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Committee for Faculty Excellence (CFE)

The members of the Committee for Faculty Excellence (see list below) support and promote faculty excellence and faculty development in the areas of teaching and productive scholarship. The committee:

  • Recommends the disbursement of the Teaching and Productive Scholarship (TAPS) funds and collects final reports of grant activityDeadlines below.
  • Selects faculty for the scholarly and/or creative pursuits award. Nominations due Feb. 15; portfolios due Mar. 15.
  • Reviews sabbatical proposals, due electronically to CFE chair by first Monday in October.
  • Collects final sabbatical reports of accomplishments are due electronically to CFE chair two months after start of semester in which the faculty member returns.  

TAPS Grants

The purpose of the USC Upstate Teaching and Productive Scholarship (TAPS) Fund is to promote good scholarship including original research projects, programs that support curriculum development and travel for presentation of scholarship. Funded projects support faculty scholarship with the goal of formal presentation and/or publication, improve pedagogy and curriculum development to contribute to the USC Upstate mission and/or enable major service projects that require application of scholarly and/or professional knowledge.

TAPS Deadlines  
Faculty members who are applying for travel funds are encouraged to apply early, at least one to two months prior to travel. Applications for conference travel will be accepted as soon as you have received notification of acceptance to present. In accordance with University policy, TAPS grants cannot be awarded for travel that has already occurred. 

Application Due
at 4 p.m.
Committee Decision
5 p.m.
For Travel
On or After
September 18, 2013    September 27, 2013September 30, 2013
October 16, 2013 October 25, 2013 October 28, 2013
November 13, 2013 November 22, 2013 November 25, 2013 
December 4, 2013December 13, 2013 December 16, 2013 
January 15, 2014    January 24, 2014January 27, 2014
February 12, 2014February 21, 2014February 24, 2014
March 19, 2014March 28, 2014March 31, 2014
April 16, 2014April 25, 2014April 28, 2014
May 14, 2014May 23, 2014May 26, 2014
June 11, 2014June 20, 2014June 23, 2014

TAPS Grant Criteria and Forms 

Policies Approved by Faculty-Senate, March 2009
Format Updated January 2014
Please use the 2014, simplified form in Word format or PDF format

  • Successful proposals include a narrative with clear organization, cohesion and a clearly-defined statement of purpose, goals and objectives. 
  • Successful proposals support institutional and/or unit goals and objectives.
  • Successful proposals demonstrate the proposed project's potential to contribute to the individual's professional development and/or scholarly/creative agenda.
  • Successful proposals demonstrate the significance and/or potential of the proposed project to contribute to the field, the knowledge domain and/or society.

Please follow all instructions for IRB approvals and budget documentation. Applications will be delayed until full documentation is included. Submit your signed cover sheet and application materials to the Faculty Senate Committee Assistant, Renee O'Brien, Academic Affairs, Administration 224.  

Final Reports and Receipts

TAPS Final Report Form (Word or PDF).

All recipients of TAPS grants are required to submit all receipts and a completed final report form (via email) to the CFE chair and to Renee O'Brien (Faculty Senate Committee Assistant) within 30 days of the recipient’s return from a trip. For recipients of TAPS grants who fail to do so or who fail to notify the committee of cancellation of a trip within 30 days after the scheduled trip, the unreported amount will be deducted from the maximum amount the recipient will be eligible to receive in the next fiscal year. These reports allow us to track the budget and prevent the loss of funds at the end of the fiscal year. Appeals to the Committee for Faculty Excellence (formerly the Teaching Excellence Committee) will be decided based on their merits.

Please contact Dr. Celena Kusch, CFE Chair, or your unit representative for questions about TAPS grants or other CFE issues. 

CFE Committee 2013-2014