University Faculty RSCA Assigned Time Program

Academic Year 2021 - 22

This webpage provides information about AY 2021-22 assigned time (Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters). Additional detailed information about the program is provided by the two documents accessed at the links: Initial Program Information [pdf] and Program Updates in 2020 [pdf] . Please note that the University program is administered by the individual colleges. This page is intended to provide summary information about how AY 2021-22 cycle of the program is implemented in the College of Engineering (CoE).

Application Deadline

March 26, 2021, for Academic Year (AY) 2021-22 RSCA assigned time awards.

Application Procedure

Faculty applying to the program for the first time need to submit a completed Application Packet [docx] (AP below, for short) by 3/26/2021. The packet includes the following 5 sections:

  1. Cover Sheet – including name, rank, department, college, date of initial appointment to the University.
  2. ORCID iD (please check the ORDIC Website regarding how to create one. If you need assistance, please contact Librarian Yen Tran at
  3. Scholarly Agenda – describing forward-looking RSCA goals, activities, and expected outcomes/products for the coming 5-year period (tenured faculty) or until tenure (probationary faculty). The scholarly agenda should be concise (no more than two pages; see the agenda guideline for specific word count requirements) 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 the CoE RSCA metric data (see below), which only looks at past activity.
  4. Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV) not exceeding 4 pages.
  5. The CoE specific RSCA metric data in the requested CoE format. The data includes extramural grants, journal publications, and conference publications meeting the requirements stated in the CoE RSCA Guidelines AY2020-21 [pdf] document. Supporting information and required documents should be uploaded to the CoE online database using the CoE RTrack Web-based App [pdf] .

The CoE RSCA metric data entered online and documented in Section 5 of the AP should cover the following periods: for all tenured faculty and probationary faculty in their 5th year and beyond, the 36 months period from 1/1/2018 to 12/31/2020; for probationary faculty in their 3rd or 4th year of service in Fall 2021, from the appointment date until 12/31/2020. Achievements for these periods not already in the online database should be added by 3/26/2021. Any claimed paper should have been published or granted final acceptance during the time window above to qualify for RSCA points. The same for any grant award. The grant notification should have been formally received by the Research Foundation by 12/31/2020.

Who Should/May Apply?

All probationary and tenured CoE faculty seeking research support assigned time in AY2021-22 should do so by applying to the SJSU RSCA Program. The CoE no longer grant research-related assigned time to faculty not in the program. 

Please note the following:

  • Probationary faculty in their first two years of service are receiving assigned time through another mechanism and are not eligible to apply in this program.
  • All probationary faculty in their 3rd year of service at the start of AY2021-22 (including credited years of service at other institutions) should apply.
  • Probationary faculty who applied for tenure starting August 2021 should complete and submit All sections, including a 5-year Scholarly Agenda.
  • Any non-FERP tenured faculty member may apply.
  • Faculty administrators (i.e. department chairs, program directors, and associate deans) may apply.

Selection Process

The University will grant the RSCA Assigned Time Awards based on recommendations from the deans. In the CoE, Dean Sheryl Ehrman will make those recommendations based on evaluations of the Scholarly Agenda by the CoE Research Committee and the reported CoE RSCA metric data. For applications assessment, the Scholarly Agenda and CoE RSCA Metric Data components will be weighed 60% & 40%, respectively. The weighting is the same for probationary and tenured faculty.

Duration of Award and Reviews

Each award will be for a 5-year period for tenured faculty or until the tenure decision for probationary faculty. There will be annual update of the CoE RSCA metric data and a formal review after year 3 of the award. For example, first formal review of Cycle 1 awards occurs in March 2021. 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 CoE-specific RSCA metric, then the Dean may recommend to the University that the remaining years of the Faculty RSCA Assigned Time award be rescinded.

Reporting Requirements for Faculty in the Program

All faculty receiving the award must submit information about their yearly RSCA productivity by completing the CoE RSCA metric data section of the application package in March of each year, and providing supporting information and uploading relevant documents to the CoE online database. Faculty who do not submit their yearly data and complete the online documentation will not be eligible for continued award.

Faculty who are not yet due for 3-year review should complete your annual report [docx]. Faculty who are due for 3-year review should complete your 3-year progress report [docx] . Submit your report in one PDF to by March 26, 2021.

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