Institutional Support

Office of the President —
The President supports scholarship through the President's Distinguished Scholar award. This award is announced every August at the Fall general faculty meeting. Faculty are nominated for this award in the prior spring semester and reviewed by a committee of the five previous winners and chaired by the Provost.

Office of the Provost —
The Provost supports faculty scholarship through five methods:

Sabbaticals – paid leaves of absence for one or two semesters to pursue scholarly activity. The current FHSU-AAUP memorandum of agreement contains the operational guidelines for the administration of these awards.

Reassigned Time — Two levels of reassigned time exist for faculty members to request. Track I reassignment occurs within a department and utilizes a one semester shift of faculty time for the equivalent of one course covered by existing resources. Track II reassignment is a competitive application in which the university provides funding to cover the reassignment of usually the equivalent of one course. Applications are available to faculty members each semester.

Faculty Development Fund – Approximately $75,000 is available to faculty members to apply for travel assistance to present at conferences. Applications are accepted quarterly. Note that applications are submitted through a Lotus Notes database. Ask your department chair how to access the proper forms.

Faculty Awards – Each semester a $500 Outstanding Research Award is given to a deserving faculty member. Winners of the Outstanding Research Award become eligible for consideration for the Faculty Member of the Year Award.

The Graduate School —

The Graduate School supports scholarly activities through its Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Programs in the following ways:

Undergraduate Research Experience Faculty Support Grants

Summer Salary Research/Creative Activity Awards – Support is paid to the faculty member in the amount of 40% of 1/9 of his/her base salary. Applications are due on February 15 of each academic year.

Student Conference Travel Grants – This program supports the efforts of students engaged in faculty-mentored research and creative activities to attend conferences in the United States. To be eligible, a student must have his/her scholarly work accepted for presentation at a professional conference. The grant program will provide up to $250 per student presenter on a reimbursement basis. Deadlines are September 15 and February 1.

Undergraduate Research Experience

Institutional Review Board (IRB) – This is the university committee charged with oversight of all research compliance involving human subjects.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) – This is the university committee charged with oversight of all research compliance involving animals in research.

Grants Office – This office assists faculty and staff members on the pre-award side of the preparation of external grant proposals.