Support faculty as they pursue the highest quality teaching, service, research, and scholarly work; and staff as they work to reach institutional goals.
Supporting Faculty Scholarship
The Research Advisory Council (RAC) was established to advise the provost on how best to support faculty scholarship and creative activity at PSU. A Faculty Research and Scholarship Fund has been created to support research, outreach, scholarship, and creative works. In the three years of its existence, the fund has supported 18 faculty projects.
Additionally, PSU has created an Indirect Cost Policy that returns a portion of the funding to the department or center, and the principal investigator to further support research efforts.
Awards Added and Recognized in New Publication
PSU has added new awards that celebrate faculty and staff excellence in teaching, service, and scholarship. The University has created an annual publication, Excellence, celebrating faculty and staff and recognizing a few of the many talented, creative, and engaged professionals who form the PSU community. The award winners are chosen by their peers and represent a range of disciplinary fields and job descriptions. They demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence and to PSU’s mission as a regional comprehensive university focused on student success, discovery and innovation, and engagement with our wider community, state, region, and beyond.
Faculty Rewards Align With Mission
The Promotion, Tenure, and Evaluation Advisory Council and the Research Advisory Council are leading a campus-wide discussion of Ernest Boyer’s four types of scholarship: the scholarship of discovery, the scholarship of engagement, the scholarship of teaching, and the scholarship of integration. These conversations will ensure that rewards are aligned with important work of engagement, service to the community, and teaching excellence that we hold most dear and speak of through our mission statement and in our strategic plan.
Faculty Workload Assessed
Academic departments are in the process of creating a teaching workload that supports faculty scholarship. One such initiative is the implementation of the faculty “work plan,” which allows flexibility in determining workload. The work plan creates an opportunity for “conscious planning” by developing annual goals for teaching, scholarship, and service. It promotes conversation between the department chair and the faculty member to develop a plan for a sustainable workload and to consider how individual professional goals align with the needs of the department and the mission of the University.
Center for Rural Partnerships Offers Seed Grants
The Center for Rural Partnerships (CfRP), with funding from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund, created faculty seed grants through the Coos County Outreach Initiative. The initiative is a program that provides funding and institutional support for collaborative partnerships among PSU faculty, staff, students, and regional partners. Faculty, staff, and students apply for competitive internal grants through the CfRP for the purpose of creating partnerships that are relevant to their interests and expertise.
Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities
PSU created the Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities to support research and outreach in the Department of Health and Human Performance and in support of the activities of the Active Living, Learning, and Wellness (ALLWell) Center. One project currently in progress is the Partners Enabling Active Rural Living (PEARL) project with the towns of Plymouth, Rumney, and Warren.
Researchers from the Center have invited Plymouth residents to document environmental features that either enable or hinder active living in their town. Using a new technology developed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison called participatory photo mapping (PPM), Director Barbara McCahan and students will be able to create an “active living” map of the community, complete with captions provided by the town residents.