Resources for Research

The David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics Research Center, in collaboration with the Dean’s Office, awards seed grants on a competitive basis to assist faculty with completing preparatory work for research projects that have a high likelihood to compete for external funding. While priority is given to proposals from new junior faculty, the competition is open to all David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics faculty.

New junior faculty are generally offered reduced course loads to assist starting up their research upon joining the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. In addition, new junior faculty may expect to receive summer support in their first year. In many cases, summer support may come from successfully competing for seed grants awarded by the College Research Center. Depending on new junior faculty member’s specific needs, laboratory space may be provided through the joint collaboration of the Dean of the Graduate School and Vice President of Research, the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics Dean’s Office and the faculty member’s home department.

Junior faculty are usually awarded a pre-tenure research leave in their third or fourth year to complete research projects, documenting them and ultimately submitting them for publication. This sabbatical helps faculty solidify their research portfolio in preparation for their tenure application.

The Dean’s Office has traditionally provided a faculty development fund for all Professors of Practice, tenure track and tenured faculty for travel and professional conferences. Funding varies, depending on College resources in a given year, but has held steady at $1,700 for the last two years. Support for attendance at professional conferences is in part geared towards assisting faculty with disseminating the results of their research findings and to network with other researchers in the faculty member’s specific field of research.

Tenured faculty can qualify, after seven years of full-time service, for research leave to complete research projects or other scholarly activities, or begin new lines of research. The duration of research leave depends on the plan of work outlined in the application for research leave and the resources available to the Dean’s Office. Generally, research leaves for tenured faculty are for one semester.