Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPAR)
Faculty Research Seminars
The Faculty Research Seminars are sponsored by the Office of the Provost. The seminars are intended to bring together Baruch College faculty, graduate students, advanced undergraduates, faculty from neighboring institutions, and visiting scholars in interdisciplinary or disciplinary groups for the purpose of exploring topics of common intellectual and scholarly concern. These seminars are designed to offer opportunities through regularly scheduled meetings for faculty to investigate and develop new areas of research and teaching through sustained intellectual collaboration.
What is a research seminar?
Seminars require at least two core faculty members, who take primary responsibility for organizing the seminar, planning topics for discussion, inviting speakers from outside the College, and providing opportunities for faculty and graduate students to present works-in-progress. Seminars must meet regularly (at least five times per semester), and they should be open to all interested faculty and graduate students, subject to appropriate limits of size. The core faculty members of the seminar are expected to present a substantial work-in-progress at least once each year. Other members of the seminar, including the participating faculty and graduate students, may be invited to present work-in-progress. As in any other formal seminar, everyone, including core faculty, participating faculty, and graduate students, is expected to attend each session of the seminar. We encourage seminars to invite visitors to make additional presentations to a wider College audience. We also encourage seminars to mount a website or blackboard site that will serve to notify members of seminar events and to post such information on the Baruch College website.
What are the fundamental goals of the research seminars?
- Support faculty research and scholarship;
- Increase faculty publication through presentation of works-in-progress;
- Explore issues across disciplinary or intellectual boundaries;
- Support collaborative research;
- Give graduate students and advanced undergraduates an opportunity to participate in advanced scholarly discussions;
- Prepare graduate students for employment opportunities upon degree completion;
- Position faculty participants to apply for grants including those sponsored by agencies and foundations such as the NIH, NSF, DOE, DOD, DoED, NEH, Ford, Carnegie, Gates, Verizon;
- Provide a forum for faculty to explore new directions for courses that they will teach and create new teaching collaborations.
Who is eligible to form a seminar?
All Baruch tenure-track and tenured faculty members may submit a proposal for a seminar to investigate a topic relating to shared research interests. Those that have currently funded seminars are eligible for a renewal (see Proposal Requirements for details).
- A curriculum vitae in NSF format (2 page max) for each core faculty member. See example http://www.human.cornell.edu/dns/upload/NSF-Biosketch.pdf
- A one-or two-page statement of the nature and significance of the problem or issue to which the seminar will be devoted. The statement should project, as precisely as possible, anticipated possible teaching and research outcomes.
- The names of other potential participants, both faculty and graduate students.
- The names and institutional affiliations of potential visiting speakers, with a brief description of the relevance of their current scholarship to the enterprise of the seminar.
- A detailed budget. (Budget template)
- For renewals: All of the above information included as required for new applications.
Budget - Funding of proposals and Annual report
Funding for individual seminars is competitive and subject to the availability of funds.
- Up to $4,000 per seminar may be approved for such expenses as travel and reasonable honoraria for invited speakers, photocopying of materials for circulation in advance of meetings, light refreshments, and other operating expenses.
- Please note $500 will be provided for a College Assistant to provide administrative support to the seminar, if requested.
- Honoraria for visiting speakers are limited to $150 for junior faculty and $300 for senior faculty.
Funding of Proposals and Annual report
Proposals will be reviewed by a committee that will make funding recommendations to the Provost. Final decisions will be made by the Provost.
All seminars will be required to submit an annual report at the close of the award period. The annual report should detail seminar activities, teaching and research outcomes for participants, and an account of expenditures.
Proposal Deadlines and Submission Procedures
The following timeline will be implemented for applications:
- March 31, 2017 5 PM deadline
- April 28, 2017 Completion of application review
- May 8, 2017 Announcement to awardees
Completed applications for the Faculty Research Seminars should be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research. Please send applications as email attachments to Dominic Esposito 646.312.2208 and Melisa Mendez 646.312.2207. They will also be available to answer any questions that may arise during the application process, and will acknowledge receipt of all applications.