Center for Faculty Scholarship

Scholarship is crucial to the culture of the university and supports several Strategic Plan goals (PDF). The Center for Faculty Scholarship facilitates the research, scholarship, and creative endeavors of full-time, tenure-track or tenured faculty and librarians across all disciplines. 

The center supports faculty scholarship by recognizing the faculty achievements in research and creative practice and facilitating dialogues across campus that promote collaborative and interdisciplinary scholarship. We also evaluate funding requests for internal research grants and work closely with the Grants Office to assist those seeking external grant funding. For more timely content like our Facebook page or follow our Twitter account.

Coordinator Information

Portrait of Dr. Eric Budd and Dr. Elisabet Takehana

The Faculty Co-Coordinators, Dr. Eric Budd and Dr. Elisabet Takehana, work collaboratively with the Center’s Advisory Board, department chairs, faculty/librarians, community professionals, administrative staff, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The Center for Faculty Scholarship's Advisory Board members includes Elizabeth Caron, Elyse Clark, Rala Diakite, Michael Hove, Katherine Jewell, Benjamin Levy, Jason Talanian, and Hong Yu.

Faculty Close-Up/Newsletters

Faculty Awards for outstanding teaching, scholarship, contributions to the graduate program, and community service may be found on the Faculty Awards page.

The Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio library collaborates with the Center for Faculty Scholarship in hosting book talks on newly published faculty work. The library also has begun its Faculty Spotlight, featuring a book and an article each month. The library also maintains a physical and digital display of faculty books.

Finally, our quarterly newsletter, Research Live, comes out every other month during the academic year.

Cover photo of the Research Live Faculty Scholarship Newsletter

 

Annual Faculty Colloquium

2020 - Digital Humanities

The Center for Faculty Scholarship sponsors an interdisciplinary panel of researchers to work collaboratively on a common theme that benefits equally from their disciplinary perspectives and their openness to the approaches and interests of other fields. Our inaugural 2020 panel wrote on the digital humanities and the role it plays in recasting the "public" that the academy might imagine. Panelists included Catherine Buell (Mathematics), J.J. Sylvia (Communications Media), Elise Takehana (English Studies), and Joseph R. Wachtel (Economics, History, and Political Science). You can read their paper "Access and Agency: Rethinking the Public Through Digital Humanities" (PDF) or listen to the recording "We Are the Public" Digital Humanities panel.

DH paper image - Access and Agency

Archived Newsletters

Support for Faculty Research

Various sources of internal funding for faculty research and professional development are available.

January to December

The general grants timeline is as follows

  • Early January - Whiting Travel Grants (extended)
  • Mid February - Summer MSCA Prof. Dev
  • Mid April - Fall MSCA Prof. Dev
  • Late April - Harrod Lecture Awards
  • Late April - Special Projects Grants
  • Late October - Center for Italian Culture Grants
  • Late October - Irish Culture Endowment Grants
  • Mid November - CTL Awards and Grants
  • Mid November - Spring MSCA Prof. Dev
  • Late November - CFS Faculty Student Grants
  • Early December - Faculty Award applications
  • Mid December - Whiting Travel Grants internal approval

Information on sources of external funding and institutional policies on obtaining such is on the Grant Center webpage. The library has also prepared a research guide on funding opportunities on and off campus and maintains our subscription to the Grant Resource Center, a database where you can create a profile to filter and email you grant opportunities that align with your interests and needs.

Past Presentations on Grant Funding:

The Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio library has prepared research guides of benefit to the faculty.

  • Faculty Publications - Highlights the work of our Faculty with links to published material.
  • Faculty Publishing - Provides resources to help you in deciding where to submit your work for publication and determine what impact your published works are having.​
  • Faculty Services - Describes a full range of library services to support our on-campus, distance learning and extended campus faculty​
  • Faculty Liaisons - Each academic department has a librarian liaison to connect you and your students to library services and the academic resources.

The Center for Faculty Scholarship hosts several interdisciplinary Google Groups for topics of broad interest across campus that any faculty member can join.

Fitchburg State hosts additional centers that each support select subjects and types of research. Visit their websites for details on their work and opportunities for faculty scholarship support.

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