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 the Faculty Advancement Fund Grant (FAFG) and the Part-Time Faculty Professional Development Fund Grant (PTFF). More information on these two grants can be found on the Internal Grant Programs page.
Dr. Norman Stearns and Irma Mann Stearns
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 Jill Davidson in the Office of Academic Affairs 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.
For additional information on these and other faculty development opportunities and support, contact Jill Davidson in the Office of Academic Affairs.
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)
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. Ideally, 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 Chief Academic Officer (CAO) and the 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 event of a year-long leave, the faculty member teaches a 3-course load the first semester upon return.
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 1302. For schedule information, contact Jill Davidson.
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, application FAQs and more, visit the Core Fulbright Scholar Program page.
For more information from Emerson College, please contact Elizabeth Demski.
Office: 180 Tremont Street (Ansin Building), 13th Floor
Connect with your professor outside the classroom!
The Food for Thought Program provides undergraduate students an opportunity to discuss class work, career aspirations, or just learn more about your faculty mentors.
Even without a meal plan. Each Semester, students can take one faculty member to a meal for free. Simply swipe your card to pay for the meal and bring a meal ticket for the faculty member.
This option is available in the Little Building dining hall. You receive two meals (you and your faculty guest) for this program a semester.
Regardless of whether you have a meal plan, two additional meals will available to you and accessible through your student ID. When you bring a faculty member to lunch, you’ll swipe your ID twice and then the faculty swipes their ID as well.
Please download this flyer for an invitation and conversation starters.
Emerson College completed its full ten-year review for reaccreditation in 2012-2013.