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Faculty Development and Research Support

Austin Peay provides a number of different avenues to support scholarly and creative activity as well as professional development.  All the categories listed below are subject to the availability of resources and may also require that arrangements be made to cover the courses a faculty member would normally teach.  Austin Peay also provides resources that are targeted directly to supporting student scholarly or creative work when they are involved with or being mentored by Austin Peay Faculty.

Each year, faculty members are provided with funds to be used for travel to professional conferences and activities. Each academic department is allocated $1,000 per individual; parts of these funds can be used to purchase materials or cover travel related to scholarly or creative activity or professional development.  Interested faculty should speak to their department chair.

Faculty Professional Development Assignments sometimes referred to as sabbaticals, are designed to contribute to the professional growth of the faculty member and enhance scholarship and the academic excellence of the University, while strengthening the curriculum and improving teaching at the University. Tenured full-time faculty who have completed seven years at Austin Peay and who are in the ranks of associate professor or full professor are eligible. These faculty members must demonstrate scholarly or creative achievement in their discipline. The Faculty Professional Development Assignments are outlined in APSU Policy 2:006 and are authorized by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs each year as funds become available.

The Faculty Research & Scholarly Activities Support Grant provides support (typically $5000 per award) for faculty to engage in activities that are intended to improve, enhance, or strengthen the quality of faculty members' contributions within their scholarly and creative fields.  Awards are made based on competitive review of proposals, and should be commensurate with the University's mission and goals. The request for proposals is typically announced in the fall semester.  Information can found on the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Website: https://www.apsu.edu/grants/.

The Instructional Work Load Policy 2:046 states that “For tenure track and tenured faculty, upon the approval of the department chair and the dean, the standard three (3) work load credits typically assigned for creative and scholarly activity, academic advisement, and committee and service responsibilities can be adjusted in the range 3-6 in order to provide a full 15 WLC assignment”. Faculty interested in exploring the possibility of more than the usual 3 WLC assigned to scholarly and creative activity, or in focusing their non-teaching assigned WLC purely on scholarly or creative activity are encouraged to speak to their chair.

The University encourages faculty members to seek grant support for research, training and community service. The Executive Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is ready to assist faculty members seeking grants from private or governmental agencies. See APSU policies 2:055-2:061 and visit http://www.apsu.edu/grants

The Office of Student Research and Innovation provides support to students (undergraduate and graduate) to travel to conferences, participate in creative performances, scholarly workshops, and specialized training programs not available at APSU.  This travel is often relates to scholarly or creative activities being carried out in conjunction with or under the mentorship of faculty.  More information can be found https://www.apsu.edu/osri/

The Office of Student Research and Innovation runs a program which provides to up to $3,000 for student-faculty teams in support of research, scholarly and creative activities, and/or artistic performances.  Funded proposals should have a scope of work which spans no more than one year.  Funds may be used for project related expenses including supplies, materials, student travel and even student stipends. Up to $500 can be allocated to Faculty professional development funds and can be used by the faculty member for qualified expenses.  More information can be found https://www.apsu.edu/osri/.

The Office of Student Research and Innovation also provides funds to support research and scholarship related to a Master’s thesis or Ed.S. field of study as well as additional training or supportive learning experiences that are relevant to research or scholarship.  While these funds are not intended to support the research initiatives of faculty members, in many fields it is impossible to decouple a graduate student’s work from their faculty advisor.  More information can be found https://www.apsu.edu/osri/.


Other Research Support and Information 

State law (T.C.A. § 49-7-120) permits certain research and service agreements to be confidential. The law also requires that each institution file an annual report with the Attorney General concerning sponsored research or service closed to public inspection. All faculty members who wish to engage in confidential research or service agreements must file a request for approval in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Once approved by that office, an annual report of the activity must be filed with the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs by June 30 of each year in which they are engaged in the research or service.

Austin Peay State University maintains high ethical standards in research and other scholarly work and assumes that integrity in the quest for knowledge and in the creation of scholarly and artistic works is inherent in the academic purpose. The University will investigate fully any formal allegation of research or other scholarly misconduct and resolve questions regarding the integrity of research, employing the principles and procedures outlined in APSU policy 2:019 on "Misconduct in Research and Other Creative Activities."

University regulations concerning the use of computer resources must be followed. Personal computers are available in most faculty offices, some department work areas, and laboratories around campus. Access to the Internet is available via direct connection to the campus network from some of these locations. See policy 4:029: Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources.

Any research involving humans or human tissues conducted under the auspices of Austin Peay State University must be reviewed by the Austin Peay State University Institutional Review Board (APSU IRB). Research with minimal involvement of human participants, such as surveys or questionnaires, requires some procedural APSU IRB review. Investigators are required to submit to the College of Graduate Studies/APSU IRB a completed "Application for Project Approval." Instructions and an example of an Informed Consent Document are provided with the application form.

Completed application forms are due in the College of Graduate Studies/APSU IRB Office by noon 7 days preceding the APSU IRB meeting.

Following APSU/IRB deliberations of research protocols, investigators will be notified in writing of the APSU/IRB action.  See APSU policy 2:002 and visit http://www.apsu.edu/grants/.

Compliance with the Federal Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2131 et seq.) related to research and teaching involving animals is required. The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is responsible for monitoring the compliance of the Animal Welfare Act and reviewing research related to animals. Forms for submission of research proposals to the IACUC and information about meeting dates are available from the Office Grants and Sponsored Research. See APSU Policy 2:007 and visit https://www.apsu.edu/iacuc/.


Research and Sponsored Programs

Every member of the University community has an interest in ensuring that institutional commitments for grant-funded projects are made wisely and that the management of grants awarded to the University conforms to granting agency guidelines. Because non-compliance can jeopardize the University's future eligibility to receive grant monies, it is in everyone's best interest that we ensure that all required safeguards are applied consistently. 

APSU policies on grants 2:055-2:061 place responsibility for pre- and post-award management of all grant awards to Austin Peay State University in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Inconsistent application of these policies reduces the Grants Office's ability to safeguard the interests of the University and of our colleagues. 

  1. All proposals for funding (grants or contracts) submitted to external agencies must be submitted through the Office of Sponsored The Office of Sponsored Programs will route proposals for administrative review and approval before they are released for submission.
  2. These policies pertain to all proposals and applications regardless of whether the sponsoring agency requires an official institutional signature as part of its These policies are interpreted to apply to preliminary proposals as well as to final proposals or applications.
  3. Austin Peay State University has no obligation to accept any award or contract made as the result of a proposal submitted in violation of these Standard practice will be to reject awards or contracts made in response to internally generated proposals submitted without prior internal review and approval.
  4. University employees often participate in grant-funded projects not directly subsumed under these policies but which may incur institutional risk, liability, or commitment of To better assess such risks and plan for such commitments, the Office of Sponsored Programs is required to review proposals in the following categories. If the Office of Sponsored Programs determines that submission of the proposal entails significant institutional risk, liability, or commitment of resources, the proposal will be routed through the same administrative review and approval process as institutional proposals. Otherwise, the proposal will be released for submission. Proposals subject to this requirement are:
    1. Proposals that will result in awards to individuals, such as fellowships (e.g., the faculty fellowships offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities).
    2. Proposals which will result in awards to third party organizations in which APSU faculty or staff have had an active role in proposals preparation and/or will play an active role in project operation when funded (e.g., Goals 2000 awards made to area school systems).
    3. Proposals submitted by entities in which APSU personnel are incorporated in the capacity of consultants, co-investigators or collaborators which will either 1) result in the need for a subcontracting agreement between APSU and the grantee organization or 2) will require involvement of APSU facilities, resources or
  5. The Office of Sponsored Programs has oversight responsibility for all grants and awards made to the Oversight procedures for each award will be developed by the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research in consultation with the project director. At minimum, this oversight will include responsibility for review of monthly financial reports; authorization of travel; travel claims; personnel actions; authorization of budget revisions and modifications to the award agreement; and monitoring/enforcement of reporting requirements.