Opportunities and Resources for Faculty Development 2019-2020

Internal Funding Sources and University Level Support Programs

  1. Assigned Research Appointment and Faculty Improvement Leaves:
    Deadline for applications to be received by the Dean's office for 2020-2021 is November 1, 2019. See your chair for departmental deadline. See Miami University Policy Library and your department chair for information and procedures for Assigned Research Appointments and Faculty Improvement Leaves.
  2. Cost Sharing on Grants:
    (e.g., matching dollars on equipment applications, student wages, and graduate fee waivers) may be required for competitive grant applications. The College, the Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship (OARS), and/or the Provost's Office may be able to give assistance. Guidelines for cost sharing on equipment are available. Contact James T. Oris (9-3600) for information.
  3. PREP (Publication, Reprint, Exhibition and Performance)
    Assistance with PREP costs is available through the MU Senate Committee on Faculty Research (an appointed Committee of University Senate charged with supporting and encouraging the development of research at Miami University). Application deadline is ongoing per fiscal year; ; subject to the availability of funds. Applications are to be submitted electronically.
  4. Faculty Research Program
    is an appointed Committee of University Senate charged with supporting and encouraging the development of research at Miami University. Obtain guidelines and applications from the Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship (OARS) (529-3600). Contact: CFR Chair Po-Chang Chen, chenpo@MiamiOH.edu (529-2261).

    CFR Application deadline is October 18, 2019. Applications may include requests for funding from any combination of these three categories.
    • Summer Research Appointments of $6,200 to conduct research during at least ten weeks of summer.
    • Research Graduate Assistantships competitive awards normally funded at the support level of the department involved. Includes remission of the instructional fee and out-of-state surcharge.
    • Grants to Promote Research funds up to $3,000 per applicant to help initiate new projects and pilot studies, test novel or controversial research or creative ideas.

    Distinguished Scholar Program Application deadline is December 6, 2019. This program celebrates the accomplishment of outstanding Miami researchers. Exemplary Miami faculty members are nominated by their peers to be recognized for superior research and scholarly activities. Each recipient of a Distinguished Scholar Award will receive a grant of $2,000 for the pursuit of further research or creative endeavor. All persons selected for this award will be honored publicly.
  5. Miami Enhanced Institutional Membership in the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
    ORU sponsors Miami's Enhanced Institutional Membership in Council on Undergraduate Research, to provide an unlimited number of our faculty, students, administrators, and staff, to join CUR for free. We invite our academic community to take full advantage of this networking and professional development opportunity.
    The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is a national non-profit educational organization that provides research opportunities for students and faculty. The CUR Mission is "to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship". The council achieves its vision through the efforts of members within varying disciplines including: arts and humanities, biology, chemistry, geosciences, health sciences, mathematics and computer science, physics and astronomy, psychology, and social sciences. Representing over 900 colleges and universities, this organization provides publications and outreach activities to share strategies for establishing undergraduate research programs. Get more information on the CUR website.
  6. John E. and Winifred E. Dolibois Faculty Development Fund:
    although targeted primarily for faculty in the Farmer School of Business, awards are made to faculty from other divisions for projects that "enhance their knowledge or understanding of the free enterprise or capitalistic system or of the subject matter area normally taught by the Farmer School of Business." These grants are to develop or enrich the faculty of Miami University, either as individuals or as a whole. Criteria for awards will focus on faculty and student development, particularly interdisciplinary initiatives that lead to a broader understanding of business for either a faculty member or a group of faculty. Proposals for projects linking faculty development to curricular and/or other pedagogic improvement are especially welcome. Guidelines are typically announced over the summer term. The application deadline is September 1. Awards are announced and awarded by the end of October. Contact Tim Greenlee (greenltb@MiamiOH.edu).
  7. Teaching Positions: The John E. Dolibois Miami University European Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg:
    The Miami University Dolibois European Center (MUDEC) is one of the oldest and most well established American study abroad programs. Since its inception in 1968, it has welcomed over 11,000 students from Miami and partner universities.

    MUDEC is located in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The Center is housed in a beautifully renovated 15th century château near a park in Luxembourg's third-largest city, Differdange, lying 17 miles southwest of Luxembourg City and in the heart of Western Europe. Approximately 100 students attend MUDEC each semester, living with host families and engaging in a rigorous curriculum that focuses on European studies.

    Scholarly enrichment and professional development for the faculty and staff of the University is a core mission of MUDEC. To this end, MUDEC offers every year 9 faculty positions:
    • 2-3 full-year appointments (1 or 2 years).
    • Up to 4 sprint term positions (2 each semester).
    • 3 summer workshop positions for 7 weeks.

    MUDEC also provides logistics and support for departmental faculty-led programs during the winter and summer terms.

    How to apply?
    1. Faculty-led workshops that wish to visit MUDEC during the winter and summer terms are approved by the Dean of MUDEC and Global Initiatives. Workshops approved by the Dean of MUDEC must then obtain approval from Global Initiatives and follow the university's workshop policies. If you are interested in obtaining information regarding MUDEC's support of faculty-led workshops and in leading a workshop at MUDEC, please contact the MUDEC Dean, Dr. Thierry Leterre at  Thierry.Leterre@MiamiOH.edu.
    2. Other applications for appointment or assignment to MUDEC are reviewed by the MUDEC Committee, which will advise the Dean of MUDEC. The MUDEC Dean makes the final selection and recommendation to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Call for Proposals for year-long, sprint term, and summer workshop teaching assignments is typically sent out in March. Proposals for all positions are due in April or early May at the latest. Faculty applicants are notified of their selection status anytime from June-early July. Sample proposals and application materials are available upon request from the Oxford-MUDEC Coordinator located in 214 MacMillan Hall, reachable at (513) 529-8609 or luxembourg@MiamiOH.edu.
    3. Eligibility: MUDEC is considered a professional development opportunity for Miami faculty seeking an international teaching experience. All tenured and tenure-track, as well as clinical faculty and lecturers may apply. Adjuncts and Visiting Assistant Professors are not eligible. Interested faculty should possess sufficient familiarity with Europe to be able to incorporate the modern European environment into their proposed courses, and should welcome a high level of contact with their students. Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Erik Jensen, Chair of the MUDEC Committee and/or colleagues who have served in Luxembourg in recent years to explore ideas and their appropriateness to the Center's European-focused curriculum.

      Note: Faculty applying for positions at MUDEC must be full-time employees of the University. Faculty members employed under the "Retire-Rehire" Program are not eligible for these positions.

    What positions are available to faculty?
    1. Year-appointed faculty
      MUDEC offers 2-3 full-year appointments each academic year. Faculty may apply for one or two years. Each semester, the faculty member teaches two courses which are part of the MUDEC thematic sequence: a 3+1 hour semester study tour course and a 3-hour sprint course. The MUDEC Committee strongly encourages applicants to propose courses that also fulfill Miami Plan Foundation requirements. Faculty are required to offer the same set of courses in the fall and spring semesters. Specific components of each of the two types of course are as follows:
      1. Semester course with study tour : 3+1-credit hour Europe-focused course with no prerequisites in the faculty member's discipline linked to a 1-credit study tour experience for students that is led by the faculty member. The typical class size is 25 students. All MUDEC students are required to take one semester study tour course (out of 5 choices) each term. Semester study tour courses are linked with a week-long study tour designed and led by the instructor of the course. The study tour is expected to travel to destinations outside of Luxembourg and illustrate and enhance the topics and issues discussed in the classroom.
      2. Sprint course (with experiential learning): 3-credit hour Europe-focused course with no prerequisites in the faculty member's discipline. The typical class size is also 25 students. All MUDEC students are required to take one sprint course (out of 5 choices) each term. Sprint courses, which also form part of the MUDEC Thematic Sequence, must include a significant experiential-learning component, constituting one credit’s worth of required contact hours for a 3-credit course (12.5 hours). Experiential learning could include a weekend trip, special speakers or symposia, or student-led community projects, to name a few possibilities. The sprint course meets only for the first 7 weeks of the semester, and the instructor is free of teaching obligations by the beginning of November (in the fall semester) and by the beginning of April (in the spring).

      In addition to their Miami University salary and benefits, year-appointed faculty receive:
      • Roundtrip airfare to Luxembourg for faculty and family members who will be in residence in Luxembourg for the entire academic year or years. (Airfare will not be provided for family visits.)
      • A relocation allowance of $1500 for a one-year appointment and $3000 for a two-year appointment.
      • A baggage allowance of $1500 for single faculty members and $3000 for faculty accompanied by their family residing full time in Luxembourg.
      • Accommodation in the Residence. Rent is covered by the university while fees for utilities (electricity, heating, basic cable subscription, telephone, Internet and VOIP, maintenance, local taxes…) are based on a lump sum depending on the size of the apartment. A $450 discount is applied to monthly utilities which range from 500€ (1-bedroom) to 1,050€ (3-bedroom apartment). The residence has been recently upgraded and renovated and all apartments/studios are fully equipped (linens, kitchen with refrigerator and dishwasher, laundry in the apartment or in the Castle's laundry room).
      • A Foreign Post Allowance (paid through the Budget Office two times per year) based on living costs in Luxembourg adjusted for fluctuations in the value of the US dollar relative to the Euro.
      • The eligibility to apply for a study tour preparation grant of $4000. The grant is intended to permit the undertaking of research and/or on-site preparation for the MUDEC course, e.g., obtaining course materials and planning field work to be conducted prior to appointment. Appointees may apply for one grant each year provided study tours are different.
    2. Sprint Course Faculty
      Each year, MUDEC offers up to 4 sprint term positions (2 each semester). The faculty member teaches a 3-hour sprint course which is part of one of the MUDEC thematic sequences and ideally should be a Miami Plan Foundation course. Specific components of the course are as follows:

      Sprint Course: 3-credit hour Europe-focused course with no prerequisites in the faculty member's discipline. The typical class size is 25 students. All MUDEC students are required to take one sprint course (out of multiple choices) each term. The sprint course will meet three hours per week but will meet in the classroom for only the first seven weeks of the MUDEC semester, and faculty will be required to develop and assess an additional Experiential Learning component associated with the course that should involve student engagement with the local community in Luxembourg.

      Important Note on Immigration Regulations: U.S. citizens teaching as Sprint Course professors are allowed to stay in Europe under the Schengen area provisions and may not be present in the Schengen Zone for more than a period of 90 days, after which reentry to Schengen is not authorized a further 90 days. Non U.S. citizens may only stay for the duration of their visa with no possible ex post extension.

      In addition to their Miami University salary and benefits, sprint term faculty receive:
      • A relocation allowance ($3000), supplementary to the normal salary.
      • Accommodation in the Residence. Rent is covered by the university while fees for utilities (electricity, heating, basic cable subscription, telephone, Internet and VOIP, maintenance, local taxes…) are based on a lump sum depending on the size of the apartment. Monthly utilities range from 390€ (studio) to 1,050€ (3-bedroom apartment). The residence has been recently upgraded and renovated and all apartments/studios are fully equipped (linens, kitchen with refrigerator and dishwasher, laundry in the apartment or in the laundry room). Upon their appointment to the Center, faculty should consult immediately with the Assistant Dean, Mr. Raymond Manes (manesr@MiamiOH.edu) for more details regarding accommodations and monthly utility fees.
      • The eligibility to apply for an experiential learning preparation grant of $3000. The grant is intended to help instructors plan field trips and special events, as well as to facilitate contacts with potential speakers and community partners, all of which might comprise the Experiential Learning components of the course.
    3. Summer Workshop Professors
      Each year, MUDEC offers 3 summer workshop positions for 7-week teaching assignments. Class size is capped at 35 students. Applicants should submit a proposal for one 3-hour Europe-focused course in the faculty member's discipline. This course should fall into one of two categories:
      1. Two of the courses each include a 6-day (5-night) study tour, which typically occurs during the second, fourth or fifth week of the session. During that week, the study tour replaces the usual class meetings and constitutes one and a half credit hours. The study tour should be an integral component of the course, designed to illustrate and enhance the topics and issues discussed in the classroom. For the rest of the session, the class meets four days per week from Monday-Thursday morning to complete the remaining contact hours. Study tour destinations are determined by the course content. Summer workshop faculty assume the academic leadership of the tour while logistics are provided during the tour by an accompanying staff member. Assistance with travel arrangements is provided by the Assistant Dean.
      2. The third course is a conventional 3-hour Europe-focused course with no study tour. It meets up to 4 days per week for 5 weeks. In addition, there will be two week-long breaks corresponding to the other courses' study tours.
      Important Note on Immigration Regulations: U.S. citizens teaching as Summer Workshop professors are allowed to stay in Europe under the Schengen area provisions and may not be present in the Schengen Zone for more than a period of 90 days, after which reentry to Schengen is not authorized a further 90 days. Non U.S. citizens may only stay for the duration of their visa with no possible ex post extension.

      In accordance with Global Initiatives, summer workshops generate their own budgets based on student enrollment and their operation is ultimately dependent on that enrollment. If too few students enroll, the workshop may have to be cancelled; however, it is anticipated that a minimum of 20 students will make the program viable. Assuming that enough students enroll, the budget will encompass for each faculty member a summer salary with fringe benefits, airfare expenses, a per diem, and housing.
      • Summer salary with fringe benefits MUDEC summer workshop professors receive 9% of their base salary for teaching a 3-credit course. The following information is from the Global Initiatives Guidelines for Credit Workshops.
      • Airline transportation Airfare for the faculty member (does not include partners/spouses or family members) will be paid for by the University. These payments are not taxable to the faculty member.
      • Per Diem Summer workshop faculty are allowed a per diem. Per diem is calculated according to Accounts Payable policy, and will cover only the days of the workshop, and the meals not provided by the Chateau or the program. The Oxford-MUDEC Coordinator initiates this process and typically completes the necessary paperwork in April.
      • Housing Summer workshop faculty live at MUDEC in either the Château or the Gardener's House at no charge. This arrangement promotes heightened interactions between students and professors throughout the summer workshop.
    4. Faculty-led Workshops at MUDEC: Winter and Summer
      MUDEC hosts faculty-led workshops during the winter and summer terms and offers assistance with general logistical support, organization of field trips and study tours as well as campus services at no cost to the workshop. Accommodation is charged at the current utility low rate. Other services are provided on request and may be charged, such as benefiting from an accompanying faculty member on a study tour.

      MUDEC's general philosophy for hosting workshops is to provide support and facilitate the logistics of study tours. Faculty leaders are responsible for the academic content of the workshop. They are not appointed or assigned to MUDEC for the duration of the workshop.

      Important recommendation: faculty-led workshops should include a least one study tour outside Luxembourg, for which MUDEC will provide support. It is fully expected that the program respects the philosophy of MUDEC:
      • Inherent focus on Europe
      • Emphasis on intercultural relations & differences
      • Significant experiential component (study tours, visits, onsite activities etc.)
      Advantages of leading a workshop to MUDEC:
      • Full administrative support for logistics at no cost.
      • Low cost accommodation in the residence in the exceptional location of a Renaissance Castle.
      • Seamless Miami operation.
      • Exceptional business, cultural and fiscal environment.
    5. Research Affiliate Program
      MUDEC welcomes applications from faculty in all programs and at all levels (including lecturers and clinical and professionally licensed faculty) to live on the Luxembourg campus for short periods of time in order to write or conduct research. Faculty associates are scholars in residence at MUDEC, with no obligations other than to have at least one academic engagement with the Center, whether in the form of a public talk, a brief workshop with students, an informal conference with local academics in the area, or some other event arranged in consultation with the Dean of MUDEC. The Center provides faculty associates with a small apartment free of charge, as well as a minimal amount of administrative support, such as wi-fi, a shared office space, and use of the small library. Faculty associates are responsible for their transportation to and from Luxembourg and all other living expenses.
      Stays of anywhere from one to six weeks are possible, depending upon the availability of apartments, with November, early December, January, April, and July being the best times. MUDEC will appoint faculty associates on a continual and first-applied-first-awarded basis. Interested faculty should submit a brief one-page description to the Dean of MUDEC, in which they describe the work that they wish to accomplish while in Luxembourg, along with the desired dates of stay and intended academic engagement with the Center.
  8. Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program of Individual Faculty Mentorship for Miami University Sophomores and Juniors

    Review the full USS program guidelines.
    Friday, January 31, 2020 is the only deadline for student application to the USS 2020 Program.
    The USS program enables Miami undergraduate students to conduct research or other creative scholarly activities in close collaboration with a tenure-track or tenured Miami faculty mentor. Students are responsible for seeking a faculty member to mentor the project, or a faculty member can suggest a project to a student. Individual student/faculty pairs submit a jointly written application to faculty member's department chair or program director.

    Faculty will receive $600 for professional or project expenses. The program is open to Miami students completing their sophomore or junior years (at least 60 credit hours) and who meet the eligibility requirements in the current guidelines. Faculty mentors must be full-time tenured or tenure-eligible faculty. Students must verify plans to spend at least one semester as an undergraduate at Miami after participation in the USS program. Each student receives: a $2,600 fellowship award, a $400 project expense, and a tuition-only waiver for 6 credit hours of independent study credit to conduct a 9-week mentored summer research project between May 19 and August 8, 2020.

    About the USS Program Course Designation 340U and Tuition-Only Waiver
    The USS program requires summer enrollment for 6 hours of extended independent study credit under course number 340.U. The only exception is if a department permits the student to enroll in a senior research capstone independent study for credit in conjunction with the USS project. In that case, the USS student must register for a minimum of 3 hours under 340.U and combine that with the appropriate number of hours under the capstone independent study for a combined total of 6 hours. In each instance, the USS program covers cost of tuition-only for the 6 credit hours in which the student enrolls in conjunction with the USS research program requirements.

    The student pays for related general fees of approximately $ 75.00 per credit hour. The student is responsible to pay any additional department or divisional fees per credit hour for the USS 340U course or for senior research capstone independent study permitted by the department of the faculty mentor who agrees to work with the student.

    Miami University policy prohibits students from receiving a tuition waiver from more than one source during the same summer term. USS participants will be required to decline all other tuition waivers from other university sources during the summer of their USS research award.

    For summer 2020, the USS tuition-only waiver only applies to 340U courses on Miami's Oxford, Hamilton, or Middletown campuses. Study abroad coursework will not be waived.

    Students must seek written permission (from the project mentor and from the ORU Coordinator of Undergraduate Research) to take additional summer courses. If permission is granted the student is responsible for all costs associated with the additional summer courses.
  9. DUOS (The Doctoral-Undergraduate Opportunities for Scholarship)
    The DUOS program offers just one submission deadline, Monday, October 14, 2019.
    Before midnight on Oct 14, 2019, students must submit the DUOS application online to request funding to conduct a spring semester research project. This program aims to heighten the synergy between graduate and undergraduate research at Miami University. The graduate and undergraduate students will work together on a research project under the supervision of a faculty member in a Ph.D. granting department. Either graduates or undergraduates may initiate the application, but the undergraduate student is to have primary authorship of the project. Any Miami undergraduate student and any post-master's doctoral student in good standing who agree to abide by program requirements are eligible to apply. ORU staff will email students/mentors about committee funding decisions around Monday, November 25, 2019.
  10. FYRE Program (First Year Research Experience)
    The FYRE program provides first year students with authentic, hands-on research experiences in small teams led by research-active faculty during a two-semester course sequence (UNV171/UNV172). Student researchers review their topic, design a study, and complete necessary training during the fall semester; they implement the study, analyze data, and are invited to present the results at Miami's Undergraduate Research Forum Poster Sessions to be held in spring 2020. The FYRE experience prepares students early on for subsequent research opportunities such as summer research positions across the nation and independent research supervised by Miami faculty.

    Joining the program requires a two-semester commitment from the student who must agree to: enroll in one of the 2019-20 Offered Research Tracks and dedicate 2-4 hours per week to a faculty-mentored team research project. Direct questions about the FYRE program to undergradresearch@MiamiOH.edu. Faculty members interested in developing a UNV171/UNV172 seminar for the next academic year are encouraged to contact the ORU Director.
  11. Undergraduate Research Award Program (URA)
    Since the 1980’s Miami University Senate has sponsored the URA to provide Miami Undergraduates the opportunity to seek out a faculty-mentored experience in developing a grant application. These faculty/student partnerships encourage discovery, creative activity and/or novel, inquiry-based activity.

    Applications must be submitted online as a single pdf document by midnight on the deadline date. Awards are not restricted to projects in any particular discipline. Typical awards range from $150 to $500, but individual projects of exceptional merit or projects involving a student team* may be funded up to $1,000. The URA program does NOT fund travel costs.

    * A student team is made up of two or more students working on the same project with the same end goal. For student team submissions, only one person will submit an application and that person will supply all the team members’ names and demographic information on the application form(s).

    Program Focus: The purpose of these funds is to foster and support research and creative activity from all disciplines and to provide students with a hands-on opportunity to engage in research process/creative activities — from conception to proposal to results. The aim result of specific projects supported by the program may be modest as long as the work can reasonably be interpreted as research or a creative endeavor.

    Faculty Members Sponsorship Required: Each individual student project or team project must be endorsed by a sponsor who certifies that the project is worth doing, has educational value to the student(s) and can be accomplished in the proposed time frame.

    Student Eligibility: All enrolled full-time undergraduate students in all majors on all campuses who have a GPA of at least 2.0 are eligible. A student may receive only one award from this program per academic year. Although projects must be initiated and developed by student applicant(s), a faculty member must also sponsor each project.

    Project Eligibility: Students may submit an individual project or a team* project. Applications may be made for support of a research project that is also being conducted for academic credit. While students can propose projects that augment or are related to an existing faculty project, individual or team* project proposals must be developed by student applicant(s), under the supervision of and with sponsorship by a faculty member.

    * A student team is made up of two or more students working on the same project with the same end goal. For student team submissions, only one person will submit an application and that person will supply all the team members’ names and demographic information on the application form(s).

    Student Responsibility for on time Application submission: Student researchers are responsible to plan ahead. Proposals reviewed by faculty sponsors at early stages of the process have a greater chance for success. Student researchers should provide the faculty sponsor with proposal draft not later than two weeks prior to the submission deadline to allow the sponsor to provide useful feedback in time for revision.

    The individual student or the team of students is responsible for: finding a faculty sponsor willing to supervise the research project, writing the proposal, arranging for the faculty sponsor to review the proposal (ideally at least 2 weeks prior to submission deadline), revising the proposal and obtaining the required faculty sponsor signature on the application, prior to submitting the application as a single pdf file via the required online link on the Office of Research for Undergraduates website.

    October 14, 2019 Round 1 Deadline
    (to request funding to conduct a project in Winter term 2019/or Spring semester 2020)
    Proposal drafts should be sent (by the student) to faculty sponsor by two weeks before the application deadline.
    ORU staff will email students/mentors about committee funding decisions by Monday, November 25, 2019
    March 2, 2020 Round 2 Deadline
    (to request funding to conduct a project in Summer term/or Fall semester 2020)
    Proposal drafts should be sent (by the student) to faculty sponsor two weeks before the application deadline.
    ORU staff will email students/mentors about committee funding decisions by April 27, 2020

  12. HawksNest (Questions: hawksnestresportal@MiamiOH.edu)
    Crowd funding portal for student and faculty research and creative endeavors.
    Any Miami student, faculty or staff member can complete an online application to have a project that can be implemented for less than $6,000 considered for funding. Through HawksNest, alumni, family, and friends of the university can directly support the research, scholarship, and service projects of Miami University students, faculty and staff. Read the HawksNest frequently asked questions to learn how to create your HawksNest account and how to submit your project for review. Once approved, you can start using social media to actively promote your project and keep donors up to date with information on the project’s progress.
  13. Miami Family Fund
    Students, Faculty, and Staff: Request funding for a student organization or department initiative, undergraduate student travel, or faculty-student discourse in an out-of-class setting.
    Deadlines (when funding is to be used):
    • Fall: June 1, notified by July 1
    • Winter: November 1, notified by December 1
    • Spring: November 15, notified by December 15
    • Summer: March 1, notified by April 1

Assistance with Teaching and Student-Related Projects

Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

Faculty Learning Communities

A faculty-professional learning community (FLC) is a cross-disciplinary group of 6-12 faculty and staff members engaging in an active, collaborative, yearlong program. A participant in a faculty learning community may select a project to try out and assess teaching-learning innovations; prepare a course or project mini-portfolio; engage frequent seminars/retreats; work with student associates; and/or present project results at local and national conferences. Evidence shows that FLCs increase faculty interest in teaching and learning and provide safety and support for faculty to investigate, attempt, assess, and adopt new methods. There are two types of faculty learning communities: cohort-based and topic-based. Topic-based communities are usually filled in April of the previous academic year.

  1. Cohort-based FLCs and other teaching support cohorts address the teaching, learning, and developmental needs of an important cohort of faculty or staff that has been particularly affected by the isolation, fragmentation, stress, neglect, or chilly climate in the academy. For more details, contact us at cte@MiamiOH.edu.
    • Alumni Teaching Scholars Faculty Learning Community for Early-Career Faculty: six to ten awards for tenure-track junior faculty members (2nd through 5th year at Miami) TCPL faculty with fewer than seven years teaching in higher education to enhance their interest in and commitment to teaching though a two-semester series of seminars, retreats and conferences, a teaching project, course teaching portfolios, and association with an experienced faculty mentor. CTE makes available $1,500 in professional development funds or one course release time for one semester and up to $200 for teaching projects.
    • New Faculty Teaching Enhancement Program (NFTEP). This program provides an opportunity for early-career faculty to enhance their teaching interests and abilities through a sequence of seminars and a teaching project. CTE makes available $400 of professional development funding to completers.
    • Graduate Student Teaching Enhancement Program (GSTEP): All Miami graduate students with teaching responsibility are eligible to participate in GSTEP, a one-semester series of seminars, workshops, and activities about teaching and learning. CTE makes available $200 in professional development funding.
      The GSTEP/POSTEP program provides a gateway to the Graduate School's Certificate in College Teaching.
    • Part-Time Educators Program (PEP). CTE offers all part-time faculty the opportunity to establish a PEP Account for professional development funds and receive $25 for each CTE, Lilly Conference on College Teaching, or Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) (Middletown) seminar they attend, up to $300.
  2. Each topic-based learning community is year-long and is designed to address a special campus teaching and learning need, issue, or opportunity. These FLCs provide opportunities for learning across all faculty ranks and cohorts plus appropriate professional staff and graduate teaching assistants. These offer professional development funds.

Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) Associates

DBER Associates is a cohort program, much like a Faculty Learning Community (FLC), designed for Associate Professors and Professors that focuses on the application of discipline-education research findings to drive meaningful growth in student learning. Framed around the disciplinary expertise of small faculty cohorts, DBER Associates and their colleagues in their disciplinary cohorts lead the implementation of discipline-specific, research-grounded teaching practices

Teaching and Learning Analytics Community (T-LAC)

The Teaching and Learning Analytics Community  works together to identify, collect, analyze, and employ learning analytics data to make strategic decisions about how to help their students learn best. The program is open to tenure-track, tenured, and TCPL faculty.

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

We discover how to be more effective teachers when we inquire into the relationship between our teaching practices and student learning; that is, when we engage in assessment at the student, course, and degree program levels. Individual faculty can improve their knowledge of classroom assessment techniques, and all majors, degree programs, and free-standing certificates are expected to submit an annual report about their assessment activity. As such, CTE offers seminars and consultation with individual faculty and departments. We have materials on Assessment on our website and library. Videos and podcasts of previous seminars on assessment are also available. Please contact CTE  (cte@MiamiOH.edu or 529-9266) for further support in this effort. We want to be of help to you.

CTE Teaching and Learning Grants

The CTE Teaching and Learning Grants program includes the following types of grants.

  • Major Teaching Project (up to $3000). Proposal submission deadline is September 15th and March 15th.
  • Minor Teaching project (up to $300). This grant has a rolling deadline.

Other CTE Resources

  1. Seminars, Workshops - We offer seminars and workshops on a variety of topics. Many have been videotaped. View our videos and podcasts.
  2. CTE Lending Library – The library has over 1000 books and journals. These may be checked out in 317 Laws.
  3. Consultation on Teaching and Learning - If you wish to investigate new teaching strategies, methods, and opportunities or fine-tune existing ones, call the CTE at 529-9266 for a consultation. An especially popular offering is the Small Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID): a peer visits your class, obtains feedback from students in small groups, and reports themes from their comments to you. PLEASE NOTE: Due to staffing limitations, we can only complete one SGID per faculty member per semester.
  4. Lilly Conference on College Teaching - All Miami faculty are invited to attend the 39th Annual Conference to be held November 21-23 at the Armstrong Student Center. The registration fee is greatly reduced for Miami faculty. Registration will close when we reach 550 participants.
  5. Peer-Reviewed Journals - CTE and Miami University publish 2 refereed journals on the scholarship of teaching and learning. All issues may be accessed from on campus at no cost to Miami faculty and staff. Authors have no expenses associated with publishing an article in our journals. Learn more about the submission process.
    • Journal on Excellence in College Teaching: With 4 issues per year it provides an international forum for faculty to share proven, innovative pedagogies and thoughtful, inspirational insights about teaching. Search archives to find topics of interest.
    • Learning Communities Journal: With 2 issues per year it provides an international forum for faculty to share proven, innovative pedagogies and thoughtful, inspirational insights about student learning and faculty learning communities.

Other Resources Available to Faculty and Staff:

  1. University Honors Contract Courses and Honors Course Extensions: An opportunity for faculty members to work with an honors student or small group of honors students in a regular course to make the course an honors experience for the student(s).
    Honors contract courses are regularly taught courses with an additional assignment or project that leads to a broader or more in depth exploration of the topic by the honors students enrolled in the course. Honors contract course assignments and projects are developed by the faculty member instructing the course. Faculty members teaching Honors contract courses are provided with $100 professional development funds/Honors student ($500 maximum/course).
    Honors course extensions result from student-initiated requests to make an Honors course experience out of a regular course. The Honors student making the request will typically work with the course instructor to develop the additional assignment or project. The student then petitions his or her honors advisor for approval of the Honors course extension. The petition must be submitted and approved by the faculty member before initiation of the project.
    Honors contract course proposals for Spring 2020 should be submitted by October 1, 2019. Visit the Teach in Honors page to submit a Honors Contract Course Proposal. Please contact Zeb Baker (zeb.baker@MiamiOH.edu) with questions about development of an Honors contract course proposal and Teresa Radomski-Bomba (radomstm@MiamiOH.edu) with questions about Honors course extensions.

The Howe Center for Writing Excellence

The Howe Center for Writing Excellence offers a variety of programs and resources to help faculty from all disciplines effectively include writing in their courses, including:

Workshops

We offer workshops on various topics related to using writing in your courses to teach content and disciplinary values. Some of our workshops follow a traditional format of brief presentations with hands-on activities while others follow a roundtable format on a particular topic with your peers leading the discussion.

All of our workshops are relaxed and provide ample opportunity to ask questions and share ideas with HWAC staff and cross-disciplinary colleagues.

Teaching Consultations

Faculty members seeking feedback on how to effectively include writing in their classrooms are encouraged to make an individual consultation with one of the HCWE staff members. To request a consultation, contact either Elizabeth Wardle (wardleea@MiamiOH.edu), Director, or Ann Updike (updikeas@MiamiOH.edu), Associate Director.

Faculty Writing Fellows Program

This semester-long "master class" supports faculty members and their departments/programs in their efforts to teach students to write more effectively in their disciplines and professions and to use writing in ways that encourage deep learning of disciplinary material. The goal of the program is to engage teams of faculty members in collaborative work together that will be of use to their departments. All participants should finish the program with new ideas for writing assignments, new strategies for teaching writing, new writing-intensive course ideas, and/or suggestions for their departments on how to improve the overall teaching of writing of their majors, minors, and graduate students. At the end of the program, Fellows return to their departments to present their ideas and make suggestions for ways to integrate writing into their courses and programs in order to meet goals and needs specific to their context. Each faculty member who completes the full program and creates the required materials will receive $2,000 in professional development funds and will be able to use the title "Howe Faculty Writing Fellow" for the duration of their time at Miami. These faculty members and their home departments will also be eligible for additional resources including research grants, course redesign workshops, and embedded student writing consultants ("writing associates").

The Howe Center for Writing Excellence is committed to fostering a culture of writing at Miami University through providing faculty space and time to work on their own writing, including:

Writing Groups

Faculty writing groups are formed in the fall and spring and meet regularly to make progress on writing projects.

Writing Retreats

At writing retreats, Faculty and graduate students spend one full day directing their undivided attention and focus toward their writing, in a quiet space with no talking and no distraction. We provide a continental breakfast and a simple lunch, along with water, coffee, and tea. Space is limited to 45 and fills quickly.

Friday Morning Open Writing Hours

Faculty and graduate students are invited to drop-in for any length of time to work quietly on their writing every Friday morning from 8:30-12:00. We provide free coffee, tea, and power for your laptops, and King Café is downstairs for snacks. No registration required.

Selected Agencies Administering Grants and Fellowships

To request application information, contact OARS (9-3600), unless otherwise indicated.

  1. ACLS - American Council of Learned Societies.
    Administers grant and fellowship programs in the humanities and humanities related social science for PhD's and some graduate student programs for China and East Europe. Deadlines vary, with most in the fall. Visit the ACLS website for fellowship/grant programs.
  2. CIES - Council for International Exchange of Scholars.
    For more than 60 years, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) has helped administer the Fulbright Scholar Program, the U.S. government's flagship academic exchange effort, on behalf of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. CIES is a division of the Institute of International Education (IIE), a private organization. The Fulbright Scholar Program provides opportunities for teaching, research and seminars abroad.

    For assistance, you may contact Karla Guinigundo (guinigkm@MiamiOH.edu) in the Office of Global Initiatives. Karla is the Fulbright Program Advisor for the U.S. Student Program and can also provide assistance to faculty seeking a Fulbright Scholar opportunity.
  3. NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
    recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. Application deadlines are usually in late October and early November, varying by discipline. Miami’s GRFP advisor is Anne Schauer, in OARS (schauerap@MiamiOH.edu or 9-3735).
  4. Fulbright Program for Seniors and Graduate Students.
    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Types of awards vary by country. Miami's Fulbright Program Advisor for the U.S. Student Program is Karla Guinigundo (guinigkm@MiamiOH.edu) in the Office of Global Initiatives. The 2019-2020 Miami campus deadline is September 13, 2019. The national deadline is October 8, 2019.
  5. IREX - International Research & Exchange Board.
    IREX administers grant programs, collaborative activities, travel grants, project-based commissions and scholarly exchange programs for PhDs and dissertation support with East Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the Mongolian People's Republic. For the Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program deadline visit their website.
  6. SSRC - Social Science Research Council.
    Administers grant and fellowship programs in the social sciences and humanistic research for African Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Latin American Studies, the Near and Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies, and Western Europe. The fellowships and grants available vary depending upon the area and may include pre-dissertation, dissertation, and postdoctoral support. The deadlines for many of the applications are in August through November. The eligibility requirements and deadlines also vary by area program.
  7. U.S. Department of Education.
    Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program deadline was in late March in 2019. Learn more about the Doctoral Dissertation Program.
  8. NEH 2020 Summer Stipends.
    Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship (OARS) manages Miami's Oxford campus internal competition for applicants. The NEH deadline is September 25, 2019. Miami's internal competition deadline is August 12, 2019. Miami's internal coordinator for the NEH SS Program is Anne Schauer in OARS, schauerap@MiamiOH.edu; 9-3735.
  9. NIH Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA)
    support individual faculty research projects to strengthen the research environment of institutions that provide baccalaureate training for research scientists but have not been major participants in NIH programs. Annual deadlines: October 25, February 25, and June 25. Contact OARS (9-3600) for more information.
  10. NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Awards (F31)
    enable promising predoctoral students with potential to develop into productive, independent research scientists, to obtain mentored research training while conducting dissertation research. The F31 mechanism is also used to enhance workforce diversity through a separate program, the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. Annual deadlines: April 8, August 8, December 8. Contact your OARS representative (9-3600) for more information.
  11. Simons Foundation
    The Simons Foundation's mission is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences. It supports discovery-driven scientific research, undertaken in pursuit of understanding the phenomena of our world. The foundation makes direct grants to individual investigators and projects in four areas: Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Autism Research, and Education & Outreach. Annual deadlines vary by program.
  12. Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society
    is the international honor society of science and engineering. The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program has provided undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences since 1922. The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project. Annual deadlines: March 15 and October 1.
  13. Ohio Humanities Council
    The Ohio Humanities Council (OHC), established in 1972, is a non-profit organization funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and private contributions. OHC's mission is "to increase Ohioans' appreciation and understanding of the humanities" through the Council's grant making capacity and through programs developed by the Council itself. Based in Columbus the Council provides assistance to grant applicants, oversees Council-developed programs, and promotes the humanities in Ohio through collaborations with cultural and educational institutions. The Council is governed by a 25-member volunteer board which makes decisions on grant awards and sets policy. See Ohio Humanities Grants for Deadlines.
  14. Ohio Arts Council (OAC).
    Various deadlines are listed under funding opportunities

NOTE: All proposals submitted to external sponsors must be routed through OARS' eSPA system for internal review and approval prior to submission to the funding agency. Contact your OARS representative (9-3600) for assistance.

The Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship

OARS's mission is to encourage, facilitate, and support the Miami University community in its effort to obtain external funding for all forms of research, education, scholarly, creative, service, and outreach activities. Services and programs include:

  • The SPIN database, which contains over 10,000 funding sources;
  • Professional development opportunities (MiamiOH.edu/research/events), annual reports and applications for public and private funding sources;
  • HawksNest, a crowdfunding platform that lets alumni, family, and friends directly support research, scholarship, and creative activity at Miami;
  • Proposal development, preliminary budget approval, and proposal approval;
  • eSPA – Cayuse SP & 424 – an electronic sponsored research administration tool used to help manage research administration and electronic routing, approval, and submission of proposals
  • Research Ethics and Integrity support for: Institutional Review Board (IRB); Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC); Committee on Institutional Biosafety; Committee on Radiation Control;
  • Office of Research for Undergraduates – ORU – which encourages new and existing students to embrace a desire to engage in research by championing the vision, marketing, and coordination of research by undergraduates at Miami with research-active faculty and staff. ORU coordinates the application process for internal awards related to undergraduate research, including the Undergraduate Summer Scholars (USS) program, the Doctoral Undergraduate Opportunities for Scholarship (DUOS) program, and the Undergraduate Research Award (URA) program
  • Academic Affairs equipment matching fund

Promotion and Tenure Calendar 2019-20

Tuesday, September 24 Organizational meeting of Tenure and Promotion Committee
Tuesday,
October 1
Department Chairs submit detailed recommendations for promotion, tenure and non-retention (pdf plus one hard copy)
Friday,
October 11
Tenure and Promotion Committee meets to review cases
Tuesday,
October 15
Dean meets with Tenure and Promotion Committee
Friday,
November 1
Dean notifies tenure and promotion candidates in writing of action
Friday,
November 15
Deadline to request reconsideration of negative tenure and promotion actions (refer to CAS Manual of Operations, Section 4.68)
Tuesday,
November 19
Tenure and Promotion Committee meets for tenure and promotion reconsiderations, or as needed to comply with Section 4.68.
Monday,
December 2
Tenure and promotion materials due from Deans to Secretary by noon

Reference Dates

(proposals/applications due dates/deadlines)

August 1, 2019 SSRC (Social Science Research Council) variable deadlines per program (August - November)
August 12, 2019 NEH 2020 Summer Stipends for Tenured and Tenure Track Faculty - Miami's Internal competition deadline
September 1, 2019 ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies) Fellowships – early fall
Dolibois Faculty Development Fund
September 13, 2019 Fulbright Program for Seniors and Graduate Students – Miami campus deadline
September 25, 2019 NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities)
October 8, 2019 Fulbright Program for Seniors and Graduate Students – national deadline
October 14, 2019 DUOS (The Doctoral-Undergraduate Opportunities for Scholarship) due by midnight
URA (Undergraduate Research Award Program) Round 1 deadline
October 18, 2019 CFR - Faculty Research Program (Summer Research, Research Graduate Assistantships and Grants to Promote Research)

October 25, 2019 NIH (National Institute of Health) Academic Research Enhancements Awards
November 1, 2019 Assigned Research Appointment and Faculty Improvement Leaves
November 30, 2019 SSRC (Social Science Research Council) variable deadlines per program (August - November)
December 6, 2019 Distinguished Scholar Program Application deadline
January 31, 2020 Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program – Student Application Deadline
(each student submits a printed application to faculty mentor's department)
February 7, 2020 Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program – Department Application Deadline
Departments/programs upload eligible USS applications - online before midnight
February 25, 2020 NIH (National Institute of Health) Academic Research Enhancements Awards

March 2, 2020 URA (Undergraduate Research Award Program) Round 2 deadline

June 25, 2020 NIH (National Institute of Health) Academic Research Enhancements Awards