Research and Professional Growth Committee
Annual Report, 2006-2007

During the 2006-2007 academic year the Research and Professional Growth Committee met three times to evaluate research grant proposals and sabbatical leave applications. At its November 28 meeting, the committee awarded $16,137 in research grants to 13 faculty members. (One faculty member was unable to undertake the proposed research and subsequently returned the awarded funds.) At its March 20 meeting, the committee awarded $20,460 in research grants to 17 faculty members. The committee’s budget for the academic year was $33,850.

The committee met on January 16 to evaluate and recommend approval of 22 sabbatical leave applications. Committee members later gave Dean Bartlett their individual rankings of seven sabbatical leave applications which were also submitted for consideration for funding through CAP grants.

The committee has adopted the following policy to address the problem of faculty members who do not submit post-project or post-sabbatical reports: faculty members who have not submitted post-project or post-sabbatical reports to the committee will be ineligible to apply for future grants or sabbatical leaves from the committee until those reports are submitted.

The committee has received a proposal from Dean Bonnie Mullinix to consolidate all faculty grant submissions (to RPG, FDC, and CTEL) into a single location and system. The committee is studying the proposal and has not yet taken any action on it.

The chair expresses his appreciation to all of the committee members for their diligent work during to the year and to Dr. Kevin Treu for his continued work on the committee’s website.

Noel Kane-Maguire, Chemistry
Cherie Maiden, Modern Languages and Literatures
Shelly Matthews, Religion
Derek Parsons, Music
Hamp Sherard (Chair), Mathematics
Liz Smith, Political Science
Linda Bartlett, Acting Vice-president for Academic Affairs and Dean 

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