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Research/Creative Activities Grants Committee

ANNUAL REPORT

1998-1999 Academic Year

 

1.    Membership (include ex-officio members).

 

Josie Bowman  

Randall Parker   

Brenda Killingsworth      

Bonnie Mani      

Larry Means     

Janette Fishell    

Resa Crane       

Michael Ehlbeck

Ed Stellwag      

Martha Selby  

Randy Joyner    

John Daughtry

James Kohn       

Mary Jackson         

Catherine Rigsby

Anne Dickerson  

Dawn Clark       

Leland Wallin 

Marge Inman     

Andrew Stuart

David Dennard  

Alan Schreier 

 

2.    Meeting Dates (include members absent).

 

There were four full committee meetings and 2

subcommittee meetings during the year:  Full

committee meetings (attendance records are not

available):

 

Full Committee Meetings:

November 11, 1998

October 10, 1998

September 16, 1998

August 28, 1998

 

Subcommittee meetings:

October 14, 1998

November 11, 1998

 

3.      Subcommittees established during the year

(include progress and/or completion of work).

 

Subcommittees 1 and 2:  Established for rounds one

and two of proposal reviews.  Each subcommittee met

twice .  Work completed.

 

4.      Accomplishments during the year, especially

as addressed through committee goals.  Include

recommendations made to agencies other than the

Faculty Senate as well as the Faculty Senate.

 

The committee recommended 30 proposals for funding. 

The total funding recommendation was $300,052.80. 

All were funded.

 

The committee reevaluated the salary cap that was

approved and put into place in a previous year.  A

vote passed to remove the salary cap, returning to

the salary guidelines as previously approved by the

Faculty Senate.  Some clarifications were included on

the form, presented to and approved by the Senate in

April.

 

To address the feedback issue, a new review

instrument, "Summary of Committee Evaluation

Comments," was created last year and used for the

first time this academic year.  About half of the

reviews were not turned in by the committee members. 

This review was to be a part of the official

notification returned to all applicants with proposal

award or rejection letters.  This problem must be

addressed next year.

 

5.      Reports to the Faculty Senate (include dates

and resolution numbers).

 

Resolution 99-19 (April 27, 1999)  Revisions to the

Guidelines for Research Grants to be awarded in 2000-

2001.

 

6.      Business carried over to next year (list in

priority order).

 

1.  Address problem of members turning in reviews.

 

2.  Development of an on-line grant form and

procedure.

 

7.      Evaluation of the committee (include anything

that hindered or assisted the committee's work during

the year).

 

A.  Charge:  n/a

 

B.  Personnel: all committee members must be willing

to attend meetings and willing to spend the time

necessary to fully evaluate the proposals.  

 

C.  Attendance:  Attendance appeared to improve

somewhat over last year but is still an ongoing

problem.  Although almost all members are diligent

about returning numerical evaluations, only about

half are diligent about turning in written summaries

as required under the new procedure. 

 

D.  Responsibilities: n/a

 

E.  Activities: n/a

 

8.      Suggestion(s) to the Chair of the Faculty

and/or Faculty Senate for improving the effectiveness

of the committee.

 

A subcommittee should be maintained (and should work

with the Teaching Grants Committee) to develop an on-

line grant form and procedure.