Tenured Faculty Enhancement Program

This competitive award program, funded by the President and Provost, is intended to provide funding to assist tenured faculty in devoting an entire semester to foster their professional development through research, creative activity, instructional improvement, or retraining.

The Tenured Faculty Enhancement Program provides the faculty member with their full salary and fringes for one semester (either fall or spring) in the next academic year. The faculty member’s department will receive funds for faculty instructional replacement costs. During the reassignment, the recipient must devote the entire semester to their project.

Proposals must focus on scholarship and/or faculty development projects that will enhance a faculty member’s teaching, research and/or creative activity, or professional service. Appropriate activities might include: concentrated research and/or creative activity on a special project, either locally or through travel to another institution or location; working in an applied setting related to their professional training; or working in a substantial leadership position, that enhance the faculty member’s skills and profile and that of the university, in a professional organization.

Recipients must agree to return to KSU for a minimum of twelve months after the semester of their reassignment.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020 | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

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Application Deadline

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 11:59pm


Faculty member receives a reassignment for one semester. The department will hire part-time instructors to cover the faculty member’s courses. The associated instructional replacement costs will come from the part-time faculty pool. 

Proposal Questions and Assistance

Because this is a highly competitive program, we strongly suggest attending one of the Faculty Success workshops on preparing an application. If you have any questions concerning the application process or the suitability of your proposal, contact facultysuccess@kennesaw.edu.


    • Applicants must be tenured at the time of their application
    • Applicants must be in at least their 7th year of full-time employment at KSU and have completed at least 6 consecutive years as a full- time faculty member at KSU at the time of the application.
    • Faculty are eligible to apply for a subsequent reassignment in the 6th year after the completion of a previous reassignment.
  • Faculty Enhancement Program Uses and Limitations

    • Awards are available for either fall or spring semester. They are not available during the summer because faculty are not under contract, though the summer may be used to extend the program experience in the narrative of the proposal.
    • Accepting the reassignment means that a faculty member will be reassigned from all KSU responsibilities during the entire semester, except for activities consistent with these guidelines. The intent of this program is to enable faculty to focus on the project described in their application. Accordingly, recipients will normally work exclusively on their project, and not engage in other teaching, service or research during that time. However, work outside the project may be appropriate if it does not interfere with the project and there are compelling reasons to allow this additional work. For example, a recipient may be an investigator on a research study, and it would be disruptive to the research for them to withdraw for a semester. In that case, the recipient may be allowed to continue as an investigator so long as they can responsibly carry out that role and complete their project. As another example, a recipient may be advising a graduate student on their research or studies which are closely aligned with the recipient’s expertise, such that it might be disruptive to the student’s progress if they were no longer advised by the recipient. In that case, so long as continuing as the advisor would not interfere with the project, then the faculty member may be allowed to continue in that role during the reassignment. In cases where work outside the project is contemplated during the reassignment, recipients and their chair or dean should consult with CETL on whether that will be consistent with these Guidelines. If necessary, the Provost may make a final ruling on whether the additional work is appropriate.
    • During the reassignment, faculty members should continue to follow KSU and Board of Regents policies on outside activities and conflicts of interest.
    • Recipients will receive their regular salary and benefits during the reassignment period.
    • Reassignments cannot be used to accept a temporary teaching appointment at another university unless that appointment contributes directly to a project designed to expand the faculty member’s skills (e.g., temporary appointment at a foreign university, Fulbright). Such teaching appointments must be disclosed in your application.

    Funded Faculty Enhancement Program Requirements

    The recipient is expected to:

    • work on the project full time and suspend KSU-related responsibilities and activities unrelated to the project during the term in which the reassignment is taken, except as allowed by the Enhancement Program Guidelines or by the Executive Director for Faculty Development, Recognition, and CETL;
    • submit a comprehensive final report to the Executive Director for Faculty Development, Recognition, and CETL no later than 6 months after the completion of the program.
    • conduct a workshop or seminar for colleagues on the outcomes of my reassignment project within 6 months of the end of the reassignment. 
    • credit the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Kennesaw State University in every published work (e.g. papers, posters, book chapters, blogs, websites, event programs, etc.) resulting from their participation in the Tenured Faculty Enhancement Program.
  • The selection committee reviews applications and awards on a competitive basis. The following criteria guide the evaluation of proposals:

    • The extent to which the proposed reassignment articulates specific measurable professional development outcomes/products related to teaching, research and/or creative activity, and/or professional service.
    • The extent to which the proposal clearly demonstrates how the reassignment will ultimately contribute to departmental, college, and university mission and goals.
    • The extent to which the proposal includes an explicit action plan and timeline that delineates a realistic and achievable schedule of short-term goals during the reassignment as well as long-term activities and impact.
    • The extent to which the applicant has an established record of excellence in teaching, research and/or creative activity, and/or professional service. These criteria will be measured against the number of years of academic training and work experience presented in the applicant’s CV.
    • The extent to which there are departmental and college support and resources to sustain resulting initiatives of the applicant after the reassignment.
  • Proposal Submission Guidelines

    A single electronic copy (PDF only) including the entire proposal and all supporting documentation described below must be submitted electronically. It will be the responsibility of the individual submitting the proposal to ascertain that the proposal materials are complete when submitted (all documents requested are included; no materials missing). The selection committee will not consider late or incomplete applications.

    Submission Instructions:
    1. Compile all the required information into a single PDF that includes all of the content below with required signatures in the order that it is listed. 
    2. Complete the form below and attach your PDF.

    You will receive an e-mail confirmation upon successful submission. If you do not receive the confirmation e-mail, please contact CETL in case there was an “electronic glitch.” It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the proposal was received by the deadline.

    Proposal Format

    In order to facilitate and expedite the review of proposals, proposals must be submitted in the following format (i.e., order of content) and explicitly address all specified proposal elements listed below. Proposals that are not consistent with the following formatting instructions or missing required content (e.g., cover sheet signatures, budget statement of understanding signatures) are not considered.

    1. Completed Cover Sheet with all required signatures
      (Please use DocuSign to obtain electronic signatures on university documents.)
    2. Abstract (No more than 100 words).
    3. Narrative (No more than 5 (five) double-spaced pages, 12 point font in Times New Roman or LaTeX, 1 inch margins. NOTE: reference/citation pages do not count as part of the 5 page limit.) – Describe in detail your proposed reassignment using the following framework and specifically addressing all of the items listed. The reviewing panel is populated with layperson scholars and does not represent experts in your field of scholarship. Therefore, it is important to write the narrative in clear, direct language. Make it "reader friendly" by eliminating jargon and clichés and avoiding acronyms whenever possible.
      1. Project Description (recommend 4 pages) - Provide a clear and documented overview of the rationale, purpose, and outcomes of the proposed project. Your overview must include:
        • a clear description of the project itself, including rationale and methodology;
        • how the project relates to professional development that enhances your teaching, research and/or creative activity, and/or professional service;
        • measurable outcomes/products for your professional development that are a direct result of the project (expected short-term outcomes, i.e., what will be “produced” at the end of the reassignment, and long-term outcomes/products related to enhancing your teaching, research and/or creative activity, and/or professional service);
        • how the project relates to your contribution to department, college or university strategic goals?
        • a description of any other funds or resources that you will have available during the reassignment (e.g., compensation for employment during the reassignment). Also, address whether you are collaborating or working with others and what you expect to gain from the collaboration?
      2. Sustainability (recommend 0.5 page) If your project-related activities will continue after your return, provide an action plan and timeline for realistic long-term goals and activities. Identify departmental and/or college support and resources where applicable.
      3. Dissemination (recommend 0.5 page) Provide a plan for disseminating the results of your project through presentations, exhibitions, and/or publications.
    4. Timeline (1 page) - Delineate a realistic and achievable project schedule that indicates how you will accomplish the desired outcomes/products and the specific activities planned during the reassignment.
    5. Current Condensed Curriculum Vitae - Maximum of 5 pages including highlighting 5 of the most relevant publications to the proposal.
    6. Letters of Support
      1. A letter from the Department Chair / Director specifically addressing:
        • impact of the reassignment on the faculty member’s professional development, specifically with respect to teaching, research and/or creative activity, and/or professional service;
        • applicant’s ability to successfully complete the project’s goals and outcomes;
        • department or college support and resources are available after the reassignment to sustain the faculty member’s activities and initiatives that were started during the reassignment; and
        • impact of the reassignment for achieving department/college/university goals.
      2. No more than two additional letters of support from those familiar with the proposed activities. If the applicant is planning to work as a research associate at a colleague’s lab, at a professional organization, or in an applied setting, provide at least one support letter from someone at that setting.
    7. Previous Kennesaw State University Funding (no more than 1 page) - A list of all Kennesaw State University internal funding received in the last 4 academic years (e.g., CETL funding, College funding, OVPR funding). You must include this page even if previous funding awards are listed on the CV.
    8. Replacement Budget Funding Statement of Understanding - The completed coversheet with the chair justification financial request, only if part-time replacements are deemed inadequate.


    The application deadline has passed.


  • Notification of funding decisions are sent to applicants approximately 4 weeks after the submission deadline. Upon notification of receiving the award, recipients must work with their chair to change the faculty member’s Faculty Performance Agreement (FPA) in Digital Measures to reflect their reassigned duties. For example, if the reassignment project is a research project, the revised FPA should be: Teaching, 0%; Research: 100%; Service, 0%.