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Faculty Research, Development, & Service

Research | Professional Development | Service | Additional Resources

Faculty research, development, and service are essential to a faculty member’s ability to carry out the College’s educational mission.  Research and development involve the various activities that increase the faculty member’s knowledge and that exemplify scholarly or artistic expertise.  It includes, but is not limited to, original contributions to the discipline, creative activities in practice and performance in the fine arts, research in pedagogy, and appropriate studies within and outside one’s specialties.  The professional educator undertakes research for scholarly or creative production, to maintain currency in the content of courses taught, and to improve pedagogical techniques.  The professional educator sustains professional contact with colleagues and engages in continuing professional activities to upgrade and augment existing skills or develop new ones. Service to the College and/or the community also falls within the responsibilities of a faculty member. Service includes holding departmental offices, serving on departmental committees, and participating in campus and community activities related to the College and to one’s professional role. For additional information and resources regarding faculty research, development, and service please use the information provided below. Also, please reference the relevant sections of the Faculty/Administration Manual. To record your faculty research, development, and service activities, please open the Faculty Activity System via the link provide in MyCharleston. 

Faculty Research

Ongoing faculty research benefits students, the College of Charleston, and society, as well as the individual scholar. When they are engaged in research, our faculty model for our students the excitement of continuous learning. Today's students need to understand not only the methodology of the learning approach to problem solving, but also the personal fulfillment and joy that comes with it. Students at the College work closely with our faculty, learning through their research the discovery process used to generate further understanding and knowledge. Information about research and support for research is provided below. Also, please reference the Institutional Definition for Research and Community/Public Service (memo) for additional information. Have a new faculty resource or grant opportunity you would like to share? Email the Office of the Provost

Faculty Research and Development Committee

The Faculty Research and Development Committee is a committee of the College faculty charged with the responsibility to support and encourage faculty research and development at the College. The committee supports a wide range of professional activities that will benefit the College and the professional development of the faculty member. However, the committee identifies as a priority the support of faculty in their initial years at the College. The committee recognizes that research and faculty development vary from discipline to discipline. Although this program is open to all faculty members, preference is given to faculty who are tenured or who hold tenure-track appointments. Individuals and groups are welcome to apply for projects including research, professional non-degree training, interdisciplinary learning, and work with professionals outside the College. Proposals leading to external funding and proposals with interdisciplinary dimensions are also encouraged. Visit the Faculty Research and Development Committee webpage to access the current guidelines on funding and the required forms for faculty research grants and faculty professional support grants, as well as examples and announcements of past recipients.

Research and Grants Administration

The Office of Research and Grants Administration (ORGA) facilitates external funding for research, academic projects and scholarly activities, and compliance with applicable regulations and College policies and procedures relating to research activities. ORGA is a central source of information on major government agencies, foundations, and corporations which impact research and scholarship. Visit the ORGA webpage for current information about research and grants administration at the College of Charleston. 

    • Find research opportunities
    • Academic grant matching funds for external grants requiring a match
    • Monitoring for potential grant sources
    • Dissemination of grant announcements

The Research Protections and Compliance Office in the Office of Research and Grants Administration (ORGA) promotes the responsible conduct of research through education, College of Charleston policies, procedures and review committees, and compliance with applicable federal, state, and local regulations.  We provide support for the Human Research Protections Program, including the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Research Participants (IRB); the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC); and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC); as well as assistance with Responsible Conduct of Research education and training programs and Financial Conflict of Interest requirements.

ORGA’s Sponsored Programs staff promote the development of external funding strategies for research, academic projects, and institutional priorities; provide resources and assistance to faculty, staff, and administrators in searching for external funding opportunities; assist with preparation and submission of requests for external funding, including grants, sub-awards, and contracts; serve as liaison with funding agencies; assist grant awardees with administration issues in conjunction with the Grants Accountant in the Controller's office; provide education and training in all aspects of grantsmanship including grant searching, grant writing, and budget preparation; and provide advice and assistance regarding Intellectual property.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Small Grants Program

The Committee on Innovative Teaching and Learning in the Liberal Arts and Sciences (ILAS) accepts applications for small grants ($500-$1,500) to support innovative teaching and learning at the College of Charleston. View the 2019 Call for ILAS Proposals.

Although proposals in support of innovative teaching and learning in any area of the liberal arts and sciences are eligible, proposals that promote areas of strategic emphasis such as diversity, internationalization, integrative learning, and high impact learning experiences are especially encouraged. A proportion of ILAS small grants are reserved for proposals that emphasize diversity, so please note that emphasis on the application form if applicable. Projects funded by this small grants program should have the potential for long-term impact on teaching and learning and not be limited to one course or one semester. Grant recipients will be asked to demonstrate this potential in the application. Please submit all proposals to the committee chair, Dr. Mari Crabtree ( by the deadlines listed on the application. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact the Office of the Provost or Mari Crabtree ( For additional details, please read the 2019 Call for ILAS Proposals.

» Apply: 2019 ILAS Grant Application by November 26, 2018 

The deadline to submit applications has passed. Please direct inquiries to the ILAS Committee Chair, Mari Crabtree (

Open Education Resources (OER) Incentive Program: Grants 

Open educational resources (OER) are classroom materials without copyright restrictions, are available in the public domain, licensed through the Creative Commons (or similar intellectual property licenses) or library-licensed, and accessible to student at little or no cost. With the rising prices of textbooks and the resulting financial burden for students, OER can help mitigate such expenses for students and provide instructors with pedagogical advantages. To encourage faculty to integrate OER materials in their courses, the OER Faculty Incentive Program will award grants of $1000 to instructors selected by the campus OER Committee. Faculty who are awarded OER incentive grants will integrate OER into the upcoming academic year's course(s). Ineligible are previous awardees who wish to use OER for courses that already were supported with an OER grant. Priority will be given to first-time applicants.

Faculty who are teaching in the 2020-2021 academic year (fall and spring semesters) are invited to apply for the 2nd annual Open Educational Resources (OER) Incentive Grant Program to support College of Charleston faculty in creating high-quality instructional resources at little or no expense to our students.  This program was previously described to the Faculty Senate and to other key College of Charleston constituencies. 

OER are classroom resources with no copyright restrictions. They are in the public domain, licensed through the Creative Commons (or similar intellectual property licenses) or library-licensed, so students can access them at little or no cost. Textbook prices are rising rapidly, putting enormous financial strain on students. OER can help mitigate textbook expenses for students and also provide instructors with pedagogical advantages, since they are more adaptable than traditional textbooks. In recent years, several states and universities have invested heavily in the creation of OER, and those resources are readily available to us.

The College of Charleston Libraries provide many resources for faculty with interest in utilizing OER.  See Affordable Learning ( The OER Incentive Program is intended to expand the use of these resources on campus, with the intent of improving the quality of instructional materials and providing financial relief for students.  The College of Charleston does recognize that traditional print and/or online textbooks remain excellent choices for many courses, but the OER Incentive Program encourages faculty to use OER in those cases where they offer both pedagogical and financial advantages.

Programs that encourage OER use are in place at several other universities.  The College of Charleston Student Government Association has previously requested that the College take steps to expand OER use.

Grant Purpose, Deadlines and Awards

To encourage faculty to integrate OER materials in their courses, the OER Faculty Incentive Program will award grants of up to $1000 to instructors selected by the campus OER Committee. Faculty who are awarded OER incentive grants will integrate OER into at least one course offered two separate semesters.

Awards are subject to a set of stipulations, including the following:

(1) Successful completion of the Open Educational Resources Training and Development OAKS course administered by the College of Charleston Libraries and TLT.

(2) Submission of the final course syllabus, including a full list of required course materials and an OER syllabus statement (provided), to the OER committee.

(3) Subsequent to teaching the OER Incentive Grant-supported course the first time, submission of a report to the OER Incentive Grant Committee assessing their experience using OER in the classroom and reporting the cost savings to students in their grant-supported classes.  Furthermore, grant recipients are expected to teach the OER Incentive Grant-supported class again in a subsequent semester.

The deadline for submission of OER Applications (click here for the online application) is November 1, 2019. Proposals will be reviewed by the campus OER Committee, comprised of faculty, librarians and instructional technologists. Preference will be given to proposals for course sections offered on a recurring basis intended for first-, second-, and third-year students (i.e., not special topics courses, or senior seminars). In addition, courses that currently utilize OER or have little or no materials costs to students will not be considered unless they are substantially revised during the award period. Awards will be announced by December 1, 2019. Selected instructors will receive their financial award after completion of the first OER Incentive Grant-supported course and the submission of their final report. (Download a PDF copy of the OER Instructions.)

→ Submit your OER Application online.


October 15, 2019: Call for applications and OER Application form made available online (date may vary)
November 1, 2019: Deadline for applications
December 1, 2019: Awards announced (date may vary)
December 15, 2019: Opening of faculty training course for awardees.

Each awardee will be required to submit a final report within one month following the grant-supported implementation of the OER materials. Each report will include:

    • Estimated cost savings
    • Summary of experience with implementing OER materials
    • Implementation’s impact on course and students
    • Means of evaluating the impact of OER adoption on course delivery
    • Future plans for implementation of OER materials

Many thanks to Dr. Jason Coy, Professor of History and Faculty Administrative Fellow in the Office of the Provost, who facilitated the initiation of this program and currently chairs the OER Committee. Please direct all program-related questions to Dr. Coy at

International Research Opportunities

By collaborating with our colleagues across countries and continents, across nationalities and religions, across time zones and climates, we can support the CofC faculty who ask important questions and create knowledge for the good of our neighbors and for the good of the world. Whether you want to attend a conference, collaborate with international faculty, or plan a trip with students, we can help you get started.

The Center for International Education (CIE)

The Center for International Education at the College of Charleston is the coordinating office for all international activities, including related faculty research opportunities. CIE also assists the College's departments in bringing in international scholars to campus for a variety of purposes. Visit the Center for International Education webpage to access current information. 

The Fulbright Scholar Program 

The Fulbright Scholar Program is coordinated by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Additional information about becoming a College of Charleston Fulbright Scholar or to read about past CofC Fulbright Scholars, go to the CofC Fulbright Scholars  page or visit the Fulbright Scholar Program external webpage. For additional information about Fulbright Scholars, contact Steve Litvin ( For information about Fulbright Students, contact Anton Vander Zee ( 

2018-2019 College of Charleston Fulbright Scholars:

    • Lisa Covert, U.S. Scholar (Latin America & Caribbean History) - Universidad de San Mart­n de Porres, Peru
    • Isaure de Buron-Connors, U.S. Scholar (Parasitology) – Mohammed V University, Morocco
    • Brian Lanahan, U.S. Scholar (Curriculum/Social Studies) – Tbilisi State University, Georgia
    • Beth Sundstrom, U.S. Scholar (Health Communication) – University College Cork, Ireland

Harry and Reba Huge Foundation Faculty Development Grant

The Harry and Reba Huge Foundation has awarded a grant to the College of Charleston to encourage and support faculty members in developing teaching and research projects that are related to the country of Estonia. The overall goal of this initiative is to establish an ongoing relationship with the country of Estonia and to encourage student involvement. Please contact the Office of the Provost for information about this opportunity. Students may visit the Study Abroad Scholarship page for information about applying for the Huge Foundation Study Abroad Scholarship. 

Harry M. Lightsey Visiting Scholar Fellowship

We are pleased to announce the call for Harry M. Lightsey Jr. Visiting Scholar Fellowship applications to interested faculty. Fellowships will include grants up to $5,000 per award recipient. Proposals must be submitted to the Belle W. Baruch Foundation by April 5, 2019. Please contact your dean's office for the application and additional information. 

Sabbatical Program

Sabbatical leave is paid time exempt from normal duties granted to faculty members for the accomplishment of professional development programs. The Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs is the coordinating office for all sabbatical activities. View Sabbatical Program Information on our website for additional information. 

Faculty/Student Research Opportunities

Faculty/Student research is a valuable component to any university. At the College of Charleston, both undergraduate and graduate students conducts research. 

Undergraduate Level Faculty/Student Research

At the College of Charleston, faculty/student research involving undergraudate students may be supported by fellowships or grants. Nationally Competitive Fellowships for Undergraduate Research may be available to students. Also, the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) offers several competitive grants to support undergraduate research and creative activities, and to support travel to conferences to disseminate the work. As part of this program the work must be done under the direction of a College of Charleston faculty member, and it is expected that the results of the project will be disseminated in appropriate academic or professional forums. Each application requires at least two participants: an undergraduate student and a College of Charleston faculty member. The student applicant must be a full time, degree-seeking College of Charleston undergraduate student with a minimum cumulative GPA of least 2.5. A faculty member at the College of Charleston must serve as the Principal Investigator on the project. Visit for more information. 

The types of grants available are:

    • Major Academic Year Support (MAYS) - provides funding to cover student research expenses for projects carried out during the academic year. Maximum award amount $5000.00. To review the application guidelines and download the application forms, visit the Grant Forms page.
    • Research Presentation Grants (RPG) - provides funding to support students who are traveling to present the results of student-faculty research. Maximum award amount $750.00 for international or national conferences, $200 for regional conferences, and $50 for in-state conferences. To review the application guidelines and download the application forms, visit the Grant Forms page.
    • Summer Research with Faculty (SURF) - provides funding to cover student research expenses for projects carried out during the summer. Maximum award amount $6500.00. To review the application guidelines and download the application forms, visit the Grant Forms page. To see successful grants in specific areas, please visit the following links: BiologyClassicsPublic HealthPsychology, and Theatre and Dance.
Graduate Level Faculty/Student Research

Please visit the Graduate School webpage for information on graduate research assistantships and graduate research grants. Also, Nationally Competitive Fellowships for Graduate Research may be available for graduate students.

Research Centers & Institutes

Please visit our Centers & Institutes page for a listing. 

Additional Support for Faculty

    • New Faculty: Additional support made be provided to faculty on an individual basis. Support for new faculty provided by the Department, Dean, and/or Provost may include start-up funds, moving expense assistance, and special programs.
    • Departmental Support: Departmental resource information should be obtained from your Department Chair about departmental research budgets, departmental travel budgets, and departmental start-up funding for new faculty
    • School Support: Information about Deans' discretionary budgets should be obtained from your Department Chair and School Dean for indirect cost sharing accounts and regular budgets. 

Research Policies, Compliance Documents, and additional related links

Faculty Professional Development

Professional development involves the various activities that increase the faculty member’s knowledge and exemplify pedagogical or artistic expertise.  It includes, but is not limited to, research in pedagogy, appropriate studies within and outside one’s specialties, and creative activities in practice and performance in the fine arts.  Instructors maintain currency in the content of courses taught and in pedagogical techniques.  They sustain professional contact with colleagues and engage in continuing professional activities to maintain, upgrade, and augment existing skills or develop new ones. The College of Charleston offers numerous professional development opportunities including, but not limited to, those listed below. 

Faculty Writers' Retreat 

The Office of the Provost sponsors several writers' retreats for faculty over the course of the academic year. In selecting participants, preference will be given to faculty preparing for a major review and new faculty establishing a writing program. All instructional faculty members are welcome to apply, including adjunct faculty and fulltime staff who also serve as adjuncts (provided your staff supervisor approves of your participation and consequent leave or absence from your regular duties). Last year, 51 faculty members participated in at least one of the Faculty Writers' Retreats! Please view below for dates of the Faculty Writers' Retreats, and any open applications. 

Please contact the Office of the Provost (Mark Del Mastro, if you have any questions.

Writers' Retreat Applications:

2019 October Writers' Retreat (Fall Break) - October 14-15, 2019 - Submit Online Application by NOON Friday, October 4

2019 December Writers' Retreat (Winter Break, post Fall exams) - December 16-18, 2019

2020 March Writers' Retreat (Spring Break) - March 16-20, 2020

2020 May Writers' Retreat (Summer Break, post Spring exams) - May 13-15 and 18-20, 2020

Adjunct Faculty Development

The Office of the Provost supports adjunct faculty development opportunities that are offered by schools, departments, and programs. Please contact your department, program, or school for information. . 

» Apply for funding: Chairs, Directors, of school coordinators may apply for funding for a development activity (e.g. refreshments and adjunct faculty compensation) using the Adjunct Professional Development Funding Authorization form and Adjunct Professional Development Transfer of Funds form. Submit the signed authorization form and any supporting documentation to the Office of the Provost ( at least 1-2 weeks PRIOR to the Adjunct Professional Development. Academic Affairs will review the request, complete Section 4, and return the form to allow the department/program to proceed with Section 5 for the preparation of payments and the transfer of funds.

Teaching, Learning & Technology (TLT) Programs

TLT offers a wide variety of faculty professional development programs and services to all faculty at the College.  To browse TLT programs and services please visit  You can also view a calendar of upcoming programs and sessions by visiting Each year in March, TLT hosts the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Conference, the next generation of the Faculty Technology Institute (FTI), designed to bring together expertise from across campus, spotlight teaching excellence, and provide a space for idea sharing and networking, sponsored by the Office of the Provost. Over the past fifteen years, this conference has evolved into one of the most successful faculty development programs on campus. The Teaching, Learning, and Technology Conference will allow TLT to continue offering outstanding faculty development but to a broader audience. TLT is excited to provide this opportunity for greater campus discussion and collaboration about pedagogy. Check out some of the sessions that are offered on our schedule or download the #TLTCon Guidebook App. Because registration is FREE, seating is limited. Please register online once the future conference dates are announced.

» Contact your instructional technologist: If you’d like to learn more about TLT, we encourage you to contact your Instructional Technologist (see contact list at  

» Attend The Teaching, Learning, and Technology Conference: Submit an online registration form. The deadline for registration has passed. Please check back later for details about the 2017 conference. 

First Year Experience (FYE) Workshops

The First Year Experience program provides faculty an opportunity to develop new course ideas and challenge themselves by working with first year students in an alternative and interactive way. To support faculty in this program, FYE holds various workshops for pedagogical conversations that focus on teaching first years, writing, and integrating new themes across disciplines. Each year, we host the FYE Writing Across the Curriculum Workshop, a week-long summer workshop offers faculty the opportunity to meet in a small group setting with colleagues from across the campus to discuss and explore how writing can be used in classes from our many diverse disciplines. While it is supported by the FYE program, the workshop is open to all faculty on campus. More than 70 Faculty from all disciplines have participated in this summer workshop – come see what all the excitement is about! 

» Workshop Dates: Go to

» Apply for a workshop: Interested faculty should email the Director of FYE with the items below or go to to apply for a specific workshop. 

      • A concise statement about how participation will impact the faculty member’s teaching of writing in their courses or how they imagine using writing as mechanism to promote deep learning in their course (500 Word Limit).

      • A summary of the types of writing assignments currently given in their courses.

Professional Service to the Community

Service to the College and/or the community falls within the responsibilities of a faculty member and is essential to the fulfillment of the College’s responsibilities to the academic community and to the attainment of institutional goals.  Each faculty member is expected to cooperate in supporting the mission and the goals of the department and the College.  Service includes holding departmental offices, serving on departmental committees, and participating in campus and community activities related to the College and to one’s professional role.  It also includes involvement with standing or ad hoc committees of the College, and special committees or task forces.  Service includes working with student organizations and non-academic advising; working with community, state, regional or national organizations; utilizing professional expertise; and working on institutional advancement projects. Also, please reference the Institutional Definition for Research and Community/Public Service (memo) for additional information.

Additional Resources & Opportunities

Please contact your school for details about current opportunities or use the links provided below.