G. Faculty Development
FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
The concept of faculty development encompasses a wide range of opportunities, services, support units, and incentive programs. Some aspects of faculty development are covered in the sections of this Guide which deal with promotion, tenure, and sabbatical leaves; others are included in this section. The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, Bloomington, is concerned with career development broadly defined. Its activities include annual competitions, ongoing programs and services, and research studies designed to understand better the careers of IU faculty, identify needs, and plan relevant programs.
Teaching and Research Awards
PROVOST’S PROFESSORS IN TEACHING AND RESEARCH AND THE TRACY M. SONNEBORN LECTURE AWARD
Provost’s Professorships honor those faculty who have achieved local, national, and international distinction in both teaching and research/creative activity and their interaction. Faculty carry the title Provost’s Professor for the remainder of their careers at Indiana University. Recipients are automatically considered for the Tracy M. Sonneborn Award, which honors faculty for the same traits. The Sonneborn winner presents a University-wide lecture the fall after receiving the award. The deadline for letters of intent is in November of each year with complete dossiers due in December. (http://www.indiana.edu/~vpfaa/download/chancprofs_sonneborn_2008.pdf).
PROVOST’S PROFESSORS’ DISTINGUISHED MASTERS INVITED LECTURE SERIES
This program, established in 2007, is designed to give our IUB Provost’s Professors and Tracy Sonneborn Award Winners a special opportunity each year to invite a distinguished scholar from another institution who shares their passion for the integration of research, teaching and learning to the Bloomington campus to speak about engaging students in the inspiration of discovery and creative pursuit. The scholar selected for this special recognition each year will receive a modest honorarium and visit campus for several days during the spring semester to meet with colleagues and give the lecture. (http://www.indiana.edu/~vpfaa/download/invitedlecture.pdf).
OUTSTANDING JUNIOR FACULTY AWARDS
The Office for Faculty and Academic Affairs and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research co-sponsor this award which provides funds for release time from teaching and research assistance for young faculty who show promise of reaching distinction as scholars or artists. The annual awards carry a summer fellowship, a release time award or grant-in-aid, and a small grant-in-aid. The deadline for nominations and supporting materials is in the fall semester. (http://www.indiana.edu/~vpfaa/download/junfac.pdf).
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD Some faculty members, particularly those in mid-career and senior levels, have provided consistently exceptional service to the University, their professions, or the public. The Distinguished Service Award rewards excellence in service at any or all of these levels. The deadline for nominations and supporting evidence is in the fall semester (See Policy G-1).
Research and Creative Activities Grants and Fellowships
FRAN SNYGG ENDOWMENT FUND
The Fran Snygg Endowment Fund was established to develop and enhance awareness and appreciation of dance as a performing art. This Fund is used to support and promote modern dance and movement in the arts, including but not limited to support for visiting artists, student scholarships and/or travel, dance production support, supplies and equipment for dance programs and/or facilities, and creative projects in modern dance and movement. The endowment is expected to provide about $2,000 in funds each year. The application deadline is in the fall semester. (http://www.indiana.edu/~vpfaa/download/snygg_endow_app.pdf).
FRAN SNYGG GRANT FOR ARTISTIC COLLABORATION
The Fran Snygg Grant for Artistic Collaboration is designed to encourage artistic collaborations in conjunction with Arts Week, an annual showcase for the arts on campus and in the Bloomington area organized by the Arts Coordinating Council. The Arts Coordinating Council awards one or two grants for collaborative arts projects that take place or are exhibited during Arts Week each year. The project may be a performance, an exhibit, or some other collaborative endeavor between artistic disciplines. The Council is especially interested in new groups, new ideas, and new collaborations, and encourages groups to consider proposing events that could take place in tandem with the opening reception. The application deadline is in the fall semester. (http://www.indiana.edu/~vpfaa/download/snygg_art_app.pdf).
MULTIDISCIPLINARY VENTURES AND SEMINARS FUND
This fund, established in 1984, is designed to provide partial support for new projects involving full-time faculty and librarians from at least two different disciplines working together. Its purpose is to furnish seed money to help collaborative projects get underway and thereby to encourage interdisciplinary exchange, intellectual growth into new and multidisciplinary areas of inquiry, and external grant funding emanating from such activities. Proposals are encouraged in all areas of intellectual inquiry, contemporary and historical, that draw together two or more disciplines in an innovative way. The project may center on research, instruction, outreach, or seminar activity. To be eligible for funding the project must be coordinated by two or more full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty or librarians from the Indiana University-Bloomington campus representing at least two different disciplines and with primary academic homes in different schools or in different departments of the College of Arts and Sciences.
There are two application deadlines each year, in the fall and the spring semesters. The Fund also has at its disposal a small discretionary pool for which applications will be accepted at any time. (http://www.indiana.edu/~vpfaa/download/multidisc.pdf).
Teaching and Learning Grants and Fellowships
SUSTAINABILITY COURSE DEVELOPMENT FELLOWSHIP
Established in 2008, this award program supports faculty efforts to enhance teaching of topics related to sustainability and environmental literacy at the IU Bloomington campus. It represents one instructional component of a broad-based initiative developed by the Indiana University Task Force on Campus Sustainability (http://www.indiana.edu/~sustain ). The program funds innovative approaches to instruction of complex, interdisciplinary topics at both undergraduate and graduate levels of instruction. Service-learning courses and those that involve application of principles of sustainability to the IU Bloomington campus are of particular interest. The program provides summer funding to allow faculty to work intensively on course development. Recipients are expected to engage with other fellows and members of the IUB sustainability community, to submit a summary report to the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs at the end of the fall semester following the award, and to formally disseminate the results of their instructional development project to other IU faculty. The deadline for applications is in the fall semester. (http://www.indiana.edu/~vpfaa/download/Sustainability%20Course%202009.pdf).
SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY LEADERSHIP AWARD
This award is given to a team proposing a new teaching and learning initiative that promises to have a lasting impact on sustainability research and education and that could serve as a model for further development of academic programs with sustainability-related themes on the IUB campus. Strong proposals will have a clear focus on student learning within a disciplinary context or across disciplines. The team receiving the award is honored at a public sustainability event, gives a presentation of initial results during the campus colloquia series, and submits a formal report on its work. Applications are due in the fall semester. (http://www.indiana.edu/~vpfaa/download/SustainabilityLeadership2009.pdf .)
SUMMER INSTRUCTIONAL DEVELOPMENT FELLOWSHIPS
Summer Instructional Development Fellowships support faculty efforts to develop new or improved approaches to instruction. Funded projects may include, but are not limited to, the development of new, pace-setting courses; extensive innovation in the organization and style of existing courses; or development of new modes of instruction. The annual summer fellowships provide faculty members with financial support for concentrated work on teaching enhancement during the summer months. Faculty fellows meet with other summer fellows and work with teaching resource consultants, and are expected to disseminate the results of their project to other IU faculty. The deadline for applications and supporting materials is in the spring semester. (http://www.indiana.edu/~vpfaa/download/SIDFapp.pdf).
ACTIVE LEARNING GRANTS
These grants are awarded for the revision of an existing course or the creation of a new course that engages students more actively in learning. Examples of active learning methods include, but are not limited to, collaborative learning, problem-based learning, case methods, course projects, and simulations. Grant recipients are expected to participate in group planning/working sessions as well as in a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Community poster session. The deadline for applications is in the spring semester. (http://teaching.iub.edu/awards_faculty.php?nav=grants - alg).
SCHOLARSHIP OF TEACHING AND LEARNING GRANTS
Established in 1998, this program supports new or ongoing studies into issues of teaching and learning as part of the Scholarship on Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Program (www.indiana.edu/~sotl) at Indiana University. It supports faculty members’ efforts to improve and better understand teaching and learning through their own in-depth, contextualized, and evidence-based study. Recipients are also expected to attend at least two meetings with other award recipients and resource consultants and to formally disseminate the results of their instructional development project to other IU faculty. The application deadline is in the spring semester. (http://teaching.iub.edu/awards_faculty.php?nav=grants - alg).
SCHOLARSHIP OF TEACHING AND LEARNING LEADERSHIP AWARD
First offered in 2002, this award is given to a team proposing a scholarship of teaching and learning research initiative that promises to have a sustained impact upon instructional development and education and that could serve as a model for others on campus. The research project should have a clear focus on student learning either within a specific disciplinary context or across disciplines; it may focus on the effectiveness of a specific educational practice or innovation. Special consideration will be given to proposals by departments or groups of faculty who propose a research-based approach to either developing or revising and then evaluating the effectiveness of their curricular programs to meet the new general education requirements and shared goals as described by the Bloomington Faculty Council. Applications are due in the spring semester. (http://teaching.iub.edu/awards_faculty.php?nav=grants - sotl).
SERVICE-LEARNING FACULTY FELLOWSHIPS
Instituted in 2008, these fellowships are awarded to faculty who will become part of a learning community that explores issues related to service-learning and community-based research and will also serve as a resource for other instructors considering adopting a service-learning pedagogy or developing a community-based research design. Fellows may have experience with service learning or community-based research, or they may be exploring the possibility of such efforts in the future. Fellows participate in colloquia on research design, instructional development, and the local context, sponsored by the Office of Service Learning. Fellowship applications are due in the spring semester. (http://teaching.iub.edu/awards_faculty.php?nav=grants - sl).
The Campus Writing Program sponsors grants which are dedicated to helping faculty design undergraduate courses that use writing in innovative and fruitful ways. The Writing Program is eager to fund the efforts of faculty who wish to use writing to solve a pedagogical problem as well as to teach undergraduate students to express, reformulate, or apply the concepts of an academic discipline. Summer Fellowships are awarded with the expectation that faculty will devote the equivalent of two weeks of full-time effort to this work. Applications are due in the spring semester. (http://teaching.iub.edu/awards_faculty.php?nav=grants - wt).
Programs and Services
New Faculty Orientation
Because new faculty members welcome information about Indiana University upon arrival, the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs hosts a series of events that are both social and professional in intent. Since 2000, these events have included an annual reception for new faculty and their families, dinners and lunches with the Vice Provost, attendance at artistic performances, workshops on teaching at Indiana University, and workshops on the tenure and promotion process. These events give new faculty an opportunity to meet each other and already established faculty from other departments, to learn more about campus resources and research opportunities on campus, and to take advantage of the rich cultural resources the campus has to offer.
Tenure and Promotion Mentoring
The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs encourages faculty to seek advice regarding all aspects of the tenure and promotion process. The Office offers workshops on the process, including the preparation of specific components of the dossier, on a regular basis. The Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs and the Associate Vice Provosts are available to consult with faculty individually about both general and specific questions about the tenure and promotion process. They can also assist by arranging matches between faculty requesting assistance with preparation of their dossiers and senior faculty whose background will provide the most help, upon request.
Handbooks and Guides
Several handbooks and guides are available which provide clear and consistent statements of the criteria for evaluation for tenure and promotion, University-wide policies affecting academic appointees, and policies specific to the Bloomington campus: the Tenure and Promotion Handbook (1999; http://www.iub.edu/~vpfaa/download/TP_Handbook.pdf. ), the Academic Handbook (http://www.iub.edu/~vpfaa/download/acad_handbk_web_08.pdf. ), and this Academic Guide. Other guides that are available from the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs include the Non-Tenure-Track Handbook (http://www.iub.edu/~vpfaa/download/ntt_handbk_2002.pdf. ), the Handbook for Student Academic Appointees (http://www.iub.edu/~vpfaa/download/SAA_Handbook_2009.pdf. ), and the Guide for Approval Process of New Degrees, Certificates and Centers (link here).
Instructional Support Services
Under the aegis of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, a suite of units is dedicated to providing faculty with a range of instructional support—from teaching consultation and assessment to classroom graphics production. The specific support includes:
- BEST (IUB Evaluation Services & Testing), 855-1595, provides assistance to faculty, students, and administrators in assessment, evaluation, and testing
- Campus Instructional Consulting, 855-9023, provides assistance to faculty and departments with teaching, course development, and classroom innovations
- The Campus Writing Program, 855-4928, assists faculty and departments with incorporating writing into courses
- The Office of Service Learning, 856-6011, connects campus and community through service and assists faculty as they fold service-learning into their courses
- Publications and Graphics, 855-4047, produces visuals designed for classroom instruction, research, and administrative support.
Each unit maintains a wide array of web-based resources for faculty and graduate student instructors, including manuals on learning assessment, publications on teaching and learning, and pamphlets to support writing instruction.
A Bloomington Faculty Council resolution requires each academic unit to develop a plan for evaluation and improvement of teaching (See Policy G-2). The Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs and the Dean of the University Graduate School are charged with evaluating the plans regularly and assisting each unit's progress.
Cross-Institutional Leadership Opportunities
Indiana University is a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), a consortium of Big Ten Universities and the University of Chicago. The CIC offers faculty development and leadership activities which are coordinated by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs. These activities include the Department Executive Officers (DEO) Seminar, a three-day event focused on conflict resolution and group problem solving, and the Academic Leadership Program (ALP), a series of seminars on leadership and management skills. DEO Seminar participants and ALP Fellows are selected to represent Indiana University-Bloomington in these programs through an annual nomination process. The CIC also sponsors Faculty Communities of Interest which bring together faculty members from different institutions who have similar interests to share experiences and identify potential collaborations. Faculty who are interested in participating in Communities of Interest are encouraged to contact the CIC Liaison in the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs.
The mission of Emeriti House, under the aegis of the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, is “to provide an environment to support the continuation of the intellectual and creative activities of retired faculty, to help maintain their connections with the University, and to encourage the use of their talents as a continuing resource for the University.” Academic and cultural activities are the highest priority for the use of House facilities and services, along with personal use by individual emeriti for their professional and academic projects, and social interactions to develop a more vital IU retirement community.
Emeriti House maintains an active program schedule which features research and creative activities of emeriti, musical events, visitors from the Institute for Advanced Study, Patten Lectureship Program and International Programs, book discussions with authors, and many other events. The faculty Oral History Project, which collects histories of emeritus faculty on DVD, and regular Life-Writing Workshops are also sponsored by the House. Emeriti House is available to and welcomes all emeritus faculty and librarians of Indiana University, including their widows and widowers, spouses, partners and guests.
Further information on the Emeriti House can be found at: http://www.indiana.edu/~emeriti or by calling 855-3773.
Retired and Emeritus Faculty Contributions
Many faculty desire to remain connected to their departments and to Indiana University after they retire. Each year the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, together with Emeriti House, solicits from retired faculty and librarians information concerning their activities, needs, and status. It assesses resource needs and encourages this group of faculty to participate on various departmental and university committees. In this way, the Office encourages a continuing relationship between the university and its retired faculty and librarians.
Many faculty describe the sabbatical as a critical event in their career, essential for professional growth and renewal. The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs administers sabbatical leaves for which faculty can apply every seven years. Sabbaticals consist of the equivalent of one semester at full pay or two semesters at half pay and need not be taken in a single academic year. Leaves without pay are also routinely granted to faculty for purposes of scholarly research and instructional development. Additional information about leave programs is available in Section F of this Guide.
Studies of Women And Minority Faculty Careers
As part of its effort to support cultural diversity within the University, the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs collaborates closely with the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, the Office of Women’s Affairs, and the Office of Affirmative Action on minority and women career studies. The information from these studies informs relevant university programs and policies, and helps foster the professional growth of a diverse and committed faculty.
Studies of Tenure-Track Faculty
For the past several years, the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs has conducted informal surveys with tenure-track faculty to learn more about their experiences and their career expectations. Results from these surveys are disseminated to Chairs and other administrators to help them respond effectively to the needs of their junior faculty and to promote engagement with faculty development throughout the campus community.
Retired Faculty Study
Retired and emeriti faculty members offer a valuable perspective of living memory--what the department and university have looked like over time. As noted, the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs conducts an annual survey of emeriti faculty, and supports the Emeriti Oral History Project. The Project collects digital audiovisual recordings of interviews of emeriti faculty by other emeriti faculty. Over 100 interviews have been archived to date, and will also be accessible through the IU Libraries.
Scholarship of Teaching And Learning
Beginning in 1998, the Dean of the Faculties Office launched a major initiative in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Several regular grants and awards support faculty-initiated research on student learning strategies and success in their own classrooms. In addition to these grants and awards, in 2008, the Office initiated collaborative research with a special emphasis on faculty strategies to negotiate issues of academic authority through perceptions of race and ethnicity in the classroom. These studies not only raise awareness of these teaching and learning issues on campus, and support broader university goals of nurturing a diverse faculty and student body, but also serve to support faculty and help them build successful and satisfying careers.
BLOOMINGTON CAMPUS SUPPORT SERVICES
The IUB Libraries (the Herman B. Wells Library, the Lilly Library for rare books and special collections, and the many branch and Residence Hall libraries) provide faculty and other users with access to a wide range of scholarly information resources in all formats, from traditional books and journals to online databases, multimedia, and internet resources from within the IU Libraries, their homes, and offices. These databases include: the IU Libraries’ online catalog describing library materials statewide; other library catalogs in the state, country, and the world; indexes to journal and newspaper articles, databases containing full-text articles from many core journals and newspapers, multimedia collections of traditional and digital images, maps, moving images and sound recordings for use in instruction. The IUB Libraries also offer many services to faculty and users, such as interlibrary loan, renewals, and reference assistance, as well as connections to many helpful research sites. Faculty members can participate in instructional workshops, schedule instruction in library and information use for their classes, seek personalized research consultation, and suggest materials for purchase or subscription by the IUB Libraries. IUB Libraries also provide digital library services to enhance the ability of faculty to create, distribute, and preserve their scholarship. Faculty studies (carrels) are designated for faculty use on floors 4 through 11 of the stacks. Full-time IUB faculty members who are actively using the collections of the Main Library for teaching/research may request a faculty study assignment. There is always more demand for study space than there are available assignments; a waiting list is maintained. Because of space limitations, all studies are assigned to 2 faculty members. The application for faculty studies is available on-line through the IUB Library website. Studies must be renewed annually.
There is a 120-day loan policy for faculty on materials in the stacks and in most branch libraries. Loans are renewable so long as there is no "hold" on an item, but recallable after two weeks for another library patron. The Bloomington Faculty Council's Library Committee monitors IUB Library development and policies concerning Library management, and consults with and advises the Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries on priorities and collections (See Policy G-3).
Faculty on the Bloomington campus have access to a diverse range of computing facilities to assist in their instructional and research missions. Any academic appointee or student is eligible to use the computing network for instruction and research at no cost. UITS (University Information Technology Services) develops and maintains the information technology environment across the university. This environment features a high-speed campus network with wireless access, central web hosting, a rich selection of free and low-cost software for personal use, tools and support for instruction and research, and supercomputers (including the Big Red supercomputer) for data analysis and visualization. UITS also maintains the I-Light fiber-optic network that connects Indiana schools and universities to each other and to the Internet, and the Global Research Network Operations Center, which provides management and engineering services to major national and international networks, including Internet2. The Support division of UITS provides technology support services to faculty and students, including the on-line IU Knowledge Base, the Student Technology Centers, and telephone operator support. Information about all UITS services is available at: www.uits.iu.edu
Travel support is available through academic units as well as through special funding programs that are open to all Bloomington faculty and librarians. Each unit typically controls and disperses these funds according to its internal guidelines.
Regulations Governing Travel
Regardless of the source of funding (e.g., research grants, general funds), all travel paid for by University-administered funds must comply with University travel regulations. Those regulations are designed to confirm to policies established by the Indiana State Legislature and the State Budget Agency. For example, Indiana University cannot reimburse for First Class travel. Indiana University has contracts with several travel agencies who are official Designated Travel Agencies. If faculty book travel through those agencies, the charges may be prepaid by the University. IU has also teamed with Hotels.com, an online hotel booking agency, which allows faculty to make hotel reservations on-line and charge them to the IU hotel credit card. Travel authorization is required for all domestic and foreign trips, and is typically requested prior to the date of departure.
For an updated rate schedule of per diem expense reimbursement allowed by the State Budget Agency, see the Travel Management Services website (www.indiana.edu/~travel ). This schedule applies to travel from General Fund accounts as well as from grant and contract funds.
Tenured or tenure-track faculty members and librarians wishing to attend international conferences may apply for partial travel support to the Overseas Conference Fund, which is administered through the Office of International Programs. Applicants must present a competitively selected or invited paper or perform some other important role at the conference. Application forms are available on the website of the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs (http://www.indiana.edu/~ovpia/ovpia/ ); they are accepted four times during the year. Funds are also available for tenure-track or tenured librarians who travel domestically or internationally to enhance their international collections, for example by visiting special collections. Applications are accepted at specific times during the fall and spring semesters.
Horizons of Knowledge Lecture Series
The Horizons of Knowledge Lecture Fund provides limited financial assistance for lectures which are of interest to a large and diversified audience, particularly undergraduate students. Lectures should cross departmental and disciplinary lines and must be co-sponsored by at least two academic departments or units in addition to the sponsor. Sponsoring units are encouraged to create opportunities for the speaker to meet formally or informally with graduate and undergraduate students. Applications are accepted throughout the year. This lecture series is administered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs.
Patten Foundation Lectures
Several Patten Foundation Lecturers are brought to this campus each year by the Patten Foundation. The purpose of the Foundation is to attract to Bloomington scholars of extraordinary national and international reputation, whose contributions to the sciences, to the humanities, to the arts, or to the understanding of human affairs are outstanding. Patten Lecturers ordinarily spend a week on the Bloomington campus, delivering two public lectures that appeal to a general audience, and meeting with interested faculty and students in classes and in informal gatherings. The Patten lectureship stipend is $15,000 plus funds for travel and living expenses while in Bloomington. It may be possible to arrange for longer stays in conjunction with a visiting academic appointment or a fellowship in the Institute for Advanced Study. The fund is administered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs with the help of a faculty committee.
The Committee plans a year or two in advance and each Fall solicits recommendations from the faculty. Departmental/program chairs should be especially alert to the possibility of combining replacement/visiting funds with Patten funds to enable the Bloomington campus to host a prestigious Patten Scholar/Artist-in-Residence.
Addison Locke Roache Lecture
The Addison Locke Roache Lecture fund is administered by a University-wide committee. Creation of the fund and its purposes were established by Trustees of Indiana University action on February 18, 1957 (See Policy G-4). The University Addison Locke Roache Committee currently allocates funds to each campus; each campus then submits its nominations for approval by the University Committee. For the Bloomington Campus, the Patten Foundation Committee, augmented where necessary to assure expertise in law, business, education, and letters, makes these recommendations.
Research support for faculty at IUB is coordinated by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and encompasses internal funding opportunities, support for external grant submissions, oversight of research centers, institutes, and museums, and a unique undergraduate research program.
Office of the Vice Provost for Research
The mission of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) is to support ongoing research and creative activities among Indiana University faculty, incubate new interdisciplinary initiatives, and maximize the potential of IU faculty to accomplish path-breaking work. OVPR provides funds and infrastructure to enhance opportunities for federal, state, and private support, cultivates external funding relationships in the public and private sector, and supports Intellectual property protection and technology transfer.
The OVPR is led by the Vice Provost for Research and the Associate Vice Provosts who oversee the specific areas of humanities, the social sciences, the arts, and the sciences. The OVPR works with faculty to develop research projects of the highest academic and ethical standards--on campus, between IU campuses, and with other research institutions. Please see www.research.iu.edu for more information on how OVPR associate vice provosts and advisors may be of special assistance to you in your research and creative work.
OVPR Funding Opportunities for Faculty
OVPR is deeply committed to creating greater opportunities for faculty success in research, scholarship, and creative activity. Its foremost goal is to increase faculty competitiveness for federal, state, and private funding. It accomplishes this goal through a variety of internal grants and funding opportunities that provide seed funds for new projects and interdisciplinary collaborations. Descriptions of currently sponsored OVPR funding opportunities can be found at www.research.iu.edu. These opportunities for seed funding include:
- Faculty Research Support Program
- Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities Fellowships
- Research Leave Supplements
- Summer Faculty Fellowships
- Distinguished Professors Fund
- Retired Professors Fund
- Faculty Grant-in-aid for Research
- Bridge Funding Program
OVPR also facilitates greater external funding for faculty research and creative activities by tracking limited submission programs to enable the submission of competitive proposals to external agencies. Limited submissions programs require internal evaluation to select one or two proposals for certain competitions such as the NSF-MRI. See the frequently posted and updated list on the Web at http://ovpr.indiana.edu/limsub/limsub.asp for current information.
To further facilitate external funding, OVPR also actively maintains a list of resources for identifying external funding sources and the top funding agencies that grant awards to Indiana University faculty. These resources include the Community of Science funding database which stores profiles, generates CVs, locates funding for all disciplines, utilizes alerts for funding notifications, and provides a Web workspace to manage searches, alerts and profiles. See http://www.research.iu.edu/funding/prim_external.html.
Research Centers, Institutes and Museums
OVPR oversees Bloomington campus and university-wide centers, institutes, and museums that may align with faculty research agendas and provide special opportunities for research, scholarly, and creative activities. Many of these centers and institutes bridge the boundaries of traditional academic departments, spurring the cross-fertilization of ideas and approaches. OVPR institutes and centers can be formed as needed to pursue a novel avenue of inquiry or to attack problems with different combinations of research tools. The capabilities of such centers often enable researchers to secure external funds that otherwise might not be available to an individual through specific departments and/or schools. OVPR maintains a directory of research centers and institutes at http://research.iu.edu/centers/index.html.
The Cox Research Scholars Program
OVPR administers a full four-year scholarship program that offers a remarkable research opportunity to Indiana high school students of exemplary achievement. The program also offers tenure track faculty the opportunity to work as mentors with these outstanding students, who rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating class and have definite scholarly and research goals. To learn more about how to participate in this program as a mentor, visit http://researchscholarsprogram.iub.edu/.
RECOGNITION OF FACULTY ACHIEVEMENT
In 1953 the Trustees of Indiana University established Distinguished Service Professorships as a means of recognizing "exceptional scholarly and teaching ability," and of enabling the University to "hold, recognize or bid for the exceptional person." In 1959 the Board established three Name Professorships—the Rudy Professorship, Research Professorship and University Professorship—to identify the recipient as "superior in his/her field of effort and to recognize the ability of the individual to be honored with the title." In 1967 the Board changed the title of special professorial rank from Distinguished Service Professor to Distinguished Professor. (For these Board actions, See Policy G-5). The title Research Professor and University Professor are no longer awarded. The President solicits nominations for Distinguished Professorships, Endowed Professorships, and Endowed Chairs each year.
The most prestigious academic appointment Indiana University can offer an individual is a Distinguished Professorship. Nominations for the rank of Distinguished Professor are accepted by the President's Office which then forwards the nominations to the University Distinguished Professorship Committee. The Committee reviews the nominations, consults with relevant departmental chairpersons and deans, and submits recommendations to the President and the Board of Trustees for their consideration. Normally, the Committee submits its recommendations in time for appointments to be announced at Founders Day. Nominations may be received from faculty, alumni, students, and other knowledgeable persons. The nominator is responsible for compiling the dossier, which must include an up-to-date resume. Details of the nomination process and selection criteria are given at http://www.indiana.edu/~distprof.
Endowed Chairs. Endowed chairs are established upon recommendation of the Dean of the School involved and approved by the President and the Trustees of Indiana University. An appointment to an endowed chair may be offered to an outstanding individual through the regular appointment channels, culminating with approval by the President's Office and the Trustees of Indiana University. Income supporting an endowed chair can be utilized for the professor's salary (or part of it), employee benefits, research assistants, graduate fellowships, travel, book purchases, supplies and expense budget, etc. Funding an endowed chair would usually require a minimum of $1.5 million. Additional funds would supply additional professional benefits to the individual appointed to the chair.
The endowed chairs may carry a name chosen by the donor, or the appropriate dean, with the approval of the President and Trustees of Indiana University.
If sufficient funds are available, several endowed chairs could be established under one name, and could be considered an "endowed program."
Endowed Professorships. Income from an endowment for a professorship can be utilized for as many of the activities listed above under "Endowed Chairs" as funds would permit. Endowed professorships usually require a minimum of $750,000. As with the endowed chairs, the professorship may carry a name chosen by the donor, or dean, if approved by the President and the Trustees of Indiana University.
Special Endowed Appointments. Endowed visiting professorships, lectureships, scholarships and fellowships may be established upon recommendation of the deans with the approval of the President. Funds required would vary, of course.
Distinguished Teaching Awards
Trustees Teaching Award
The Trustees Teaching Awards honor outstanding teaching during the previous calendar year. Each School or College sets procedures for selecting recipients of this award as well as selection criteria. Tenured and tenure-track faculty, clinical faculty, and full-time lecturers are eligible to receive the award. The amount of the award is set by the Board of Trustees. (See Policy G-6).
FACET Awards for Teaching
The Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in teaching (FACET: established in 1989) recognizes the University's most exemplary teaching faculty and librarians and encourages teaching excellence across the University by creating a network of distinguished scholar-mentors. With representatives from all IU campuses, the group holds workshops, an annual retreat, and a broad range of campus-specific and University wide teaching colloquies and policy discussions. Participants must be full-time tenure-track or clinical-rank faculty members or librarians. Nominations are solicited annually by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs.
Individual Awards for Distinguished Teaching
Since 1954 Indiana University has given recognition to excellence in teaching through the granting of annual teaching awards. The purpose of the awards is to call attention to the importance of teaching and to recognize those who have demonstrated excellence. Nominations are normally due early in the academic year and are accepted by the Committee on Distinguished Teaching Awards (http://www.indiana.edu/~disteach ). The awards are made at the Founders Day ceremonies. Each carries with it both a certificate and a cash award. In the case of faculty awards, the amount of the cash award becomes a permanent supplement to the awardee’s salary in subsequent fiscal years for as long as the awardee remains employed at Indiana University. All tenured full-time faculty (or faculty holding an equivalent appointment in a continuing full-time position) who have taught for five or more years at Indiana University are eligible for the faculty teaching awards.
FREDERIC BACHMAN LIEBER AWARD. The oldest of Indiana University teaching awards was established in 1954 by Mrs. Katie D. Bachman in memory of her grandson and was further endowed by Mrs. Herman Lieber. The award is a citation and placement of the recipient's name on a permanent plaque in the Indiana Memorial Union. The awards are granted for excellence in teaching in any division of the University at any professional rank.
HERMAN F. LIEBER AWARD. Established in 1961, this was first sponsored by the I.U. Foundation and is now sponsored by Mrs. Herman Lieber of Indianapolis. All regular members of the faculty with ranks from Instructor through Professor are eligible for the award which is granted for excellence in teaching.
PRESIDENT’S AWARDS. Established in 1974, this award can be given in any division of the University and at any professorial rank for excellence in teaching.
SYLVIA E. BOWMAN AWARD. This award is normally given to recognize distinguished teaching in fields relating to American civilization, broadly interpreted to include not only U.S. literature and history, but also any subject that treats any aspect of our country such as geography, geology, economics, and comparative literature.
THOMAS EHRLICH AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE LEARNING. This award recognizes excellence in service learning as evidenced in the implementation of service learning in a manner consistent with good practice, reflection on and improvement in service learning courses, the assumption of leadership in department, campus, and/or disciplinary efforts to integrate community or public service into the curriculum and to institutionalize service learning, and impact on students and the community both in and out of the classroom.
LIEBER ASSOCIATE INSTRUCTOR AWARDS. Initiated in 1961, these awards have been presented each year to outstanding teachers among the University's graduate students who combine their programs of advanced study with instructional employment in their schools and departments. They receive a one-time cash award. The recipients of the teaching awards are recommended by the Committee on Distinguished Teaching Awards. This committee, composed of representatives from all divisions of the University, is appointed by the President. It bases its selections on nominations received from throughout the University, with careful consideration of suggestions made by students, alumni, and faculty colleagues of each nominee. Nominations may be made directly to the Committee or they may be submitted through departmental chairpersons or deans. The nominator is responsible for compiling a dossier on the candidate. Guidelines for the preparation of dossiers for teaching awards are available through this link (http://www.indiana.edu/~disteach/teach.shtml ).
W. George Pinnell Award for Outstanding Service
The University Faculty Council established the W. George Pinnell Award for Outstanding Service by faculty and librarians to the University, to a profession or discipline, or to the public. This award is intended to recognize outstanding service by faculty members or librarians in the same way that other annual awards recognize distinguished teaching. Multiple awards may, but need not, be given. Guidelines for creating a committee and criteria for the award, as approved by the UFC in 1992, appear in Policy G-7. Faculty members and librarians who are recipients of this service award will be recognized at the Founder's Day ceremony with a cash award funded by the IU Foundation.
John W. Ryan Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Programs and Studies
The award honors a member of the University who holds faculty rank for exceptional contributions to enhancing the University's international programs and studies. Nominations are solicited and winners selected by a University-wide committee appointed annually by the Vice President for International Affairs. The IU Foundation provides the two recipients of this annual award with $1,000 and a certificate at the Founders Day ceremony. Further details about selection criteria and procedures are given at this link: http://www.indiana.edu/~ovpia/ovpia/funding/Ryan.pdf.