(Adopted by COE Faculty Advisory Council 04/01/2015)
[NOTE: This definition applies to the designation of release time for research in regard to workload and teaching considerations. It is not related to criteria for Tenure/Promotion and would not meet the standards for either.]
While recognizing disciplinary differences within the university, the expectation that a faculty member is eligible to receive 3 hours of reassigned time for research is based on that person demonstrating an ongoing research agenda in the annual review and successful publication of a KPI-recognized research product within a 3-year time period. If a KPI-recognized research product is not published (or completed in the case of presentations) after a 2-year period, faculty will receive a warning that if no product is forthcoming for one more year, they will not receive reassigned time for research purposes. Tenure-track faculty designated as non-research active would then be required to teach 12 hours per semester; non tenure-track faculty would be required to teach 15 hours per semester.
For the purposes of reassigned time for research, an ongoing research agenda would be demonstrated through
- Annual evidence of research agenda, and
- One KPI-recognized product within the previous 3–year period.
Annual Evidence of Research Agenda
Annual evidence of a research agenda will be presented at the time of annual review, via documentation posted on Digital Measures. Examples of annual evidence would include, but not be limited to:
- Presenting research at 1 national/international disciplinary conference in a 12-month period;
- Mentoring and co-presentation of a minimum of 2 student research-based peer-reviewed presentations at national/international conference(s) within a 12-month period;
- Documentation of publications in-progress or submitted for review within a 12-month
period, including but not limited to:
- Letters indicating journal articles have been submitted and are currently under review,
- Drafts of books/book chapters with new content developed during the 12-month period under review,
- Notices of accepted/conducted research presentation(s) at national/international conference(s) within the 12-month period under review;
- Documentation of submitted grant application as principal investigator of a national/international competitive research grant of $30,000 or more;
- Publication of one KPI-recognized product within the 12-month period under review.
KPI-Recognized Research Product
In addition to annual documentation of an active research agenda, faculty members must provide documentation of a completed KPI-recognized research project/product within a 3-year period. Examples of documentation of a completed KPI-recognized research project/product would include, but not be limited to:
- Publication of 1 peer-reviewed journal article involving dissemination of research conducted by the faculty member;
- Publication of 1 peer-reviewed book;
- Publication of 1 peer-reviewed book chapter;
- Principal investigator of a national/international competitive research grant of $30,000 or more, approved for funding;
- Juried exhibits or performances.
Approval/Denial of Research-Active Status
Faculty research active status will be reviewed annually, using documentation from a 2-year time period. Members will retain “research-active status” and appropriate 3-hour release time from teaching if:
- annual evidence of research active status is provided, and
- one KPI-recognized product is published/completed within that 2-year time frame.
If a faculty member does not provide annual evidence of active research (as described above), he or she will not receive three hours reassigned time for research. Further, if a faculty member does not publish a KPI-recognized product (or completed in the case of some projects) after a 2-year time period, he or she will receive a warning that if no product is forthcoming for one more year, he or she will not receive reassigned time and will teach 12 hours per semester (if tenure-track faculty) or 15 hours per semester (if non-tenure track faculty).