Academic Affairs

Faculty Development

Office of Research and Creative Scholarship

Emerson College is committed to creating a campus environment that supports and promotes superior research, premier creative activities, and innovative scholarly pursuits. The mission of the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship is to serve the Emerson community by providing information, personal assistance, services, and programs to those who seek financial support for scholarly endeavors.

The Office will also provide college-wide leadership in the development of research and sponsored program activities, and work closely with faculty, staff and senior administrators in shaping the effort to build a more robust program of grants and sponsored research.

The Office is also involved with several internal grant programs, including the Faculty Advancement Fund Grant (FAFG) and the Part-Time Faculty Professional Development Fund Grant (PTFF). More information on these grants can be found on the Internal Grant Programs page.

Instructional Technology Group (ITG)

The Instructional Technology Group supports faculty use of technology for teaching and learning. ITG offers individual consultations and technology recommendations tailored to your teaching style, subject matter, and student learning goals.

Faculty Awards

Norman and Irma Mann Stearns Distinguished Faculty Award
In 1993 a generous endowment by Dr. Norman Stearns and Irma Mann Stearns was used to establish a distinguished faculty award in their name. The award is presented annually to a full-time faculty member in recognition of outstanding scholarly or creative achievement and has a stipend of $3,000. The money may be used to enhance an ongoing project or for the development of a new scholarly or creative endeavor. Travel is strongly encouraged as part of the project.

Contact the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship for information regarding submissions and deadlines.

Gold Key Honor Society / Helaine and Stanley Miller Award for Outstanding Teaching
Each academic year, the Emerson College Gold Key Honor Society selects two Emerson faculty, one from the full-time faculty and one from the part-time faculty, who consistently receive high Teacher/Course Evaluation ratings. In keeping with Gold Key's standards of high academic achievement, an important criterion for selection is the high academic standards established by the faculty members.

The part-time faculty award is a stipend of $1,000. The full-time faculty award, known as the Helaine and Stanley Miller Award for Outstanding Teaching, is $1,500.

Emerson College Alumni Award for Teaching Innovation
The Emerson College Alumni Award for Teaching Innovation is an annual award of $2,500 presented by the Emerson College Alumni Association to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in innovation by engaging students in active learning in and out of the classroom.  Nominees are full- or part-time faculty members who employ effective new teaching methods and/or utilize technology to enhance learning.  The nominees provide a stimulating environment that encourages students to challenge the intellectual and creative status quo and discover new ways to accomplish their goals. The Emerson College Alumni Award for Teaching Innovation is presented at the Gold Key Honor Society ceremony.

For additional information on these and other faculty development opportunities and support, contact Angela Hampton-Frisby in the Office of Academic Affairs.

Charles Wesley Emerson College Professor

  • This special title, which can be added to an existing rank, may be conferred only upon individuals who have received external recognition of exceptional distinction.
  • This title signifies achievements that transcend traditional accomplishments in the field and is given to an individual who will enhance the reputation and prestige of the College.
  • This title may be held as long as the full-time faculty member has an appointment at the college.


In the event of a faculty member receiving external recognition of exceptional distinction (e.g., an Academy Award, membership to the Board of a National Academy, a Pulitzer Prize, or a recognition of comparable distinction), a member of the Faculty or Administration may nominate the recipient to hold the honorific title of "Charles Wesley Emerson College Professor." The President, in consultation and in conjunction with Faculty Council, may confer the distinction to a full-time faculty member in recognition of an achievement that transcends traditional accomplishments in the field. The title will be held as long as the faculty member has an appointment at the college.

Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL)

The CITL’s mission is to enable student learning by providing the faculty with professional development opportunities in teaching, by promoting academic support programming for student learning, and by providing guidance and mechanisms for garnering evidence of student learning for accountabilities and improvements.

Process for a Special Leave (Presidential Leave)

Note: Presidential leaves have been awarded for 2016-2017. Applications are open for Presidential Leaves in 2017-2018.

A faculty member may request a Special Leave for up to one year on a paid or unpaid basis. Only the President may grant a Special Leave.

A special leave may be paid or unpaid and is granted at the discretion of the President. Leave requests for the next semester are made no later than the first month of the preceding semester. Up to two paid leaves are given per academic year.

A special leave allows a faculty member to accept an exigent and extraordinary opportunity for advancement and achievement. Leave requests need to demonstrate how a particular project will be advanced or completed, or how an honorific appointment can enhance a scholarly or creative trajectory and/or provide visibility for the College. Ordinarily, a special leave will not affect the tenure or sabbatical clock for tenure line faculty.

The Provost and the School/Institute Deans will review special leave requests by faculty and send their recommendation to the president.  Faculty members should provide an executive summary detailing the request along with supporting documents such as contracts, invitations, award letters, or deal memos. This should be sent to the School/Institute Dean with a copy to the President.

A faculty member who takes a paid special leave must agree in writing to return to service at the College for at least one full academic year, beginning with the start of the next academic year, immediately following the leave. Ordinarily, if the leave is one semester in length, the faculty member agrees to teach a 3-course load or the equivalent during the alternate semester.  In the rare event of a year-long leave, the faculty member teaches a 3-course load the first semester upon return.

Faculty Dialogues

These informal meetings among faculty and staff provide a chance for faculty members to meet each other, discuss their scholarly and creative work, address teaching issues, and consider possible collaborations. They also offer a forum for the Academic Affairs staff to learn about faculty concerns, answer questions, and learn how to support faculty in their teaching and research.

Faculty Dialogues take place at the Ansin Building, 180 Tremont Street, 13th floor, Conference Room 1300. For schedule information, contact Angela Hampton-Frisby.

Core Fulbright Scholar Program

The Core Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. For more information on eligibility, the application, and more, visit the Core Fulbright Scholar Program page.

For more information from Emerson College, please contact Eric Asetta, Executive Director for the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship.