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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:
Reviews sabbatical proposals, due electronically to CFE chair by the first Monday in October. Sabbatical policies are listed in the
Faculty Manual (chapter 4). The detailed policies and procedures, including required elements of the proposal appear in the
Faculty Handbook (on pages 17-18).
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.
Tenured faculty members, tenure-track faculty members, and full-time instructors who are applying for TAPS funds are encouraged to apply early, at least one to two months prior to the start of their project or beginning of travel. Lead time for the committee to review and vote on electronic applications is at least two weeks during the regular semester and three weeks over breaks. This time could be extended if your application is missing relevant documentation or requires revision. 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, but faculty members cannot apply for a second grant until receipts have been submitted for their first grant. In accordance with University policy, TAPS grants cannot be awarded for travel that has already occurred.
TAPS grants follow the USC Upstate fiscal year calendar. Faculty are eligible for $1750 toward eligible projects each fiscal year (July 1-June 30). Faculty members traveling internationally (excluding Canada) are eligible for an additional $250 toward international travel expenses or a total of $2000 for TAPS funding in a single fiscal year.
Policies Approved by Faculty Senate, September 2014
Format Converted to Electronic January 2015
TAPS Grant Application in SharePoint is now available. Paper applications will no longer be accepted.
NOTE: Projects requiring IRB approval cannot be funded without appropriate IRB documentation.
The main purpose of TAPS funding is to support individual faculty members in their faculty development. Eligible projects are aligned with promotion and tenure, administrative review, and post-tenure review categories of teaching, research, and service.
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.
Dr. David Damrel, CFE Chair, or your unit representative for questions about TAPS grants or other CFE issues.
Faculty ChairHolly Pae
Past Faculty Chair Paul Grady
2011 Faculty Manual
2006 Faculty Manual
1996 Faculty Manual
(pending Board of Trustee approval)
Final Committee Reports
Evaluation and Review Forms
University Budget Information
Meeting Dates 2015-2016
Senate Roster 2015-2016
Committee List 2015-2016
The University of South Carolina Upstate is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of USC Upstate. Comments or Complaints?