Research, Scholarship and Professional Growth Committee

PPM 1-13, Article B-5, Section 4.8: The Committee on Research, Scholarship and Professional Growth shall recommend policies on research, scholarship, teaching loads, instructional and faculty development and faculty productivity. It shall facilitate faculty in obtaining grants, travel funds, physical facilities, etc., to pursue research and scholarly activities.

All contract, salaried faculty are encouraged to submit proposals to the RSPG Committee (see list of proposal categories below). Adjunct faculty and professional staff may be included within proposals that are submitted by contract, salaried faculty.

Spring Award Deadlines for:

SCHEDULE:
  • February 3, 2014: Submit your proposal to an RSPG representative to check for completeness and appropriateness. Departmental and college signatures are not required at this point, but no proposals can be accepted after the deadline. There is, however, a seven-day period before the next due date which proposals can receive final editing and receive signatures.
  • February 3-10, 2014: After revisions have been made, obtain the signatures of your RSPG representative, the department chair and the dean.
  • FINAL DEADLINE - Friday, February 10, 2014: One hard copy of the final proposal with original signatures is due in the committee chair's office (Dr. Azenett Garza, SS328D, MC 1202, EXT 6249). Proposals lacking any of the required signatures identified above will NOT be considered. An electronic copy in pdf or rtf format must also be submitted by email to the chair agarza@weber.edu. Your electronic application and appendices should be named as Lastname application.pdf (e.g., Smith application.pdf; Smith appendix A; Smith appendix B; etc.).
Late February: The RSPG committee will meet to consider proposals but awards will not be announced until mid-April.

Spring Grant Deadlines for:

SCHEDULE:
  • March 17, 2014: Submit your proposal to an RSPG representative to check for completeness and appropriateness. Departmental and college signatures are not required at this point, but no proposals can be accepted after the deadline. There is, however, a seven-day period before the next due date which proposals can receive final editing and receive signatures.
  • March 17-24, 2014: After revisions have been made, obtain the signatures of your RSPG representative, the department chair and the dean.
  • FINAL DEADLINE - Monday, March 24, 2014: One hard copy of the final proposal with original signatures is due in the committee chair's office (Dr. Azenett Garza, SS328D, MC 1202, EXT 6249). Proposals lacking any of the required signatures identified above will NOT be considered. An electronic copy in pdf or rtf format must also be submitted by email to the chair agarza@weber.edu. Your electronic application and appendices should be named as Lastname application.pdf (e.g., Smith application.pdf; Smith appendix A; Smith appendix B; etc.).
Mid April: The RSPG committee will meet to consider proposals.

HELPFUL INFORMATION ABOUT PROPOSALS

Proposals that include cost sharing from departments, colleges, off-campus agencies and/or faculty personal funds are viewed more favorably than are proposals that do not include cost-sharing.

RSPG grant amounts typically range from a few hundred dollars to $3000.00. Hemingway Collaborative and Faculty Excellence awards may receive higher levels of funding. RSPG will provide no more than $1250/person for travel to conferences within the United States. The committee will consider larger requests for foreign travel.

Proposals that request retroactive funding will NOT be reviewed. For more information on funding criteria and eligible expenses, go to http://www.weber.edu/RSPG/funding_criteria.html.

For more information on how the committee evaluates and scores proposals, go to (link “RSPG guidelines and scoring document here)”. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Chair, Azenett Garza at agarza@weber.edu.
 

HUMAN SUBJECTS/PROTECTED ANIMALS

Any research involving human subjects and/or protected animals must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate committee (Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects, Animal Care & Use Committee) prior to submission to RSPG. Submit the required forms to either:

  • Dr. Theresa Kay, Chair of the IRB, MC 1202, SS 366, EXT 6812
  • Dr. Brian Chung, Chair of the ACUC, MC 2505, SL 406, EXT 6191

CATEGORIES OF PROPOSALS

GRANTS

  1. Hemingway Faculty Vitality Grants  (Fall and Second Spring Semester Deadline)

Hemingway Faculty Vitality Grants are provided for projects that support individual faculty research, presentation of papers or serving in an official capacity at a professional organization meeting, attendance at a meeting or short workshop, development of a new course, or acquisition of new skills or expertise.

  1. Instructional Improvement Grants  (Fall and Second Spring Semester Deadline)

This category includes those proposals that focus on the development of student-centered pedagogical approaches; augmentation of existing curriculum; assessment of new skills for students; development of classroom support materials and activities, excluding consumables or materials that are part of normal operating expenses; and development of interdisciplinary programs or courses.

  1. Research Grants  (Fall and Second Spring Semester Deadline)

This category encompasses faculty activities that promote original scholarship, research, and artistic expression, including the acquisition, application, and dissemination of knowledge, and the facilitation and exhibition of artistic expression. The Committee has received special funds to support student research assistants. This funding is available to students provided they have not received undergraduate research funding in the past.

  1. Hemingway New Faculty Grants  (Second Spring Semester Deadline)

New Faculty Grants are provided to tenure track faculty within their first two years on tenure track at WSU.

  1. Hemingway Adjunct Faculty Grants (Second Semester Deadline)
Grants are provided specifically for Weber State Adjunct Faculty to support research, presentation of papers or serving in an official capacity at a professional organization meeting, attendance at a meeting or short workshop, development of a new course or acquisition of new skills or expertise.  Adjunct faculty members can apply for these funds as principle investigators with or without the involvement of a full-time faculty member.

AWARDS

  1. Hemingway Collaborative Awards (Spring Semester)

Hemingway Collaborative Projects involve two or more WSU faculty; priority will be given to proposals that focus on two or more separate disciplines.

  1. Hemingway Excellence Awards (Spring Semester)

Hemingway Excellence Projects have the potential to positively and significantly impact a broader community, and the potential to bring regional, national or international attention to WSU. Excellence proposals may lead to larger scale projects and the possibility for outside funding. Proposals must clearly specify how the benefit goes beyond individual faculty and impacts a broader community (community may be defined as an academic department or college, or an off-campus agency).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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