Research and Professional Growth Committee
Annual Report 2010-2011

The Research and Professional Growth Committee met four times during the 2010-2011 academic year.  At our September 29, 2010 meeting, we evaluated non-competition and competition sabbatical proposals and forwarded our recommendations to the Dean.  Additionally, in recognition of the numerous requests for guidance by faculty regarding the criteria used by RPG to evaluate sabbatical proposals, we drafted a memo in the style of the traditional RPG grant memo outlining those criteria.  This document was posted on Faculty Notices on April 8, 2011.   We also made plans for both a continuation of the Brown Bag Lunch Series, for which Joni Tevis gave a talk on October 28, 2010, and for the Sabbatical Celebration Lecture Series, for which Chris Blackwell gave his lecture on November 12, 2010.  Tamara Matthews' presentation remains to be scheduled.

At our meeting on November 17, 2010, the committee awarded $6,856 for 6 projects.  

The committee met on January 18, 2011 to begin designing award selection criteria for The Furman Standard, a new program to support faculty scholarship.  This speaks to an important goal of the CRC document, namely its call for a reinvigoration of faculty scholarship, at a higher level and a longer period of time than the current RPG grant awards structure.  Achieving the ambitious goal will be completely dependent on raising funds for its endowment.  More detailed information, including a strategy for locating potential donors and for raising funds, will be forthcoming.  The program itself was announced at and is summarized in the meeting minutes from the March 3, 2011 faculty meeting.  

At its March 16, 2009 meeting, the committee awarded $31,044 for 21 projects.

The chair expresses appreciation to all of the committee members for their careful and thorough work throughout the year and to Dr. Kevin Treu for his invaluable work on the committee’s web site.

Respectfully submitted,
Brian Goess, Chair, Chemistry

on behalf of:
    Erik Anderson, Philosophy
    Jessica Hennessey, Economics
    Doug Rall, Mathematics
    Julian Reed, Health Sciences
    Brian Siegel, Sociology

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