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2020-2021 Dean's Initiatives

 The College is pleased to continue the following Dean's Initiatives for the 2020-2021 academic year:

  • Faculty Research and Scholarship Grants:  Apply for up to $10,000 in assistance for developing a new or completing an on-going research project. Arts, humanities, and social sciences projects are given priority. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, requests for travel expenses will not be considered.
  • Faculty Small Equipment Purchases Grants:  Apply for up to $20,000 to purchase a single piece of equipment vital to your research. Priority will be given to research in the sciences.
  • Book Manuscript Finalization Support Program: Full-time faculty who have secured contracts for books and/or edited volumes can apply for up to $3,000 to hire an individual to assist in verifying quotations, completing and checking citations, formatting references, tables and/or graphs, or other pre-approved services or to hire the College's contract indexer to prepare indices for books once the page proofs have been received.
  • Faculty Development ProgramsThe college is now offering two programs to support the development and promotion of tenure-track and tenured faculty. The Junior Faculty Development Program will introduce participants to the resources of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), as well as other practical tips and information needed to be successful in their research, teaching, and service endeavors.  The Mid-Career Faculty Development Program will provide practical advice and resources for post-tenure faculty who are planning the next phase of their careers.

 The college is also pleased to announce the continuation of the following program to support students:

  • Graduate Assistantship Enhancement Program: Designed to help departments in the college recruit top prospective graduate students into their terminal degree programs, this competitive enhancement will provide an additional $4,000 in salary per academic year for up to four consecutive years.  The assistantship enhancement will be provided in addition to the funding package offered by each student’s academic program.
  • Undergraduate Research Enhancement Program (UREP)The awards are intended to enhance the number of undergraduates involved in research and to help faculty with the costs associated with including undergraduates in their research. To be eligible, undergraduates must be enrolled in an independent study course for the purpose of conducting undergraduate research. The college will provide the faculty sponsor with up to $1,000 during that semester to defer research expenses.

All expenditures must be in compliance with federal and state laws as well as university policies and procedures. 

Complete program information and application guidelines for each initiative can be found on the college's internal website:

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