University Faculty RSCA Assigned Time Program

On September 4th Provost Joan Ficke announced the launch of a university program to provide assigned time for RSCA productive tenured and tenure-track faculty. The program will be administered by the colleges. This page is intended to provide information about how this program will be implemented in the College of Science.

Application deadline

Friday September 28, 2018 – for award beginning in spring 2019

Application Procedure

Those wishing to apply should submit the following documents electronically, by the deadline:

1) Cover Sheet – including name, rank, department, college, and date of initial appointment

2)  Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)

3)  Scholarly Agenda – describing the RSCA goals, activities, and expected outcomes/products for the coming 5-year period. The scholarly agenda should be concise (no more than two pages) and must include a brief summary aimed at an educated lay audience describing the importance of the proposed line of inquiry. Note that this agenda is forward-looking and complements our current CoS metric, which only looks at past activity.

The three documents listed above should be sent by e-mail to Associate Dean Marc d’Alarcao, with a copy to Dean Michael Kaufman, and a copy to your department chair.

4) In addition, each applicant who has not already done so must submit RSCA productivity data used for the CoS RSCA metric using the Google form here. Faculty who submitted the data in May 2018 do not need to resubmit, but are welcomed to add any relevant items, if desired.

Who Should Apply this Round?

In this first round of a three-year phase-in period, it is expected that almost all probationary faculty afer their first two years (or after the first three years, if they have received three years of assigned time in the appointment letter) and 15% of tenured faculty will receive the University Faculty RSCA Assigned Time award. In subsequent years, an increasingly larger fraction of tenured faculty will receive the award until all demonstrably RSCA-productive faculty are covered by the program.

For the Sept. 28, 2018 deadline, all probationary faculty in years 3-6 (except faculty in year 3 who received three years of assigned time in their appointment letter) should apply. Probationary faculty in their first two years are receiving release time through another mechanism and are not eligible for this program. In addition, tenured faculty who have received CoS RCSA assigned time awards should apply for the university program. Any non-FERP tenured faculty member may apply, but since the program will only cover 15% of tenured faculty in spring 2019, and the CoS already has awarded release to a higher percentage of tenured faculty through the CoS RCSA assigned time program, it is unlikely that many additional tenured faculty will receive the University award in this initial round.

Note that in spring 2019, awards from the University Faculty RSCA Assigned Time program will not add assigned time to those already receiving CoS assigned time, but will replace some or all of the CoS awarded RSCA assigned time. Despite this, it is recommended that faculty who received the CoS assigned time award nevertheless apply for the university program. This is because the university awards are for a 5-year period and provide more assigned time (3 WTU per semester) than most of the CoS assigned time awards.

Selection Process

The Provost will make RSCA Assigned Time Awards based on recommendations from each of the deans. In the CoS, Dean Kaufman will make those recommendations based on an evaluation of the CoS RSCA Metric, which measures past productivity, and the Scholarly Agenda, which is a forward-looking document. However, the weighting of these two factors will be different depending on the applicant’s tenure status. For probationary faculty, the recommendation will be based 80% on the Scholarly Agenda and 20% on the RSCA metric score, whereas for tenured faculty the weight will be reversed, with 80% based on the 5-year average RSCA metric score and 20% on the Scholarly Agenda. The Provost’s office is expected to review the deans’ recommendations and provide final notice of award by November 16, 2018.

Duration of Award, Reviews, and Reporting Requirements

Each award will be for a 5-year period or until the tenure decision, whichever is less. There will be an annual mini-review of awards and a formal review after year 3 of the award. Faculty receiving awards must submit information about their scholarly productivity by completing the Faculty Research Activity Report (used for the RSCA metric) each year in May (due on the last duty day of the semester). Faculty who do not submit their data are not eligible for continued award.

In most cases the outcome of the formal review will be that there is no change in the award. If, however, in the Dean’s opinion, there has not been adequate progress on the RSCA agenda nor adequate productivity according to the college-specific RSCA metric, then the Dean may recommend to the Provost that the remaining years of the Faculty RSCA Assigned Time award be rescinded.

Additional Information

Provost Ficke’s Sept. 4 message

Dean Kaufman’s Sept. 5 message

FAQ about the University Faculty RSCA Assigned Time Program

Implementation details for the University Faculty RSCA Assigned Time Program