Funded Grant Projects 2016-2017

AY2016-2017 saw the inaugural cycle of the Student Affairs Faculty Research Grants program, and we received many competitive reearch proposals from a variety of disciplines, including both basic and applied research topics. 

 

The following proposals were awarded funding and research is currently underway:

 

Proposal title: Concept Plans to Improve Water Quality at Lake Herrick

Jon Calabria, Ph.D.; Associate Professor, College of Environment & Design

Partnering with: University Housing and UGA Office of Sustainability

Keywords: water quality, sustainability, housing residents' perceptions

 

Proposal Title: Parent-Child Relationships Across Students’ Transitions to College

Katie Ehrlich, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Franklin College of Arts & Sciences; the Center for Family Research

Anne Shaffer, Ph.D.; Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Franklin College of Arts & Sciences

Student Affairs Partner: Erin Richman, Ph.D., Academic Partnerships & Initiatives

Keywords: student transition-to-college, family context, psychosocial development

 

Proposal Title: An Exploration of How the UGA Food Scholarship Affects Students’ Social and Financial Success in College

Georgianna L. Martin, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor, College Student Affairs Administration program

Department of Counseling and Human Development Services, College of Education

Student Affairs Partner: Dr. Jan Barham, Associate Dean of Students & Director of Tate Student Center

Keywords: food security, student success, adjustment, intervention assessment, scholarship programs

 

News from UGAToday :  Student Affairs Grants encourage innovative faculty research partnerships

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ's for FACULTY RESEARCH GRANTS

Questions about opportunities with Academic Partnerships and Initiatives? We've got answers.

What are Student Affairs Faculty Research Grants?

  • Student Affairs Faculty Research Grants provide funding to support research conducted by UGA faculty. The grants program was created in 2016 to enhance partnerships between UGA Faculty and the Division of Student Affairs, as well as create pathways for faculty to use the many facilities and programs within Student Affairs as a principle laboratory for their research.

Do I have to partner with Student Affairs?

  • Partnerships with a Student Affairs unit are strongly encouraged. Faculty Research Grants are intended to support research partnerships between faculty and Student Affairs units. Partnering with a Student Affairs unit maximizes both the reach and impact of the grant. If you have further questions about partnering with a Student Affairs unit, we are happy to discuss options and opportunities with you; simply email Michele Howard.

What amount does an awarded Student Affairs Faculty grant provide?

  • Grant funds are anticipated to be awarded ranging from $750 to $5,000, based upon the requested expenditures and the number of submissions awarded in the funding cycle. In the inaugural application cycle, applications for funding far exceeded the pool of available funds. While the maximum funding request is $5,000, proposals which have smaller funding requests are certainly encouraged.

How long does funding from the grant last?

  • Funding will be typically available for one fiscal year, beginning July 1 and ending the following June 30.

What type of expenditures can be funded by the grant?

  • Awarded funds can be used to support research costs, professional travel, equipment costs, graduate assistants, however, this list is not exhaustive. There are some restrictions, so if you have additional questions not answered here, please feel free to email us with your specific funding question and we will do our best to answer.  

Are there limitations on the amount that can be requested?

  • Funding will typically be awarded ranging from $750 to $5,000. The detailed budget provided in the submission should provide a rationale/breakdown for the specific funds that are being requested. It is encouraged that you do not request more funds than you will anticipate needed to conduct the research project as described in the submission.

What types of research projects have been funded in the past?

  • The first round of projects which were awarded funding included: a project that assessed the impact of food (in)security among students; a project to assess impacts of water quality at Lake Herrick, adjacent to Family Housing facilities;  and a project which investigates contextual factors impacting student well-being during and after the transition to college. We are interested in funding a diverse range of projects, including both basic and applied research questions.

How will the proposal be evaluated?

  • Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the Office of Academic Partnerships and Initiatives and staff from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs based upon the depth and clarity of the research topic; collaboration with a Student Affairs department; budget expenditures; and potential for the research to continue past the funding provided by the grant. 

How are grant recipients selected?

  • Grants recipients will be selected based upon their evaluation by the Office of Academic Partnerships and Initiatives and staff from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the evaluation criteria. 

Can I receive a Faculty Research Grant more than once?

  • Yes, however, a new full proposal must be submitted each cycle.

What are the requirements for submitting a proposal?

Each grant submission must include the following:

  • 12 point font, 1 inch margins
  • 1 page - cover/signature page containing proposal title, investigator names and affiliations, investigator email and other contact information, total budget (if applicable, showing any college contribution), signatures of the investigator(s) and Department Chair or Associate Dean.
  • 1 page – Project Summary or Abstract
  • 2 pages – description of proposed research and a clear articulation of how it will align with area(s) outlined above.  Include a description of how expenditures will support the research project
  • 1 page – detailed budget and timeline page showing projected expenses/milestones, including potential partner units within UGA Student Affairs and explicit dates for engagement with UGA Student Affairs.
  • Identify any potential collaborators or partners external to UGA (e.g., researchers at other institutions, external funding agencies, etc.).
  • If the current proposal may lead to additional future funding pathways, please describe.

Faculty Research Grants Program 2017-2018

A faculty member writes on a dry erase board while two other researchers look on.

Call for Proposals

The Division of Student Affairs announces the availability of FY18 funding to support research partnerships with University of Georgia investigators who may:

  • Have projects which align broadly with UGA's Signature Research Themes and incorporate a Student Affairs facility as part of their primary research laboratories, or partner with a Student Affairs department on one of these topics. For example, research that is conducted in partnership with either University Housing, the University Health Center, the Ramsey Center, the Disability Resource Center, LGBT Resource Center, Multicultural Services & Programs, Student Veterans Resource Center or other Student Affairs programs and services would be eligible.
  • Conduct research within a Student Affairs program or department, OR includes students as co-investigators
  • Assess local impact of Student Affairs’ units that conduct regular, programmatic service to Athens area (e.g., Center for Leadership & Service, Office of Greek Life, etc.)
  • Partner with Student Affairs to evaluate program effectiveness and design strategies for various Student Affairs programs/services
  • Other relevant projects

(The above list demonstrates several examples, but it not an exhaustive list of requirements.) 

Typical Funding

We anticipate funding grants in the range of $750 to $5,000. Funding will normally be for just one fiscal year, unless otherwise specified.

Application Format and Requirements

  • 12 point font, 1 inch margins
  • 1 page - cover/signature page containing proposal title, investigator names and affiliations, investigator email and other contact information, total budget (if applicable, showing any college contribution), signatures of the investigator(s) and Department Chair or Associate Dean.
  • 1 page – Project Summary or Abstract
  • 2 pages – description of proposed research and a clear articulation of how it will align with area(s) outlined above.  Include a description of how expenditures will support the research project
  • 1 page – detailed budget and timeline page showing projected expenses/milestones, including name(s) of potential partner units within the Division of Student Affairs and explicit dates for engagement with Student Affairs.
  • There should also be a statement identifying any potential collaborators or partners external to the University of Georgia.

 

Submission

The required pages should be assembled into a single PDF file then submitted to Student Affairs Academic Partnerships and Initiatives. Any questions about the submission process should be directed to Michele Howard.

Review Process

The proposals will be reviewed by Student Affairs Academic Partnerships and Initiatives and staff from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Other individuals may be consulted as needed.

 

Deadlines

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis with preference for proposal received by Friday, May 5, 2017, at 5:00pm. Investigators may submit at any time, and proposals will be reviewed as quickly as staff involved can process them.

 

FAQ's

Get answers to common questions here

 

Reporting

Six-month interim report – Six months after funding a one- to two-page progress report should be submitted, including results to date and, if applicable, any amended proposal plans. 

One-year final report – One year after funding a progress report not to exceed one page should be submitted, including results to date and plans for continued research.

 

Publication Acknowledgements

Any publication resulting from funding or partial funding by this program should acknowledge that funding was received from University of Georgia Student Affairs Academic Partnerships and Initiatives. 

*This research was supported in part by a grant funded by University of Georgia Student Affairs Academic Partnerships and Initiatives. 

Academic Partnerships and Initiatives

Three words: Research, Teaching, Service.

How can the Division of Student Affairs partner with you to support your work at UGA? 

Academic Partnerships and Initiatives serves as a nexus between colleagues at UGA and the 18 departments of UGA's Division of Student Affairs -- including Student Affairs' many natural laboratories, facilities, co-curricular programs, and university-wide Centers. API seeks to enhance and enrich the tripartite mission of UGA by building mutually-beneficial relationships between units that have not historically worked together, AND by innovating how we employ the readily available resources within the University.

  • Research: Do you have a basic research or applied project that would benefit from data gathered at, for example, University Housing residence halls or the University Health Center's labs? 
  • Instruction: Do you have scholarly expertise that you would like to share with the diverse and large audiences that Student Affairs reaches?
  • Service: Are you looking for new, interesting ways to serve at the university?

If this intrigues you, keep reading. To get started, let's first look at a few numbers.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • UGA Student Affairs is where over 8,000 students and their families call home: We operate 42 different residence halls and apartment/townhome buildings across campus. We partnered with local charities and diverted 57,600 pounds of unwanted items away from landfills as part of our sustainability initiative in 2015.
  • We serve over 22,000 unique patients at the University Health Center each year.
  • 200+ student veterans attend UGA and are served by our Student Veterans Resource Center.
  • We have 12 students serving as LGBT Ambassadors throughout UGA and the LGBTRC offers Safe Space trainings throughout the academic year.
  • Student Activities offered 170 student programs, including a Sam Hunt concert, Film on the 50 and Dawgs After Dark, with total attendance of more than 62,000.
  • The Disability Resource Center not only serves students' needs at UGA, but offers Academic coaching and technology support as well.
  • Our UGACard office produced over 18,700 UGA ID's, 1,500 professional headshots, and 1,200 passport photos this past year.

RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS

We partner with UGA faculty in a variety of ways to support the research mission of the University of Georgia. We serve as Co-PI's on NSF, NIH, and other sponsored projects. The Division of Student Affairs is a principal laboratory for research at the university. Contact Dr. Michele Howard for more information about how we can partner with you to advance high-impact scholarship or partner to pursue external funding.

2017-2018 Faculty Fellows in Student Affairs

Engaged Faculty + Engaged Students = Transformative Education

Engaged Faculty + Engaged Students = Transformative Education

What is the Faculty Fellows Program?

Launching in late Summer 2017, the new Faculty Fellows Program in the Division of Student Affairs is a year-long faculty development program providing an opportunity for selected faculty members to integrate co-curricular programming and campus programs into their teaching, research, and public service work, while also becoming recognized campus leaders in experiential learning and campus engagement. 

The Faculty Fellows program is supported by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, and designed to enhance connections between in-class experiences and out-of-class experiences. The Fellows Program highlights the Division’s commitment to enhancing student learning through the creation of seamless academic partnerships and integrated curricular and co‐curricular transformational, high impact learning experiences.

The Division of Student Affairs Fellows Program provides an opportunity for faculty to serve in a fellow position within the Division focused on enhancing existing and identifying new Student Affairs/Academic Affairs partnerships that enrich academic degree programs and instructional initiatives, foster seamless learning opportunities for students, and ensure high‐quality academic partnerships between Student Affairs and academic college or targeted academic affairs units at the University of Georgia.

All UGA faculty are invited to apply, including tenure-track, instructional, and public service faculty.

Stay tuned for more application details to be announced in Spring, 2017! Anticipated application deadline in early May, 2017.

Questions? Contact Michele Howard, Director of Academic Partnerships and Initiatives.

 

Engaged Faculty + Engaged Students = Transformative Education