RSCA and Professional Development Updates

Priorities

One goal of the priority groups is to increase the opportunity for research, scholarship and creative activity for faculty.

  • Create a campus-wide program to support faculty members in developing a plan for research, scholarship and creative activity while also increasing access to external support such as grants that will sustain their work.
  • Allow colleges to develop specific plans to support research, scholarship and creative activity for the disciplines they serve.
  • Provide professional development opportunities for staff members.

Budget Allocations

See detail on budget allocations for Priority group 3.

2015-16 Completed Action Items

  • Launched the University Grants Academy, a wrap-around developmental support system for faculty with partially developed proposals for external funding.  Due to great demand and quality proposals received, the program was expanded to two cohorts with a total of 24 faculty members selected to participate.
  • Staff professional development proposals were solicited in two rounds in fall 2015, in an investment of $100,000 in more than 70 individual or group grants. The majority of proposals included requests to attend professional conferences or subscriptions to online training tools.
  • Awarded 16 faculty grants of up to $4,000 to use toward travel, student assistants or supplies to support RSCA with centralized RSCA funding.
  • National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity institutional membership provided an opportunity to offer virtual boot camp writing sessions for faculty (eight in summer, two in fall, and up to four in spring).
  • Deans rolled out college-level RSCA support plans. Plans may include offering start-up capital and support to new faculty, reducing teaching loads and/or supporting faculty in securing external funding to continue their research. Some colleges using college-specific metrics recognized faculty RSCA accomplishments.
  • Many research, scholarship and creative activity-related sessions are being offered this fall. They represent the collaborative efforts of the staff of the Office of Research, the Research Foundation, the Tower Foundation, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, the Center for Faculty Development as well as a number of faculty members and administrators across campus. See a list of RSCA-related sessions for 2015-16.
  • The MLK Library RSCA investments included grant application incentives, student success research and professional travel.
  • Faculty were sent to a National Institutes of Health workshop on funding potential and tips in San Diego in October 2015.
  • Nov 24 and 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in MLK 225, Town Hall meetings on “Impact of future campus RSCA funding” to optimize future RSCA funding.
  • Individual support and consultation such as statistics/editing support.
  • Participated in the Council on Undergraduate Research Dialogues meeting in Washington DC, Feb 2016.
  • SJSU and City of San Jose and collaborated in a competition to involve social and behavioral scientists in the “Smart Cities Initiative” via the MetroLab Network.
  • Worked with IEA to develop a tool to examine assigned time faculty profile, especial as related to RSCA.
  • As a result of a spring 2015 research infrastructure survey, the university is providing access to one of the most requested services, the Wharton Research Database Services (WRDS) through Spring 2017. Details for gaining access to the service are available online.

2014-15 Completed Action Items

  • Reviewed practices at other CSU campuses to see if they had developed a sustainable way to reduce teaching loads while meeting FTEs goals to give faculty members time to pursue RSCA; analyzed the impact reduced teaching loads would have at SJSU.
  • Deans submitted their college-specific RSCA plans and assessment metrics for approval by the Office of Research with funds available to colleges following approval.
  • An SJSU Research Foundation Board of Directors Sponsored Programs Advisory Committee that acted as a sub-committee of this team evaluated the present model of Facilities & Administration allocations to the campus after covering specific expenses.  The committee presented in May 2015 to the Board followed by campus discussions in Fall 2015.

Proposed Action Items From Initial Plan

  • Investigate processes and models developed at other CSU campuses (i.e., SDSU and SFSU) to enable RSCA-active faculty to achieve and sustain reduced teaching loads while meeting FTES goals. Completed
  • Investigate curricular and budgetary consequences of reducing regular teaching loads for RSCA active faculty, including the effects the proposed model would have on existing assigned time practices in the university and the colleges. Completed
  • Examine the acquisition and use of direct and indirect (Facilities & Administrative recovery) grant awards at SJSU.  Explore how to deploy indirect F&A recovery funds more effectively in support of RSCA activities. Benchmark resource levels and current practices for pre-and post-award support suitable to the size of our campus and research performance level.  $150,000 (Pam Stacks, lead) Completed
    • Fall 2015. Panels to discuss the benefits and mission alignment of grants and the direct funding, and the benefits and limitations of the indirect funding brought to SJSU.  Purpose is to engender a better understanding of grant funding so that the faculty, students and the university as a whole are best served.
    • Fall 2015 with a phase-in process.  Currently the SJSU RF Board of Directors approves F&A recovery distributions to campus constituents.  The Board has assigned a committee to evaluate and propose a recommendation to the Board to change the distributions with the aim to better support RSCA on campus.  The recommendation is due to the Board at its meeting on May 27, 2015.  Any changes would have a phase in period.
    • Benchmarking Analysis to occur in Summer or Fall 2015. Timing dependent upon (i) consultant firm selection and (ii) hiring the Executive Director for SJSU RF.  Due diligence includes vetting firm proposals and discussions with appropriate CSU campuses to determine their experience with these consultants.  The SJSU RF Executive Director search is expected to be concluded by end of Spring 2015.Plan and fund faculty RSCA and professional development. Ongoing.
  • Campus wide programs: Facilitating cross-disciplinary collaborations; organizing multi-disciplinary research groups and proposal teams, holding proposal writing workshops and institutes for novice as well as more experienced researchers, providing mentoring and guidance regarding strategies for launching and sustaining successful RSCA agendas. $250,000 (Amy Strage, lead)  Completed.
    • 2 consultants, for assistance with statistics/data analysis strategies have been identified and are available to work with faculty, on demand;
    • Participants for a pilot campus-wide research/proposal development/virtual writing support groups will be recruited from Research Foundation lunch-time sessions and the Center for Faculty Development-sponsored Writing Marathon (Mid-Spring, 2015);
    • Details being considered for scaling of the CASA RSCA-mentoring program (CAHRS) to a campus-wide scope are being considered (roll-out during late Spring/Summer 2015);
    • Details being considered for model of range of supports most appropriate for the needs of faculty at different points along the continuum of novice-to-experienced teacher-scholars (roll-out during late Spring/Summer 2015).
  • College specific programs: Programs will be planned and implemented by individual colleges to fit their specific needs. Examples of supported activities include: Start-up packages and new faculty research support, transition to becoming RSCA active grants, RSCA active faculty teaching load reduction. $1.0 M (Marc d’Alarcao, lead) Completed.
  • 2 consultants, for assistance with statistics/data analysis strategies have been identified and are available to work with faculty, on demand;
    • Participants for a pilot campus-wide research/proposal development/virtual writing support groups will be recruited from Research Foundation lunch-time sessions and the Center for Faculty Development-sponsored Writing Marathon (Mid-Spring, 2015);
    • Details being considered for scaling of the CASA RSCA-mentoring program (CAHRS) to a campus-wide scope are being considered (roll-out during late Spring/Summer 2015);
    • Details being considered for model of range of supports most appropriate for the needs of faculty at different points along the continuum of novice-to-experienced teacher-scholars (roll-out during late Spring/Summer 2015).
  • Plan and fund staff professional development and growth. Conduct a needs assessment to identify relevant target knowledge bases and skill sets, as well as effective pedagogical models for providing opportunities for professional development. Complement current opportunities offered on campus (e.g., through HR) or through the CSU. $100,000 (Elna Green, lead) Completed.
    • An ad hoc planning sub-committee has been created.  This committee will create a survey to be conducted before the end of spring semester, to gather input from staff in Academic Affairs regarding their needs for professional development support.
    • The sub-committee will analyze results of the survey by early summer, and make a recommendation to the provost for a professional development plan and expenditures associated with it. 
    • Final plan will be approved and announced to staff by end of summer.
    • Implementation will begin with Fall 2015 and continue through the academic year.

Team Leaders
Pamela Stacks, AVP, Office of Research (2015-16)

Former Team Leader
Alice Hines, College of Applied Sciences and Arts Dean's Office, Interim Dean (2014-15)

Team Members
Ruma Chopra, RSCA Director, College of Social Sciences (faculty representative)
Amy D'Andrade, Associate Dean for Research, College of Applied Sciences and Arts (faculty representative)
Marc d'Alarcao, Associate Dean for Research, College of Science
Elna Green, AVP, Faculty Affairs
Andrew Hsu, Dean, Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering
Richard McNabb, Professor, English and Comparative Literature
Gilles Muller, Associate Dean, Office of Research
Samantha Olah, Student, Behaviral Science and Anthropology
Mary Schutten, Dean, College of Applied Sciences and Arts
Amy Strage, Assistant VP, Faculty Development and Director, Center for Faculty Development