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EDUCATIONAL AND RESEARCH POLICIES COMMITTEE

Minutes of

September 20th, 2007

MEMBERS PRESENT: Marcus Agustin, Chair, Mike Crider for Erin Timpe, Christa Johnson, Nancy Lutz, Saiprakash Putti, Ena Rose-Green, Cindy Schmidt, G. Stacey Staples, Morris Taylor, Jianpeng Zhou

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Melissa Bergstrom, David Duvernell

I. Announcements

Christa Johnson announced that the Summer Research Fellowship applications are due tomorrow.

II. Minutes of June 13th, 2007

The minutes were approved as submitted.

III. Proposal for a New Investigator Award

The Graduate School proposed changing the existing Vaughnie J. Lindsay Research Award to the New Investigator Award. The Lindsay award is redundant with the Hoppe award, and changing the target eligibility will assist younger researchers in getting started with their research agendas. The committee felt that the amount given for each award should be $12,500 to two investigators instead of $25,000 given to one investigator over two years. The committee also recommended that each unit's contribution be included in the guidelines to avoid confusion. The committee debated whether or not to ask for one or two letters of support, and whether to require a mentor to take responsibility for the new investigator. The committee also changed the language to clarify the expectation that he or she would have meritorious teaching.

After discussion, and after additional comments through e-mail, the document was revised to

Vaughnie Lindsay New Investigator Award Program Proposal

Application Deadline: TBD

Purpose

The New Investigator Awards are made to tenure-track SIUE faculty members in order to recognize and support individual programs of research or creative activities. These Awards recognize faculty members whose research or creative activities have the promise of making significant contributions to their fields of study, their respective school/unit, and to SIUE in general. Recipients are expected to produce published scholarly works/products and externally sponsored grants/contracts.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants must have earned appropriate terminal degrees in their disciplines and have regular full-time tenure track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level. Eligible junior faculty may apply any time after successful completion of their first year at SIUE and before promotion to Associate Professor (recipients of the award must be at the Assistant Professor level throughout the duration of their New Investigator Award). Previous recipients of the New Investigator Award, or recipients of external awards over $30,000, are not eligible to apply.

Nature of Award

Up to two Lindsay New Investigator Awards will be made per year. These awards are designed to support a significant and discrete portion of a faculty member's larger research agenda. Each recipient of the New Investigator award will receive $12,500 for a one-year period during the regular academic year (summer funding is not included in this award). Funds may be expended for:

• Course Release (at the call-staff rate and approved by Department Chair and Dean);

• GA support;

• Travel;

• Commodities;

• Contractual services

Application/Nomination Procedures

Applicants must have the endorsement of their Department chair and dean. Applications for a New Investigator Award must be to the school/college dean's office. Department Chairs and the dean will provide an assessment of the applicant's scholarly potential and ongoing contribution to the school/unit. Those evaluations along with the proposals will be submitted by the school/college dean to the applicant's School/College Research Committee. Each Committee will review the applications from its unit and submit to the Graduate School a narrative evaluation of each application along with a ranking of the proposals along with the evaluations from the department chair and dean. The proposals, along with the Committees', department chair's, and dean's evaluations, will be reviewed by the Graduate School's R&D Committee.

Complete applications are due in the school/college deans' office by xxx

The Committees' evaluations and the applications are due by 4 p.m. on xxx in the Graduate School, Campus Box 1046, or Room 2202 in Rendleman Hall.

Proposal Format and Instructions

1. Cover Page (see attached form)

a. Problem Statement: Define the overall goal and significance of the long-term research/creative activity

b. Scope of Work: State the specific scope of work and objectives of the one-year project within the broader research agenda.

2. Narrative

Applications must address the individual's overall agenda for research or creative activity and the proposed work and objectives for the one-year award period. Each application must be supported by a narrative of no more than ten (10) pages (excluding Bibliography, Vitae, and Appendices) that addresses

a. the significance of the research or creative activities,

b. the potential for external funding, and

c. the specific role that a one-year appointment as New Investigator could play in advancing the applicant's work on that agenda as well as contributing to the discipline and the unit.

The narrative should be written in a manner that is understandable to a

non-specialist.

3. Bibliography

4. Procedures

Describe the design and methodology of the specific study; describe special needs of the methodology, e.g. sources of data, equipment, facilities, travel, etc.; state the timetable for completion of the study in the next year and how this work will continue the overall research agenda.

5. Budget and Budget Justification

6. Vitae (two page limitation)

7. Optional letters from senior faculty addressing:

a. whether or not the applicant is currently meeting the Department's standard for meritorious teaching; and

b. the applicant's potential to carry out the proposed project successfully.

Selection Criteria

The Graduate School's R&D Committee will make its recommendation for the New Investigator Award recipient to the Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Dean. The focus of the selection process will be on identifying the applicant for whom a New Investigator Award could make the most significant contribution in furthering research or creative activities in the applicant's discipline. The R&D Committee's evaluation will include, but is not limited to, consideration of the following factors:

1. Evidence that the award of a New Investigator Award will enable specific advances in the applicant's discipline.

2. Evidence of careful planning for an integrated, feasible, one-year program of research or creative activities that will make effective use of the support offered by a New Investigator Award.

3. Evidence of professional qualifications to undertake, carry out, and complete the planned program of research or creative activities.

4. Evidence of the significance and the potential for external funding of the planned program of research or creative activities.

5. Evaluation of the application from the College/School Dean, Department Chair, and College/School Research Committee.

Definition of Research

Research is broadly defined as all creative, critical, scholarly, and/or empirical activity that expands, clarifies, reorganizes, or develops knowledge or artistic perception. This definition of research includes the demonstration, implementation, application, and dissemination of research results and those grants designated as research by the granting agency. This definition of research does not include departmental curriculum development, faculty development (learning an established technique, a language, or a methodology; dissertation research), institutional research (studies related directly to the operation of the University), and public service and consulting activities.

Terms and Conditions

A Final Report is required within ninety (90) days after the completion of the appointment. Recipients of the award are expected to produce published scholarly works and externally sponsored grants. At least one external grant proposal must be submitted within one year after completing the New Investigator Award. Recipients will not be eligible for additional support from the Graduate School until these conditions are satisfied.

Timetable for FY2007

TBD: Applications are due by 4 p.m. to the applicant's School/College Research Committee.

TBD: The Committees turn in the applications, the Committee evaluations, and the Committee rankings to the Graduate School, Rendleman 2202, Box 1046, 4 p.m..

TBD: Awards announced.

IV. Proposal to Change Travel Program Eligibility for Poster Presentations

This agenda item was misnamed as poster presentations are not the issue. The item of business actually concerns multiple participants in a project requesting travel funds for each participant, which would create multiple travel awards for one poster presentation or paper reading. By consensus, the committee members decided to wait until next month to discuss this issue.

V. Old Business

There was no old business.

VI. New Business

There was no new business.

VII. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 10:02 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

Stephen L. Hansen
Associate Provost for Research and
Dean, Graduate School

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