Faculty Research Fellows Program

The Student Affairs Faculty Research Fellows Program allows faculty to conduct a research project to address important questions concerning Student Affairs at UIC. Faculty Fellows in the program will identify important questions related to Student Affairs at UIC and answer those questions during a year-long fellowship program.

How to Apply

Apply here by September 15, 2020. Applications must include a description of the research question, proposed methodology, expected outcomes, application to Student Affairs, dissemination plan, and budget.

The faculty member’s executive officer will need to sign off on any course buy-out at the time of application.

Program Details

Using a variety of methods, Fellows will engage in a research study on topics related to concerns in Student Affairs. The expected outcome of the program is for Fellows to identify ways to improve the programs, initiatives, and policies of Student Affairs at UIC and assist in the implementation to facilitate change based on research findings.

Fellows will participate in a campus-wide symposium hosted by Student Affairs describing their findings. Fellows will also prepare a research brief that can be disseminated to the campus community, and will be encouraged to disseminate their findings through conference presentations and scholarly publications.

Types of Projects

Faculty Fellows will engage in scholarly research on topics related to Student Affairs at UIC in areas such as mental health, food and housing insecurities, student engagement, student support, veteran students, and career development. Other research projects related to topics in Student Affairs are also welcome.

Fellows will analyze data to address Student Affairs topics at the program, initiative, or policy level. Projects that promote equity and inclusion among Black and Latinx students are particularly welcome, as well as projects that address challenges related to the current coronavirus pandemic, such as remote engagement and support, as well as understanding and addressing heightened barriers during the pandemic.

Both quantitative and qualitative projects are welcome.

Selection Process

There will be two Faculty Fellows selected in the first year of the program (2020-2021 academic year). A committee consisting of the Assistant Vice Chancellor, another member of the Executive Leadership Team, one other Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs staff, and a campus faculty member will review applications and decide whom to fund. Applications will be judged based on feasibility, impact, and expertise. The program aims to include faculty from a variety of disciplines. Priority will be given to tenure-track faculty.

Resources

Selected Fellows will receive up to $25,000, including funds for one course buy-out or summer salary, and research-related expenses. The course buy-out must occur during the year in which the faculty member serves as a Fellow. Research-related expenses can include software, conference-travel, graduate research assistance, etc.

As needed, Fellows will also receive data support from Student Affairs staff. This data support can include accessing local data sets, creating databases from institutional data, consultation on institutional data, etc. It is not the intention of the support to provide statistical training.

Timeline

  • August 1, 2020: Program is announced, and applications are solicited.
  • September 15, 2020: Program applications are due.
  • October 16, 2020: Faculty Fellows are notified.
  • January 2021: Kick-off meeting with Fellows.
  • November 2021: Campus presentation.
  • December 2021: Fellowship ends.

Questions? Contact Sue Farruggia, spf@uic.edu.