December 10, 2018
Dear faculty colleagues,
One of the many challenges faculty members face is how to dedicate adequate time to research and scholarship. As provost, I give a great deal of thought as to how we, as an institution, can help you pursue and accomplish your professional goals. This can be particularly challenging for associate professors in fields where the publication of scholarly books requires extended time to dedicate to writing.
In an effort to provide increased support to associate professors pursuing promotion to full professor, I have created the Provost’s Authors Fellowship. Through this program, faculty members engaged in the development and publication of scholarly books will have financial and programmatic support to focus on their work, regardless of their field of study or academic discipline.
- 12 associate professors will be selected for a 15-month fellowship, beginning in June 2019.
- Fellows will receive one month of summer salary, each summer, during the 2019 and 2020 summer semesters.
- Fellows will be granted two course adjustments during the 2019-20 academic year, at the discretion of the dean and department chair, to provide more focused time for research and writing.
- Fellows will receive an additional $4,000 for research support or professional development.
- Fellows will be organized into small writing groups that will meet monthly to read and provide feedback on one another's work. Attendance at these monthly meetings is a mandatory component of the program.
- I will host luncheons at both the beginning and the end of the academic year to celebrate and recognize the efforts of the fellows. The fellows’ deans and department chairs will also be invited.
- Fellows will serve as mentors to those selected the following year.
Any associate professor currently working on a book project may apply. However, faculty members on sabbatical or undergoing promotion review are not eligible.
Applications Due - Feb. 1, 2019
I encourage all eligible faculty members to consider submitting an application by Feb. 1, 2019. Fellows will be notified by March 15; programming will begin June 1.
This program is intended to provide UT Austin faculty members with greater support to pursue research and scholarship at this critical point in their careers. You can learn more about the program requirements and apply here.
My hope is that this program will be a meaningful way the university can better support your goals, and I will continue to work to identify other avenues for us to do so.
Executive Vice President and Provost
The University of Texas at Austin