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Mid-Career Faculty Research Release Awards

Post-tenure, a group of faculty are at the rank of Associate Professor for longer than seven years. (This phenomenon is not unique to COAS or UNF.) It is in the interest of COAS for faculty to earn promotion to Professor. Mid-Career Faculty Research Release Awards help Associate Professors earn promotion to Professor by giving them a semester without course responsibilities and with a minimal service load.


Each year, COAS will offer two Associate Professors three course releases for the coming academic year.


To be eligible, candidates must have held the rank of Associate Professor for at least five years. Preference will be given to faculty who have held the rank of Associate Professor for seven years or longer. Faculty who received a sabbatical in the past five years are not eligible.

Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching.
  • Demonstrated excellence in service.
  • A research record that indicates that a semester without teaching is likely to make them well-positioned to be promoted to Professor.


The three course releases must be taken in the same semester of the following year. If a faculty member is teaching less than three courses in the semester in which they take the releases, they may not use the releases in the other semester. The semester in which the releases will be taken will be determined by the Dean upon recommendation of the department chair who will consult with the awardee. Where applicable, during the semester in which the releases are taken, the faculty member must continue to work with the undergraduate and graduate students to whom the faculty member has previously made commitments.


During the semester in which the releases are taken, the department must agree to minimize the service obligations of those awarded Mid-Career Faculty Research Releases and the awardee must step off all FA, UFF, University, and College committees/roles.


Awardees may not hold this award in any year in which they are holding any of the other COAS Funding Opportunities. A faculty member who is awarded this award and another COAS Funding Opportunity will be allowed to select the Funding Opportunity they prefer. The department of awardees must agree to cover the three course releases with adjuncts or overloads. The funds to replace the teaching effort of those awarded Mid-Career Faculty Research Releases will come from the College’s adjunct/overload funds.


Six months after the end of the semester in which the teaching releases were taken, the faculty member must file a report with the Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement that indicates the work completed and references research or creative activities accepted or submitted for acceptance. After they have completed their award semester, awardees are expected to serve on COAS award-selection committees for a reasonable period of time.

Application Format:

The application should adhere to the format requirements and completely address the questions outlined below and in order to qualify for the award.

  1. Teaching, Research, and Service Excellence Materials
    • Two years' annual evaluations.
    • A summary of ISQ for the past two years. If desired an applicant may list the average of all the ISQ scores for a particular course instead of ISQ#10, "overall rating of instructor."
    • A teaching statement, 300 words maximum, addressing the awardees teaching approach/innovations.
  2. A service summary, 300 words max, addressing the applicant's service accomplishments.
  3. Project Description, 300 words maximum.
    • What is the plan to complete the project?
    • What is the potential impact of this project?
    • A RSCA summary, addressing the applicant's RSCA agenda and how this award will forward their progress toward promotion to full professor. Applicants should indicate their timeline for seeking promotion to Professor.
  4. A chair's letter of support. Department chairs should comment on the feasibility of the proposed timeline for seeking promotion to Professor and provide a budget plan that outlines how the courses will be covered. 
  5. A copy of the current CV, two page maximum, single spaced 12-point font max. The CV should list any previous awards or funding secured since arrival at UNF.
  6. Format Requirements for the application, except CV
    • PDF Format
    • 12 point Times New Roman font
    • 1.5-line spacing with 1" margins on all sides.


  • For 2021-2022 awards, the submission deadline is March 15.
  • For 2022-2023 awards and thereafter the submission deadline is October 1. If this deadline falls on a holiday, it will be extended to the following business day.
  • The awards for 2021-2022 will be announced by April 15.
  • The awards for 2022-2023 as well as all the subsequent years' awards will be announced by November 1st.
  • All course releases must be taken before the end of the following academic year

Application and Selection Process:

  • Please email your electronic application to Please indicate Mid-Career in the subject line of the email. No paper applications will be accepted.
  • The awardees will be selected by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences based on review and recommendations of a faculty committee.
  • Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement will assemble the selection committee from the former COAS awardees.