Faculty Research and Development Assignments
The purpose of the research assignment is to enhance the value of faculty
members at Old Dominion University, both to the university and to the Commonwealth,
by providing assignments of certain faculty members to a semester or a year
of productive research related to their respective disciplines and clearly
designed to enhance their teaching effectiveness on the undergraduate or graduate
The purpose of the development assignment is to enhance the value of faculty
members at Old Dominion University, both to the university and the Commonwealth,
by providing to certain faculty members a semester or a year of structured
study in an area in which expertise is needed for the teaching function of
the institution and is not otherwise available to the University.
The provost and vice president for academic affairs may establish a limit on the number of research and development assignments to be awarded during one semester.
Any faculty member is eligible to apply for a research or development assignment
of one semester or one year provided he or she is a tenured full-time faculty
member who has accumulated five continuous years of service at Old Dominion
A faculty member is eligible to apply for an additional assignment
provided that five years of continuous service at the university have elapsed
since the return of the faculty member from the awarded research or development assignment. The department chair must certify that the courses normally assigned to the faculty member will be covered by other full-time members of the department during the leave.
An exception may be made in the case of a faculty member who has been requested to defer a faculty research and development assignment for the convenience of the university. Such an individual will be eligible for another research or development assignment five years from the completion date of the originally requested assignment period. In order to define clearly the university's position and to protect the interests of the faculty members who are asked to defer the research and development assignment, the provost and vice president for academic affairs must approve in writing and confirm agreements for deferral of research and development assignments for the convenience of the university. Such
assignment must have the approval of the department chair (after consultation
with the department), the dean, and the provost and vice president for academic
- Application Procedures
Application for a research assignment should include the following: (a) a
detailed proposal outlining the program of research to be undertaken during
the research assignment and approved by the chair of the department and the
dean of the college; (b) evidence of the faculty member's qualifications
for conducting this research, including documentation of previous research
accomplishments and publications; and (c) anticipated results of the research
assignment, including anticipated publications.
- Application for a development assignment should include the following: (a)
justification in terms of department, college, and university needs in relation
to long-term planning; (b) a detailed program for the development study, including
evidence that the faculty member has been admitted to a course of study at
a college or university, has made arrangements for participation or internship
in a relevant organization, or can otherwise demonstrate that the purposes
of the assignment can be carried out; and (c) a plan, approved by the chair
and dean, on the Faculty Research/Development Assignment Request Form for the establishment or revision of courses in the department that
will result from the development activity of the faculty member.
Applications for research or development assignments scheduled to begin in
the fall semester must be submitted to the provost and vice president for academic
affairs at least by January 1 of the previous academic year. Applications for
research or development assignments to begin in the spring semester must be
submitted to the provost and vice president for academic affairs at least by
September 1 of the same academic year.
- Length of Assignment
A faculty member may be granted a research or development assignment of one
semester or one full year. A faculty member who is approved for one semester
shall be assigned full time to research or development for that period and
shall receive regular compensation from the university, provided that he or
she accepts no other outside employment during the semester. The department
must agree that the courses normally taught by the faculty member can be offered
by the department without additional personnel. In other words, the faculty
member will be counted as one full-time equivalent faculty member on the workload
analysis, and the department must meet its normal faculty-student ratio as
if the faculty member were teaching full time.
A faculty member who chooses a one-year research or development assignment
shall receive one-half compensation from the university during this period
and may accept outside employment provided that the total income during
the academic year does not exceed the faculty member's contractual salary.
If the faculty member accepts outside employment for more than one-half
of the contractual salary, the reimbursement from the university will be adjusted
accordingly. If the department is meeting its stipulated faculty-student ratio,
one-half of the normal compensation of the faculty member will be available
to the department for the employment of additional personnel.
With the next annual review, the faculty member shall include a report on his or her research accomplishments during the assignment.
With the next annual review, the faculty member shall include a report on his or her development accomplishments during the assignment.
Any faculty member receiving a research or development assignment must agree
to return to full-time teaching and research duties at Old Dominion University
for a period of not less than one academic year.
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May 28, 1996
Revised December 7, 2009
Revised May 27, 2011
Revised March 5, 2013
Revised June 13, 2019