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Faculty Enhancement Program

The objective of the Faculty Enhancement Program is to increase the numbers and proportion of faculty members in the College of Arts & Sciences conducting research, scholarship, and creative activities, particularly those garnering extramural funding and external recognition, consistent with our Vision 2025 goals.

The program provides awards of up to $10,000 to tenure-earning faculty members within three years of hire. Awards are made on a competitive basis for projects to be accomplished in one calendar year. Up to two pay periods of summer salary can be supported for faculty members on nine-month appointments. Additionally, the funds can be used for purchase of supplies or travel for the purpose of conducting or disseminating research.

Awardees meet regularly with a mentor during the year of their project and are informed of opportunities to apply for additional intramural funding and to attend workshops for extramural grant programs.

Preference is given to applicants who have not had postdoctoral research opportunities or extensive start-up packages.

The competition is announced in late fall for awards beginning in the next calendar year. The program is overseen by Associate Dean for Research Beth Montelone, to whom inquiries should be directed.

The current solicitation can be found at this link (Word). Applications are due January 29, 2016.

Previous Faculty Enhancement winners

Cohort 4:  2014-2015
  • Cydney Alexis - English
  • Kathleen Antonioli - Modern Languages
  • Traci Brimhall - English
  • Carlos Castellanos - Art
  • Andrew Casto - Art
  • Michael Flynn - Political Science
  • Wei-Wen Hsu - Statistics
  • Mary Kohn - English
  • Graham Leach-Krouse - Philosophy
  • Colene Lind - Communication Studies
  • Amy Santoferro - Art
Cohort 3: 2013-2014
  • Nathaniel Birkhead - Political Science
  • Hugh Cassidy - Economics
  • Necia Chronister - Modern Languages
  • Matthew Garcia - Art
  • Wendong Li - Psychological Sciences
  • Heather Loyd - Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
  • Andrew Orr - History
  • Valerie Padilla Carroll - Women's Studies
  • Gregory Paul - Communication Studies
  • Anna Marie Wytko - Music
  • Li Yang - Modern Languages
  • Dukno Yoon - Art
  • Zhiwei Zhang - Political Science
Cohort 2: 2012-13
  • Marta Alfonso-Durruty - Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
  • Melinda Cro - Modern Languages
  • Mark Crosby - English
  • David Defries - History
  • Laura Donnelly - Music, Theatre, and Dance
  • Hrant Hakobyan - Mathematics
  • Anson T. Y. Ho - Economics
  • Ranin Kazemi - History
  • Cameron Leader-Picone - English
  • Carla Martinez Machain - Political Science
  • Perla Reyes Cuellar - Statistics
  • Sarah Riforgiate - Communication Studies
  • Josephine Schafer - Political Science
Cohort 1: 2011-12
  • Nathan Albin - Mathematics
  • Nora Bello - Statistics
  • Kun Chen - Statistics
  • Juan Du - Statistics
  • Soo-Hye Han - Communication Studies
  • Daniel Hoyt - English
  • Laura Kanost - Modern Languages
  • Katherine Karlin - English
  • Kara Northway - English
  • David Pickering - Music, Theatre, and Dance
  • Sarah Resnikoff - Mathematics
  • Joe Sutliff Sanders - English
  • Matthew Sanderson - Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
  • Leilei Shen - Economics
  • Jennifer Vellenga - Music, Theatre, and Dance