2014-Goal 4

      2014 Strategic Plan

      2014 Strategic Plan

      2013-2014 Champions

      A Special tribute to WARHAWKS for an amazing season of play in 2013-2014 year: (1) winning a record six National Championships, (2) achieving unprecedented trifecta in the NCAA sports history, and, (3) achieving best finish ever, second place in the 2013-14 NCAA Director's cup (highest in UWW history).

      Goal 4

      Overview

      Goal IV: Increase support for faculty, staff, and students to engage in research, creative, and scholarly activity.

      a. Measure: Define "support for research activities":  Defined

      b. Measure: Determine baseline for various support categories: info lacking

      1. Funding
      2. Release time
      3. Number of awards given (campus grants, releases, etc)
      4. Other support

      c. Measure: Numbers of students, faculty, and staff involved in research activities

      Team Leaders: Denise Ehlen, ORSP

      Team Members:

      Executive Summary

      Support for research, creative, and scholarly activity is defined as gift/grant/contract or other funds leveraged to facilitate research, creative, and scholarly activity by faculty, staff, and students.  Support may also include in-kind contributions (access to equipment, for example). The group conducted an inventory of "support for research, creative, and scholarly activity" based on definitions, and began to review literature, previous grant programs/mechanisms, and best practices to determine model support mechanisms.  The institutional inventory indicated strong commitment to enhance faculty/staff and student research activities;  (1) Research and scholarly activity support is available for faculty and staff at both the college and institutional level.  Support is provided through course releases/reassignments, publication charges, and travel/collaboration development.  (2) Support for research and scholarly activity is available at both the formal (grant programs, college research releases, etc.) and informal (mentoring/networking opportunities, etc.) level.  (3)  Ample opportunities exist to support research by undergraduate students across campus, either through the Undergraduate Research Program or other mechanisms (individual faculty/staff awards, Office of the Provost funds, etc.). (4) With the exception of the College of Business and Economics, there are no formal mechanisms to incentivize research and scholarly activity by faculty/staff.  There are, however, other methods to incentivize, but not at the level utilized by College of Business and Economics.  (5) Faculty/Staff professional development in grant writing and proposal development has been centered on developing applications to internal grant programs as a method to develop skills and establish a research track record.  The group identified  a list of  key strategies as potential mechanisms to increase research capacity along with clear assessment strategies (to view the recommendations, scroll down to section c, looking forward). 

      Measures/Achievements

      Measures Recommendations
      a. Measure: Define "support for research activities"

      Operationalized "support for research, creative, and scholarly activity": conducted a literature review to identify common definitions and sought feedback from researchers (faculty and staff) and administrators.

      Support for research, creative, and scholarly activity definition would include: gift/grant/contract or other funds leveraged to facilitate research, creative, and scholarly activity by faculty, staff, and students.  Support may also include in-kind contributions (access to equipment, for example).  

      b. Measure: Determine baseline for various support categories

      1. Funding 2. Release time 3. Number of awards given (campus grants, releases, etc) 4. Other support

      Conducted an inventory of "support for research, creative, and scholarly activity" based on definitions, and began to review literature, previous grant programs/mechanisms, and best practices to determine model support mechanisms.

      Feedback was provided from the Deans on existing support mechanisms for tenure-track faculty, tenured faculty, and academic staff.  Information on support mechanisms for each of the Colleges is provided below.


      College of Arts and Communication: support to faculty/staff research and scholarly activity

      • The Visiting Artist Fund, which provides travel/honorariums to artists willing to visit UW-Whitewater;
      • Professional Development Plan [PDP] funds, which support faculty/staff development as outlined in the campus policies;
      • Funds to support projects within the College that have a focus on Inclusive Excellence (diversity, inclusion, equity, etc.);
      • Funds are provided to support faculty and staff engaged in assessment activities; and course releases, for those projects that align closely with the College's strategic plan, mission, values, and/or priorities.

      College of Business and Economics: support to faculty/staff research and scholarly activity

      • Additional funding to support faculty/staff presentations at conferences, workshops, symposiums, etc. (approximately $4,000), in addition to PDP funds;
      • Course releases, along with mechanisms to control course preps when possible;
      • Summer Research Grants, which provide summer stipends/salaries;
      • Funds to support projects or priorities that align with the College's Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business [AACSB] Accreditation process or requirements;
      • Funds to support projects that encourage inter-disciplinary or cross-college collaborations;
      • Funds that support mentoring opportunities between senior and junior faculty.  

      Additionally, the College has developed a research incentive program, which allows faculty and staff to earn credits towards incentives such as publications, presentations, awards, etc.  These credits accumulate and may be used to "purchase" course release, summer stipends/payments, additional travel funding, etc.  The College also provides modest funding to support networking and collaboration opportunities, such as brown bag lunches, retreats, discussions that allow faculty/staff to "map" activities, and/or other opportunities to promote research and scholarly activity.


      College of Education and Professional Studies: support to faculty/staff research and scholarly activity

      • Course (or student supervision) releases for research and scholarly activity that align closely with the college's or campus' strategic plan or priorities;
      • Funds for projects/activities that align with pre-tenured faculty long-term professional development goals;
      • Additional funding to support travel, in addition to PDP funds;
      • The Administrative Fellows Program, which provides funding for special projects or leadership development/training [tenured faculty];
      • Tuition remission for advanced degrees [academic staff];
      • Additional funding for Academic Staff Development Grant and awards. 

      College of Letters and Sciences: support to faculty/staff research and scholarly activity

      • Funds to support the cost of publishing/presenting research and scholarly activity;
      • Research releases, which provides support for a one or two-course release to support research and scholarly activity;
      • Match funding to support external grant applications-funds may support travel, course releases, summer stipends, etc.; and
      • Funds to support the development of research agendas/tracks or outfit laboratories

      Institution level support- support to faculty/staff research and scholarly activity The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater supports a host of grant programs that provide funding to support faculty/staff engaged in research and scholarly activity, including but not limited to:

      • Research releases provided by the Office of the Provost;
      • The Academic Staff Development Grant Program, which supports individual professional development/training opportunities that contribute to the needs of the institution.
      • The Faculty Development Grant Program, which supports expanding scholarly resources in faculty fields of study
      • The Faculty Sabbatical Program, which enables faculty to engage in intensive study to become more effective teachers and scholars.  The program permits tenured faculty to take leave for either one semester with full compensation or an academic year with sixty-five percent compensation.
      • The Faculty/Staff Publication Award, which funds publication costs (i.e., "page charges") or partial subsidies related to the cost of publishing scholarly books or research monographs. A 1:1 match is required (through personal, department, and/or college funds).
      • The Grant Writing Fellowship Program, which supports summer stipends to fellows to develop external grant applications of $50,000 or greater.
      • The Education Outreach Grant Program, which supports projects that establish or build upon previously developed partnerships/ collaborations with area schools and/or school districts; or which foster mutually beneficial relationships between UW-Whitewater and the Cooperative Educational Service Agency #2.  All projects must have the broader intention of improving PK-12 student learning, the professional development of educators and/or administrators, and the performance of area schools.

      Additionally, through student support, faculty/staff receive an opportunity to mentor undergraduate and graduate students through a host of programs. These opportunities provide support for pilot/seed projects and/or establish the faculty/staff member's experience in mentoring, which is useful for a number of external grant opportunities. Support includes:

      • Graduate Research Grants, which funds single or multiple-student research projects that involve supervision by a member of the graduate faculty.  Funding may support travel, supplies, photocopying, telephone charges, or student wages (other than the student investigators).
      • The Research Scholars Program, which seeks to enhance undergraduate research among new mentors and faculty/staff in traditionally underrepresented departments through a pilot program in which faculty may request salaries to hire undergraduates to assist them in their research.
      • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, which fund for traditional research projects and community-based research.  Both tracks support student stipends, faculty/staff mentor stipends, and supplies, services, and travel expenses.
      • Undergraduate Research Grants, which provides opportunities for students to conduct undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in partnership with faculty/staff mentors.  

      Measure: Numbers of students, faculty, and staff involved in research activities
      • Research and scholarly activity support is available for faculty and staff at both the college and institutional level.  Support is provided through course releases/reassignments, publication charges, and travel/collaboration development.
      • Support for research and scholarly activity is available at both the formal (grant programs, college research releases, etc.) and informal (mentoring/networking opportunities, etc.) level.
      • Ample opportunities exist to support research by undergraduate students across campus, either through the Undergraduate Research Program or other mechanisms (individual faculty/staff awards, Office of the Provost funds, etc.).
      • With the exception of the College of Business and Economics, there are no formal mechanisms to incentivize research and scholarly activity by faculty/staff.  There are, however, other methods to incentivize, but not at the level utilized by College of Business and Economics.
      • Faculty/staff professional development in grant writing and proposal development has been centered on developing applications to internal grant programs as a method to develop skills and establish a research track record. 

      Key Takeaways

      Based on the information above, the following key themes emerged from the institutional inventory:

      • Research and scholarly activity support is available for faculty and staff at both the college and institutional level.  Support is provided through course releases/reassignments, publication charges, and travel/collaboration development.
      • Support for research and scholarly activity is available at both the formal (grant programs, college research releases, etc.) and informal (mentoring/networking opportunities, etc.) level.
      • Ample opportunities exist to support research by undergraduate students across campus, either through the Undergraduate Research Program or other mechanisms (individual faculty/staff awards, Office of the Provost funds, etc.).
      • With the exception of the College of Business and Economics, there are no formal mechanisms to incentivize research and scholarly activity by faculty/staff.  There are, however, other methods to incentivize, but not at the level utilized by College of Business and Economics.
      • Faculty/staff professional development in grant writing and proposal development has been centered on developing applications to internal grant programs as a method to develop skills and establish a research track record.

      Looking forward:  Future themes/goals/recommendations

      The following strategies were identified as potential mechanisms to increase research support [potential assessment strategies in brackets]:

      Provide match funds for extramural proposal applications [proposal submissions versus proposal awards, along with relevant budget data];

      Establish mechanisms for proposals to undergo an internal review prior to submission to the sponsor [proposal submissions versus proposal awards, along with relevant review data];

      Link promotion and merit pay decisions with undergraduate and graduate research outcomes [undergraduate and graduate research outcome data; promotion and merit pay review decisions/data];

      Increase the visibility of faculty, staff, and student research accomplishments through publicity by Marketing and Media Relations [proposal submissions versus proposal awards, along with relevant publicity data];

      Leverage existing Professional Development Funds to support research and scholarly activity [review of outcomes tied to Professional Development Funds];

      Provide additional training/technical assistance to faculty and staff, with topics such as: Success in Publishing; Fostering Interdisciplinary Research; Grant Writing/Mentoring; Internal Proposal Reviews/Editing [outcomes data reported by attendees, ORSP, LEARN Center, and/or other campus departments];

      Develop partnerships between high schools, industry, and/or UW-Whitewater that would combine apprenticeships and college credit, leading to a degree [outcomes data reported by partners, ORSP, individual departments/colleges, and the School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education];

      Provide "major" summer research grants (to include applied research/outreach), which provide support for projects with a high expectation for outcomes [proposal, award/contract, and final reporting data];

      Provide additional support to department chairs, through additional release and/or compensation, to allow department chairs additional time/resources for research and scholarly activity [outcomes data];

      Better market programs, through targeted campaigns in specific programs, technical assistance/training sessions, or other marketing strategies to increase the number of faculty/staff participating in undergraduate research programming [proposal, award, and marketing data];

      Increase the support for curriculum development and redesign, for which faculty/staff engaged in these activities receive little support [proposal, award, accreditation, and outcomes data];

      Provide funding/resources to support outreach initiatives or activities in their initial planning stages, especially on those initiatives that are closely tied with institutional or college strategic plans, mission, values, or priorities [outcomes data];

      Redirect unused PDP funding to productive faculty/staff in order to leverage existing funds [PDP plans and outcomes data];

      A list of best practices/strategies have been identified at predominately undergraduate institutions to enhance the research productivity.  Click here to view the complete list.

      Supporting material and links:

      Click here to view the report from goal group

      2014 Strategic Plan

      2013-2014 Champions

      A Special tribute to WARHAWKS for an amazing season of play in 2013-2014 year: (1) winning a record six National Championships, (2) achieving unprecedented trifecta in the NCAA sports history, and, (3) achieving best finish ever, second place in the 2013-14 NCAA Director's cup (highest in UWW history).

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