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L&S Faculty Searches: Block Grants for Candidate Visits
This document explains the policy concerning allocations to departments to fund candidate visits.
Aug. 21, 2019
To: L&S Departments conducting faculty searches
From: Anne Gunther, Budget Office
Ben Weisse, Faculty Human Resources
“Block grants” to fund candidate visits (faculty only)
To assist departments with faculty recruitment expenses, the College will continue to provide $2,000 for each faculty position for which a search has been authorized. These funds will be transferred to the department S&E budget, with departments absorbing excess costs or retaining savings.
With these block grants, we expect that the $2,000 allocation will allow most departments to cover the full costs of at least two candidates' visits. Departments may also utilize these funds to help defray advertising costs associated with searches.
Please note that this policy relates only to College support of travel expenses for faculty candidate visits. You should continue to work with your divisional Associate Dean on other aspects of the hiring process, including the required campus interviews for each candidate, and review and approval of the department recruitment/diversity plan.
Questions regarding the transfer of funds should be directed to James Hovland in the L&S Budget Office.
“Block grant” contributions to moving and computer expenses for new faculty
For faculty offers being made during the 2019-20 academic year, the College will continue to allocate a block grant of $5,500 toward moving expenses and computer equipment for each new faculty member. Some departments have supplemented the College allocations for moving or computer expenses with gift or other funds. That remains an option under this policy. These block grants will be provided via a transfer to the department S&E budget, with departments absorbing excess costs or retaining savings.
Please note that this policy relates only to the availability of total College support of moving and computer expenses for newly hired faculty. All College and campus policies related to appropriate expenditures and processing remain in effect. Questions regarding these policies, and related documentation, should be directed to Assistant Dean Mehdi Rezai or your respective accountant in the L&S Business Office.