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For The Record

January 28, 2009

Wisconsin Week, the newspaper of record for UW-Madison, carries legally required notices for faculty and staff.

Call for proposals: 2009 WAGE Individual Faculty Research Awards

The Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE) has announced an individual grant competition to support research projects on globalization and the international economy. WAGE anticipates awarding one to three grants of up to $10,000, which will be available for use from June 1, 2009–June 30, 2010. WAGE hopes to offer this competition annually through June 2011.

The Faculty Research Awards aim to support research projects that explore the consequences of and challenges posed by economic globalization and its governance. WAGE defines economic globalization as encompassing all aspects of international interdependence resulting from intensified cross-border flows of goods, services, capital, people and ideas. WAGE is interested in institutions and arrangements for the governance of economic globalization at all levels — international, regional, national, and subnational — and interprets relevant policy areas broadly to include, as examples, trade, finance, industry, agriculture, environment, law, health care, labor, science and technology, social policy, exchange rates, and macroeconomic management. WAGE also welcomes proposals focused on social movements critical of globalization or raising questions of democratic accountability that accompany enhanced international interdependence.

All faculty are encouraged to apply for an award of up to $10,000 to cover any legitimate direct research expenses, such as graduate assistants, overseas travel, databases, books and materials, and workshop or conference expenses. All out-of-state travel expenses are subject to approval by the relevant supervising units. These grants may be allocated to cover faculty salaries, but some preference may be given to direct support of research expenses. Proposals that apply these funds toward PA or RA positions should budget for salary and tuition and demonstrate access to the necessary matching funds from another source, such as the faculty’s department. Alternatively, student assistants may be paid on an hourly basis. Awardees do not need to include additional money for fringes for salary paid from this grant.

Note that the principal investigators of the 2008–11 WAGE collaboratives are not eligible for this grant competition. However, faculty who signed on to collaborative proposals as affiliates but not as PIs are encouraged to apply for the individual awards. Projects that complement the chosen collaboratives will have the advantage of supporting WAGE’s key themes for the next three years. Information on current WAGE collaboratives is available on the WAGE Web site. PIs of 2005–08 WAGE collaboratives are eligible for these individual awards.

Studies that have direct relevance to the Wisconsin economy are especially welcome, as are requests for supplementary support for major projects that already have other funding sources. In the latter case, the proposal should list other sources of funding and the budget should show the overall cost of the project and the proposed contribution of the WAGE grant, including funds in hand and any additional matching support that may be conditional on receipt of the WAGE grant.

The primary criteria for judging proposals are the relevance of the topic and the quality of the research. In the case of requests for supplemental support, WAGE will also look to be sure the overall level of support for the project is adequate to ensure timely completion of the work. Both the amount and specific allocation of funds among research expenses are subject to university regulations and budgetary contingencies.

Winners may be asked to give a public research presentation organized by WAGE and to participate in other WAGE-sponsored events as may be appropriate. More extensive outreach plans are welcome but not required for the individual research awards. Recipients of WAGE awards will be expected to make written and oral reports to WAGE in a timely fashion. Award recipients must acknowledge WAGE support in any publications resulting from the research and allow WAGE to make results of this research available to the campus and the public through its Web sites, publications and reports.

Applications should be submitted no later than noon on Tuesday, March 24. To apply, please submit a short project description (no longer than 1500 words, double spaced) that details the research question(s) and methods of inquiry, along with a CV and a budget. To facilitate timely review, all proposals should be submitted electronically to Attachments should be in MS Office or PDF format and, to the extent possible, combined into a single document. WAGE also requests four paper copies of the entire application be sent to: Individual Research Award, Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE), UW-Madison, 321 Ingraham Hall.

Please address any questions or concerns to Alison Alter, WAGE associate director. WAGE anticipates reaching a decision by April 15. For more information on WAGE, visit WAGE.

Wisconsin Idea Seminar nominations due

Faculty and staff interested in learning about the state of Wisconsin and the university’s relationship to the state should apply for the Wisconsin Idea Seminar, a five-day tour of the state from May 18–22. The tour introduces faculty and staff to the Wisconsin Idea, the commitment to use university expertise and resources to address the problems of the state. Nominations are due to dean’s offices by March 1. The program is for new faculty, recently tenured faculty, new associate deans, new department chairs and lead academic staff with statewide responsibilities.

The seminar will include visits to the Aldo Leopold Shack, Baraboo; UW-La Crosse; the Ho-Chunk Nation, Black River Falls; Marshfield Clinic; Van der Geest Dairy, Merrill; Greenheck Fan Corporation, Schofield; Green Bay Correctional Institution; FPL Energy Point Beach Nuclear Power Plant, Two Rivers; and the Milwaukee public schools.

Each sponsoring school or college provides $550 per participant to cover room and board. All other costs are covered by a grant from the Evjue Foundation. For more information and for nomination forms, visit Wisconsin Idea Seminar or contact Miriam Simmons, assistant dean of the Graduate School.

Academic Staff Professional Development Grants available

Funds are available to support professional development activities for eligible academic staff. Twice annually, the Professional Development and Recognition Committee (PDRC) of the Academic Staff Assembly administers a proposal and selection process for professional development grants. Authorized and funded in part by UW System, the program’s main objectives are individual professional development, improved program quality, improved institutional effectiveness or design for diversity.

To be eligible, an academic staff member must have at least a 50 percent appointment and be applying for a professional development activity that occurs between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2009. In addition, half of the funding for the individual professional development activity must come from the staff member’s department, and staff must not have been awarded funding in the previous two rounds of competition (fall 2008 or spring 2008, for activities that occurred between June 30, 2008, and June 30, 2009).

Proposals should focus on training or retraining to improve the academic staff member’s effectiveness in their current roles. Funds can be used to send an individual to training or to bring a trainer to campus for work with a group of academic staff. Applications must be submitted to department chairs or directors by March 6. Applications that have been approved by department chairs or directors will be forwarded to the dean’s or director’s office, then to the Secretary of the Academic Staff by Friday, March 27.

Complete application instructions can be found online at Academic Staff Professional Development Grant Information.Contact Secretary of Academic Staff Colleen McCabe at 263-2985 with questions.

Nominations sought for Classified Employee Recognition Award

The nomination process is under way for the 2009 Classified Employee Recognition Awards, which recognize classified employees who have done outstanding work for the university community. Nominated candidates are evaluated on key factors that include promoting excellence within the work unit, performing well under pressure, developing innovative solutions to everyday problems and participating in public service activities outside normal work responsibilities.

The deadline for submitting nominations is Wednesday, Feb. 13. A committee will review the nominations and make the final choices. Recipients will receive a commemorative plaque, paid registration to an employee development program of their choice and a cash award. Those individuals also will be officially recognized in Wisconsin Week and be honored for their achievements at a special spring ceremony.

For more information, visit Classified Employee Recognition Award.

Call for proposals for 2009–10 Faculty Development Seminars in the Humanities

The Faculty Development Seminars in the Humanities enable an individual senior faculty member or a team of two senior faculty members to teach fellow faculty for 10 weeks in weekly two-hour seminars on a topic of interest across the humanities. The presiding faculty member(s) will receive course credit and the faculty member’s department will receive funds for a replacement lecturer. The 10 faculty members taking the course will receive research funds to recognize their selection and to cover the costs of materials. The presiding senior faculty member(s) as well as the participating faculty members will be chosen by a selection committee.

This is a call for proposals from senior faculty for the third year of seminars in the 2009–10 academic year. Two of these proposals will be chosen, one for each semester. One of these seminars will be led by an individual faculty member; the other seminar may be team taught by two faculty members from different departments in the humanities (both faculty members will receive teaching credit and their departments will receive funds for replacement lecturers).

Topics should be broadly conceived and of potential interest to a large number of humanities disciplines. To learn more about the seminars and to see examples of schedules and reading lists, visit Faculty Development Seminars.

Applicants must send: 1) one-page proposal for the seminar; 2) one-page preliminary syllabus for the ten weeks (the proposed format or weekly topics, sample readings); and 3) a curriculum vitae. Materials should be sent to Lara Kain, the Center for the Humanities, 218 Memorial Library, 263-3409. Direct questions to Susan Friedman, Institute for Research in the Humanities, or Sara Guyer, Center for the Humanities. Deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 13.