Due date: Applications due to the email@example.com email and department (evaluation committee) the at the end of the first week of either fall or winter classes.
Per the current AAUP contract, Article 6, applications for Reassigned Time are intended to describe the scholarly activities and intended outcomes of the reassigned time (away from course(s)). The Contract outlines the due date processes as such: Applications are do the the department (evaluation committee) for review at the end of the first week of the academic semester. The departments/committees evaluate and rank proposals, with rankings and proposals due to the Faculty Grants Committee (via firstname.lastname@example.org) at the end of the third week. The Faculty Grants Committee evaluates and announces recommendations by the end of the fifth week of the academic semester.
The purpose of these awards is to support faculty scholarship, which is broadly defined as problem solving through conceptual means that can be evaluated and presented to others. Scholarship involves one or more of the four forms: 1) Discovery; 2) Integration; 3) Application; 4) Teaching. Applicants should determine a specified scholarly goal they wish to achieve, considering the impact of said scholarly goal as well as the potential for future development of scholarly outcome from various external sponsored support resources.
Sample proposals can be viewed here. (Please note that the guidelines and submission process have changed since these proposals were submitted.)
Any tenured, tenure-earning faculty or continuing contract status member may apply for a reassigned time award, with each award not to exceed four (4) load credits, to support scholarly activity. Normally, a faculty member will apply for one (1) award per semester, but a faculty member may apply for up to two (2) awards per semester. An individual may be granted up to three (3) reassigned time awards in a five (5) year period. If an award recipient fails to submit a final report for a previous reassigned time award, the applicant may not apply for a new reassigned time award for at least one year from the submission date of the belated final report.
Email a single PDF document including all proposal elements (discussed below) to email@example.com. Note faculty applicants are responsible for obtaining appropriate department head signature on the cover sheet, available here. Hard copies of the cover sheet are acceptable, if submitted by the designated due date, and electronic signatures are acceptable.
End of First Week of Semester A single PDF document with all proposal elements discussed below must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of the first week of class in that semester. A hard copy of the cover page is acceptable as long as it is signed by the appropriate department head and/or dean. The Grants Office will coordinate with each department for departmental evaluation and ranking.
End of Third Week of Semester Departmental committee sends ranked evaluations of applications to Faculty Grants Committee. A hard copy of the cover page is acceptable as long as it is signed by the appropriate department head and/or dean.
End of Fifth Week of Semester The Faculty Grants Committee will make a recommendations for awards, which will be announced by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.
Award duration is limited to one academic semester. Apply in the fall for reassigned time during the following winter. Apply in the winter for reassigned time during the following fall. Awards will correspond to release time of one-to-four (1-4) load credits. Generally a faculty member will apply for one award per semester, but applications for two awards per semester will be considered.
The application consists of (1) a cover sheet that must be signed by the appropriate department head and/or dean; (2) a project abstract (250 words or less), (3) a narrative that includes responses to the questions listed in the Narrative Body (below), (4) references cited/bibliography; and (5) applicable appendices. The abstract, narrative, and appendices should be combined into a single PDF document and emailed to email@example.com. Hard copies of the cover sheet are acceptable, if submitted by the designated due date, and electronic signatures are acceptable.
It is helpful to look over the evaluation criteria on the evaluation form. Proposals will be evaluated based up scholarly significance, guided by these proposal requirements. Proposals that do not follow the guidelines will lose points.
Any applicant who proposes to use human subjects, or animal subjects, must have applied for approval from NMU’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) or NMU’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), respectively, prior to award application submission. Applicants must attach a copy of the IRB or IACUC approval letter, or include a letter of confirmation of application receipt from the head of the appropriate review body, to the Reassigned Time Award Application.
- Project abstract: 250 words or less, including a clear, concise description of proposed project need/purpose, objectives/methods and deliverable(s).
- Narrative Format. The narrative is limited to six double-spaced pages. Proposals must have one-inch
margins and be printed in Times New Roman, 12 point font size. For faculty with visual impairments, please
contact the Grants & Contracts Office for alternative formatting guidelines.
- Narrative Body.
a. State the specific goals of the project. Include a literature review so that the
committee can understand how the project fits into the scholarship of the
b. Indicate if this is a new project or the continuation of an ongoing project. If this is
a continued project, show how the proposed project extends the ongoing project.
c. State the projected outcomes of this project.
d. Indicate why the applicant is qualified to conduct this project. The applicant’s
abbreviated curriculum vitae (2-page limit) must be included with the appendices.
e. Why should it be done?
--Why is this project important to your field of study?
--Why is this project important to your department and college?
--Why is this project important to you and your professional development?
a. How will the project be conducted?
b. What facilities/equipment will be required for this project? Indicate how the
necessary equipment will be obtained so that the project can be completed.
c. Provide a timetable for the stages of the project.
3. Reassigned Time
a. How much reassigned time is requested to complete this project. Range of
acceptable reassigned time corresponds to one to four (1-4) load credit
release per award.
b. Justify the amount of reassigned time requested.
- Required Appendices.
1. List of works cited.
2. Abbreviated curriculum vitae (NOTE: please limit to two pages;
a sample 2 page CV is available here).
3. (If applicable) Final Report from previous Reassigned Time Award(s).
4. (If applicable) Copy of IRB or IACUC approval letter, or letter of confirmation
of application receipt from IRB or IACUC.
5. (If applicable) Permits that may be required to complete the project
(e.g., those issued by the National Park Service, City of Marquette).
Application Evaluation. The evaluation rubric used by the Faculty Grants Committee can be downloaded here.
- Criteria: Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria: a) scholarly significance, b) soundness of the proposed plan, and c) qualifications of the applicant.
- Procedure: Faculty Grant Committee members will come to the review session with preliminary ratings of the applications. While all members will read each application, one committee member will act as the lead reviewer per application. The lead reviewer will present a short summary of the application to the full committee. Following discussion, committee members may modify their rankings based on the discussion. Ineligible applications will not be ranked. The total of all committee members’ rankings for each application will be used to determine the recommended ranking.
- Voting Policy: Each application must be read and evaluated by at least five voting members of the Faculty Grants Committee. Committee members who have an application under consideration will be excluded from the discussion of their application. Ex officio committee members may contribute to discussions, but will not rank the applications.
Faculty who receive a Reassigned Time Award are required to submit a final report by January 31 for Fall Semester awards and June 15 for Winter Semester awards. The report guidelines and submission instructions can be found here. In addition, a hard copy of the report must be submitted as part of the faculty member’s subsequent evaluation. If an award recipient fails to submit a final report, the applicant may not apply for a new grant for at least one year from the submission date of the belated final report.