For Continuing Faculty

To help faculty realize their full potential as teachers, researchers, scholars, and creative artists, support for Georgia State University’s continuing faculty at the university level includes:

 

 

In addition to the university-level resources highlighted here, there are many complementary programs available at the college and department levels. We encourage faculty to take advantage of programs and resources at all levels to support their continuing growth as teachers and scholars.

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Programming and Online Support

The Office of Faculty Affairs and other units at Georgia State University offer a wide range of in-person programming and online support for continuing faculty. We strongly encourage you, as a continuing faculty member, to take advantage of university-level programming in these areas to supplement programming and online resources available through your department and college. Look out for emails about:

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Teaching Support

Organized by the
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)

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Research Support

Organized by the University Research Services Administration (URSA)

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Writing Support

Faculty Writing Accountability Groups meet biweekly for peer accountability, on-site writing, and goal-setting. A WAG is a great way to make progress on your project and develop supportive relationships beyond your department. Registration is available during the summer in advance of the academic year.

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Support for Current Department Chairs

Current department chairs receive email invitations from the Office of Faculty Affairs to participate in leadership development programming. Recent topics have included cultivating inclusivity, supporting faculty service, and mentoring faculty for promotion and tenure.

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Celebrating Faculty Excellence

Organized by University Events at the end of each spring semester, this reception honors faculty excellence and achievement across Georgia State's colleges.

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Promotion and Tenure Processes

Workshops Organized by the
Office of Faculty Affairs (OFA)

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Academic Leadership Development Series

A collaborative effort of the Offices of the President, Provost, and Faculty Affairs, these monthly sessions bring together department, college, and university leaders to discuss key topics such as:
• Building and retaining a strong faculty
• Transdisciplinary research
• Budgeting

Provost's Faculty Fellowships

Faculty Research Fellowship

The deadline for the 2016-17 awards cycle has passed. An updated deadline and guidelines will be posted soon.

The Office of the Provost invites applications for the Faculty Research Fellowships for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. It is in Georgia State’s interest as a university to support its best faculty in their applications for prestigious and funded external fellowship awards.  This is particularly important in the humanities, arts and professional disciplines where external research funding is not as common. The Faculty Research Fellowships will provide one-semester salary support to selected faculty members to facilitate their completion of applications for preeminent international and national fellowships or awards.

External fellowships and awards targeted as part of the Faculty Fellows Program should be those which provide funding to the awardee, either directly or through Georgia State for use by the awardee.  A list of well-recognized funded fellowships is provided below, but others of equal stature will be accepted with justification.

Departments and colleges must agree as part of the application process to relieve the awardee from significant service and other unit obligations, except graduate student mentoring, during the semester of the Faculty Fellow award. The University will also assist each Faculty Fellow by providing administrative and technical support, as needed, for the completion of their external fellowship proposals.

To ensure that fellows who go on to be successful in garnering the externally funded fellowship are able to take full advantage of any related professional leave period associated with the award, the Provost will supplement, as needed, their College’s Professional Leave Program’s salary support during the external fellowship period.

Eligibility and Criteria

The competition is open to tenured or tenure-track graduate faculty. Criteria for selection include:

  • The quality/prestige of the award or fellowship targeted by the applicant;
  • The quality of the proposed project and its potential to be successful in the competition for the external award; and
  • The applicant not have received a Provost’s Faculty Research Fellowship in the past five years.

 Funding

The Office of the Provost will provide $25,000 to the successful fellow’s department to support one semester of course(s) buyout for the faculty fellow for Fall 2017 or Spring 2018. Any remaining funds can be used for other supporting activities related to the proposal.

Reporting/Deliverables

  • At the completion of the buyout semester, the faculty member must provide a report on progress made on the activities that had been proposed;
  • One year following the award’s conclusion, the faculty recipient will be asked to provide a report indicating the status of their application to the external award/fellowship that was targeted in the proposal.

 Application Materials

  1. A completed Provost’s Faculty Fellowship Application with signatures of chair and dean;
  2. A proposal (5 pages max.) which includes the following:
    • Information on the external funded fellowship competition (requirements, prestige, funding if any, etc.) that has been targeted by the applicant and why he/she feels they are competitive for this award;
    • the research, scholarship, or creative project on which their application will be based;
    • elaboration of activities that will be undertaken during the buyout semester and the timeline for applying for the external award.
  1. Applicant’s curriculum vitae; and
  2. Names and contact information of 3 internal or external referees who are knowledgeable about the external fellowship’s requirements, the applicant’s credentials, and their potential for success.

Application materials should be uploaded by December 15, 2016 at OFAawards@gsu.edu.

Selection of Awardees 

Proposals will be reviewed by a faculty committee appointed by the Provost.  The committee may contact the candidate referees for additional information.  Recipients of the Provost’s Faculty Research Fellowships will be notified in April 2017.

Questions? Please contact Kavita Pandit (kpandit@gsu.edu; 404-413-2584).

External Grants and Fellowships list

National Academy’s list (http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/Resdoc/PGA_044718) (http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/Resdoc/PGA_044718)

American Educational Research Association Fellowships (http://www.aera.net/ProfessionalOpportunitiesFunding/FundingOpportunities/tabid/10241/Default.aspx)

Study in a Second Discipline Fellowship

The deadline for the 2016-17 awards cycle has passed. An updated deadline and guidelines will be posted soon.

The Office of the Provost invites applications for Study in a Second Discipline Fellowships for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.  This program seeks to promote interdisciplinary research at GSU by providing faculty a semester-long teaching release to engage in intensive and structured study of a discipline other than their own.  This can involve, for example, learning new methodologies, studying new theoretical frameworks, or becoming familiar with a new body of literature.

Fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis.  The competition is limited to tenured graduate faculty and the study needs to take place within a GSU academic unit other than the applicant’s home unit (s).  A key requirement of the award is that the faculty member submit a funding or a fellowship proposal leveraging their new disciplinary expertise to an external agency/foundation within one year after completing their program of study.  Other anticipated outcomes include presentations and publications, workshops, or new courses based on the interdisciplinary knowledge gained.

Eligibility and Criteria

The competition is open to tenured graduate faculty.  Criteria for selection include:

  • A strong record of research and teaching in their own discipline;
  • Compelling justification that the 2nd discipline study has the potential to create new knowledge/provide new insights into long-standing problems;
  • A well-defined program of study to acquire competency in a new discipline (auditing courses, independent study, working in a research lab, conducting research under a faculty mentor);
  • Commitment to developing a grant/fellowship proposal and other outputs (publications, trainings, courses, etc.) related to the 2nd discipline project in collaboration with faculty and/or students in the second discipline; and
  • Strong and enthusiastic support from a faculty mentor in the 2nd discipline unit.

 Funding

  • The Provost’s office will provide the sponsoring unit $20,000 to cover the cost of instructional release time. Host departments will receive $5,000 to recognize their role in the program’s success.

 Reporting/Deliverables

  • At the completion of the study period, the faculty member must provide a summary of activities undertaken and anticipated outcomes in terms of publications, grant/fellowship proposals, new courses, workshops and trainings, etc.
  • One year following the fellowship’s conclusion, the faculty recipient will be asked to provide a report indicating the status of their extramural grant/fellowship submission and other activities flowing from the Study in a Second Discipline award.

Application Materials

  • Plan of study (5 pages maximum). This should include a discussion of:
    • How the study in the second discipline provides a creative extension of the applicant’s current research;
    • The specific activities that will be undertaken during the 2nd discipline study semester;
    • One-year-out plans for extramural grant/fellowship submission and other activities that leverage the new knowledge gained from the study in a second discipline;
  • Applicant’s curriculum vitae; and
  • Letter of support from host department faculty sponsor/chair.

Application materials should be uploaded by December 15, 2016 at OFAawards@gsu.edu.

Selection of Awardees 

Proposals will be reviewed by a faculty committee appointed by the Provost.  The committee may contact the candidate referees for additional information.  Recipients of the Provost’s Faculty Research Fellowships will be notified in April 2017.

Questions? Please contact Kavita Pandit (kpandit@gsu.edu; 404-413-2584).

GSU Faculty Awards

Distinguished University Professorship

The deadline for the 2016-17 awards cycle has passed. An updated deadline and guidelines will be posted soon.

The appointment of Distinguished University Professor at Georgia State University is intended to recognize a sustained and outstanding record in scholarship and instruction, and to provide the impetus for continuing high achievement. Distinguished University Professors are expected to serve the University as exemplary faculty members by contributing to its research, instructional, and service missions.

Eligibility and Criteria

All nominees must be tenured graduate faculty.  Nominees are expected to demonstrate ongoing excellence in scholarly and instructional accomplishment that is significantly above that expected for his or her rank. No more than 5 percent of the University’s tenured faculty members may hold this title at any time.

Nominations

An individual must be confidentially nominated for a Distinguished University Professorship by the nominee’s Dean.  Nomination packages should include:

  • Cover letter documenting the extraordinary achievements of the nominee (3 pages maximum);
  • The nominee’s current curriculum vitae; and
  • Three letters of support from other distinguished scholars in the area of specialization.  The supporting letters should be from individuals who have no close personal or professional relationship with the nominee.  A brief biography of each of the referees should be included in the nomination package.

Nominations and attachments should be submitted electronically to OFAawards@gsu.edu by January 13, 2017.

Review

Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of senior accomplished faculty appointed by the Provost. They will be evaluated based on:

  • a sustained record of exemplary research and scholarly accomplishments significantly above that expected for rank;
  • a continuous record of significant external, competitive funding when available based on discipline;
  • recognition for creative and original contributions to knowledge and the potential to continue this trajectory; and
  • recognition of national and international leadership in the scholarly or creative field.

Award

Each Distinguished University Professor may receive both a salary supplement, in an amount set by the Provost, and a scholarly activity fund from the college, school or department as long as he or she holds the title. The term of the Distinguished University Professor is for five years and may be renewed once upon successful re-application and re-evaluation. A Distinguished University Professor is considered an appointment to a non-endowed professorship title and not a promotion.

Alumni Distinguished Professorship

The deadline for the 2016-17 awards cycle has passed. An updated deadline and guidelines will be posted soon.

Georgia State University views the “Teacher-Scholar” as the ideal for University faculty. The Alumni Distinguished Professor recognizes a high-achieving full professor at Georgia State University who embodies this balance.

Eligibility and Criteria

All nominees must be tenured graduate faculty holding the rank of professor.  Scholarship and teaching are heavily weighted in the evaluation process.

 Required documentation

Nomination packages should include:

  • A nomination letter from the nominator that describes the attributes and accomplishments which distinguish the nominee;
  • The nominee’s current curriculum vitae; and
  • A maximum of 5 letters of support.  These can be from the dean, department chair, external professional colleagues, GSU faculty, and current or former students.

Nominations and attachments should be submitted electronically to OFAawards@gsu.edu by February 17, 2017.

Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award

The deadline for the 2016-17 awards cycle has passed. An updated deadline and guidelines will be posted soon.

The Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award recognizes a tenure-track faculty member who has been at Georgia State University for four to ten years and whose rank is at the Assistant/Associate Professor level.

Eligibility and Criteria

This award is open to GSU graduate faculty members at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank that demonstrate significant and noteworthy achievements in scholarship, teaching and service.

 Required Documentation

Nomination packages should include:

  • A nomination letter from the nominator that describes the attributes and accomplishments which distinguish the nominee;
  • The nominee’s current curriculum vitae; and
  • A maximum of 5 letters of support.  These can be from the dean, department chair, external professional colleagues, GSU faculty, and current or former students.

Nominations and attachments should be submitted electronically to OFAawards@gsu.edu by February 17, 2017.

Exceptional Service Award

The deadline for the 2016-17 awards cycle has passed. An updated deadline and guidelines will be posted soon.

The purpose of this award is to recognize an extraordinary accomplishment in discipline-related service to the community by a GSU faculty member.  The award is open to all full-time faculty members at Georgia State University.

Eligibility and Criteria

This award is open to GSU graduate faculty members.  Community is not meant to be limiting; it can be anything from the local to the global community.  Service activities consist of service to the profession and Georgia State University and discipline-based service to the community. Relevant activities include service to the profession such as offices held and participation in professional organizations, editorship and editorial board services, refereeing manuscripts and proposals, etc., service to the community in which professional expertise is shared with the community; and service to GSU such as committees, advisement, etc. This exceptional service must be accompanied by excellence in scholarship and teaching.

Required Documentation

Nominees should submit:

  • A summary (up to three pages) describing the exceptional service and its impact.
  • A summary (up to two pages) describing excellence in scholarship and teaching
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A maximum of 6 letters of support. These can be from external professional colleagues, Georgia State University colleagues (within or outside the department/college) and current or former students.

Nominations and attachments should be submitted electronically to OFAawards@gsu.edu by February 17, 2017.

Instructional Innovation Award

The deadline for the 2016-17 awards cycle has passed. An updated deadline and guidelines will be posted soon.

The purpose of the Instructional Innovation Award is to recognize and share at the university level outstanding innovations in teaching that result in improved learning.

Eligibility and Criteria

For this award, the evaluation criteria are the strength of the learning principles or theories, the extent to which the approach used is unique and innovative at Georgia State, the persuasiveness of the analyses of evidence of improved learning, and the potential of the innovation as a model for application across other courses and programs.

Required Documentation

Nomination packages should include:

  • A summary of the instructional innovation and the learning associated with it (up to three pages):
    • Why the innovation was thought to enable improved learning;
    • How the learning principles or theories were applied in the instruction; and
    • How the evidence of improved learning was attributed to the innovation.
  • Nominee’s current curriculum vitae.

Nominations and attachments should be submitted electronically to cetlawards@gsu.edu by November 28, 2016.

Please contact Laura Carruth, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at lcarruth@gsu.edu if you have any questions.

Instructional Effectiveness Award

The deadline for the 2016-17 awards cycle has passed. An updated deadline and guidelines will be posted soon.

The purpose of the Instructional Effectiveness Award is to recognize and share at the university level outstanding approaches in instruction that are effective in enabling learning.

Eligibility and Criteria

For this award, the evaluation criteria are the strength of the learning principles or theories, the persuasiveness of the analyses of evidence of learning effectiveness, and the potential of the approach as a model for application across other courses and programs.

Required Documentation

Nomination packages should include:

  • A summary of the instructional approach and its effectiveness (up to 3 pages):
    • Why the approach was thought to enable improved learning;
    • How the learning principles or theories were applied in the instruction; and
    • How the evidence of improved learning was attributed to the approach.
  • Nominee’s current curriculum vitae

Nominations and attachments should be submitted electronically to cetlawards@gsu.edu by November 28, 2016.

Please contact Laura Carruth, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at lcarruth@gsu.edu if you have any questions.

Board of Regents' Faculty Awards

Regents' Professorship

The deadline for the 2016-17 awards cycle has passed. An updated deadline and guidelines will be posted soon.

Regents’ Professorships are bestowed on truly distinguished faculty of Georgia State University, whose scholarly achievements are recognized both nationally and internationally as innovative and renowned. The appointment is made by the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents on recommendation of the President of GSU as per BOR policy manual 8.3.2:

8.3.2 Regents’ Professorships

Regents’ Professorships may be granted by the Board of Regents to outstanding faculty members of the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Georgia, the Medical College of Georgia, Georgia State University, and, in special circumstances approved by the Board, other USG institutions. A Regents’ Professorship shall be awarded by the Board only upon the unanimous recommendation of the president, the chief academic officer, the appropriate academic dean, and three (3) other members of the faculty to be named by the president, and upon the approval of the Chancellor and the Committee on Academic Affairs (BoR Minutes, October 2008).

A Regents’ Professorship shall be granted by the Board for a period of three (3) years. Consideration of the renewal of the professorship for a second three-year period shall be given by the Board upon recommendation of the president of the institution, the Chancellor, and the Committee on Academic Affairs. After a period of six (6) years the Regents’ Professorship shall be renewed at the discretion of the president of the institution (BoR Minutes, August 2011).

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Only faculty members holding the rank of professor are eligible for nomination. Normally, the nominee will have a record of at least ten years at the rank of Professor.
  • There must be strong evidence of sustained, and recent, significant achievement in scholarship (or other creative activity appropriate to the discipline) that has earned high national and, as relevant, international citation and recognition. These scholarly contributions must be at a level that clearly exceeds what is expected for meritorious Professors.
  • There must be substantial contributions in service to the discipline and to Georgia State University including a sustained record of significant positive involvement in the life of the university.
  • A sustained record of highly effective promotion of learning is required. A Regents’ Professor is expected to excel in formal instruction as well as in the dissemination of knowledge to national audiences and includes the active and successful mentoring of master’s and doctoral degree students

Nomination

Confidential nominations must come from a dean or a Regents’ Professor.  The nomination materials must include the following:

  • A letter of nomination detailing the accomplishments of the nominee;
  • A curriculum vitae of the candidate; and
  • Names and contact information of external referees that have national or international reputation in the nominee’s discipline/field of research. External referees should have no more than a limited personal or professional relationship to the candidate, with any such relationship identified in the supporting materials. The Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs will reach out to the referees for confidential letters of evaluation.  (Please note that a minimum of 3 letters will be needed to complete the candidate’s dossier.)

Completed nominations should be submitted to OFAAwards@gsu.edu by January 13, 2017.

Review

Completed nomination dossiers will be reviewed by an ad hoc Regents’ Professor advisory committee appointed by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. This committee will consist of three current Regents’ Professors who represent the breadth of disciplines relevant to the nominations received. The advisory committee will keep all information regarding the nomination and review confidential, will review the nominees’ credentials, and will make a recommendation on each nominee to the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs.

The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost may also confer confidentially with other members of the academic community on the various recommendations. On the basis of these discussions and the committee recommendations, the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost will recommend, or decline to recommend, the nominee for a Regents’ Professorship. In either case, the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost will notify the nominator of the decision. The Provost will forward positive recommendations to the President for approval and transmittal to the Board of Regents, and the nominee will be so informed.

Award

The Regents’ Professorship is granted for an initial period of three years.  Regents’ Professor awardees will receive a salary supplement as long as they hold the Regents’ Professor title.  The amount of the supplement will be set by the Provost.  In addition, the awardee may receive additional supply, travel, or assistantship support from their department, college, or school.

A Regents’ Professorship is considered an appointment to a non-endowed professorship title and not a promotion.  At the time of appointment, a new Regents’ professor must not hold or must relinquish the title of Distinguished University Professor.  However, a Regents’ Professor may simultaneously hold an Endowed Named Professorship.  Consideration for renewal of the Regents’ Professorship for a second three-year period shall follow the BOR requirements.

Regents' Teaching Awards

The deadline for the 2016-17 awards cycle has passed. An updated deadline and guidelines will be posted soon.

The University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents awards a number of Teaching Excellence Awards annually.  These include:

Each USG institution may submit only one nomination for each award.  Faculty (or academic units) interested in being GSU’s nominee or nominating an individual (or program) for one of these awards should submit the materials indicated in the guidelines for each award to cetlawards@gsu.edu.  GSU’s internal deadline for nominations is October 17, 2016.

Please contact Laura Carruth, Director of Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at lcarruth@gsu.edu if you have any questions regarding these awards.

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