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Faculty Research and Development

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.

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.

Office of 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

Liberal Arts and Sciences Small Grants Program

The Committee on Innovative Teaching and Learning in the Liberal Arts and Sciences accepts applications for small grants ($500-$1,500) to support innovative teaching and learning at the College of Charleston. 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. 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. The deadline for 2016 has passed, and the deadlines for 2017 application will be announced at a later date. Please submit applications to Academic Affairs (210 Randolph Hall) or to cherryl@cofc.edu. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Mari Crabtree at crabtreemn@cofc.eduVisit the Liberal Arts and Sciences Small Grants Program webpage to access the current guidelines and the application.

International Research Opportunities

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. Visit the Harry and Reba Huge Foundation Faculty Development Grant webpage to access the current guidelines and application.

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 the Procedures and Practices' webpage for access to current information and guidelines. 

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 ResearchAt 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 URCA.cofc.edu 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: The Graduate School Research webpage has additional information on graduate research, including research poster presentations and graduate research grants. Also, Nationally Competitive Fellowships for Graduate Fellowship may be available for graduate students.

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). We are now accepting applications for the December 2016 Writers' Retreats which will be held on December 15-16 and December 19-21 in the Addlestone Library (Room 227 and study rooms) starting at 8:30 AM. Please contact Lynn Cherry (cherryl@cofc.edu) if you have any questions.

» Apply for the December Writers' Retreat (Dec 15-16 and Dec 19-21): Please submit a Retreat Application online. The deadline for the December 2016 retreat is December 5, 2016.

Faculty Writing Groups

Many of us worked in writing groups in graduate school. Some of us had writing groups that fizzled out for one reason or another. Still others have not been able to get a writing group going. Because we know writing groups can provide structure and support that can help you make progress with writing and scholarship, the Office of the Provost facilitates organizing interested faculty members into Faculty Writing Groups.  Here’s how it works:

    • Interested faculty members fill out this interest survey
    • Respondents are sorted into 3-4 person groups
    • Groups gather for a panel discussion with several ongoing on-campus writing groups (future dates TBD)
    • Groups begin to meet and write

 » Submit a Writing Group Interest Survey: Interested faculty members fill out this interest survey. The deadline for 2016 groups has passed. Future group deadlines will be announced. Please check back or contact Lynn Cherry (cherryl@cofc.edu).

Institute for Pedagogy in the Liberal Arts at Oxford College at Emory University

The Office of the Provost sponsors four faculty members to attend the Institute for Pedagogy in the Liberal Arts at Oxford College at Emory University. This year's institute was held on May 10-13, 2016, and future dates are forthcoming. Created as a pair of two-day sessions, the Institute offers participants four days to work with each other, guided by recognized experts in particular pedagogies.  In successive two-day workshops, participants will be creating and carrying away at least two course ideas, syllabi, or other teaching materials that will be useful in the following academic years. The details of this year's symposium can be found here: http://oxfordipla2016.org/about-ipla.  The faculty who attend this workshop will be asked to present a workshop on campus as part of the Fall 2016 CofC Pedagogy Symposium. The 2016 application deadline has passed; please check back for future dates. Please note that faculty members already committed to general education assessment, FYE orientation, or the Writers’ Retreat will be unable to participate.

» Apply for the Pedagogy Institute at Emory University: Please submit a Pedagogy Application to Dr. Lynn Cherry (Academic Affairs, Randolph Hall 210 or cherryl@cofc.edu). The application deadline for the 2016 institute has passed. 

2016-05-10 06:00:00 2016-05-13 22:00:00 America/New_York 2016 Institute for Pedagogy in the Liberal Arts Oxford College at Emory University

Pedagogy Symposiums at the College of Charleston

The Office of the Provost sponsors a Spring and Fall Pedagogy Symposium at the College of Charleston as a part of the Faculty Development series. The Spring 2016 Pedagogy Symposium was held on March 18, 2016 in Tate 202. The Fall 2016 Pedagogy Symposium will be announced soon. Please check back later for future dates. All interested faculty are encourage to attend. CofC faculty members will lead discussions on various topics, including metacognition and pedagogy, inclusive classrooms, and creative assessment of learning outcomes.Presentations will be given on the hour starting at 9 AM and will conclude at 4 PM. Light refreshments will be available in the morning, and lunch will be available starting at 11 AM. Details for the Fall 2016 CofC Pedagogy Symposium will be posted in August 2016. 

» RSVP for the CofC Pedagogy Symposium: Registration is not required for the symposium. All interested faculty are welcome to attend all or some of the presentations. Presentations will be made on the hour from 9 AM to 4PM, including a afternoon roundtable during lunch at noon. While registration is not required, an RSVP is appreciated for planning purposes: http://goo.gl/forms/wvLPLCKhfX or contact Lynn Cherry (cherryl@cofc.edu).

2016-03-18 09:00:00 2016-03-18 16:00:00 America/New_York 2016 CofC Pedagogy Symposium Tate 202

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 and visit the Adjunct Professional Development webpage for additional details. 

» Apply for funding: Chairs, Directors, of school coordinators may apply for funding for a development activity 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 Lynn Cherry (cherryl@cofc.edu) 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 http://blogs.cofc.edu/tlt.  You can also view a calendar of upcoming programs and sessions by visiting http://tlt.eventbrite.com. 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 http://blogs.cofc.edu/tlt/about/contact/).  

» 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) Writing Across the Curriculum Workshop

This 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 60 Faculty from all disciplines have participated in this summer workshop – come see what all the excitement is about! 

» Apply for the workshop: Interested faculty should email Chris Korey (koreyc@cofc.edu) with the following application materials:

      • 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.

The deadline for this year’s program has passed. Please check back for more information about the 2017 program. 

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 (by Academic School)

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