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The members of the Committee for Faculty Excellence (see list below) support and promote faculty excellence and faculty development in the areas of teaching and productive scholarship. The committee:
Reviews sabbatical proposals, due electronically to CFE chair by the first Monday in October. Sabbatical policies are listed in the
Faculty Manual (chapter 4). The detailed policies and procedures, including required elements of the proposal appear in the
Faculty Handbook (on pages 17-18).
The purpose of the USC Upstate Teaching and Productive Scholarship (TAPS) Fund is to promote good scholarship including original research projects, programs that support curriculum development and travel for presentation of scholarship. Funded projects support faculty scholarship with the goal of formal presentation and/or publication, improve pedagogy and curriculum development to contribute to the USC Upstate mission and/or enable major service projects that require application of scholarly and/or professional knowledge.
TAPS Application Deadlines
Tenured faculty members, tenure-track faculty members, and full-time instructors who are applying for TAPS funds are encouraged to apply early, at least one to two months prior to the start of their project or beginning of travel. Lead time for the committee to review and vote on electronic applications is at least two weeks during the regular semester and three weeks over breaks. This time could be extended if your application is missing relevant documentation or requires revision. Please remember, travel cannot be funded retroactively. Applications for conference travel will be accepted as soon as you have received notification of acceptance to present, but faculty members cannot apply for a second grant until receipts have been submitted for their first grant. In accordance with University policy, TAPS grants cannot be awarded for travel that has already occurred.
TAPS Grant LimitsTAPS grants follow the USC Upstate fiscal year calendar. Faculty are eligible for $1750 toward eligible projects each fiscal year (July 1-June 30). Faculty members traveling internationally (excluding Canada) are eligible for an additional $250 toward international travel expenses or a total of $2000 for TAPS funding in a single fiscal year.
Policies Approved by Faculty-Senate, September 2014
Format Converted to Electronic January 2015
The Electronic TAPS Grant Application in SharePoint is now available. Paper applications will no longer be accepted.
NOTE: Projects requiring IRB approval cannot be funded without appropriate IRB documentation.
The main purpose of TAPS funding is to support individual faculty members in their faculty development. Eligible projects are aligned with promotion and tenure, administrative review, and post-tenure review categories of teaching, research, and service.
Application Materials Checklist:
Include receipts or fee statements for the following:
- Registration Fee
- Hotel Fees (plus taxes)
- Estimated/Actual Transportation Costs (airline, baggage fees, parking and ground transportation. OR, if driving, MapQuest printout with beginning and ending destinations)
- Other expenses (i.e., poster materials, equipment)
Guide to Expenses:
In September 2014, the USC Upstate Faculty Senate voted to eliminate the requirement for final reports.
All recipients of TAPS grants are required to submit all receipts to their administrative assistants within 30 days of the recipient’s return from a trip or within 30 days of expenditure for non-travel grants. For recipients of TAPS grants who fail to do so or who fail to notify the committee of cancellation of a trip within 30 days after the scheduled trip, the unreported amount will be deducted from the maximum amount the recipient will be eligible to receive in the next fiscal year. Timely submission of receipts prevents the loss of funds at the end of the fiscal year. Appeals to the Committee for Faculty Excellence (formerly the Teaching Excellence Committee) will be decided based on their merits.
Dr. David Damrel, CFE Chair, or your unit representative for questions about TAPS grants or other CFE issues.
Faculty ChairPaul Grady
Faculty Chair-ElectHolly Pae
Recording SecretarySarah Hunt-Barron
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