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Office of the Dean's Grants

CLASS Faculty, Staff and Student Grants and Awards

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is continuing its support for faculty, staff and students by implementing new funding opportunities that are awarded by the dean of CLASS. Outlined below are four new initiatives aimed at furthering the support for curricular development, recognizing distinguished faculty, supplementing non-tenure track faculty and staff professional development and contributing to student academic and scholarly endeavors.

Curricular Development Grant

The CLASS Curricular Development Grant is intended to fund and support new courses that promote the curricular goals of the department, program and/or college. This is not intended to serve individual professional course development. This is separate from funding allocated to departments or funds available from offices outside the College. The maximum amount of the award is $1,000.

Curricular Development Grant schedule:

Earliest Submission Date: February 1st

Applications Due: March 1st

Notification of Award: May 1st


Professional Development Award for Non-Tenure Track Faculty

This award is for CLASS non-tenure track faculty members who are presenting at a professional, academic conference or attending a professional development workshop in his or her field. It is intended to defray costs associated with conference travel, lodging and meals. The maximum amount of the award is $1,000 per faculty member. Adjunct faculty members must submit "proof of participation" to the department chair or program director and to Dean Tillis.

Professional Development Grant Schedule:

Earliest Submission Date: August 1st

Applications Due: October 1st

Notification of Awards: November 1st 


CLASS Distinguished Faculty Award

Purpose of the Award

This award recognizes senior faculty for a national and internationally known innovative and transformative body of scholarship/creative works, coupled with the strong promise of continuing excellence. Candidates for this award must have achieved preeminence in their field. This is a one-time award to honor stellar scholarly production in the areas of research, scholarship or creative contributions.

Award Description

  • Up to 3 faculty are recognized annually: 2 faculty in the humanities discipline and 1 in the social sciences discipline
  • Award: $10,000 one-time award

Eligibility Requirements

  • Eligibility: Associate/Full Professors preferred

Nomination Requirements

  • Nominations must be made by the department chair.
  • Chairs may submit only one nominee and are strongly encouraged to put forth the strongest candidate.

Nomination Materials and Submission Procedure

  • Compile the following nomination materials in the order listed below into a single PDF application file:
  1. Chair’s nomination letter (≤4 pages) to include:
    1. Nominee name, rank and date of faculty appointment at UH
    2. Summary of nominee’s qualifications, as well as specific examples; evidence will vary by discipline but may include publications, performances, inventions, etc. since promotion to associate or full professor.
    3. Other recognition of nominee, especially by disciplinary organizations and external agencies, should be highlighted.
    4. Clear explanations of how the nominee’s accomplishments represent a standard of excellence for this award
  2. Nominee’s curriculum vitae
    1. Submit with nominee's application packet. See application form for instructions.

CLASS Submission Deadline:

  • February 1

Evaluation and Selection Process

A multidisciplinary committee of senior faculty will review the nomination packages. The following items will be evaluated and rated based on persuasiveness of arguments for merit and evidence of the nominee’s outstanding accomplishments:

  • Nomination letter
  • CV

Announcement of Award Recipients

The Dean will publicly announce the award recipients and present the award at the CLASS Fall Faculty Meeting and the Spring Faculty Meeting.




Nominations due from the Chair to the Dean February 1
Review of nominees’ applications March 1
Announcement of award recipients March/April 

If you have any questions, please contact Associate Professor Sally Connolly:

Download Application

Professional Development Award for Staff

This award is for CLASS staff to attend conferences or workshops in his or her field for professional development purposes. The intent is to defray costs associated with conference travel, lodging and meals. Staff must submit "proof of participation" to the department chair and to Dean Tillis. The maximum amount of the award is $2,000 per staff member. Award recipients may apply again after three years.

Professional Development Award for Staff Grant Schedule:

Earliest Submission Date: August 1st

Applications Due: October 1st

Notification of Awards: November 1st



Mladenka-Fowler Scholarship

The Beatrice Mladenka-Fowler and Jesse C. Fowler Endowed Scholarship is awarded on a rolling basis to CLASS students. Please read the scholarship criteria and donor story below before filling out the application.



This is a need-based scholarship with preference given to first-generation CLASS students. In addition to providing the information on the application form, the applicant must submit a short statement about their unanticipated financial need and educational goals. The scholarship recipient may accept other scholarships and grants in conjunction with this scholarship up to the cost of attendance, which includes tuition, fees, books, room and board, transportation and personal expenses. The scholarship award is renewable, provided the recipient continues to meet the criteria.

Donor Story

Beatrice and Jesse grew up on farms in Texas and met while attending college at The University of Texas at Austin in the early 1970s. Both received financial help from government loans, scholarships and grants, without which it would have been very difficult to attend. After moving to Houston, Jesse initially worked as a geologist for Houston companies and then started an oil and gas exploration partnership with other geologists. Beatrice taught school, obtained two post-graduate degrees at the University of Houston and practiced law. Jesse and Beatrice are both avid readers and love to travel to new places.