Faculty Seminar Guidelines for Application

(proposals new and renewal requests due: April 21, 2014)

Five College Faculty Seminars bring together faculty members from three or more of the five campuses to exchange ideas, discuss works-in-progress, and on occasion host guest speakers. Their formats vary according to the needs and interests of those participating, as does meeting frequency. Seminars are funded for the academic year on a year-to-year basis. Allocations never exceed $1,000.


  • To be eligible for funding a seminar should include members from all five colleges, but three-and four-college seminars are possible.
  • Guest speakers should constitute an occasional rather than regular feature.
  • Seminar funds may not be used to cover the cost of meals for members but may pay for meals of guest speakers (including five college faculty members) and for light refreshments at meetings (including beverages). Funds cannot be used to pay honoraria to faculty members from the five institutions.
  • In general, seminars cannot be hosted at the Five College office, but should meet in space provided free of charge on the campuses.

Request Form

Use this form (a Word Document) to submit your request to renew or create a seminar.

You can then either attach the document, once you've saved it to your desktop or file of your choice to an email and send it to Marie Muir at mmuir@fivecolleges.edu or, if you prefer, print it out and send it to her via inter office mail.

File attachments: 

Application Instructions

Applications must be made in writing and are due in the Five College office no later than April 21. (A small reserve of late-starter funds is available for those who submit a request after this deadline.)

Include the following information in the letter of application:

  • Name of Seminar
  • Name(s) and phone number(s) of the person(s) responsible for administering the seminar
  • Description of the organization and purpose of the seminar
  • Number of meetings anticipated and a list of faculty members who have agreed to participate
  • A budget of projected expenditures for activities proposed (i.e., expenses for speakers, meeting refreshments, special materials supporting seminar discussion, etc.)

To submit proposals, email Marie Muir or send it through campus mail to his attention.