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Resolution 05-02 Revision of Faculty Handbook

Revision of Faculty Handbook Relating to the Reorganization of the Office of Research and Grant Development

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Handbook be updated as follows to recognize changes in the name, organization and function of the Office of Sponsored Programs to the Office of Research and Grant Development as requested by its director.

Chapter 1: Organization and Governance
University Governance

16. That the School of Extended Learning consist of the following departments:
Advanced Placement and Dual Credit
Crisp Bootheel Education Center
Continuing Education
Extended Learning
Kennett Area Higher Education Center
Perryville Area Higher Education Center
Sikeston Area Higher Education Center
Training and Development
17. That the Graduate School consist of the following departments:
Graduate Studies
[Sponsored Programs]
18. That the School of University Studies consist of the following departments:
Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning
Writing Outcomes

Updated October 5, 2005

Chapter 1: Organization and Governance
University Governance

Grants and Research Funding Committee Charge:
To encourage and promote scholarly activity of the faculty; to solicit local funding support for scholarly activity; to devise guidelines for the administration of such funds; to publicize the nature and extent of research aid available; to receive and evaluate proposals and to recommend allocation of funds to the Provost; and to make patent and copyright recommendations to the Provost.
Membership:
One faculty member from each of the colleges, School of Polytechnic Studies and from Kent Library; one alternate faculty member from each of the colleges and from Kent Library (serving as an alternate on this committee does not preclude membership on another committee); and the Director of Research and Grant Development [Sponsored Programs] as a non-rotating member.

Updated October 5, 2005

Chapter 3: Faculty Professional Responsibilities
Research

Office of Research and Grant Development [Sponsored Programs]
The Role of Research on Campus

A major goal of the University is to "contribute to the general advancement of knowledge by stimulating research, scholarly activity, and creative endeavor relevant to the academic and public service programs of the University." Such activities are integral aspects of the teaching/learning environment and directly support the major teaching function of the University. Within the context of the goal statements, research, scholarly activity, and creative endeavor emerge as key elements in the progress of Southeast Missouri State University toward mature "University" standing. With respect to teaching, these pursuits augment the capabilities of faculty members and enrich the learning experience of students. They also serve as a means to fulfill personal interests, strengthen individual competence, and continue to maintain a fresh and informed grasp of new instructional methods and the assessment of existing ones. Faculty members who are involved in the ongoing pursuit of knowledge or who are creative artists seem more apt to stimulate intellectual curiosity and exploration in their students. In short, research, scholarly activity, and creative endeavor afford still another avenue for upgrading the quality of education that the University provides.

Updated October 5, 2005

Chapter 3: Faculty Professional Responsibilities
Research

Role of the Office of Research and Grant Development [Sponsored Programs]

The Office of Research and Grant Development[Sponsored Programs] is an academic service dedicated to enriching the professional development of faculty and equivalent-level staff by providing those individuals with opportunities for research and/or public service. In turn, those activities augment the instructional processes of the University.

By monitoring the current research and development interests of public agencies, private philanthropic organizations, and business, the office provides faculty with an important repository of information which can aid them in their efforts to keep abreast of new trends in virtually any field of study.

The office provides faculty with a central location from which they can seek colleagues from around the campus and the state whose specialized knowledge or talent is needed for a complex research study. Research and Grant Development [Sponsored Programs] will assist faculty when they seek to identify and contact professional associations. The knowledge and skills of the office director also serve as a valuable asset.

The office provides three types of services: technical assistance, information management, and skill/knowledge development. Technical assistance is given in the proposal preparation phase, the proposal submission phase, and the project administration phase. Information management includes searching for or identifying potential fundors, monitoring external events, and communicating that information to the University community. The development of skills and knowledge related to the process of grantsmanship takes place in one-on-one sessions with interested parties, formal events such as workshops, and linkage with individuals whose talents, pooled with the proposal's author(s), might enhance the proposal's chances of acceptance.

Specific Services

Technical assistance provided by the office spans each step of the funding process. Upon request, potential funding sources for a particular problem or topic can be identified. Those entities' grant application materials and guidelines can also be retrieved. Assistance is provided in as many facets of the application's preparation as desired, including budget construction, typing, editing, formatting and copying. The office will also help faculty make sure that University guidelines are followed and the proper administrative review is conducted. Mailing of the proposal and the monitoring of its review by funding agencies are also provided. The office will aid faculty in making arrangements to meet with the officials of funding agencies when those officials request such a session. [And finally, the Office of Sponsored Programs will assist faculty in preparing and producing required project reports, interacting with sponsor representatives, modifying budgets and work plans, and submitting constructive proposals.]

Information management assistance provided by the Office of Research and Grant Development focuses on [Sponsored Programs, while somewhat focused upon] the search for potential funding sources and [, basically entails] the monitoring of important regulatory and legislative events which may have a significant impact upon both grant-seekers and funding agencies. The office communicates that information through its quarterly [monthly] newsletter, grant alerts, campus news outlets, and personal contacts with faculty.

The Office of Research and Grant Development [Sponsored Programs] helps faculty develop their skills and knowledge of fund-seeking in a variety of ways. Periodically, the office sponsors skill-based workshops which feature knowledgeable parties from other universities, government, philanthropy, or business. Issues of the newsletter will contain an article on some aspect of grant-writing or fund-seeking. Finally, the office director is available for personal consultation on topics related to research or grant activity.

Updated August 15, 1997
Updated October 5, 2005

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