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College of Arts and Sciences Support and Development Awards (CASSDA)

Program Purpose, Eligibility, and Scope

Faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to apply for a College of Arts and Sciences Support and Development Award (CASSDA).  These awards are made from discretionary funds available to the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.The CASSDA award supports scholarly and/or creative activities.  Priority will be given to proposals by applicants who have not received a CASSDA in the previous year, junior faculty members, and senior faculty members undertaking a significant change in direction in their scholarly activities. The maximum award from CAS is $3000 or 1.5 hours alternative work assignment.  Only tenured or tenure-track permanent faculty members of the College of Arts and Sciences are eligible to apply.


CASSDA Awards are made twice per year and are synchronized with the fiscal year.  Awards made in Fall semester are to be used during the following January 1 to June 30, and awards made in Spring semester are to be used during the following July 1 to December 31.  Requests for exception to this cycle should be addressed to the Associate Deans. All use of funds must comply with relevant PASSHE policies. Faculty who receive awards are required to provide a final report as soon as possible and not later than three months after the grant period ends.   The report must indicate how the CASSDA award advanced the scholarly growth of the applicant in a way that is meaningful to the applicant, to the university, and to the scholarly discipline.  Faculty members are not eligible to apply for subsequent CASSDA awards until reports from previous CASSDA awards are received by the Dean’s Office.  In addition, faculty members receiving CASSDA awards must agree to serve on the CASSDA review committee in the future if needed.  Faculty members serving on the CASSDA Committee are ineligible to apply for a CASSDA award during their period of committee service.



Program Purpose and Budget Limitations


The purpose of the CASSDA program is to support and encourage scholarly and creative work by College of Arts and Sciences faculty.  The CASSDA program also provides an opportunity for faculty to gain valuable experience preparing grant proposals that will be peer-reviewed.  Receipt of a CASSDA award is a scholarly product that carries merit in the teacher-scholar models of many CAS departments and by tenure and promotion committees. Therefore, the quality of the applications is expected to be commensurate with professional, academic standards.


Specifically, CASSDA will fund the following types of activities:

  • To attend workshops and seminars to enhance professional skills.
  •  To purchase small pieces of equipment or supplies related to specific scholarly or creative projects.
  • To pay students assisting in faculty research.
  • To support travel related specifically to scholarly or creative projects.
  • To support travel for collaboration with a noted scholar or artist.
  • To pay for page charges and other publication costs.
  • To cover expenses associated with data collection.
  • To conduct on-campus colloquia or seminars for the purpose of professional growth.
  • To fund release time (AWA) to pursue scholarly projects (*stipulations apply).
  • To research and write a significant grant proposal for a program or project. (**stipulations apply).



*CASSDA funds can be used to provide 1.5 hours of release time (AWA) for faculty to pursue scholarly or creative projects only if the faculty member’s department provides an equivalent match.  AWA (1.5 hours) can be awarded through CASSDA if the department provides an additional 1.5 hours.  The CASSDA application must include a statement from the department chair stating that the department will provide the required match, indicate the source of the department funds, and schedule the AWA. The department's commitment can be obtained from any sources available to the department, including but not limited to its operating budget, overhead return from funded research, and Category D AWA.


**Those who receive CASSDA funds to support the development of other larger and/or external grant proposals must meet with the CAS Associate Dean and staff from the Office of Sponsored Research to discuss and outline the project, timeline, and budget.




CASSDA does not fund the following: travel to attend conferences, travel to present papers, local travel (within a 50-mile radius); purchase of equip­ment that is not tied to a specific research project; guest speakers; department speaker series; materials or supplies used for classroom instruction.  There are other sources of funding available through the Dean’s Office and elsewhere on campus for these purchases.  Faculty should approach their department chairs to discuss funding sources in support of these types of activities that are not eligible to be funded by CASSDA. 


Funds provided by a CASSDA award can not be used for salary, aka dual compensation or "stipend".  AWA assignments or dual compensation in summer will not be funded by CASSDA.

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