Deans and Chairs have a pivotal role to play in supporting this culture of student scholarship and setting the expectation that mentoring undergraduate research and creative activities is an important use of their faculty's time. The goal is for all departments to identify avenues for participation in the initiative.
Therefore, the Students as Scholars QEP Leadership Council recommends that Deans and Chairs, in collaboration with their faculty:
- Recognize and reward support for undergraduate student research and creative projects in annual faculty reviews and renewal, promotion and tenure decisions. The Faculty Handbook explicitly recognizes "genuine excellence in teaching" as one of two primary bases for tenure and promotion, and departments are encouraged to consider faculty support for undergraduate student research and creative projects as a component of demonstrating teaching effectiveness.
- Emphasize undergraduate student mentorship as an important faculty role in recruiting new faculty.
- Identify how adjunct and term faculty can support student scholarship in ways that are appropriate to their responsibilities.
- Create strategies that allow faculty to count mentoring undergraduates as part of their teaching load.
- Encourage faculty to request support for undergraduates in their grant applications.
- Invite OSCAR staff to speak at faculty meetings and share information about our programs.
- Nominate faculty for the OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award, and their students for the OSCAR Student Excellence Award.
- Initiate a fund for material or travel grants for faculty to help offset the costs of supporting an undergraduate student.
- Encourage community and industry partners to sponsor undergraduate student scholarly projects.
- Include measures of success in mentoring undergraduate scholarship when summarizing unit accomplishments (e.g. number of RS courses taught, the number of faculty who have supervised undergraduate research, number of publications and presentations with undergraduate co-authors).
- Feature faculty-undergraduate projects on websites, alumni news, and other publicity materials.
-adopted Spring 2012