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President’s Faculty Development Initiative

This announcement solicits two kinds of proposals:

  • Type A: Proposal from a full-time faculty member seeking support for scholarly work in Summer 2016.
  • Type B: Proposal from a team consisting of one or two students and a full-time faculty member seeking support for scholarly work in summer 2016.  Because Gordon State College focuses on providing a quality learning experience, proposals that involve students in the research process can earn additional points in the scoring process.  (See “Awards Criteria” below.)

In the case of proposals of Type B, the student(s) and faculty member must propose to spend the summer working together on the same scholarly project, or, if that is not appropriate, on scholarly projects joined by subject matter or theme. In proposals of both Type A and Type B, the applicants must identify the scholarly products that they hope will result from their work.

Support from the President’s Office:

Each faculty member receiving a grant will receive a stipend of $4000.

The student member of each team connected to proposals of Type B will be supported in one of the following ways:

  • If the student is directly involved in the faculty member’s project and working in an on-campus context in which his or her work hours can be carefully monitored, the student will receive $7 per hour for the on-campus work connected to this project for up to 190 hours of work (ten 19 hour weeks)..
  • If the student’s work is less directly connected to the project of the faculty member, the student will receive a scholarship of $500 to be used for tuition for an independent study course and related books and materials.

Notes:

  • Some faculty members will want to give the scholarly project their full attention in the summer. However, each faculty member receiving the stipend will agree to seek compensation for at most 12% of his or her nine-month salary through summer teaching and other summer assignments at the university.
  • Similarly, any student receiving an award agrees to register for no more than 6 semester hours of coursework during the entire summer.
  • In the event that two faculty members want to work on the same project (and receive stipends of $2000 each), the faculty members may earn up to 20% of their nine-month salary in addition to the stipend.
  • Preference will be given to faculty who have not received support in the past.
  • (External funding should be pursued for ongoing research efforts.)

Awards Criteria:

(Proposals are scored on a 0-5 range for each criterion.)

Type A: Proposal from a full-time faculty member seeking support for scholarly work in Summer 2016.

Proposal Type A:  Support for Faculty Scholarly Work
Is the scholarly goal well-defined and are details of the research plan included? (Documentation, such as a book proposal, should be included when relevant.) 
Does the investigator identify targeted journals or publishers?
What is the likelihood that this investigator can complete the scholarly goal? (If an awardee in previous years, did the investigator include a progress report?)
What is the value of the completed scholarly project to Gordon State College?
What is the value of the scholarly project to the discipline of the investigator?
What is the value of the scholarly project regionally, and, where applicable, nationally/internationally?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Type B: Proposal from a team consisting of one or two students and a full-time faculty member seeking support for scholarly work in summer 2016.

Proposal Type B:  Support for Student-Faculty Scholarly Collaboration
Is the scholarly goal well-defined and are details of the research plan included? (Documentation, such as a book proposal, should be included when relevant.)
Does the investigator identify targeted journals or publishers?
What is the likelihood that this investigator can complete the scholarly goal?  (If an awardee in previous years, did the investigator include a progress report?)
What is the value of the completed scholarly project to Gordon State College?
What is the value of the scholarly project to the discipline of the investigator?
What is the value of the scholarly project regionally, and, where applicable, nationally/internationally?
What is the educational value of the student/faculty collaboration?
Student(s):
How well is the extent to which the scholarly goal for students defined?
What is the likelihood that this (these) students can complete the scholarly goal?
What is the value of the scholarly project to the student?

 

Proposal Format:

Short proposals (maximum two pages) should be submitted to the Provost by January 29, 2016. Each proposal will include:

  • A brief discussion of the faculty member’s participation in the project including the scholarly product that will eventually result from faculty member’s work.  The narrative should be as detailed and specific as possible.
  • In case of a Type B proposal, a brief discussion of the student’s participation in the project including the scholarly product that will result from the work (at minimum, a presentation in an on-campus venue in the next academic year)
  • In case of a Type B proposal, a brief discussion of the collaboration. Examples:
    • Student will work in faculty member’s lab on same project being investigated by the faculty member
    • Student will do independent study in same academic area in which faculty member is conducting scholarship
    • Student will produce artistic work in same studio using the same medium and theme as those being employed by the faculty member
  • In the case the faculty member (or one of the faculty members) received a summer grant in previous years, please include a report of the progress that has been made toward the scholarly goal(s) identified in the proposal for the year the grant was awarded.  (See “Awards Criteria.”)

The current resume of the faculty member, a copy of the student’s academic record (if applicable), and letters of support from the department head (if applicable) and dean should be attached to each proposal.

Interested faculty members may wish to ask for an example of a successful proposal from the Provost’s office.

Decision Process:

A faculty proposal evaluation committee will review proposals and make recommendations to the Provost and President, who will decide awards.  All proposals will be available for review in the Hightower Library, along with the committee’s evaluation and final report.

Awardee Reports:

By August 19, 2016, each recipient of a 2016 grant, whether faculty member or a student team member, must submit a comprehensive one-page report to the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs describing progress on the project and progress toward the scholarly goals described in the proposal. Faculty who fail to submit sufficient end-of-project reports are ineligible for future awards.  Awardees should ask for an example of such a report from the Provost’s office.