PRI - Faculty Release


The PRI supports release time or compensation for faculty involved in research. Deans may nominate faculty members for release time. The release may be spread over two semesters or used within one semester. Additionally, recipients can apply for additional funding for items including, but not limited to, supplies, travel, and other support services. Faculty release and/or compensation may span multi-years based on an annual review. Faculty is eligible for release approval even if previously approved in another application cycle.


Read the criteria below, complete the application form, and email it to by February 1, 2018.

Award Criteria


Contracted full time benefited faculty can be nominated by their dean in one of the following two categories:

Novice Researchers: Deans may nominate faculty who are novice researchers and have applied for release consideration and/or compensation. Upon provost approval, faculty will be provided 3-6 hours of release to pursue a research and scholarly agenda.

Experienced Researchers: Deans may nominate faculty with prior experience in research and scholarship for 2 positions of 24 hours of research release. These faculty would still be required to teach 3 hours per semester to keep them connected to students & teaching but would be allowed close to full release to focus primarily on research. 


  • Active research agenda – evidence of the previous production of articles or other scholarly material, book contract in hand, or potential for the scholarly project to be published/presented/exhibited. The evidence of a well-planned active research agenda will need to include the following:
    • background and research problem/interest/question
    • a connection of the project to the university mission
    • plan and method of the proposed work (including application to IRB if applicable)
    • facilities and resources needed
    • the significance of the project
    • role of the faculty mentor and students in the research agenda (if applicable)
    • a bibliography
    • the implementation timeline
  • Ability to articulate how the research agenda could impact classroom instruction or research mentorship.
  • Proven expertise/qualifications needed to conduct research (need to have finished a doctoral program or masters with a thesis). The evidence of qualifications for conducting and completing research will need to include a curriculum vitae that details this degree requirement and also provides specific examples of previous participation in research and scholarship.
  • Research release time must have provost approval in order to pursue other grant funding applications (e.g., writing an external research grant proposal).

Scholarship expectations

  • Knowledge and scholarly production
    • Peer-reviewed book/article(s) publication
    • Scholarly presentation at regional or national conference
    • Presentation to university community
  • Useful–not esoteric–knowledge production
    • Useful to classroom instruction
    • Potential for societal impact (e.g., Alzheimer’s study)
    • Potential for industry impact
    • Enhances students’ competitive advantage in pursuing career opportunities
    • Advances university reputation
  • Periodic review with the dean to monitor progress and determine continued support.
  • The faculty member will submit a report to the Provost’s Office via his/her dean summarizing his/her accomplishments mid-project and at the conclusion of the project.
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