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Program for Inclusive Pedagogy and Educational Reform (PIPER) (The President's Office)

Program Guidelines for Rowan Program for Inclusive Pedagogy and Educational Reform (PIPER)

Announcement Date: February 15, 2018

Application Due Date: March 31, 2018

Award Period: July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019

The Rowan Program for Inclusive Pedagogy and Educational Reform (PIPER) grants are intended to support instructor’s efforts at changing their instructional practices, course content, developing an inclusive curriculum or student assessment strategy so that it promotes and enhances diversity and inclusion at the University and furthers Rowan University’s diversity mission statement.

“Rowan University promotes a diverse community that begins with students, faculty, administration and staff who respect each other and value each other's dignity. By identifying and removing barriers and fostering individual potential, Rowan will cultivate a community where all members can learn and grow. The Rowan University community is committed to a safe environment that encourages intellectual, academic, and social interaction and engagement across multiple intersections of identities. At Rowan University, creating and maintaining a caring community that embraces diversity in its broadest sense is among the highest priorities.”

Inclusive teaching as defined by the University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Teaching and Learning - “Inclusive teaching involves deliberately cultivating a learning environment where all students are treated equitably, have equal access to learning, and feel welcome, valued, and supported in their learning. Such teaching attends to social identities and seeks to change the ways systemic inequities shape dynamics in teaching-learning spaces, affect individuals’ experiences of those spaces, and influence course and curriculum design.” These grants are geared towards promoting inclusive teaching, class content, curricular reform and assessment so that students from diverse backgrounds find Rowan University a welcoming place (Examples of inclusive content can be found at http://reved.rowan.edu).This funding program is the result of a partnership between the President’s Office, the Provost’s office, Revolutionizing Engineering Diversity (RevED) grant and supported by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.

Who is eligible?

All Rowan faculty/staff who are instructors of a course are eligible to receive a grant as individuals or as members of a team. There is no limit on how many people from the same department can submit proposals and there are no restrictions on how many individuals can be included in a single proposal.

How many grants will be awarded and for what amounts?

Up to $20,000 total will be awarded, with individual grant amounts of up to $5,000 each. The funding is for one calendar year.

Funding Information

  • Funding is one-time only, and must be used during the calendar year in which it is awarded, unless otherwise specified in your award letter, based on specific project needs.
  • Awards can range in size depending on the scope of the project. There is no minimum award limit—maximum amount awarded per project is $5,000.
  • Funds must be transferable to a campus account. This includes departmental accounts.
  • Proposals must contain complete budget information outlining proposed project costs, timeline for expenditure and implementation, and all other sources of funding or sponsorship, if applicable for your project/program.

Application Procedure

To apply, please complete the application form online. As part of the application process, you will be asked to upload a file containing your proposal. Directions for preparing the proposal are provided in the following section.

Proposal Preparation

You must submit a proposal of no more than four single-spaced pages (upload as requested in the online application) on curriculum reform that furthers the mission of Rowan University in the area of diversity and inclusion. The proposal should address how an existing course/courses or a newly developed course will be redesigned to include elements of inclusive teaching and learning. Collaboration between departments in different colleges to team teach a course and bring multiple perspectives to the classroom are strongly encouraged. In addition, proposals related to curriculum reform and assessment of course content, course material and textbooks for inclusivity are also welcome. No proposal longer than four pages will be considered. All pages of the proposal should have one-inch margins on all sides and all type should be 11 points in size or larger.

Evaluation of Proposals

A subcommittee composed of members of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning will evaluate proposals.

The following criteria, with respective weights, will be used to screen applications and select recipients for the Rowan PIPER faculty awards.

  • Objectives and Outcomes (35%): clarity and comprehensiveness of the reform process, methodology, timeline and desired outcomes. Provide concrete examples of how the reform process will further equity and inclusion.
  • Broader Impact (30%):addresses an institutional priority as it relates to diversity and inclusion. Address how the reform process will be assessed to demonstrate its success. Also address how the results of the research will be widely disseminated to the university community or the profession.
  • Potential for Sustaining Change (35%): identification and demonstration of potential for continuing the effort after the duration of the grant.

The subcommittee will review proposal budgets and recommend funding levels according to feasibility and the total allocated budget.

Download the PIPER Budget Template.

The following sections of the proposal, while also required, are excluded from the four-page limit:

  • Detailed budget (one page maximum) — Funds can be requested for any approved university expense. Rounding all figures to the nearest dollar, please include line items for each of the following categories:
    • Supplies (please itemize)
    • Travel
    • Other
  • Literature cited in proposal or selected bibliography — Cite materials relevant to the proposed project.
  • Biographical sketch(es) — Provide a two-page biographical sketch for each investigator involved in the proposed project. Each sketch should include an academic history and a list of scholarly or creative achievements (publications, presentations, exhibitions, performances, etc.).

Please address questions to Beena Sukumaran at sukumaran@rowan.edu.

Research Experience for Diversity and Inclusion Grant Application for Faculty and Staff (The President's Office)

Program Guidelines for Rowan Research Experience for Diversity and Inclusion (REDI)

Announcement Date: February 15, 2018

Application Due Date: March 31, 2018

Award Period: July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019

The Rowan Research Experience for Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) grants are designed to support research activities of Rowan faculty and staff that promote and enhance diversity and inclusion at the University and furthers Rowan University’s diversity mission statement.

“Rowan University promotes a diverse community that begins with students, faculty, administration and staff who respect each other and value each other's dignity. By identifying and removing barriers and fostering individual potential, Rowan will cultivate a community where all members can learn and grow. The Rowan University community is committed to a safe environment that encourages intellectual, academic, and social interaction and engagement across multiple intersections of identities. At Rowan University, creating and maintaining a caring community that embraces diversity in its broadest sense is among the highest priorities.”

This funding program is the result of a collaborative partnership between the President’s Office and the Office of Research.

Who is eligible?

All Rowan staff and faculty are eligible to receive a grant as individuals or as members of a team. Faculty research grants can be awarded to individuals or teams. There is no limit on how many people from the same department can submit proposals and there are no restrictions on how many individuals can be included in a single proposal.

How many grants will be awarded and for what amounts?

Up to $20,000 total will be awarded for faculty/staff research grants, with individual grant amounts of up to $5,000 each. The funding is for one calendar year and can be extended if sufficient justification is provided.

Funding Information

  • Funding is one-time only, and must be used during the calendar year in which it is awarded, unless otherwise specified in your award letter or after a justifiable extension is requested, based on specific project needs.
  • Awards can range in size depending on the scope of the project. There is no minimum award limit—maximum amount awarded per project is $5,000.
  • Funds must be transferable to a campus account. This includes departmental accounts.
  • Proposals must contain complete budget information outlining proposed project costs, timeline for expenditure and implementation, and all other sources of funding or sponsorship, if applicable for your project/program.

Application Procedure

To apply, please complete the application form online. As part of the application process, you will be asked to upload a file containing your proposal. Directions for preparing the proposal are provided in the following section.

Proposal Preparation

You must submit a proposal of no more than four single-spaced pages (upload as requested in the online application) on a research topic that furthers the mission of Rowan University in the area of diversity and inclusion. The proposed work should not have been funded previously by any agency. No proposal longer than four pages will be considered. All pages of the proposal should have one-inch margins on all sides and all type should be 11 points in size or larger.

Proposal reviewers are not necessarily experts in all fields. Therefore, write the proposal clearly for the educated layperson.

Evaluation of Proposals

A subcommittee composed of faculty members who are nominated by the Rowan University Research Council will evaluate proposals.

The following criteria, with respective weights, will be used to screen applications and select recipients for the Rowan REDI faculty awards.

  • Objectives and Outcomes (30%): clarity and comprehensiveness of the research objective, methodology, timeline and desired outcomes.
  • Broader Impact (30%): addresses an institutional priority and/or societal/regional problem with high potential to affect change especially as it relates to diversity and inclusion. Can also address how the results of the research will be widely disseminated.
  • Potential for Future Development (40%): identification and demonstration of potential for extramural funding.

Reviewers will also consider the applicant’s record of scholarly achievement relevant to the feasibility of completing the work.

Download the REDI Faculty and Staff Budget Template.

The following sections of the proposal, while also required, are excluded from the four-page limit:

  • Detailed budget (one page maximum) — Funds can be requested for any approved university expense except for faculty salaries. Rounding all figures to the nearest dollar, please include line items for each of the following categories:
    • Personnel (total hours x hourly wages + benefits)
    • Supplies (please itemize)
    • Travel
    • Other
  • Literature cited in proposal or selected bibliography — Cite materials relevant to the proposed project.
  • Biographical sketch(es) — Provide a two-page biographical sketch for each investigator involved in the proposed project. Each sketch should include an academic history and a list of scholarly or creative achievements (publications, presentations, exhibitions, performances, etc.).

Please address questions to Beena Sukumaran at sukumaran@rowan.edu.

Research Experience for Diversity and Inclusion Grant Application for Students (The President's Office)

Program Guidelines for Rowan Research Experience for Diversity and Inclusion (REDI)

Announcement Date: February 15, 2018

Application Due Date: March 31, 2018

Award Period: May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019

The Rowan Research Experience for Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) grants for students are designed to support research activities of Rowan students that promote and enhance diversity and inclusion at the University and furthers Rowan University’s diversity mission statement.

“Rowan University promotes a diverse community that begins with students, faculty, administration and staff who respect each other and value each other's dignity. By identifying and removing barriers and fostering individual potential, Rowan will cultivate a community where all members can learn and grow. The Rowan University community is committed to a safe environment that encourages intellectual, academic, and social interaction and engagement across multiple intersections of identities. At Rowan University, creating and maintaining a caring community that embraces diversity in its broadest sense is among the highest priorities.”

This funding program is the result of a collaborative partnership between the President’s Office and the Office of Research.

Who is eligible?

All Rowan students are eligible to receive a grant. Student research grants are for individual students.

How many grants will be awarded and for what amounts?

Up to $20,000 will be awarded for individual student research grants with a maximum of $2,500 per calendar year to encourage and foster undergraduate/graduate research activities that promotes diversity and equity. Students can budget for funding during the years in which they are a full time student and for a maximum period of 3 years.

Funding Information

  • Funding must be used during the period in which it is awarded.
  • Awards are for a maximum of $2,500 per year renewable up to a maximum of 3 years during which you have to be a full time student.
  • Funds must be transferable to a campus account. This includes departmental accounts in which your research will be housed.
  • Proposals must contain complete budget information outlining proposed project costs.

Application Procedure

To apply, please complete the application form online. As part of the application process, you will be asked to upload a file containing your proposal. Directions for preparing the proposal are provided in the following section.

Proposal Preparation

You must submit a proposal of no more than two single-spaced pages (upload as requested in the online application). No proposal longer than two pages will be considered. All pages of the proposal should have one-inch margins on all sides and all type should be 11 points in size or larger.

Applicants must submit the following information through the online Application Module. The narrative should be broken down into the following required sections:

  • Personal statement — briefly describe your personal background including any financial hardships you had to endure, special circumstances that speak to your strength and perseverance and why you are interested in research.
  • Education, work and other experience — explain any work or other experiences that speak to your commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Proposed research — explain your research project. You can seek out assistance from your faculty advisor for this portion of the proposal.
  • Future goals — describe your future career goals and how this research experience will be beneficial in achieving your future goal.

The following sections of the proposal, while also required, are excluded from the two-page limit:

Reference Letter — Please seek out a research mentor/advisor as soon as possible, if you do not have one yet. They must provide you with a reference letter, which you can then upload on to the submission site. The reference letter has to be included in your application to be considered complete.

    Detailed Budget (one page maximum) — Funds can be requested for any approved university expense. Rounding all figures to the nearest dollar, please include line items for each of the following categories:
    • Tuition
    • Stipend
    • Supplies (please itemize)
    • Travel
    • Other

    Download the REDI Student Budget Template.

    Literature cited in proposal or selected bibliography — Cite materials relevant to the proposed project.

    A subcommittee composed of members of the Faculty Research Committee and the Undergraduate Research Committee will evaluate proposals.

    The following criteria, with respective weights, will be used to screen applications and select recipients for the Rowan REDI student awards.

      • Personal statement (25%)
      • Educational and work experience (25%)
      • Research statement (25%)
      • Future goals (25%)

Please address questions to Beena Sukumaran at sukumaran@rowan.edu.

Rowan University Seed Funding Program (Division of University Research)

FY2019 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

(JULY 1, 2018 – JUNE 30, 2019)

The Office of Proposal Development is providing competitively awarded funding to Glassboro campus Rowan faculty investigators with the aim of supporting preliminary efforts towards establishing new and innovative research. The Seed Funding Program is primarily intended to support Rowan faculty who are beginning investigators in their respective area of research or creative activity.

Beginning this year, all applicants to the Seed Funding Program must create a researcher profile within Rowan Digital Works. Please contact Denise Brush (Engineering and Physical Sciences Librarian), in order to begin this process. She can be contacted at brush@rowan.edu and (856) 256-4977.

PURPOSE

Funding can be requested for the following purposes:

  • To provide seed money to support faculty ultimately seeking external grants;
  • To advance the full-time faculty member's knowledge in his/her field of expertise;
  • To support the creative activity of faculty in all disciplines;
  • To provide equipment (e.g., hardware and/or software) that will enhance the faculty member’s ability to conduct research and produce scholarship; and
  • To provide financial support for undertaking surveys, acquiring data, and hiring student workers to process data.

ELIGIBILITY

Since the Seed Funding Program is intended to support Glassboro campus full-time faculty who are embarking on their career in research and creative activity, each applicant must demonstrate in their proposal that they are beginning investigators in their specific area of scholarship. Faculty members who have previously received Seed Funding Program grants are ineligible to reapply for this program for a period of at least three years from the conclusion of their prior funding end date.

FUNDING LEVELS

Seed Funding Program grants are not intended to completely fund an individual’s research career but rather to act as a stimulus for attracting additional external support and to supplement and enhance ongoing activity. Therefore, any single grant will not exceed $10,000. Seed Funding Program grants cannot be used for a faculty member’s summer salary or provide funding for course-buyouts.

PROPOSAL NARRATIVE PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS

Detailed information is provided about each item later in these instructions.

  • Title Page (1 page)
  • Abstract / Extended Summary (1 page)
  • Project Description (3 pages)
  • References (1 page)
  • Current Biographical Summary with Relevant Publications (2 pages per faculty member)
  • Budget (use attached form; see below)

FORMATTING
  • Margins: One inch in all directions.
  • Fonts: Ten point font or higher.
  • Spacing: Single spacing with one line break between paragraphs.
  • Page Limits: Page limits for each section are upper limits only. Fewer pages may be used.
  • References: Discretion of the author, but must remain consistent throughout the proposal.
Note: All proposals not adhering to the established formatting and page limits will be returned without review.

Abstract/Extended Summary

Present a concise, self-contained one-page summary of the project written for an audience of reviewers that may not possess expert knowledge of your area of research or discipline. The summary should address the following, as appropriate by the scope of the proposed work:

  • Statement of problem to be addressed or research question to be studied
  • Scientific, scholarly, or artistic significance of the project;
  • Brief description of your proposed solution to the problem or how your proposed hypothesis will extend the base of scholarly knowledge about the problem;
  • Brief description of the objectives of the project and the anticipated results and outcomes;
  • Broader impacts of the project to develop any or all of the following:
    • Professional growth;
    • A student’s educational experience;
    • University’s mission and institutional priorities; and
    • Impact of the work to the broader professional community.

Project Description

The project description should be written for an audience of colleagues with similar interests and expertise; however, please avoid esoteric explanations and jargon. Please do not exceed three pages. The specific contents of this section, the headings of subsections, etc. should be representative of typical proposals submitted to other funding agencies in your area. The following information should be included:

  • Introduction: This section should provide a more detailed background about the project. Summarize any references to your relevant prior work and the work of others in this field.
  • Method / Experimental Procedure / Creative Activity: Provide more detail on the goals and objectives of the proposed work. Explain the method, procedure, or activity you will conduct. Discuss expected outcomes of the project. Provide a brief timeline of proposed activities.
  • Broader Impacts: Expand on Part 5 of the Abstract / Extended Summary. How will the project benefit you professionally? Will students be involved in the project? If so, how will they benefit? How will the project benefit the university, community, and the profession in general?
  • Qualifications of the Applicant: Explain why you are uniquely qualified to conduct this project. If this is work in your current area of expertise, provide evidence. If this constitutes a new area or departure from your expertise area, specify the reasons for the change in direction and the prospects of success.
  • Rationale for Funding: Explain why the Seed Funding Program should fund this work. List any other external funding opportunities that exist, if possible. What are the chances for obtaining future funding? Is this proposal asking for a seed grant for a pilot study or is this one-time funding?

Biographical Summary

Provide a biographical summary that is two pages or less. The summary should only include the following information:

  • Educational background: degrees and year in which they are awarded;
  • Appointments: in reverse chronological order;
  • Publications / Creative Works – Only in citation form;
    • Related works: The most relevant works, three at most;
    • Other works: Most recent and / or other noteworthy works, three at most;
  • Professional activities or service functions. List most recent, relevant, or important three activities;
  • Recent and active grants: list all active grants from all sources, as well as the three most recently completed projects. Include the funding agency, the amount, and duration of the grant.

Budget

All budget items must directly support the proposed effort and must be clearly justified. All equipment and other non-expendable supplies purchased with Seed Funding Program grants are and remain the property of Rowan University.

  • Salaries and Wages: Faculty salary is not permitted. Salaries and wages requested for student workers shall be based on prevailing departmental / college rates.
  • External Consultant Fees: May be requested to assist in areas of the project where additional expertise is required. Daily rate and number of days working on project must be provided.
  • Travel: Only travel clearly associated with the research project and not otherwise available through departmental or college travel funds will be considered. All travel should be calculated following the University’s daily per diem meal allowances and applicable lodging and transportation policies.
  • Equipment, Supplies, Materials, and Other Direct Costs: All requests for equipment, supplies, materials, hardware, software, and other items directly related to the project must be justified. Expenses generally provided by the department or college or those expenses typically covered by personal funds will not be allowed. Therefore, routine photocopying, commuting to / from Rowan, memberships to professional organizations, internet access, etc. are not permitted.

Download the Seed Funding Budget Template.

Note: All State purchasing / procurement guidelines need to be followed when purchasing equipment/supplies and/or hiring consultants.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • Submit no later than 4:00 PM on Monday, March 19, 2018.
  • Requests for post award budget revision must be approved, in writing, by the Vice President for Research.
  • All Seed Funding Program grantees must expend all awarded funds no later than June 30, 2019.
  • Approved proposals that seek to use animals or human subjects must include a statement that the research processes and procedures will be submitted for approval by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Funding for approved proposals will be released after the project is approved by the IRB or IACUC. IRB and IACUC procedures and forms may be downloaded electronically from the Division of University Research web site.
  • Awardees will submit a final report on the results of the grant to the Vice President for Research. The report template is attached. This report will include a list of presentations, publications and/or grant applications that resulted from the Seed Funding Program grant, along with a two-page (maximum) summary of project outcomes. This report will be due no later than Monday, October 7, 2019.

PROPOSAL EVALUATION

The goal of the evaluation process is to ensure a fair and unbiased review of the proposals. The work will be reviewed by colleagues who are knowledgeable about the subject matter (primarily for technical / creative merit) and also by faculty members whose expertise lies in other areas.

The University Senate Research Committee will assist in the proposal review process by creating review panels (three or more faculty members for each proposal) in the applicant’s field. In order to ensure the fairest possible outcome, and to avoid competition between proposals in different categories (e.g., Performing Arts and Engineering), the following process will be employed for selecting applications for funding:

  • Proposals will be grouped into broad categories:
    • Science / Engineering
    • Humanities / Communications
    • Social Sciences / Education
    • Performing and Creative Arts
    • Business
  • Within each category, the proposals will be ranked in descending order of average review score (each proposal is evaluated for a total of 50 points).
  • The ranked proposals will be considered for funding within each category.

Committee members will also review all proposals assigned to him / her for a total of three in-field reviews. These three reviews will judge the proposal on a scale of 1 – 5 (see the evaluation form):

  • 1 – Poor: proposal is lacking components, no coherent plan, and possesses other deficiencies;
  • 2 – Fair: proposal has some unique concepts, but these are not well-developed or well-planned;
  • 3 – Good: proposal has good ideas and a sound plan. However, some key components are not well-developed;
  • 4 – Very Good: proposal has very good ideas, well-conceived plan, with wide-reaching broader impacts;
  • 5 – Excellent: proposal addresses very timely and important issues, with a clear, convincing, and well-conceived project plan. The proposed work, if successful, will have significant and broad impact not only to the applicant, but also to the students, university, community, and / or profession in general.

The final list of proposals recommended by the committee for funding will then be given to the Vice President for Research, who will make the final decision on which proposals will be funded. All awards are subject to availability of funds.

Please address questions to Stephen Robishaw, Manager, Office of Proposal Development at 856-256-5795 or robishaw@rowan.edu.