Research Opportunities

Artists have quite often pushed the boundaries of convention to create a statement of their own particular vision. The College of Fine Arts is dedicated to supporting its faculty members both as teachers and as artists.  We are committed to creating a diverse and dynamic learning community that fosters continuous growth and development in teaching, research, and service for all faculty members.

Dean’s Travel Fund

The Dean’s Travel Fund awards matching grants for tenured and tenure-line faculty, as well as career-line and visiting faculty members (.50 FTE and above), to present their research and teach nationally and internationally. Additionally, for tenured and tenure-line faculty a smaller amount of money is available for service obligations if elected to an officer-level position in a professional organization.

Please note that the Dean’s Travel Fund will provide a 2-to-1 match for the Department/School contribution, up to the eligible dollar amount.  In addition, please note that only one application per year will be funded for tenured faculty and career-line faculty.  Tenure-line assistant professors (and non-tenured associate professors) may apply multiple times, up to the eligible dollar amount.

The application form (along with a copy of the formal invitation to present/perform or a link to the conference/presenting organization’s website listing you as a presenter/performer) should be completed electronically by the faculty member and then forwarded to the Chair/Director for their approval and departmental allocation amount.  The Chair/Director will then forward the application and electronic copy of the invitation to present/perform (including the Chair/Director comments and departmental allocation amount) to the Associate Dean for Faculty & Academic Affairs, Sarah Projansky.

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Creative & Scholarly Research Awards

The College of Fine Arts’ Creative & Scholarly Research Awards are awarded on a competitive basis in order to stimulate and encourage creative and scholarly research in the arts. Tenured and Tenure-line faculty members, as well as Career-line faculty who have been with the College for at least three years with at least a .75 FTE appointment are eligible to apply.  Individual and Intra/interdisciplinary group submissions are welcomed.  Proposals may be awarded up to $7,500.

The mission of the Creative & Scholarly Research Awards is to promote and encourage creative/scholarly research in the arts.  “Research” is broadly defined and includes, but is not limited to:
• creation of new works of art in any discipline  •  interpretation, analysis, history and criticism of an art form
• development of pedagogical studies  •  development of new art forms or new genres of performances and exhibitions

Applications for the next funding cycle (March 1, 2014-June 30, 2015) must be submitted to the Associate Dean for Faculty & Academic Affairs by 5:00 pm on January 31, 2014.  For questions about the Creative & Scholarly Research Awards, please contact or


Research-in-Progress Grants

The College of Fine Arts Research-in-Progress Grant is given on a competitive basis to support and strengthen the creative and/or scholarly research of two separate groups: (1) assistant professors as they approach their tenure and promotion to associate professor review and (2) associate professors as they approach their promotion to full professor review.

Mission: To strengthen the creative and/or scholarly research portfolio of small groups of tenure-line faculty as they approach their promotion review year.

  • Group members will make significant progress on research in preparation for the workshop/retreat
  • The retreat will create the time and space needed to withdraw from professional and personal responsibilities and to focus solely on research
  • The workshop will provide in-depth and rigorous analysis and critique of a body of research being prepared for the RPT promotion file
  • Following the workshop/retreat participants will use their colleagues’ feedback and suggestions to move their research toward completion

Applications for the next funding cycle (March 1, 2014-February 28, 2015) must be submitted to the Associate Dean for Faculty & Academic Affairs by 5:00 pm on January 13, 2014.  For questions about the Research-in-Progress Grant, please contact or


Dee Grant Awards

The Council of Dee Fellows invites applications for projects that enhance effectiveness in teaching, positively impact departmental or college curricula, or promote innovative interdisciplinary educational programs.

For more information, please click here: Dee Grants Website


University & External Funding

For a list of additional funding resources, please click here:  Grants & Funding Resources List


Spring 2014 Event Calendar

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