The College of Architecture at Texas A&M University encourages creative achievement and scholarship among its tenure-track faculty members after successful completion of the third year promotion/tenure review. The Faculty Research Semester Award provides the faculty member release time from regular teaching duties, except for the direction of graduate dissertations, for one semester. The purpose of this release from teaching is to provide the tenure-track faculty member the opportunity to focus on a specific research activity.
To be eligible for this Award, a faculty member must be in his/her fourth or fifth year of the probationary period for promotion/tenure. The faculty member must have successfully completed his/her third year promotion/tenure review, and he/she must be recommended to the Dean of the College to receive the Award by the College of Architecture's College Research and Interdisciplinary Council (CRIC).
The application process requires that the candidate for the Award to identify an area of research and to propose a project that can be completed within the Research Semester. The candidate must then send the proposed project outline to two reviewers from universities other than Texas A&M. The outside reviewers will consider these factors in making their recommendations to CRIC:
After reviewing the candidate's proposal, and the recommendation of the outside reviewers, CRIC will recommend to the CARC Executive Committee whether or not the candidate should be given the Faculty Research Semester Award.
The specific semester that the faculty member takes her/his research semester will be selected in consultation with the head of the faculty member's department to assure appropriate coverage of course offerings.
Funds to support the regular courses normally taught by a faculty member receiving the Faculty Research Semester Award will be provided through negotiations with the Dean and the head of the faculty member's department.
Adopted by the College of Architecture Executive Committee in August 2004