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Dean's Leadership Council Faculty Fellowships

To support the scholarly and creative efforts of COAS faculty, the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Leadership Council (DLC) annually awards Faculty Fellowships. All tenured and tenure track faculty are invited to submit proposals. Recipients will receive a course release in the spring or fall and a $4,000 research award for additional expenses based on their project’s itemized budget.

These fellowships are made possible by the generosity of the Dean’s Leadership Council, a group of community volunteers whose mission is to support COAS and foster a vital relationship between the College and the community it serves.

Applications are first reviewed by a committee composed of past winners of COAS faculty grants. This committee makes a recommendation to the DLC. Therefore, applications should be written in lay terms that can be readily understood by those without expertise in any particular discipline.The DLC then makes a recommendation to the Dean. When the review process is complete, applicants may request their rubric scores awarded by the faculty committee. Neither the review committee nor the DLC provides written comments on applications.

Winners of a DLC grant may not apply for a DLC grant in the subsequent year. Winners of a DLC grant must agree to serve on a committee to review COAS grant applications in the subsequent year. (Faculty on leave are excused from this service.) Winners must also agree to offer one open public lecture on the subject of their projects and to be available if invited to make a short presentation at a future DLC meeting on the purpose and outcome of the scholarly project.

Application Instructions

All questions must be answered completely and in the order indicated below.

  1. Project Overview:What is the purpose of your project? (Brief statement- 75 words max.)

  2. Project Description: Please include answers to the following questions in your narrative:
    • Project plan (in narrative form)
    • What is the potential impact of this project?
    • Will this project involve UNF students? If so, how will they benefit?
    • How will this project benefit your ongoing scholarly/creative agenda?
     
  3. Award History: List any previous awards or funding sources secured from the Dean’s Leadership Council. If this proposal differs from a previous award, please explain the difference in your research.

  4. Project Budget:
    • Itemized Budget Breakdown
    • List of other funding sources for this project (include requested and committed funds and sources)
     
  5. Format :
    • PDF Format.
    • 12 point Times New Roman font.
    • 1.5 line spacing with 1" margins on all sides.
    • A copy of the current CV, limited to 2 pages.
    • Proposals may be no more than 3 pages in length, plus 2 pages for the C.V.
    • All proposals must be submitted electronically to Ann-Marie Campbell.
     
  6. Deadlines:
    • The submission deadline is October 1.
    • If this deadline falls on a holiday, it is extended to the following business day.
    • Awards will be announced by November 1.
    • All funds must be expended and all course releases must be used before December 15 of the subsequent fall semester.
     

Questions? Contact Lev Gasparov

2021–2022 Dean's Leadership Council Faculty Fellows

  • Paula Mariel Coelho, Physics:  “Instrumentation of Vacuum Chamber for Structural Characterization of 2D Materials
  • Thomas J. Mullen, Chemistry: “Improved Patterning Methods for the Nanoelectronics Industry and Beyond.
  • Eirin C. Sullivan, Chemistry: “Energy Efficient Solid State Lighting for the 21st Century.

2020–2021 Dean's Leadership Council Faculty Fellows

  • Samantha Brown, CCJ: Social Media’s Impact on School-Based Youth Delinquency
  • Dominik Guess, Psychology: Thriving during COVID-19: Predictors of Psychological Well-Being and Ways of Coping
  • Jody Nicholson-Bell, Psychology: Examining the Consequences of COVID-19 Stress on Mothers and University Students

2019–2020 Dean’s Leadership Council Faculty Fellows

  • Mike Aspinwall, Biology, “Does Range Size Predict Tree Species Vulnerability to Climate Warming and Heatwaves?
  • Michelle DeDeo, Mathematics & Statistics, “Socio-economic Impact of the Opioid Epidemic in Northeast Florida
  • Dan Santavicca, Physics, “Development of Superconducting Bilayer Graphene Samples for Next-Generation Photodetectors

2018–2019 Dean’s Leadership Council Faculty Fellows

  • Shinwoo Choi, Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, “Needs Assessment for the Emergency Management among Vulnerable and Diverse Populations in the Jacksonville Community
  • Elizabeth Heuer, Art and Design, “Amendments: Titus Kaphar and the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens (Award declined)
  • Ken Laali, Chemistry,  “Synthesis and Bioactivity of Curcuminoid-NSAID" Hybrids
  • Frank Smith, Biology, “Uncovering Tardigrade Diversity on UNF Campus

2017–2018 Dean’s Leadership Council Faculty Fellows

  • Terri Ellis, Biology, “Tracking the Evolution of Antibiotic Resistence to Whole Genome Sequencing
  • Bryan Knuckley, Chemistry, “Developing a Biosensor for the Early Detection of Leukemia
  • Hannah Malcolm, Chemistry, “The Identification of the pH Sensor in E.coli MscS

2016–2017 Dean’s Leadership Council Faculty Fellows

  • Corey Causey, “Chemistry, Developing Tools for the Discovery of New Antibiotics
  • Vanessa Cruz, Graphic Design and Digital Media, “A Fusion of Visual and Musical Art
  • John Hewitt, Physics, “Starburst Clusters as the Origin of Cosmic Rays
  • Christos Lampropoulos, Chemistry, “Searching for New Separation Agents with High Selectivity for Heavy Metals

2015–2016 Dean’s Leadership Council Faculty Fellows

  • Amy Lane, Chemistry, “Harnessing the Power of Nature to Combat Cancer
  • Clayton McCarl, Spanish, “Editing the Compendio Historico
  • Joshua Melko, Chemistry, “Improving Catalytic Performance with Cost-Effective Chemical Mimics” 

Eisen Experiential Learning Grants

Eisen Experiential Learning Grants support shorter-term educational experiences for students that take place outside the classroom but do not offer course credit. These might include visits to museums, scholarly meetings, master classes, workshops, etc. All tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure-track faculty are invited to submit an application. The recipient(s) will receive up to $2,000.

This grant is made possible by support from Judy Eisen. Judy has had a long involvement with UNF. She received her master’s in Counseling Psychology from UNF in 1978 and even worked part time for the University, helping to write and edit the first course catalog. She and her late husband Saul have given generously to UNF for many years and in many ways. In the spring of 2018, Judy’s many contributions to UNF were recognized with an Alumni Service Award.

Applications are reviewed by a committee composed of past winners of COAS faculty grants. This committee makes a recommendation to the Dean. When the review process is complete, applicants may request their rubric scores. The review committee does not provide written comments on applications.

Winners of an Eisen grant may not apply for an Eisen grant in the subsequent year. Winners of an Eisen grant must agree to serve on a committee to review COAS grant applications in the subsequent year. (Faculty on leave are excused from this service.) Award recipients must also agree to offer a public lecture on the subject of their projects.

Application Instructions

All questions must be answered completely and in the order indicated below.

  1. Project Overview  
    • Describe the experiential educational experience.
    • How will this experience advance student learning?
    • How many students will benefit from this experience?
    • What makes this experience a unique opportunity for the students?
     
  2. Project Budget
    • Itemized budget breakdown.
    • List of other funding sources for this project, if any (include requested and committed funds and sources).
     
  3. Format
    • PDF Format
    • 12 point Times New Roman font
    • 1.5 line spacing with 1" margins on all sides
    • A copy of the current CV, limited to 2 pages
    • Proposals may be no more than 2 pages in length, plus 2 pages for the CV
    • All proposals must be submitted electronically to COASFacultyGrants@unf.edu
    • Deadlines
      • The submission deadline is October 1.
      • If this deadline falls on a holiday, it is extended to the following business day.
      • Awards will be announced by November 1.
        • All funds must be expended before December 15 of the subsequent fall semester. 

Questions? Contact Lev Gasparov

2021–2022 Awardees

  • Andrea Venet, Music: “Perform & Share: UNF Music Student & Faculty Performance Tours.
  • Yolanda Machado-Escudero: Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work: “Student Travel to Legislative Education & Advocacy Day (LEAD).
  • W. Brian Lane, Physics: “Student Travel to Present Physics Education Research Projects.

2020–2021 Awardees

  • Tru Leverette and Laura Heffernan, Department of English, “Viola Muse Collection Digitization and Transcription

2019–2020 Awardees

  • Stephen Heywood, Art, Art History, and Design, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference
  • Sunshine Simmons, Music, UNF Clarinet Choir
  • Chris Kelso and Jack Hewitt, Physics, Hosting a 2020 Dark Matter Masterclass at UNF

2018–2019 Awardees

  • James Curry, Music, Jacksonville Cello Workshop 
  • David Sheffler, History, Red Hill Cemetery
  • Heather Truelove, Elizabeth Brown, and Curtis Phills, Psychology, Social Psychology Conference 

2017–2018 Awardees

  • Jennifer Hager, Art and Design, Iron Wedding
  • John Hewitt and Warren Huelsnitz, Physics, Hosting a 2018 IceCube Masterclass at UNF 
  • Randy Tinnin, Music, National Trumpet Competition 

Research Enhancement Plan

A cooperative program between COAS and ORSP to encourage research and grant-proposal submissions in Arts and Sciences.

The College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office, in cooperation with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and individual departments in the college fund proposals for course releases and for research budgets as one means to enhance focus on research, research productivity, and on acquisition of grant funds. The projects may be in any Arts and Sciences discipline. They are intended to support projects that will lead to an external grant application, a high-quality scholarly publication, a prestigious presentation of creative activity, or a work of similar merit. Proposals may be submitted by tenured or tenure-track faculty members.

Applications are submitted to department chairs who consider both the merits of the proposal and the availability of departmental resources that may be committed to applications. Chairs then sends to the dean's office those awards they wish to recommend, in ranked order.

Applications are reviewed by a committee composed of past winners of COAS faculty grants. This committee makes a recommendation to the Dean. When the review process is complete, applicants may request their rubric scores. The review committee does not provide written comments on proposals.

Winners of an REP grant may not apply for an REP grant in the subsequent year. Winners must agree to serve on a committee to review COAS grant applications in the subsequent year. (Faculty on leave are excused from this service.) Award recipients must also agree to offer a public lecture on the subject of their projects. Winners are required to submit evidence of completion of their projects. Such evidence may include a confirmation of grant submission, a confirmation of an article submission, a program of a concert, an announcement of art exhibition, etc. This evidence must be submitted to the Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement by the end of the academic year after the year in which the award was received. Submission of this evidence is a requirement to be eligible for any future COAS faculty funding awards.

The College makes 5 to 10 awards in the following two categories:

  • Course Releases an award of $1000, matched by $1000 from the applicant's department and by $1000 by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, that is used to provide a course release for the faculty member. Whether the release is taken in Spring or Fall is decided by the department chair. (No course release can be authorized in the same term in which a faculty member receives an overload.) Course releases are assigned subject to the needs of the department.
  • Monetary Awards. an award of $500, matched by $500 from the applicant's department and by $500 by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (for a total monetary award of $1500), that may be used as a budget for research expenses or research-related travel (but not as a salary supplement).

Preference in making the awards will be given to projects that do not benefit from other sources of support. Since funding for this program will come partially from dollars generated by prior grant activity, some of the awards likely will go to projects resulting in grant applications.

Application Instructions

Applicants submit to their department chairs an application packet consisting of the items below. All questions must be answered completely and in the order indicated below.

  • One page project description, Half page description of the significance of the project both to the applicant's research agenda and as a contribution to the discipline,
  • A paragraph that identifies the potential source of external funding, the deadline for the application, the timeline for development of the proposal as well as the applicant’s track record of securing external funding,
  • Half page budget (in the case of a monetary award application) and timeline,
  • Contact information and signature of applicant, and
  • A statement from the departmental chair, indicating the chair's recommendation (and ranking if faculty from a department submit more than one application), a commitment of the departmental matching funds, and whatever comments the chair wishes to offer.

Format Requirements

  • PDF Format
  • 12 point Times New Roman font
  • 1.5 line spacing with 1" margins on all sides
  • All proposals must be submitted electronically to COASFacultyGrants@unf.edu

Timeline

  • The submission deadline is October 1.
  • If this deadline falls on a holiday, it is extended to the following business day.
  • Awards will be announced by November 1.
  • All funds must be expended and all course releases must be taken by the end of the subsequent fiscal year (i.e., June 30 of the subsequent fiscal year).
  • A successful applicant should submit a written report to the Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement that demonstrates the outcomes of the project. The report is due at the start of the fall semester that follows the end date of the award. For example, if you received the award in November of 2020 your report will be due in August of 2022.

Questions? Contact Lev Gasparov

2021–22 Research Enhancement Plan Awardees:

  • Sara D. Davis, Psychology: “Evaluating the Impact of Showups on Later Lineup Confidence
  • Mandi N. Barringer, Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work: “Preaching on the Quad: The Sociological Analysis of Campus Preachers
  • Chris Rominger, History: “The Mediterranean Overturned: Transnational North African Politics at the Intersection of Empire
  • Fei Heng, Mathematics and Statistics: “Sieve Analysis in COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Trials, by Cox Modeling
  • Christa L. Arnold & Margaret C. Stewart, Communication: “Deception in Social Media Posts: Developing a detection methodology

2020–21 Research Enhancement Plan Awardees:

  • Felicia Bevel, History: “Challenging Settler Colonialism Abroad: Paul Robeson, Ol’ Man River, and the Fight for Aboriginal Rights in Australia
  • Josh Gellers, PSPA: “Rights of Non-humans in the Anthropocene
  • Andy Kozlowski, AAHD: “Routine Maintenance: A themed portfolio and exhibition of original prints.”
  • Jacqueline Meier, SASW: “Animals of the Artisans: Examining social inequality at Mycenae, Greece
  • TJ Mullen, Chemistry: “Extending Hybrid Patterning to Semiconductor Nanomanufacturing
  • Judy Ochrietor, Biology: “Basigin gene expression in mouse retina in response to lipopolysaccharide (LPS).
  • Anne Pfister, SASW: “The Evidence is Life: Joy and Social Justice through Mexican Sign Language- book proposal
  • Chris Trice, AAHD: “Participation support for the solo exhibition at the Etherredge Center Visual Arts Gallery, University of South Carolina, Aiken

2019–20 Research Enhancement Plan Awardees:

  • Elena Buzaianu, Mathematics & Statistics, "Selection among Treatments with Tow Binary Endpoints in Comparison with a Control"
  • Terri Ellis, Biology, "Antibiotic Resistance over a Slow Exposure to a Drug"  
  • Phil Kaplan, History, "The Tattooed Slave: Messages and Messengers in Greece and East Mediterranean"  
  • Chunsik Lee and Junga Kim, Communication, "Examining Effective Intervention Methods for Defending Brand Safety"  
  • Hannah Malcolm, Chemistry, "Characterizing the Mechanosensitive Response of Parburkholderia xenorvans Membranes

2018–19 Research Enhancement Plan Awardees:

  • Mike Aspinwall, Biology, "Range Size, Environmental Tolerance, and Acclimation Capacity: Are They Positively Associated Across North American Tree Species?"
  • Jenifer Hager, Art and Design, "Public Art Project for Shelby KY Tourism"
  • Jack Hewitt, Physics, "IceACT: An Array of Cherenkov Telescopes for the Next Generation of Neutrino Observatories"
  • Andy Kozlowski, Art and Design, "Solo Exhibition: Artspace Visual Arts Center, Raleigh NC"
  • Sarah Provost, Music, "U.S. Jazz Musicians and Their Relationships to Jazz Historiography"

Jim Van Vleck Teaching Excellence Awards

Three goals of the award: To recognize outstanding teachers, formalize mentorship, and provide time and resources to support the research and creative activities needed for candidates to be successful achieving promotion.

The award is intended to support the research and creative activities of COAS faculty who have a demonstrated record of outstanding teaching and to encourage senior faculty to mentor junior faculty. It provides recipients with the following resources:

  • A financial award, $3500 for the mentee and $1500 for the mentor, for creative or research activities needed for promotion, excluding faculty stipend.
  • Three course releases that can be taken in one semester or spread over several semesters.
  • A minimal service load to successfully apply for promotion.

This award is made possible by an endowed gift established in 2019 by James and Joan Van Vleck and resources from the College of Arts and Sciences to incentivize faculty mentorship and professional development.

Jim Van Vleck writes: “When I was an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton, and more recently at the University of North Florida, I observed that tenure-track faculty who were passionately focused on excellent teaching and student learning, sometimes struggled to meet research requirements for tenure. These awards reflect my love of UNF, and my desire to support outstanding teachers in taking their place in academia.”

Eligibility

Awards will be given to up to two tenured/tenure track faculty mentor-mentee pairs. Faculty pairs need not be working on the same research project (but they may do that if they wish to).

Mentee: The junior mentee-member of the pair must be either an untenured tenure-track faculty member or a tenured associate professor. The associate professors holding this rank for longer than seven years are strongly encouraged to apply.

The mentee should be an excellent teacher, she/he must have earned at least an “exceeds expectations” in teaching on the two most recent annual reviews. Preference will be given to faculty who have earned a “far exceeds expectations” in teaching.

Mentor: The mentor-member of the pair must be a tenured faculty member. The mentor should hold a rank of a full professor if the mentee is an associate professor.

The mentees who received a sabbatical leave within two-year period prior to the award application as well as those scheduled to be on sabbatical during current academic year are not eligible for this award. In other words, the fall 2020, 2021, 2022, and spring 2021, 2022, 2023 sabbatical recipients are not eligible for the 2022 award.

The mentee-recipients may not receive any other COAS award in addition to this award, however nothing precludes the faculty member from applying for more than one COAS award.

Award recipients must agree to serve on a committee to review COAS grant applications in the subsequent years. (Faculty on leave are excused from this service.)

Selection Criteria 

  1. The quality of the mentee’s teaching record. 
  2. The quality of the mentee’s research/creative activity project.
  3. The quality of the mentor’s record of scholarship/creative activity.
  4. The quality and clarity of the mentor-mentee partnership plan.
  5. The mentor’s ability to assist the mentee in a meaningful way.
  6. The feasibility of the mentee finishing the research/creative activity project before submitting the tenure/promotion dossier.

The description of the mentee’s research/creative activity project should specify the timeline for applying for promotion as well as the anticipated products of the project (e.g., an article, a work of art).

Applications are reviewed by a committee composed of past COAS faculty grant recipients. This committee makes a recommendation to the Dean who makes the final decision on the award.

Here is the award selection rubric When the review process is complete, applicants may request their rubric scores. The review committee does not provide written comments on proposals.

Award

  • The mentee will receive $3,500 and the mentor will receive $1,500. The funds may be used for supplies, equipment, or travel.
  • In addition to this monetary award, the mentee will be provided with three course releases. It is up to mentee to use the releases in one semester or spread these over several semesters.  The semesters 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. All the releases must be taken no later than the spring semester of the following academic year. In other words, if the award is approved in the fall 2022, the releases should be taken no later than spring 2024.
  • 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 release is taken, the department must agree to minimize the service obligations of the mentor and mentee and the mentee must step off all FA, UFF, University, and College committees/roles.
  • The mentees will be discouraged from taking teaching overloads over the duration of this award.
  • A mentee who receives the award is strongly encouraged to submit a promotion dossier within two academic years from the receipt of the award. In other word, if the award is given in the fall 2022, the promotion dossier should be submitted by the fall 2024.
  • There is no expectation that the mentee and the mentor will be working on the same research/creative activity project.
  • Award winners are selected by the Dean upon recommendation of a committee composed of past COAS awardees.

Application Format 

For a proposal to be eligible for consideration, all questions must be answered completely and, in the order, indicated below. Applications which exceed the indicated word maximums will not be considered.

  1. Teaching Excellence Materials
    • Annual evaluations from two past years.
    • Summary of the ISQ scores from all courses taught in the past two years. The mentee in their second year may submit their ISQ summary form their first year at UNF. If desired, an applicant may list the average of all the ISQ scores for a course instead of ISQ#10, "overall rating of instructor."
    • Applicants may, if they wish, include descriptions of innovative assignments given in courses taught in the past two years, 300 words maximum.
     
  2. The mentee’s Research/Creative Activity Project Description, 500 words maximum.
    • What is the plan to complete the project?
    • What is the potential impact of this project on the mentee’s discipline?
    • How will this project benefit the mentee’s ongoing scholarly/creative agenda?
    • How critical is this project for the mentee’s promotion?
     
  3. Partnership Plan, 300 words maximum. A jointly written description of the partnership activities that will take place in the spring semester of the award and thereafter.
  4. A letter from the department chair that evaluates the suitability of the proposed mentorship plan and its potential impact on the mentee’s application for promotion to professor, 500 words maximum. If the mentee and the mentor are from different departments, a letter from each chair (one about the mentee, the other about the mentor) is required.
  5. Award History. List any previous awards or funding secured since arrival at UNF.
  6. Project Budget, $3,500 maximum for the mentee, $1,500 maximum for the mentor, 200 words maximum.
    • Itemized budget that clearly indicates both what the mentee will do with the funds awarded and what the mentor will do with the funds awarded.
    • If relevant, list other funding sources for this project (include both requested and committed funds).
     
  7. CVs A copy of the current CVs of both faculty members, limited to 2 pages each. The CV’s margins and spacing are up to the applicant, 12-point Times New Roman font.
  8. Proposal Format Requirements
    • PDF Format
    • 12-point Times New Roman font
    • 1.5 line spacing with 1" margins on all sides
    • All proposals must be submitted electronically to COASFacutlyGrants@unf.edu
     
  9. Timeline
    • The submission deadline is October 1. If this deadline falls on a holiday, it is extended to the following business day.
    • Awards will be announced by November 1.
    • The releases must be taken no later than the spring semester of the following academic year. In other words, if the award is approved in the fall 2022, the release should be taken no later than spring 2024.
    • A mentee who receives the award is strongly encouraged to submit a promotion dossier within two academic years from the receipt of the award. In other word, if the award is given in the fall 2022, the promotion dossier should be submitted prior to the fall 2024.
     

Questions? Contact COAS Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement

Joan Van Vleck Exceptional Service Award

There are individuals in the College of Arts and Sciences whose service is special. They go above and beyond, not only doing service that appears in reports (e.g., serving on committees, takings on formal service roles, taking on leadership roles), but also doing the informal and hard-to-document service (e.g., meeting with students who need someone to lend an ear) that means so much to the College. Furthermore, these individuals not only do a great deal of service, they do it exceptionally well. They are the individuals a unit turns to when it needs an important job done fast and done right. The purpose of this award is to recognize faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences who, in addition to being outstanding teachers and scholars, have demonstrated exceptional service. Service is defined as leadership involvement within the College, University, community, and/or their profession.

Two faculty members will be selected annually for this recognition. The selected recipients will be granted $12,500 to use within a period determined by the Dean to advance teaching or research goals.

Eligibility:

  • Full-time tenured or tenured track faculty members who have completed at least two years of continuous non-visiting full-time service with the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Awardees must agree to join the UNF Chapter of the American Council on Education (ACE) Women's Network. (Membership information coming soon.)
  • Awardees may not hold the 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 select the Funding Opportunity they prefer.
  • A rating of Exceeds Expectations in the Teaching and Research categories for the consecutive two years preceding the application.
  • A rating of Far Exceed Expectations in the Service category for the consecutive two years preceding the application.

Selection Criteria:

  • A record of exceptional service.
  • A teaching development or a research, scholarship, creative activity (RSCA) proposal with a strong impact on the College, University, community, and/or awardees discipline.
  • Detailed and feasible plan for completing the project.
  • The proposal’s budget and completion timeline appropriate for the project.
  • See here for the award selection rubric

Award:

  • The awardee will receive $12,500 to use within the following academic year to advance teaching or research goals.
  • Potential use of funds include but are not limited to: course releases, graduate student support, travel, equipment, software, and hiring interns or temporary staff.
  • This award may not fund the awardees' stipends.

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. The applicant's department chair is responsible for verifying the applicants' eligibility for the award in her/his letter of support. To be eligible for the award, the applicant should have a rating of "Exceeds Expectations" or higher in teachingresearch, and scholarship, creative activity (RSCA) portions of her/his annual evaluations received over the past two consecutive years. Furthermore, the applicant should have a rating of "Far Exceeds Expectations" in the service portion of her/his annual evaluations submitted over the past two consecutive years. Here is the Award Application Title Page and Eligibility Statement, the latter has to be completed by the department’s chair.

  2. In addition to the above eligibility statement, the applicant will provide a summary of ISQs for the past two years. If desired, an applicant may list the average of all the ISQ scores for a course instead of ISQ#10, "overall rating of instructor."

  3. A service summary, 500 words max, addressing the applicant's service accomplishments. The applicants are advised to separate the description of their University, Community, and professional services. 

  4. Project description, 500 words maximum.
    1. What is the plan to complete the project?
    2. What is the potential impact of this project?
    3. How will this project benefit the awardees ongoing teaching/RSCA agenda?
  5. In addition to the eligibility statement, the chair of the applicant’s department will provide a letter of support that evaluates the proposed project. If serval applicants come from the same department, the chair must provide the ranking of applicants.

  6. Project budget, $12,500 maximum, 250 words maximum.
    1. Itemized budget with budget justification that clearly indicates how funds will be spent.
    2. If relevant, list other funding sources for this project (include both requested and committed funds).
  7. CV. 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.

  8. Format requirements for the application, except CV
    1. PDF Format
    2. 12-point Times New Roman font
    3. 1.5-line spacing with 1" margins on all sides 

Timeline:

  • 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 2022-2023 as well as all the subsequent years' awards will be announced by November 1st.
  • All funds must be expended and all course releases must be taken before December 15 of the subsequent fall semester. E.g., the 2022-2023 awards must be expended by December 15, 2023.

Application and Selection Process:

  • Please email your electronic application to COASFacutlyGrants@unf.edu. Please indicate Joan VV 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. 

2021–2022 Recipients

  • Jenny Hager, Art, Art History, and Design
  • Liz Brown, Psychology
  • Angela Mann, Psychology
  • Heather Truelove, Psychology

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) Excellence Fund

As part of its on-going efforts to support and reward faculty, the College of Arts and Sciences will be offering a number of stipends to recognize college faculty accomplishments in the area of Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activity. The stipends will be offered annually. The stipends can be used as a cash payment (appropriate taxes apply) or research expenditure. The choice is with an awardee.

I. Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) Scholars Transforming Research Symposium (STARS) Awards, stipend.

Historically, the ORSP has recognized the RSCA active faculty with a number of awards that are typically announced at the April STARS celebration. The COAS faculty members who are recognized by the following STARS awards will also be eligible for the following stipends.

  • Best Scholarly Monograph Award: $500 stipend: This award recognizes the best scholarly monograph published by a faculty member within the previous three years.
  • Best Creative Work Award: $500 stipend: This award recognizes the best creative activity produced by a faculty member within the previous three years.
  • Prestigious Fellowship Awards: $500 stipend: This award recognizes faculty who were on a prestigious fellowship, as defined by the National Research Council, during the previous fiscal year.
  • High-Impact Research Article Awards: $500 stipend: This award recognizes faculty who were authors within the past five years of a high-impact research article, as measured by total Web of Science citations. In the College of Arts and Sciences, one award is given for the arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
  • Faculty awarded patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office. A stipend of $500.
  • Principal investigators with 5 years of continuous funding. A stipend of $500.
  • Principal investigator with 10 years of continuous funding. A stipend of $500.
  • Principal investigators who obtained funding of $250,000 or more in the previous fiscal year. A stipend of $500.
  • Platinum Star Award: This award recognizes principal investigators who have obtained cumulative sponsored funding of $1,000,000 or more over their career at the University of North Florida. A stipend of $1000.
  • Millionaire Star Award: This award recognizes principal investigators who have obtained sponsored funding of $1,000,000 or more in the previous fiscal year. A stipend of $1000.

The selection of this particular awardees rests with ORSP. However, these stipends as well as all other RSCA excellence fund stipends will be announced on or before December 1 of the awards' year.

II. Top Book Stipend

A stipend of $500 for publishing a book in the top-rated* publishing agency. A total of tree such stipends will be given in one year.

The stipend will be paid when the book is officially and finally accepted for publication. Revisions, resubmissions, and conditional acceptances will not count until the publication is fully accepted or appears in print.

Co-authored book will be treated as if each author were independent, i.e. each COAS co-author will receive the full stipend.

The stipend will only be made for publications that are original research publications. Case studies, pedagogical books will not be eligible.

This stipend can be combined with the ORSP STARS award stipend.

III. Top External Grant Stipend

A stipend of $500/grant-or-fellowship for receiving a competitive research grant the external funding agency. The award shall have a budget of at least $50,000/co-PI. Gifts and contracts are not eligible for the stipend. This stipend can be combined with the ORSP STARS award stipend.

Grants received between July 1 of previous calendar year and June 31 of current calendar year are eligible for the stipend.

IV. Top Artistic Competition Stipend

A stipend of $500/competition for wining in the top-rated juried exhibition or performance*. A total of tree such stipends will be given in one year.

V. Open access publication fees

If additional funding will become available in the future the Dean's office will pay 50% of the open access fee for a publication accepted to the top-rated open access journal. The remaining 50% will be covered by the faculty home department or through the faculty IPD fund. This funding will be distributed on the first come, first served basis.

*Every year ORSP awards Best Monograph/Artistic Scholarship award. The award is selected by the committee that is put together by the COAS Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement. The committee finished its deliberations before the STARS ceremony in April. The same committee will select the Best Book and Best Artistic Competition stipend awardees. The committee will consist of representatives of the nominees' departments.

The number of available stipends depends on the available funding as well as the number of eligible applicants. The number of potential ORSP STARS stipends will typically be knows in the spring semester, which will give the dean's office sufficient time to assess the amount of funding that will be available for the remaining RSCA excellence fund stipends. This information will be communicated to the review committee prior to the committees' deliberations in the fall semester.

The following procedure should help identify the Top Book/Artistic Competition awardees:

  1. Every October 1st, the faculty member who wishes to be eligible for the Top Book/Artistic Competition stipend submits a short written review of the book/competition to their department chair that makes the case for why they should be considered for the stipend.
  2. The books published between October 1st of previous calendar year and October 1st of current calendar year and the competitions that took place between October 1st of previous calendar year and October 1st of current calendar year are eligible.
  3. On or before October 15 the department chair will review and rank the departmental requests. By October 15 the chair will forward the ranked requests to the Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement.
  4. Immediately after receiving these requests, the Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement will forward the requests to the Best Monograph/Artistic Scholarship Award selection Committee. If needed additional committee members will be added to the committee to assure representation of all the applicants' disciplines. The committee will review the applications and select the awardees who will be announced on or before December 1st of current calendar year.

2021–2022 Award Recipients

  • Dale Casamatta, Biology: Top External Grant Stipend
  • Jim Gelsleichter, Biology: Top External Grant Stipend
  • Matt Gilg, Biology: Top External Grant Stipend
  • Frank Smith, Biology: Principal investigators who obtained research funding of $250,000 or more in one fiscal year
  • Kelly Smith, Biology: Principal investigator with 5 years of continuous funding
  • Candice Tahimic, Biology: Top External Grant Stipend
  • Bryan Knuckley, Chemistry: Principal investigators who obtained research funding of $250,000 or more in one fiscal year
  • Amy Lane, Chemistry: Top External Grant Stipend
  • Barry Albright, Physics: Best Scholarly Monograph Award
  • Jason Haraldsen, Physics: Top External Grant Stipend
  • Nirmal Patel, Physics: Faculty awarded patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Dan Santavicca, Physics: High-Impact Research Article Awar
  • Bart Welling, Philosophy and Religious Studies: High-Impact Research Article Award
  • Mike Binder, Political Science and Public Administration: Principal investigators who obtained research funding of $250,000 or more in one fiscal year
  • Jody Nicholson, Psychology: Top External Grant Stipend
  • Heather Truelove, Psychology: Top External Grant Stipend
  • Curtis Phills, Psychology: High-Impact Research Article Award