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FSU Faculty Awards and Development Programs


Assigned Time Grants

Assigned Time Grants are designed to provide faculty with time during the Fall or Spring semesters to be involved in innovative projects in the areas of teaching improvement, academic achievement, or University/community service. Although it is not the intent to restrict applications, certain themes may be established by the Faculty Development and Sabbatical Subcommittee as areas of special interest for the year. Community service projects must be related to the faculty member’s role as a representative of an academic profession and the University. New initiatives are favored as opposed to ongoing or continuing projects. The number of assigned time grants awarded is determined by the fiscal year budget allocation. The academic department is reimbursed for the actual cost of replacing one grantee for a one-fourth workload (typically one course). Normally, additional funding for project expenses is provided. Grantees are encouraged to seek departmental support for incidental project expenses. Except in unusual circumstances, the grantee’s total workload may not exceed the standard workload during the period of the grant. The Faculty Development and Sabbatical Subcommittee solicits and evaluates proposals for assigned time grants. A list of successful applicants and their project titles is distributed to the faculty and staff soon after the selections are made. Files of successful and unsuccessful proposals are located in the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility: All full time faculty members are eligible.

Application procedures: Calls for applications are sent to the faculty by the Office of Sponsored Programs during the first week in February for Fall grants and the first week in September for Spring grants. The application includes the following elements:

  • Specification of category (teaching improvement, academic achievement, university/service)
  • Title
  • Statement of objectives
  • Brief description of activities with timeline
  • Statement of impact on applicant’s professional development
  • Statement of benefit to FSU
  • Description of the applicant’s workload for the semester that the grant is in effect
  • Statement from the department chair indicating how the one-fourth workload will be covered
  • List of titles and dates of previous faculty development grants.

The original and six copies of the application, including copies of all supporting materials, must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs. Deadlines are announced in the call for applications. The application deadline is usually the first week of March for Fall grants and during the first week of October for Spring grants. Applicants are notified of the Subcommittee’s decision within a few weeks after the application deadline.

Selection procedures and criteria: The Subcommittee reviews and selects Assigned Time Grant recipients. Subcommittee members who have submitted applications may not participate in the selection process. When necessary, to achieve a sufficient number of evaluators and/or to provide expertise, the Subcommittee may appoint additional faculty members to be involved in the review and selection process. Criteria for selection include:

  • Potential for impact on applicant’s professional development
  • Benefit to FSU
  • Clarity of proposal
  • Performance on previous faculty development grants
  • Time elapsed since last faculty development grant, faculty are not eligible for this award in consecutive years.
  • Relationship to designated priority areas (if applicable)

Generally, if proposals are of comparable quality, preference is given to applicants who have not had recent grants or stipends.

Project report: Upon completion of the project, a final report must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs. The final report should include a summary of project activities and statement of the degree to which objectives were achieved, how the project contributed to the professional development of the faculty member, and how the project benefited FSU. Faculty members are not eligible for subsequent faculty development fund if they fail to submit a final report. Final reports are kept on file, along with the original proposal, in the Office of Sponsored Programs. Grantees may be asked to present a summary of the project to the University community.

Assigned Time Grant Application Form




Project Grants

Project Grants are designed to provide individual faculty members, departments, or groups of faculty members with funding to carry out projects in the categories of teaching improvement, academic achievement, or University/community service. Although it is not the intent to limit applications, certain themes may be established by the Subcommittee as areas of special interest for the year. Community service projects must be related to the faculty member's role as a representative of an academic profession and the University. New initiatives are favored as opposed to ongoing or continuing projects. The number of grants awarded is determined by the fiscal year budget allocation. Projects are typically undertaken during the academic year and may be completed during the summer. Funds may be used for supplies, materials, services (including undergraduate and graduate assistants), equipment, and travel expenses directly related to the project. Miscellaneous office supplies, conference fees, and stipends for faculty generally are not supported. Normally grant funding is in the range of $300 to $1500. Small grants are favored so that a larger number of faculty members can be involved. Applicants are encouraged to use multiple sources of funding for their projects. When appropriate, applicants may be asked to accept reduced funding for their projects. All expenditures must be made in accordance with state and University budget procedures and must meet University deadlines for encumbrance and payment within the fiscal year of the grant. Projects that involve the use of animals must be approved by the FSU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee before a project begins. Projects that involve the use of humans as participants in research must be approved by the FSU Institutional Review Board before a project begins.

Eligibility: All full time faculty members are eligible for project grants.Departments or groups of faculty members are also eligible.

Application procedures: A call for applications is sent to all faculty by the Office
of Sponsored Programs during the first week in September for the current academic year. The application includes the following elements:

  • Specification of category (teaching improvement, academic achievement, university/department/community service)
  • Title
  • Statement of objectives
  • Brief description of activities with timeline
  • Statement of impact on applicant’s professional development
  • Statement of benefit to FSU
  • Itemized budget
  • List of titles and dates of previous faculty development grants.

The original and six copies of the application, including copies of all supporting materials, must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs. Deadlines are announced in the call for applications. The application deadline is typically during the first week in October. In the event that residual funds are available, an additional call for applications may be made in the spring semester. Applicants are notified of the Subcommittee's decision within a few weeks after the application deadline.

Selection procedures and criteria: The Subcommittee reviews and selects proposals for project grants. Subcommittee members who have submitted applications may not participate in the selection process. When necessary, to achieve a sufficient number of evaluators and/or to provide expertise, the Subcommittee may appoint additional faculty members to be involved in the review and selection process. Criteria for selection include:

  • Potential for impact on applicant’s professional development
  • Benefit to FSU
  • Clarity of proposal
  • Performance on previous faculty development grants
  • Time elapsed since last faculty development grant
  • Relationship to designated priority areas (if applicable)
  • Potential for generating a grant proposal for external funding
  • Appropriateness of budget for project objectives

Generally, if proposals are of comparable quality, preference is given to applicants who have not had recent grants or stipends.

Budget procedures: FSU accounting procedures and forms must be used for all
project expenditures. Grantees will be given specific information regarding procedures for using project funds.

Project report: Upon completion of the project, a final report must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs. The final report should include a summary of project activities summarizing the achievement of objectives, contribution to the professional development of the faculty member, and benefit to FSU. Faculty members are not eligible for subsequent faculty development funds if they fail to submit a final report. Final reports are kept on file, along with the original proposal, in the Office of Sponsored Programs. Grantees may be asked to present a summary of the project to the university community.

Project Grant Application Form

 


Workshop/Speaker Grants

Grants are available to bring persons with special expertise to campus for the purpose of conducting workshops or making presentations on topics of general interest to the University community. Workshops/speakers that are more discipline oriented should be funded through schools or departments. Although it is not the intent to limit applications, certain themes may be established by the Subcommittee as areas of special interest for the year. Funds may be provided for the visitor's travel, lodging, and meal costs as well as an honorarium. Refreshments and minor expenses related to the event are not supported. Normally grant funding is in the range of $300 to $1500. Small grants are favored so that a larger number of proposals can be funded. Applicants are encouraged to seek multiple sources of funding for major events. When appropriate, applicants may be asked to accept reduced funding for their projects. All expenditures must be made in accordance with state and University budget procedures and must meet University deadlines for encumbrance and payment within the fiscal year of the grant. Faculty receiving these grants are expected to make all arrangements for the event, including coordination of dates with the University calendar. The number of grants awarded is determined by the fiscal year budget allocation and consideration of how many such events are appropriate for the University calendar in that year.

Eligibility: All full time faculty members are eligible. Departments or groups of faculty members are also eligible.

Application procedures: A call for applications is sent to all faculty by the Office of Sponsored Programs during the first week of March for Fall Workshop/ Speaker grants and the first week in September for Spring Workshop/Speaker Grants. The application includes the following elements:

  • A brief description of the workshop or presentation
  • A biographical sketch of the proposed presenter(s)
  • A statement of relevance of the topic to the University community
  • Date of the workshop or presentation
  • Proposed location of presentation
  • An itemized budget
  • List of titles and dates of previous faculty development grants
  • The name, social security number, and home address of each presenter or speaker

The original and six copies of the application, including copies of all supporting materials, must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs. The application deadline is typically during the second week in April for Fall Workshop/Speaker Grants and the first week in October for the Spring Workshop/Speaker Grants. In the event that residual funds are available, an additional deadline may be established early in the spring. Applicants are notified of the Subcommittee's decision within a few weeks after the application deadline.

Selection procedures and criteria: The Subcommittee reviews and selects proposals for Workshop/Speaker Grants. Subcommittee members who have submitted applications may not participate in the selection process. When necessary, to achieve a sufficient number of evaluators and/or to provide expertise, the Subcommittee may appoint additional faculty members to be involved in the review and selection process. Criteria for selection include:

  • Qualifications/professional reputation of proposed presenter(s)
  • Evidence of planning/organization of event
  • Relevance of topic to the University community
  • Potential level of participation
  • Performance on previous faculty development grants
  • Clarity of proposal
  • Budget

Generally, if proposals are of comparable quality, preference is given to applicants who have not had recent grants.

Budget procedures: FSU accounting procedures and forms must be used for all
project expenditures. Grantees will be given specific information regarding procedures for using project funds.

Project report: Upon completion of the project, a final report must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs. The final report should include a summary of project activities summarizing the achievement of objectives, contribution to the professional development of the faculty member, and benefit to FSU. Faculty members are not eligible for subsequent faculty development funds if they fail to submit a final report. Final reports are kept on file, along with the original proposal, in the Office of Sponsored Programs. Grantees may be asked to present a summary of the project to the university community.

Workshop/Speaker Grant Application Form

 


Faculty Lecture Series

The Faculty Lecture Series is designed to provide opportunities for the University community and area residents to hear FSU faculty make presentations in their areas of expertise or experience. This lecture series is a showcase for faculty talent and creativity. Lectures are intended to be for a general audience rather than excessively technical in nature. Creativity in method of presentation is encouraged (use of audiovisual, media, audience participation, etc.). The lectures are approximately one hour in length. Stipends are awarded to those selected. The faculty member provides a written copy of the lecture, which may be included in a publication of the Faculty Lecture Series. The Faculty Member handles publicity and arrangements for the lectures. Appropriate credit must be given the funding agency (i.e., Faculty Development and Sabbatical Subcommittee) in all announcements of this event.

Eligibility: All full time faculty members are eligible.

Application procedures: A call for applications and nominations for faculty lectures is sent to all faculty by the Office of Sponsored Programs, typically during the first week in March for the following academic year. The application should include the following elements:

  • An abstract of the lecture (approximately 200 words)
  • A brief biographical sketch
  • A statement of relevance to the University community and area residents
  • A list of titles and dates of previous faculty lectures

The original and six copies of the application, including copies of all supporting materials, must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs. In the event that residual funds are available and the schedule of lectures is not complete, an additional deadline may be established in the spring semester. Applicants will be notified of the Subcommittee's decision within a few weeks after the application deadline.

Selection procedures and criteria: The Subcommittee reviews and selects faculty lecture series recipients. Subcommittee members who have submitted applications may not participate in the selection process. Criteria for selection include:

  • Potential interest to University community/area residents
  • Creativity in proposed method of presentation
  • Clarity of proposal
  • Diversity of lecture topics for the year

Generally, if proposals are of comparable quality, preference is given to applicants who have not previously given faculty lectures.

Faculty Lecture Series Grant Application Form

 


Conference Presentation Grants

Conference Presentation Grants are made available to support professional development by helping to defray the costs of presenting (e.g., discussant, poster, paper, etc.) at a regional, national or international professional conference. Applicants must present at the conference. The grant is not meant to support only attendance at a conference. Successful applicants may receive up to $1000. The number of grants awarded and grant amounts are determined by the fiscal year budget allocation. Funding is for applicants who have presented at a conference the same fiscal year (July through June) that the grant is awarded. Funds must be used to defray presentation costs including: a) conference registration fee, b) travel expenses, c) lodging and d) food (see Conference Presentation Grant Application Form). Stipends for faculty are not supported by this type of grant. All expenditures and reimbursement must be made in accordance with state and University budget procedures and must meet University deadlines for encumbrance and payment within the fiscal year of the grant.

All expenses must be fully documented. Estimated expenses will not be supported. Conference registration fees are supported, but membership to professional organizations is not. Mileage can only be supported if a state car is not available. Mileage to an airport for long-term parking is acceptable.

Eligibility: All full-time continuing faculty members are eligible. Faculty may apply for a Conference Presentation Grant for a conference that they have already attended or one that they plan to attend that occurs after the application deadline. HOWEVER, all requests must be for a conference attended in the current fiscal year (July through June).

Application procedures: A call for applications is sent to all faculty by the Office of Sponsored Programs the first week of February. The application includes the following elements:

  • a) Completion of the Conference Presentation Grant Application Form
  • b) Documentation of presentation acceptance (a copy of the acceptance letter and/or copy of conference proceedings listing the presentation)
  • c) Documentation of expenses (copies)

The original and six copies of the application, including copies of all supporting materials, must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs. Deadlines are announced in the call for applications. The application deadline is usually the first week of March. Applicants are notified of the Subcommittee's decision within a few weeks after the application deadline.

Selection procedures and criteria: The Subcommittee reviews proposals and selects Conference Presentation Grant recipients. Subcommittee members who have submitted applications may not participate in the selection process. When necessary to achieve a sufficient number of evaluators and/or to gain appropriate expertise, the Subcommittee may appoint additional faculty members to be involved in the review and selection process. Criteria for selection include:

  • Peer-reviewed conference presentation (poster, paper, and other related professional activity) at a professional conference (regional, national, or international)
  • Completed application (see Application Procedures regarding Application form, documentation of acceptance, and documentation of expenses) by the deadline
  • Potential impact on applicant's professional development
  • Clarity of application
  • Benefit to FSU
  • Faculty are eligible for only one award per year.

Equitable (equal proportion) Budget Procedures

The Subcommittee will set aside at least 50% of the budget for conference presentation grants. It may increase the dollar amount, but it may not decrease the dollar amount. The Subcommittee will distribute funds at an equal percentage of requested funds (up to $1000 for each applicant) to all applicants who meet the criteria. This formula is considered an equitable distribution of funds.

As an example, if the Subcommittee had $1,400 in conference money available and three faculty members apply for presentation grants and meet the criteria, the money would be distributed as follows:

Faculty Conference Presentation Expenses Request Amount Granted
A $800 $800 $400
B $1000 $1000 $500
C $1500 $1000* $500

*(Faculty C may only request up to $1,000 regardless of how much they actually spend.)

FSU accounting procedures and forms must be used for the expenditure of all grant funds. An applicant must provide proper documentation of conference presentation acceptance and related costs to be eligible for grant funds. No funds will be distributed without proper documentation, including original receipts and a completed Request for Travel and Expense Account Form.

Conference Presentation Grant Application Form

 


Publication Assistance Grants

An important part of faculty development is publication of research and other scholarly efforts in refereed journals or other professional venues such as occur in the visual and performing arts. The purpose of Publication Assistance Grants is to help faculty defray the costs of these endeavors. Funds can be used only to pay page changes, stipends for manuscript preparation, additional reprints or other costs will not be supported. Costs of color images will only be supported is the color figure is absolutely necessary. Only publication in reputable journals will be supported, the subcommittee reserves the right to research the journal and consult experts in the field, as to avoid ‘predatory journals’. Additionally only publication of original peer reviewed work is acceptable, publication of grey literature or in non- or partially peer reviewed journals will not be supported. Faculty stipends cannot be paid with these funds nor will reimbursement for costs associated with conducting research or writing prior to a manuscripts' acceptance for publication.

Eligibility: All full-time continuing faculty members are eligible.

Application procedures: A call for applications is sent to all faculty by the Office of Sponsored Programs at the start of the Fall semester, there is no due date, applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. The application procedures include the following:

  • Completion of the Publication Assistance Grant Application Form
  • Documentation of acceptance of manuscript for publication
  • Documentation of expenses (Copy of Purchase Order)

The original and six copies of the application, including copies of all supporting materials, must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs. Applications are accepted from September to March. Decisions are normally announced within 4-6 weeks.

Selection procedures and criteria: The Subcommittee reviews and selects Publication Assistance Grant recipients. Subcommittee members who have submitted applications may not participate in the selection process. When necessary, to achieve a sufficient number of evaluators and/or to provide expertise, the Subcommittee may appoint expertise; the Subcommittee may appoint additional faculty members to be involved in the review and selection process. Criteria or selection include:

  • Potential for impact on applicant's professional development
  • Clarity of application
  • Benefit to FSU
  • Performance on previous faculty development grants
  • Time elapsed since last faculty development grant

Budget Procedures: FSU accounting procedures and forms must be used for all project expenditures. Grantees will be given specific information regarding procedures for using project funds.

Publication Assistance Grant Application Form

 


Undergraduate Research Project Grants

Undergraduate Research Project Grants are designed to encourage faculty to mentor undergraduate students in a new or ongoing research project during the summer. Students will serve as research assistants. Faculty are responsible for mentoring students in the research process and assisting them in preparation for a career in research and/or University teaching. Grants provide $2,000 for a student summer stipend and $750 for research materials, travel and supplies. Finally, if funds are available, faculty mentors may be granted a $1,000 stipend, however these funds will not be awarded until April after student awards are granted. Due to the cost and competitiveness of this grant, the number awarded are likely to be very limited in any given year. Projects that involve the use of animals must be approved by the FSU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee before a project begins. Projects that involve the use of humans as participants in research must be approved by the FSU Institutional Review Board before a project begins.

Eligibility: All full-time continuing faculty members are eligible.

Application procedures: A call for applications is sent to faculty during the first week in December, the application deadline is the last week of January. The application includes the following elements:

  • Project title
  • Statement of objectives
  • Brief description of activities with timeline
  • Statement of benefit to FSU
  • List of titles and dates of previous faculty development grants
  • Letter from student stating their commitment to report (note: if no student has been chosen, please describe student recruitment process on application)

The original and six copies of the application, including copies of all supporting materials, must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs. Deadlines are announced in the call for applications. The application deadline is usually the last week of January. Applicants are notified of the Subcommittee's decision within a few weeks after the application deadline, faculty stipend decisions come at the end of April.

Selection procedures and criteria: The Subcommittee reviews and selects undergraduate research project grant recipients. Subcommittee members who have submitted applications may not participate in the selection process. When necessary, to achieve a sufficient number of evaluators and/or to provide expertise, the Subcommittee may appoint additional faculty members to be involved in the review and selection process. Criteria for selection include:

  • Potential for impact on applicants' professional development
  • Benefit to FSU
  • Clarity of Proposal
  • Need for undergraduate research student assistance
  • Performance on previous faculty development grants
  • Time elapsed since last faculty development grant, faculty are not eligible for awards in consecutive years.

Project report: Upon completion of the project, a final report must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs. The final report should include a summary of project activities summarizing the achievement of objectives, contribution to the professional development of the faculty member, and benefit to FSU. Faculty members are not eligible for subsequent faculty development funds if they fail to submit a final report. Final reports are kept on file, along with the original proposal, in the Office of Sponsored Programs. Grantees may be asked to present a summary of the project to the University community.

Undergraduate Research Project Grant Application Form

 


Graduate Research Project Grants

Graduate Research Project Grants are designed to encourage faculty to mentor graduate students in a new or ongoing research project during the summer. Students will serve as research assistants. Faculty are responsible for mentoring students in the research process and assisting them in preparation for a career in research and/or University teaching. Grants provide $2000 for a student summer stipend and $750 for research materials, travel and supplies. Finally, if funds are available, faculty mentors may be granted a $1,000 stipend, however these funds will not be awarded until April after student awards are granted. Due to the cost and competitiveness of this grant, the number awarded are likely to be very limited in any given year. Projects that involve the use of animals must be approved by the FSU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee before a project begins. Projects that involve the use of humans as research participants must be approved by the FSU Institutional Review Board before a project begins.

Eligibility: All full-time continuing faculty members are eligible.

Application procedures: A call for applications is sent to faculty during the first week in February. The application includes the following elements:

  • Project title
  • Statement of objective
  • Brief description of activities with timeline
  • Statement of benefit to FSU
  • List of titles and dates of previous faculty development grants

The original and six copies of the application, including copies of all supporting materials, must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs. Deadlines are announced in the call for applications. The application deadline is usually the last week of January. Applicants are notified of the Subcommittee’s decision within a few weeks after the application deadline.

Selection procedures and criteria: The Subcommittee reviews and selects graduate research project grant recipients. Subcommittee members who have submitted applications may not participate in the selection process. When necessary, to achieve a sufficient number of evaluators and/or to provide expertise, the Subcommittee may appoint additional faculty members to be involved in the review and selection process. Criteria for selection include:

  • Potential for impact on applicants’ professional development
  • Benefit to FSU
  • Clarity of Proposal
  • Need for graduate research student assistance
  • Performance on previous faculty development grants
  • Time elapsed since last faculty development grant, faculty are not eligible for awards in consecutive years.

Project report: It is expected that the research conducted may produce publications and/or presentations for future consideration. Upon completion of the summer project, a final report must be submitted to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. The final report should include a summary of project activities, implications for continued research and a statement of how the project benefits FSU. Final reports are kept on file in the Office of Sponsored Programs. Grantees (faculty and student) are encouraged to present an oral summary of their research project to the University community.

Graduate Research Project Grant Application Form

 


Faculty Achievement Awards

Each year, Faculty Achievement Awards are presented to individual faculty in each of three categories: teaching, academic accomplishment and University/community service. The awards represent peer recognition of outstanding performance in each of the award categories. The award winners receive individual plaques and cash awards of $1000 provided by the FSU Foundation. The names of the award winners are placed on a plaque in the Hitchins Building.

Eligibility: All full time faculty members who have not won an award in the category of nomination for the previous three years are eligible.

Nomination procedures: A call for nominations is sent to all faculty during the first week in February. Nominations may be submitted for any category by the faculty member in his or her own behalf, by another faculty member, or by an academic department through a process developed by the department. Nominations for the University/community service award may be submitted by administrators. Only individual applications/nominations are accepted. Nomination forms are included in this handbook. In addition to the nomination form, supporting materials should be submitted as indicated in the following paragraphs. Although primary consideration is given by the Subcommittee to materials representing performance during the past three years, previous accomplishments and contributions will be considered as well. Given the supporting materials required, it is usually expedient for nominees to participate fully in the nomination process. Incomplete nominations are severely disadvantaged and nominees are not considered without their written consent. While complete nominations are required, nominators should not overwhelm the Subcommittee with a volume of supporting materials.

Nominations in the teaching category should include copies of reports of student evaluations, departmental rating of teaching and overall rating of teaching to be taken from the faculty evaluation system, sample course materials, letters of support and a self-statement from the nominee.

Nominations in the academic accomplishment category should include letters of support, a self-statement from the nominee, reprints of publications, a list of external grant proposals submitted and awards received, or other tangible evidence of scholarly or creative accomplishments. The nominee should provide all appropriate relevant supporting materials.

Nominations in the University/community service category should include letters of support, a self-statement from the nominee, and summaries of the nominee's specific contributions. Contributions include service to the department, the University, and the community. Preferably the community service would be in connection with the faculty member's professional role.

Nominees must be at least "effective and competent" in all categories of the faculty evaluation system: teaching, academic achievement, and service, in order to be considered for an award.

The original and six copies of the nomination form and one copy of each of the supporting materials must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs by the first week in April. 

Selection procedures and criteria: The Subcommittee reviews the nominations and determines the winners in each category and recommends them to the FSU Foundation Awards Committee. If circumstances warrant, the Subcommittee may recommend that an award be shared by two faculty members. The Subcommittee Chair forwards the names of award winners to the Provost in time for them to be included in the program for the Spring Honors Convocation. Award winners are notified by the Provost.

Criteria for selection in the teaching category include:

  • Evidence of unique contributions to teaching as reflected in supporting materials
  • Must have received “outstanding” recommendations for teaching
  • Evidence of effective and engaging rapport with students.

Criteria for selection in the academic achievement category include significance of accomplishment as documented by:

  • National/regional/local impact and quality and quantity of accomplishments
  • Evidence of contribution of knowledge to the discipline
  • Record of scholarly productivity
  • Evidence of sustained academic growth and development

Criteria for selection in the University/community service category include:

  • Quality and quantity of service beyond the normal expectations for a faculty member, as assessed in the supporting materials
  • Record of sustained service
  • Evidence of short and long term impact of service activities

Faculty Achievement Award Application Form

 


Summer Stipends

Summer Stipends are designed to provide funding for faculty members to work intensively on a faculty development project during the summer. Successful applicants receive a $2250 stipend for the completion of a project in the area of teaching improvement, academic achievement, or University/community service. Community service projects must be related to the faculty member's role as a representative of an academic profession and the University. New initiatives are favored as opposed to ongoing or continuing projects. The number of summer stipends awarded is determined by the fiscal year budget allocation. Normally additional funding for project expenses is not provided. Grantees should seek departmental funds for incidental project expenses. Grantees are expected to complete their projects before the beginning of the academic year. The Subcommittee solicits and evaluates proposals for summer stipends. A list of successful applicants and their project titles is distributed to the faculty and staff soon after the selections are made. Files of successful and unsuccessful proposals are located in the Office of Sponsored Programs. Projects that involve the use of animals must be approved by the FSU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee before a project begins. Projects that involve the use of humans as participants in research must be approved by the FSU Institutional Review Board before a project begins.

Eligibility: All full-time continuing faculty members are eligible.

Application procedures: A call for applications is sent to all faculty during the first week in February. The application includes the following elements:

  • Specification of category (teaching improvement, academic achievement, University/community service)
  • Title
  • Statement of objectives
  • Brief description of activities with timeline
  • Statement of impact on applicant's professional development
  • Statement of benefit to FSU
  • List of titles and dates of previous faculty development grants

The original and six copies of the application, including copies of all supporting materials, must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs. Deadlines are announced in the call for applications. The application deadline is typically during the first week in March. Applicants are notified of the Subcommittee's decision within a few weeks after the application deadline.

Selection procedures and criteria: The Subcommittee reviews and selects summer stipend recipients. Subcommittee members who have submitted applications may not participate in the selection process. When necessary, to achieve a sufficient number of evaluators and/or to provide expertise, the Subcommittee may appoint additional faculty members to be involved in the review and selection process. Criteria for selection include:

  • Potential for impact on applicant's professional development
  • Benefit to FSU
  • Clarity of proposal
  • Performance on previous faculty development grants
  • Time elapsed since last faculty development grant, faculty are not eligible for awards in consecutive years.
  • Relationship to designated priority areas (if applicable)
  • Potential for generating a grant proposal for external funding

Generally, if proposals are of comparable quality, preference is given to applicants who have not had recent grants or stipends.

Project report: Upon completion of the project, a final report must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs. The final report should include a summary of project activities summarizing the achievement of objectives, contribution to the professional development of the faculty member, and benefit to FSU. Faculty members are not eligible for subsequent faculty development funds if they fail to submit a final report. Final reports are kept on file, along with the original proposal, in the Office of Sponsored Programs. Grantees may be asked to present a summary of the project to the University community.

Payment of Stipends: Stipends are paid in three equal installments during the summer. Faculty members should be aware that stipends are taxable income and are subject to various deductions.

Summer Stipend Application Form