Faculty Research

Overview

In 2006, the College and FARDC agreed to create an annual fund of $10,000 to recognize significant scholarly undertakings by FARDC members. Accordingly, the Collective Agreement now stipulates that this money will be distributed to FARDC members each year in line with the terms of reference created (and periodically reviewed) by the Recognition of Scholarly Activity Committee. This committee follows the guidelines set out by a College task force that recommended the model presented by Ernest Boyer (1990). Such a model broadens the understanding and appreciation of scholarly activity in post-secondary institutions beyond the traditional limits of academic research. This model recognizes four distinct categories into which scholarly activities by faculty could be designated and then considered for monetary recognition.

Awards

This Committee will distribute the $10,000 annually to faculty members whose scholarly work is most exemplary. Ideally, awards will be given each year that recognize work in all four of the following domains:

  • Scholarship of Discovery
  • Scholarship of Integration
  • Scholarship of Application
  • Scholarship of Teaching

The attached pages define and illustrate the kind of work that could be eligible for an award within each of these domains. The awards will be announced before the last business day in May of each year and will be based on scholarly activity that was disseminated in the previous calendar year.

Criteria

Only continuous, probationary, sessional and replacement sessional members are eligible for the awards. The applicant’s scholarly activity must directly involve or grow out of the person’s employment at RDC (so that, for example, external consulting work that generates income will not be eligible). Depending on the project, a team, which includes one FARDC member playing a critical role, may be eligible for these awards. In determining which applicants will be assigned the awards in each category, the Committee will appraise the scholarly activity by the extent to which it is:

  • Innovative or creative, or involving a unique synthesizing of material within the applicant’s discipline or pedagogy
  • Original, as it entails the development of a premise or practice or line of inquiry that had previously not been explored by anyone
  • Influential, in terms of the impact it can be shown to have inside or outside the College
  • Acclaimed, as judged by the applicant’s peers or other knowledgeable observers (such as film or art-exhibition reviewers)
  • Broadly disseminated, where, for example, publication in a major academic journal or presentation at a national conference would out-value publication in local newspapers or internal RDC presentations.
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