It is the longtime goal of the Office of the Provost to support the professional development and achievements of faculty and staff.
As part of this important investment, the office ensures that these valued partners not only have access to the tools and resources that they need to succeed, but that those who truly excel are recognized for their contributions to the UC community.
The University of Cincinnati Office of the Provost recognizes the invaluable service provided by staff to the success of the academic mission of the university. The Office of the Provost has established a Provost Staff Excellence Award Fund. The fund is used to celebrate staff contributions and provide awards to staff for exceptional performance that has directly contributed to the success of the academic mission.
Any staff member reporting to a unit or college that is under the direction of the Office of the Provost that has a:
- Minimum of 2 years of service as of the application deadline
- Current performance evaluation on file as of the application deadline. The performance evaluation must indicate the staff member is meeting or exceeding job performance expectations
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Office of Research, the Award for Faculty-to-Faculty Research Mentoring is intended to annually recognize outstanding faculty members in each college who have demonstrated research mentorship with faculty at various stages of their careers. Research mentorship may manifest itself in various forms, with the understanding that many times mentorship is discipline-specific, and these various forms of mentorship will be considered equally. Faculty are nominated by their dean or the dean’s designee.
The Strategic Collaborative or Interdisciplinary Faculty Team Project Award is for Faculty teams leading projects including, but not limited to, innovation and implementation of University, College, or Academic Unit strategies. These projects may involve collaborations with external or internal agencies, organizations, student groups, or individuals. The primary benefit or outcome must be faculty development, and the primary beneficiaries must be Faculty Members and the University. The maximum amount of this type of award is $20,000 for a maximum of one funded application per team or project per year.
The Appointed or Elected Faculty Group Project Award is for a group of faculty, which may be an Academic Unit, a Faculty task force or committee, or any appointed or elected group of Faculty whose purpose is to provide professional development to Faculty for teaching, research, scholarship, creative work, service and/or leadership as described in Article 24.1.1-3. Groups have the option of contracting with Universal Providers or other internal or external providers of skills and knowledge in support of professional development. The primary benefit or outcome must be faculty development, and the primary beneficiaries must be Faculty Members and the University. The maximum amount of this type of award is $20,000 for a maximum of one funded application per appointed or elected faculty group per year.
A group or team consists of three (3) or more AAUP represented faculty.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Office of Research, the Award for Faculty Excellence is intended to annually recognize outstanding faculty members in each college who represent excellence in all its forms. These awards are for those individuals nominated by their leadership in recognition for exceptional performance in their college or department during the past year. They may have done an outstanding job of service in an especially significant fashion; perhaps their research has received special recognition; or their teaching has been especially innovative or important in meeting new milestones or changing the department or college culture. The nominee must embody the principles of a just community in practice through civility, honor, inclusion, integrity, or the promotion of justice.
The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost is pleased to present the Outstanding Academic Unit Head/Leader Award. This award recognizes an academic unit head, division head, or school director who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in multiple domains. The award recipient will receive $5000 in professional development funding, $2500 of which is for the head and $2500 of which is for the unit.
Current unit heads/directors, as articulated in Article 31 of the collective bargaining agreement with at least twocompleted years of service.
The Office of the Provost is accepting applications for professional development funds from Universal Providers per Article 24.6.3 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Up to $225,000 will be available during the 2020 fiscal year.
Faculty development consists of activities and opportunities designed to improve the quality of faculty members’ engagement in teaching, research, service, and leadership. The Collective Bargaining Agreement states, “As part of its comprehensive faculty development approach, the University shall provide faculty development programs through all-university access programming organized by Universal Providers.
Universal Providers are university-established initiatives, centers, or agencies including, but not limited to, Instructional Research and Computing, the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning, the UC Libraries, or agencies and centers at branch campuses.” Academic units, departments, or divisions are not considered Universal Providers.
Professional Development Awards Funded at the College Level
Individual Faculty or Faculty Group ($5,000 Maximum)
This award is for expenses related to disciplinary or extra-disciplinary professional development in teaching, research, scholarship, creative work, service and/or leadership as described in Article 24.1.1-3 for any amount up to $5,000. This award may be used for, but is not limited to, any conference (to participate, present, moderate or attend), event, or opportunity, at the local, state, regional, national, or international level, in support of a Faculty Member’s professional development and any events which aid in the development of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with extra-discipline learning and training to support professional development of an individual’s teaching, leadership, or scholarly activity. Applications under this subsection must come to the College with prior approval from the applicant’s academic unit. There is a maximum of two (2) funded applications per Faculty Member per academic year under this subsection.
Supporting Materials ($500 Maximum)
This award provides funding for hardware and/or software purchases or other supporting materials related to professional development in teaching, research, scholarship, creative work, service and/or leadership as described in Article 24.1.1-3 for a maximum award of $500. Applications under this subsection must come to the College with prior approval from the applicant’s academic unit. There is a maximum of one (1) funded application per Faculty Member per academic year under this subsection.
If you are a faculty member seeking to apply for faculty development funds managed by your college, please apply utilizing the link associated with your respective college on Bearcats Landing.
Please note: these awards are advertised and managed at the college level and only available during your college's pre-determined award cycle. Please reach out to your unit head or associate dean with questions concerning your college's application cycle.
The University of Cincinnati is participating in an initiative, the Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem, of the Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) that is designed to advance the wide dissemination of scholarship by humanities and social sciences faculty by promoting and publishing free, open access, digital editions of peer-reviewed, professional monographs. The Office of the Provost will award three grants of up to $15,000 for five academic years, 2017-2021, to support the publication of original long-form monographs by participating publishers.
Full-time faculty in the humanities and social sciences at any UC campus are eligible. Collaborations are permissible, although the lead/primary author must be a UC faculty member in the humanities or social sciences.