College of Education Research Policy Information 

It is the policy of the College of Education that pre-tenured faculty should have adequate access to a research mentoring process that will help develop the faculty member's research skills through a program of structured mentoring activities with the goal of the mentoring program to provide the skills, knowledge and experience to prepare junior faculty to develop and carry-out an active research agenda.

Objectives of the research mentoring process include identifying potential funding sources, developing grant writing skills, becoming familiar with internal procedures/policies relative to submittal of grant proposals, writing articles for nationally recognized refereed journals, and engaging in other scholarly or creative activities as appropriate. Specific elements of this research mentoring process should include:

  • Encouraging the junior faculty member to actively attend and participate in workshops, seminars and individual consultations on how to identify research funding opportunities and write competitive proposals. The Office of Research and Economic Development offers a series of seminars on research-related topics to assist faculty with conducting research and securing funding
  • Completing all appropriate University training/certification requirements for Institutional Review Board (IRB) protection of human subjects , responsible conduct of research (RCR) and research ethics training
  • Participate in SSRC (Social Science Research Center) or COE sponsored Faculty Mentoring Program brown bag luncheon meetings regarding research funding/proposal development opportunities
  • Meet with the Academic Department Head and the Associate Dean on a periodic basis to discuss research interests, potential opportunities for collaboration, identify funding sources, etc; these visits may also be used to assess the success of the mentoring plan, the faculty member's satisfaction with the mentoring plan, and progress being made toward promotion and tenure
  • Pursue funding under the Faculty Research Support Program and Cross-College Research Program supported by the Office of Research and Economic Development The ORED faculty research support program is intended to provide limited and shared support for faculty that require financial investment in order to pursue research successes. Priority will be given to requests for faculty travel to meet with grant program managers to discuss ideas for future proposal submissions. Faculty members considering a Cross-College Research proposal are encouraged to consult with the Associate Dean for Research and Assessment prior to submitting their proposal.

In summary, the College of Education is committed to providing mentoring tools and resources to promote professionalism and collegiality as new faculty members work toward promotion and tenure. The Dean's Office makes every effort to support faculty in their pursuit of research excellence and stands ready to provide assistance and guidance relative to any of the resources delineated above. Additional resources are delineated on the College of Education web-page; you can reach the Associate Dean at or at 325-7069.
Other resources for new faculty include: