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Faculty Excellence Committee

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:

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. Lead time for the committee to review and vote on applications is at least 10 days. Please remember, travel cannot be funded retroactively. 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 by
4 p.m.
If you plan to travel
on or after
Committee decision by
5 p.m.
July 16, 2014July 26, 2014July 25, 2014
August 13, 2014August 23, 2014August 22, 2014
September 17, 2014September 27, 2014September 26, 2014
October 15, 2014October 25, 2014October 24, 2014 
November 12, 2014November 22, 2014November 21, 2014
December 3, 2014December 13, 2014December 12, 2014
January 14, 2015January 24, 2015January 23, 2015
February 11, 2015February 21, 2015February 20, 2015
March 18, 2015March 28, 2015March 27, 2015
April 15, 2015April 25, 2015April 24, 2015
May 13, 2015May 23, 2015May 22, 2015
June 17, 2015June 27, 2015June 26, 2015

TAPS Grant Criteria and Application Forms 

Policies Approved by Faculty-Senate, September 2014
Format Updated September 2014
The Electronic TAPS Grant Application in Sharepoint is now available. Faculty who prefer to use the print format should 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. Faculty using print formats must submit the signed cover sheet and application materials to the Faculty Senate Committee Assistant, Renee O'Brien, Academic Affairs, Administration 224. Faculty using the electronic format do not need any further paper documentation.

Deadline for Submitting Receipts

In September 2014, the USC Upstate Faculty Senate voted to eliminate the requirement for final reports.

All recipients of TAPS grants are required to submit all receipts to their administrative assistants within 30 days of the recipient’s return from a trip or within 30 days of expenditure for non-travel grants. 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. Timely submission of receipts prevents 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 2014-2015