The Kean University Untenured Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) was established through a letter of agreement between Kean University and the Kean Federation of Teachers to support the competitive research efforts of tenure-track faculty that will advance the state of the art or knowledge in a specific field or area of professional activity; enhance the ability of tenure-track faculty to participate successfully in the Release Time for Research Program; and promote proposal-writing skills suitable for the preparation of applications to external funding agencies. Full-time tenure-track faculty and librarians may apply to receive research awards of released time (up to 6 credits) and limited direct costs. The UFRI program is open to all full-time tenure-track faculty members and librarians submitting proposals for original research or creative works in any discipline. Funding levels may vary from year to year. The Untenured Faculty Research Initiative is sponsored by the Office of the President and is administered through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP).
UFRI support is intended to facilitate competitive research efforts of untenured faculty that will:
The UFRI program is open to all full-time untenured, tenure-track faculty members and untenured, tenure-track full-time librarians submitting proposals for original research or creative works in any discipline. Only untenured, tenure-track faculty or librarians may receive awards in the UFRI program, but no untenured faculty or librarian may receive the UFRI and the RTR awards concurrently. If the University Wide Untenured Faculty Research Committee does not recommend an applicant for an award, the applicant will be allowed a period of one week to resubmit that application to the University Wide Release Time for Research and Creative Works Committee. Untenured faculty and librarians may receive a maximum of two UFRI awards. After receiving two UFRI awards, they can participate only in the regular RTR program.
The Department Committees, when appropriate, and the University Wide Untenured Faculty Research Initiative Committee will use the criteria below in evaluating research proposals. Any additional criteria developed by the Department Committees must be submitted to the University WideUntenured Faculty Research Initiative Committee and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs to assure applicability to existing policy, and then made available with Untenured Faculty Research Initiative applications at the time of their submission.
IV. POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
V. TWO-STAGE REVIEW
A faculty member's proposal is evaluated by a Departmental* Committee, established by Letter of Agreement #27 between Kean University and the Kean University Federation of Teachers. The Committee, composed of three full-time faculty members, must adhere to the calendar for Untenured Faculty Research Initiative Awards. *where a department structure does not exist, the program coordinator will be asked to form a committee to review applications submitted by faculty in that program.
The Department Committee convenes to review each proposal and to rate it on a three point scale: (1) Highly Recommended; (2) Recommended; (3) Not Recommended. Written comments must accompany each rating and are appended to the electronic file. All proposals are then submitted to the University Wide Untenured Faculty Research Committee for evaluation. Proposals from librarians are submitted directly to the University Wide Untenured Faculty Research Committee, as required by Letter of Agreement #81 between Kean University and the Kean University Federation of Teachers.
The University Wide Untenured Faculty Research Committee, established by Letter of Agreement #100 between Kean University and the Kean University Federation of Teachers, is composed of nine voting members plus a non-voting representative (observer) appointed by the Kean University Federation of Teachers, the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research or designee - ex-officio without vote, and the Vice-President for Academic Affairs or designee. The full-time faculty of each college elects a total of eight tenured faculty members to represent their respective college. The unit Librarians elect one tenured Librarian. All elected members serve a period of two years.
The full Committee (two-thirds of the voting members constitute a Quorum) reviews the recommended proposals and, based on the proposals' merits, makes final award recommendations in rank order to the President.
VI. NOTICE OF AWARD
The President's office will announce awards on the date established by the calendar for that year. Notice of released time granted will be accompanied by guidelines outlining purchasing procedures and forms for the submission of interim and final reports. All administrative procedures will be coordinated and assisted by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, through the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs.