Dean of the Faculty

Internal Funding

Faculty Development and Professional Travel Support (2018-2019)

Each tenured and tenure-track faculty member, academic affairs staff member with faculty rank and three-year visitor is eligible to apply for faculty development and professional travel support, except for those who hold Brown Chairs/Endowed Chairs. The categories included in the Faculty Development and Professional Travel Support are - a.) special conference participation (up to twice per year), b.) one special conference participation and fees for one professional membership, c.) one international special conference participation, or d.) invited travel-based projects in the Fine Arts.  The call for applications will go out once per year with a deadline of March 1, 2018, and will cover all activities for the following fiscal year starting July 1 and ending June 30. All submissions and reimbursement forms must be sent to Barbara Jean no later than the due date.

Competitive Professional Development Funds (2018-2019)

Tenured and tenure-track faculty members, full time coaches, three-year visitors, librarians and academic affairs staff with faculty rank may apply for competitive professional development funds for scholarly and academic projects. These funds may be used for any legitimate professional development expense including domestic and international research travel, books and supplies, subvention fees (subject to the Book Subvention Award Policy), journal publication costs, projects leading to permanent and/or public documentation of creative works in the Fine Arts, and other research related expenses. The deadline for the proposals is February 2, 2018.  Please submit proposals via email to Barbara Jean, no later than the due date.

SCOPE Summer Research Program

In this student-faculty collaborative summer research experience for Southwestern students, SCOPE Scholars spend eight weeks conducting full-time research on the projects of Southwestern faculty mentors.  The mission of SCOPE is to foster a culture of research at Southwestern, made possible by student-faculty collaboration; to promote student investigative learning, persistence, self-efficacy, and success; and to create an inclusive and diverse research community.  Proposals are generally due in October.  To learn more about the SCOPE program, visit the SCOPE website.

Faculty-Student Projects (2018-2019)

This program funds a range of faculty-student projects not eligible for SCOPE funding including but not limited to archival research, research in preparation for honors theses or other significant student projects, conference travel with students for faculty not participating on the conference program, and projects in the studio arts, music, and, theatre.  Projects may involve faculty-student research, faculty supervised undergraduate research, or intensive collaborative projects in the arts, music and theatre.  The goal is to accommodate different types of faculty-student projects aimed at improving student learning and strengthening faculty teaching and/or scholarship.  Tenured and tenure-track faculty members, three-year visitors, and academic affairs staff with faculty rank may apply.  The program pays faculty and student project expenses during the academic year.  For up to eight summer weeks, the program pays faculty and student stipends and on-campus student housing, project expenses, travel and other items related to the particular project.  The deadline for the proposals is October 27, 2017. Please submit proposals via email to Barbara Jean, no later than the due date.

Sam Taylor Awards (2017)

The will of the late Sam Taylor set aside income from a portion of his estate to fund continuing education and development of faculty members at United Methodist-related colleges and universities in Texas.  Grants may be used for graduate study or post-graduate research. The 2017 submission deadline for the Call for Proposals for the Sam Taylor Funds is Friday, October 6, 2017.  Please submit proposals via e-mail to Christine Vasquez.  To view the past recipients click here. 

Sabbatical Leaves (2018-2019)

The Sabbatical Leave Program supports the long-term professional growth of the faculty by funding semester-long leave for innovative, substantial research projects consistent with the faculty member’s plans for long-term professional growth and development. Faculty are encouraged to discuss potential projects with the Dean of the Faculty and their Department Chair well in advance of application. Policies, eligibility, kinds of supported activities, financial considerations, procedures for application, deadlines and timelines are all available in the Faculty Handbook.  The deadline for submission of sabbatical proposals is mid-October to Barbara Jean. A sabbatical application cover sheet is required.   Note: Some deadlines fall as far as two years prior to your anticipated sabbatical leave.

Jessie H. And Mary Gibbs Jones Senior Sabbatical (2018-2019)

The annual Jones Senior Sabbatical is designed to give senior faculty with substantial research and/or creative projects additional time to conduct their scholarly work.  Faculty may apply to have release from one semester of teaching responsibility or a release of two courses for the academic year (a 2-1 or 1-2 teaching load for one academic year).  Each proposal must provide a justification for the type of course release requested.  Each proposal may include a budget of up to $5,000 for expenses related to the project. The deadline for submission of the sabbatical proposal is October 13, 2017 and should be sent to Barbara Jean. A Jones senior sabbatical application cover sheet is required. 

Institutional Review Board

Southwestern’s Institutional Review Board for Human Research (IRB) was established to approve research projects involving the use of human participants. The Board exists both because Southwestern wants to ensure that research participants are treated with the utmost respect and safety and because federal law requires that all federally-funded research involving human participants receive Board approval.

Brown Working Papers In Arts And Sciences

The Brown Working Papers in Arts and Sciences is a series of professional papers (to date conference papers and drafts of articles or book chapters which are on their way to completion or under revision; many have now been or are about to be published) from SU faculty and students and staff. Professor Eric Selbin is the editor of the compilations. Initial funding was made available by the Brown Foundation through the Brown Distinguished Research Professor Program. 

Subscription Service Providing Research Ethics Education

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative

The CITI Program is a subscription service providing research ethics education to all members of the research community. To participate fully, learners must be affiliated with a CITI participating organization.  The CITI public access course in the Responsible Conduct of Research is available without charge to the research community.  This course is designed for learners who are:

  1. Not affiliated with an institution that participates in the CITI program.
    or
  2. Affiliated with a CITI participating organization that has not yet established a specific RCR curriculum for their learners.

Discipline specific (Biomedical, Social & Behavioral Research, Physical Sciences, Humanities, Engineers, Administrators) courses are available.

The RCR topic areas include: Research Misconduct, Data Management, Conflict of Interest, Collaborative Science, Responsible Authorship, Mentoring, Peer Review, LabAnimals, Human Subjects.