167.9 Support for Scholarly and Creative Activity

Created by: Pat Teague on 02/05/1999
Category: 1 - Academic Affairs; 60 - Professional Growth
Originator: Faculty Status Committee
Current File: 167.9
Adoption Date: 04/23/2012
Reviewed for Currency: 04/23/2012
Replaces File: 167.9
Date of Origin: 09/10/1990
Classification: Faculty
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167.9 Support for Scholarly and Creative Activity


A. Background

Although Furman's primary emphasis is on teaching, the University expects scholarly or creative activity by faculty members throughout their careers.


B. Policy

The University encourages scholarly and creative activity through financial assistance, reduced teaching loads, leaves of absence, and sabbatical leaves.


C. Guidelines

1. A faculty member considering major projects in research, other scholarly activity, or creative work should consult with the department chair as to how the project might influence his or her professional responsibilities to Furman.

2. Funding to support research, other scholarly activity, and creative work of the faculty is available from a wide variety of resources, both internal and external.

3. A substantial portion of internal funding is administered through the committee of Research and Professional Growth and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean. Projects eligible for funding by this committee are those designed to promote the professional development of the faculty member as a scholar or creative artist. Guidelines governing the projects supported by this committee are available from the chair of the committee.

4. Funds for projects designed primarily for the improvement of teaching are provided by the Faculty Development Committee. The office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs can assist faculty in locating funding sources for teaching projects.

5. The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean provides support for faculty research and professional development and for travel to professional meetings.

6. In addition to requesting support from University sources, faculty members are encouraged to seek grant support from outside agencies. The Office of Grants Administration can provide expertise and support to assist faculty in locating external funding sources and preparing grants. All external grants must be coordinated through the grants office.

7. Upon the recommendation of the department chair and with the approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, adjustments in teaching load may be made for faculty actively engaged in a major project of research, creative work, or other scholarly activity..

8. The University provides sabbatical leaves as outlined in File 168.1 and leaves of absence as outlined in File 165.5.