315 Faculty Development

Faculty Development at Georgia State University takes place at the department, college and university levels. See the Promotion, Tenure and Development Document for general policies regarding development.

The University has several resources available to faculty for development. These include the Center for Instructional Innovation, the Instructional Resource Center, the Office of Research, and the Teaching and Learning with Technology Center.

315.01 The Center for Instructional Innovation

The mission of the Georgia State University Center for Instructional Innovation is to support and promote high quality educational opportunities within a learning-centered academic culture that addresses the needs of qualified students, non-traditional as well as traditional. The Center reflects the collective expertise and continued commitment to excellence in teaching by the university faculty.

The Center promotes student learning by encouraging and supporting faculty efforts to explore the teaching-learning process. Such explorations include development of instructional skills, reflection on current instructional practices, implementation of teaching innovations, and use of emerging technologies. Further, the Center serves as an advocate for excellent teaching and for the expansion of incentives for the continued improvement of teaching and learning at the University.

In collaboration with the colleges of Georgia State University, the Center promotes the availability of existing efforts that develop and expand excellence in teaching and learning.

The Center serves the University by a) functioning as a clearinghouse of information and resources related to the continuing improvement of teaching at GSU, b) developing initiatives which encourage ongoing faculty commitment to excellence in teaching,

c) promoting continuing development of a community of scholars interested in teaching-learning excellence, d) identifying information and resources that support high-quality teaching, and e) coordinating the University's role as a leader in the regional, national, and international network of scholars interested in instructional excellence.

315.02 Special Funding Opportunities

315.02.01 Faculty Mentoring Grant

Faculty Mentoring Grants are designed to encourage and support the development of the faculty as externally funded scholars. The program links faculty mentees that have not yet established a sponsored research agenda with experienced mentors and provides an informal seminar for mentees to cover the basic components of proposal preparation. Faculty members are not eligible for Faculty Mentoring funds if they have ever received external grants for research or are currently receiving CIF support. The maximum grant is $10,000 ($9,000 for mentee and $1,000 for mentor).

315.02.02 Research Initiation Grants

The Research Initiation Program encourages and supports scholarly research and other creative activity at Georgia State University. This grant program is intended to help full-time faculty meet the costs associated with their research activities. Priority is given to new and promising research efforts. One campus-wide competition is held each fiscal year with a Spring deadline. The maximum grant is $5,000.

315.02.03 Research Team Grants

The Research Team Grants foster collaboration among two or more faculty members at Georgia State University for the initiation of research and the preparation of proposals for external funds. Teams of faculty members from different departments are encouraged to apply. One campus-wide competition will be held each fiscal year. The maximum grant is $15,000.

315.02.04 Dissertation Grant Program

The Dissertation Grant Program encourages and supports dissertation research at Georgia State University. Intended to help full-time doctoral students meet the costs associated with their dissertation research, the program makes one-time awards of up to $1,000. Proposals for the biannual competitions are due in the fall and spring. Applicants working in areas presently funded by external funding sources and funded under the Chancellor's Initiative Fund are ineligible for support.

315.02.05 Equipment Matching

This program provides matching funds for equipment obtained by faculty from externally funded grants. Funding is provided for up to 50% of the cost of equipment costing less than $100,000 in each proposal/award. Matching requests exceeding $50,000 should be discussed, prior to submission of the grant proposal, with the appropriate Dean and the Vice President for Research.

315.02.06 Instructional Improvement

This program encourages and supports instructional development activities. The Instructional Improvement Program seeks to enhance individual faculty and/or departmental efforts to develop and implement creative approaches to teaching at GSU. The maximum grant is $2,000, and proposals are due in the winter.

315.02.07 Quality Improvement Funds

The Quality Improvement Program's intent is to maintain and upgrade the infrastructure of the University by purchasing research and instructional equipment. A significant award criterion is the impact of the proposed equipment on the research and/or instructional program. Funding is available for individual projects, group efforts, and support facilities. Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary, along with disciplinary proposals are encouraged. Proposals are submitted in the fall, and grant amounts vary.

315.02.08 Chancellor's Initiative Fund

The goal of this program is to enhance research productivity at GSU by supporting existing faculty research projects. Supported projects either have, or have substantial potential for, extramural funding. All disciplinary, as well as multidisciplinary and inter-disciplinary proposals are eligible for this competitive funding. There are two categories of program development: (1) Initial Funding, for projects not previously supported by CIF, and (2) Continuation Funding, which includes funding for projects experiencing temporary difficulties due to the loss of external funds. Proposals are submitted in early spring.

315.02.09 Directed Research Funds and Travel Grants

The Directed Research Funds are designed to provide competitive funding for scholarly activities not covered under other University-sponsored funding initiatives. Examples of eligible activities include:

Funding under this program requires a match of 50% from the department and/or college. Proposals are accepted throughout the year.

Travel Grants, limited to $500, are to facilitate the acquisition of extramural support for new research projects. The award does not support travel to professional meetings. Proposals are accepted throughout the year.

315.02.10 African-American Faculty Research and Development Grants

Grants of up to $4,000 (with one-half provided by the Provost's Office and the balance by the College or other academic unit) are available for untenured, tenure-track African-American Assistant or Associate Professors who are U.S. citizens. Funds may be requested for the following activities:

315.02.09 Special Funding Initiatives Summary

Program Maximum General
Program Purpose Amount Award Deadlines*

Faculty Development of faculty $ 50,000 $10,000 October,
Mentoring members as externally April
funded scholars

Research Research support for new $125,000 $ 5,000 March
Initiation and promising efforts

Research Collaborative Research $ 75,000 $15,000 October,
Team Grant Support for two or more April
faculty members

Dissertation Supplies and travel $ 15,000 $ 1,000 November,
Awards dissertation expenses May

Equipment Equipment (50% matching) $250,000 $50,000 Open

Instructional Instructional development $ 15,000 $ 2,000 February

Quality Instructional and research $300,000 N/A October
Improvement equipment

Chancellor's Research enhancement $750,000 N/A March
Initiative Fund

Directed Research support, renova- $250,000 $50,000 Open
research funds tions and equipment
and travel

African- Research and $ 2,000 $ 2,000 November,
American development April
Faculty R & D

*For exact due dates, contact the Office of Research.

Program guidelines are distributed prior to the deadline.