Faculty Activity Reports (FAR)
The Purpose of the Awards
Annual Faculty Research/Creative Activity (FAR) Awards have been established to recognize research and creative achievement of Andrews University faculty members. Awards are given to each faculty member who submits an annual Faculty Activity Report with scored activities, and range from $50 to $500, depending upon the number and scoring of the activities reported for the previous year. Faculty members may choose to receive their award as a (taxable) enhancement to their paycheck, or may use the award as reimbursement for professional development expenses that would otherwise be paid directly by the faculty member. Faculty members have up to three years to utilize their award. As an encouragement to use this award for professional development expenses, an additional 20% is added to the award when used for reimbursement, increasing the award range to $60 – $600.
Because we recognize that lack of available time is a major barrier to high-productivity research, we have established a Faculty Merit Release Time award as the top FAR award that provides up to $2400 in contract teaching funds for top-performing teaching faculty members to buy out of one class of their regular teaching load in order to spend the time on research. This Merit Release Time award is available to teaching faculty members once in a three year period, and is based upon the combined Faculty Activity Report scores of the three previous years. Over the past three years, the Merit Release Time award has been given to approximately six faculty members per year. As with the other FAR awards, faculty members have up to three years to utilize this award.
Completing the FAR Report
Complete the Faculty Activity Report (FAR) using the scoring rubric given. Be sure to collect the appropriate supporting documentation for each item reported. Once you have discussed the FAR form and scoring with your department chair, please email the form (in Word format) and associated documentation directly to the Office of Research, firstname.lastname@example.org. If documentation is available online, the web address for the permanent link to that documentation is adequate. If you have nothing to report for this year, please send an email to email@example.com with “FAR: Nothing to Report” in the subject line. The Office of Research will audit your scores, and return the audited FAR to you. You will be given at least one week to review the audited FAR and appeal scoring changes (by providing additional clarification or documentation) before final awards will be determined. All publications and presentations reported on this form will be cited on the Andrews University Research webpage unless you indicate otherwise.
The activities that will be evaluated are limited to those that have occurred during the calendar year immediately prior to the year in which the award is given. Thus, for the awards to be made in the year 2014, the qualifying period during which eligible activity must have occurred (i.e, publication or performance date) is the period from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. For new faculty, the activities must have occurred after the beginning of employment at Andrews University. Emeritus faculty members remain eligible for the FAR award, so long as they maintain affiliation with Andrews University, review their FAR with their department chair, and include their Andrews University affiliation on their publications and presentations.
Faculty Activity Report Rubric and Form
|The faculty member reviews the FAR with the department chair, and self-scores the reported activities.||January|
|The faculty member submits the FAR directly to the Research Office (electronically) along with all supporting documentation.||January 31|
|The Research Office audits the reported activities and scores, communicating with the faculty member directly regarding missing documentation or scoring questions.||February- March|
|If needed, unresolved disagreements may be submitted to a subcommittee of Scholarly Research Council for arbitration.||March - April|
|The Research Office reports final scoring and awards the annual Faculty Activity Award/Bonus based upon that scoring.||April 15|
|Faculty chooses to receive a cash bonus award, or to accept a reimbursement bonus 20% larger than the cash award.||May|
|The Research Office sends copies of the FAR and summary reports to department chairs and school deans for their records.||May|
Distribution of Awards
Individuals may elect to receive the awards as taxable income or request that it be held for up to three years to be used for professional development.
In order to receive the award as taxable income, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. Please allow two to four weeks for the award to appear on your paycheck.
If you do not request the award as cash, it will automatically be held for your use for professional development reimbursement for up to three years. In order to receive the professional development reimbursement, please submit a signed expense report along with your original receipts to the Office of Research. Activities qualifying for professional development reimbursement include the purchase of books related to your research area, travel to conferences or workshops, professional membership fees, and other research or professional development expenses.