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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Promotion and Tenure Processes

Workshops Organized by the
Office of Faculty Affairs (OFA)

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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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Library Workshops

The library offers workshops for faculty on topics like publishing and copyright, working with data, and the latest in research software.

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Wellness Programs

Explore the variety of wellness and other programs for all employees offered by Human Resources.

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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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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

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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.

Fellowships and Awards

The Office of the Provost awards Provost’s Faculty Fellowships that provide teaching releases to support faculty in their continuing research. For more information about application details and deadlines, please see:

Faculty Research Fellowship

Study in a Second Discipline Fellowship

Deadline: December 1, 2017

The Office of the Provost invites applications for the Faculty Research Fellowships for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. 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 teaching buyouts and related 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 who have not received a Provost’s Faculty Research Fellowship in the past five years.

Criteria for selection include:

  • The quality/prestige of the award or fellowship targeted by the applicant;
  • The quality and significance of the proposed project;
  • The feasibility of the project timeline; and
  • The applicant’s track record and potential for succeeding in the external award competition.
Funding

The Office of the Provost will provide up to a maximum of $25,000 to successful applicants.  These funds are to be used for one semester of course(s) buyout for Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 and for other supporting activities/expenses (travel, supplies, etc.) related to the proposal as outlined in the budget.  All funds must be expended in the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

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 Research Fellowship Cover Sheet 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
    • A timeline for these activities and for applying for the external award.
  1. A budget and justification for the funding amount requested from the Office of the Provost.
  2. Applicant’s curriculum vitae.

Application materials should be emailed as one file attachment to OFAawards@gsu.edu by December 1, 2017.

Selection of Awardees

Proposals will be reviewed by a faculty committee appointed by the Provost. Recipients of the Provost’s Faculty Research Fellowships will be notified in April 2018.

Questions? Please email AssocProvFA@gsu.edu or call Laura Lohman at 404-413-2612.

Examples of External Grants and Fellowships Targeted by Recent Applicants

ACLS Interdisciplinary Fellowship

John Templeton Foundation Grant

NEH Fellowship

Guggenheim Fellowship

Burkhardt Fellowship

NSF Grant

 

Applicants may also wish to review:

National Academy’s list of awards in numerous disciplines

American Educational Research Association Fellowships

 

View past recipients of the Provost’s Faculty Research Fellowship

Deadline: December 1, 2017

The Office of the Provost invites applications for Study in a Second Discipline Fellowships for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019.  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 is a serious entry/long-term commitment to a new area of research;
  • 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 successful fellow up to a maximum of $20,000 to cover the cost of instructional release time and related research support (travel, supplies etc.). Host departments will receive $5,000 to recognize their role in the program’s success.  All funds must be used in the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
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
  1. A budget and justification listing the cost of the applicant’s instructional buyout and the other items included in the funding amount requested from the Office of the Provost. (The $5,000 to the host department does not need to be included in the budget or the justification.)
  2. A completed Study in a Second Discipline Cover Sheet with signatures of chair and dean;
  3. 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;
  4. Applicant’s curriculum vitae; and
  5. Letter of support from host department faculty sponsor/chair.

Application materials should be emailed as one file attachment to OFAawards@gsu.edu by December 1, 2017.

Selection of Awardees

Proposals will be reviewed by a faculty committee appointed by the Provost.  Recipients of the Provost’s Study in a Second Discipline Fellowships will be notified in April 2018.

Questions? Please email AssocProvFA@gsu.edu or call Laura Lohman at 404-413-2612.

 

View past recipients of the Provost’s Study in a Second Discipline Fellowship

Georgia State University recognizes faculty for their outstanding achievements in research, teaching, and service through numerous university-level awards. For details about the nomination process and deadlines, please see:

Distinguished University Professorship

Alumni Distinguished Professorship

Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award

Exceptional Service Award

Instructional Innovation Award

Instructional Effectiveness Award

Deadline: January 12, 2018

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.

The term of the Distinguished University Professor is five years and may be renewed once upon successful re-application and re-evaluation. No more than 5 percent of the University’s tenured faculty members may hold this title at any time.

Eligibility and Criteria

All nominees must be tenured graduate faculty at the rank of Full Professor.

Criteria for selection include:

  • A sustained and ongoing record of exemplary research and scholarly accomplishments significantly above that expected for the nominee’s 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;
  • Recognition of national and international leadership in the scholarly or creative field;
  • Excellence in teaching and instructional accomplishments; and
  • Contributions in service to the discipline, the university, and/or the community.
Nominations

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

  1. Cover letter documenting the extraordinary achievements of the nominee (3 pages maximum);
  2. The nominee’s current curriculum vitae; and
  3. 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.
  4. Brief biographies of the referees.

Nomination materials should be emailed as one file attachment to OFAawards@gsu.edu by January 12, 2018.

 

View past recipients of the Distinguished University Professorship

Deadline: November 27, 2017

Georgia State University views the “Teacher-Scholar” as the ideal for University faculty. The Alumni Distinguished Professor award recognizes outstanding faculty who balance and integrate their teaching and scholarship activities.  The competition is open to tenured graduate faculty.

Eligibility and Criteria

Criteria for selection include:

  • Sustained and ongoing excellence in teaching;
  • A record of exemplary scholarly accomplishments;
  • A distinguished record of integrating scholarship and teaching in ways that are both rooted in the discipline and supportive of student learning at GSU.

Examples of integration between scholarship and teaching include the effective incorporation of disciplinary scholarship in teaching, application of pedagogical scholarship to shape teaching, and promoting student engagement with contemporary scholarly practices. Conversely, there may be instances where teaching and instructional activities have shaped scholarly and creative activities and products.

Required documentation

Nomination packets must include:

  1. A nomination letter from the department chair summarizing the describing how the nominee’s meets the award criteria listed above;
  2. The nominee’s current curriculum vitae;
  3. A statement from the candidate (maximum 3 pages) speaking to how they have successfully integrated their scholarship and teaching activities; and
  4. Up to three letters of support from external professional colleagues, Georgia State University colleagues, and/or current and former students.

Application materials should be emailed as a single document to OFAawards@gsu.edu by November 27, 2017.

 

View past recipients of the Alumni Distinguished Professorship

Deadline: November 27, 2017

This award recognizes a faculty member for outstanding achievements across all three areas of scholarship, teaching and service. It is open to GSU graduate faculty members at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank who have been at Georgia State University for at least four years.

Eligibility and Criteria

Criteria for selection include:

  • A record of exemplary scholarly accomplishments over and above that expected for the nominee’s rank;
  • Ongoing excellence in instructional accomplishment over and above that expected for the nominee’s rank; and
  • Contributions in service to GSU, the discipline, and/or the community above and beyond that expected for the nominee’s rank.
Required Documentation

Nomination packets must include:

  1. A nomination letter from the department chair summarizing the describing how the nominee’s meets the award criteria listed above;
  2. The nominee’s current curriculum vitae;
  3. Up to three letters of support from professional colleagues and/or Georgia State University colleagues.

Application materials should be emailed as a single document to OFAawards@gsu.edu by November 27, 2017.

 

View past recipients of the Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award

Deadline: November 27, 2017

The purpose of this award is to recognize a faculty member for exceptional, sustained, and impactful accomplishments in service. This award competition is open to GSU graduate faculty members who have at least 4 years of faculty employment at GSU.

Eligibility and Criteria

Criteria for evaluation include:

  • A record of sustained and high-impact service to the University, the profession, and/or the wider community that go above and beyond service activities considered to be part of the faculty member’s normal workload. Examples include exemplary service on GSU committees, leadership in professional organizations, service on nationally prominent panels and taskforces, and community service related to the faculty member’s academic field and position at the University:
  • Exceptional service as evidenced by activities which extend beyond normal expectations for the faculty member’s rank, by unique contributions, and/or by longstanding leadership and impact on the University and beyond.
  • Evidence of continuing effective teaching and an active program of research, scholarship, or creative work indicating that the outstanding service contributions have not affected his/her other responsibilities.

In the evaluation process, “service” will be understood to exclude research and/or creative activity, activities that are normally considered directly related to a faculty member’s teaching role (e.g., advising, mentoring), and activities that are normally required by a faculty member’s administrative assignments.

Required Documentation

Nomination packets must include:

  1. A nomination letter from the department chair summarizing the describing how the nominee’s meets the criteria listed above;
  2. The nominee’s current curriculum vitae;
  3. A statement from the candidate (maximum 3 pages) speaking to their service activity and its impact; and
  4. Up to three letters of support from external professional colleagues, Georgia State University colleagues, and/or community members impacted by the nominee’s service.

Application materials should be emailed as a single document to OFAawards@gsu.edu by November 27, 2017.

 

View past recipients of the Exceptional Service Award

Deadline: November 27, 2017

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.  This award recognizes innovative teaching practices designed to improve student learning in online, blended or face-to-face courses. Innovations may include any novel teaching strategy or tool designed to enhance student 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):
    • A description of the innovation and how it was used in your class;
    • Why the innovation was thought to enable improved learning; 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 Monday, November 27, 2017.

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

 

View past recipients of the Instructional Innovation Award

Deadline: November 27, 2017

The purpose of the Instructional Effectiveness Award is to recognize an instructor who demonstrates a strong commitment to teaching and student success and to share at the university level outstanding approaches in instruction that are creative and effective in engaging students in the learning process.

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 documentation of its effectiveness (up to 3 pages):
    • Why the approach was thought to enable improved learning;
    • What and how different 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 27, 2017.

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

 

View past recipients of the Instructional Effectiveness Award

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia recognizes outstanding faculty achievements in the areas of research, teaching, and service through a robust program of awards. For details about the nomination process and deadlines, please see:

Regents’ Professorship

Regents’ Teaching Awards

Deadline: November 27, 2017

Regents’ Professorships are bestowed on the most 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

To be eligible for consideration, nominees must hold the rank of Professor. Normally, the nominee will have a record of at least ten years at the rank of Professor.

Criteria used in the evaluation process include:

  • 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.
  • A sustained record of highly effective promotion of learning. A Regents’ Professor is expected to excel in formal instruction, in the dissemination of knowledge to national audiences, and in the active and successful mentoring of master’s and doctoral degree students
  • 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.
Nomination

Confidential nominations must come from the candidate’s Dean or a Regents’ Professor.  The nomination materials must include the following, as three separate files:

  • A letter of nomination detailing the accomplishments of the nominee and how they meet the criteria for Regents’ Professor.  If the nominator is a Regents’ professor, evidence of support from the candidate’s dean must be provided.  (The Dean can be a co-signatory for the nomination letter or provide a separate letter of support.)
  • A curriculum vitae of the candidate; and
  • Names and contact information of at least 6 external referees who have a 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 contact the referees to obtain the minimum 3 confidential external letters of evaluation needed to complete the candidate’s dossier.

Nomination packages should be emailed as 3 separate file attachments to OFAAwards@gsu.edu by November 27, 2017.

Review

Completed nomination dossiers will be reviewed by an ad hoc review committee appointed by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. This committee will consist of three current Regents’ Professors who represent the nominations received. The advisory committee will keep all information regarding the nomination and review confidential, will review the nominees’ credentials, and will provide their assessment and recommendations to the Provost.  Taking into account the committee assessments and her own independent review of candidates, the Provost will forward her recommendations to the President for approval and transmittal to the Board of Regents.

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.

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.

 

View past recipients of the Regents’ Professorship

Deadline: October 16, 2017

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 16, 2017.

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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