.e., students/faculty/staff).
    2. Anticipated outcomes of the program.
    3. The program's alignment with enhancing target audience's wellbeing/success in the unit.
    4. Expected timeline for the program or activity, including intended completion date.
  2. A proposed budget. Additional information follows:

    1. Non-TTU employees receiving payment must be set up with TTU as vendors.
    2. It is recommended that units working with vendors to deliver services solicit a single invoice from those vendors for the total cost of the programming/activity, including travel, lodging, and meals. For questions about this, please contact Vice Provost Genevieve Durham DeCesaro.
    3. Due to restrictions associated with state funds, funding cannot be used to directly purchase food or beverages, personal consumables, or gifts.
  3. Indication of support from Dean(s) of all participating units, including ranking of proposal on a scale of 1-5 with 5 indicating the proposed program is highly likely to significantly benefit faculty, staff, and/or students.

    All proposals will be reviewed by the Provost's University Wellbeing Committee beginning January 30th. The deadline for submitting proposals is April 28th. Additional details follow here:

    • Funding is limited and is not guaranteed.
    • Proposals will be reviewed as they are submitted, with proposals accepted beginning January 30, 2023, and through April 28, 2023. Proposers will be notified when proposals have been received.
    • Selection for this award will be made based on the on the information submitted in the proposal and in accordance with Texas Tech University System Regulation 07.09.
    • Awarded funds cannot carry forward into FY '24.
    • Awarded funds cannot be renewed.


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