I. Academic Freedom
II. Code of Conduct
III. Participation in Political Activities
IV. Policy on Contributions
V. Mediation and Grievance System
VI. Faculty Work Loads & Assignments
VII. Supplemental Compensation Policy
VIII. Sabbatical Leaves
IX. Faculty Exchange
X. Support for Research
XI. Conflict of Interest
XII. Patent Procedures
XIII. Copyright Policy
XIV. Reproduction of Copyrighted Materials
XV. Academic Calendar & Compensation Periods
XVI. Summer Session and Interim Program
XVII. Internal Degree Candidacy
FACULTY CONDUCT AND COMPENSATION
X. Support for Research
The University of Alabama encourages research activities by faculty members through several support programs for research.
A. Departmental Support
1. Reassigned Time
The University commits its resources to research activities by providing time for faculty members to engage in research which is not sponsored by outside funding agencies. Initial decisions on time to be reassigned from teaching to research take place at the departmental level; the dean may participate in the decision. The dean and the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs receive regular reports on research productivity.
2. Expenses for Faculty Professional Travel
Subject to the availability of funds, the University may pay partial expenses of faculty members who participate in professional meetings as part of the meeting program. Allowable expenses for meetings outside Alabama include tourist-class travel, hotel, and meals; departmental chairpersons can explain expenses allowed for in-state travel. The University does not pay for annual dues of individuals in professional societies. Prior arrangements for reimbursement for travel must be made with the departmental chairperson or area head. The University publishes details and procedures for travel reimbursement from time to time; the published information controls all expense reimbursement. Copies of the current policy may be obtained from departments, deans? offices, and the Office for Academic Affairs.
B. Divisional Support
1. Allocation of Indirect Cost Recovery on Sponsored Contracts and Grants
Academic divisions receive the equivalent of at least forty percent of the indirect costs paid by research contracts and grants. One-half of these monies goes to the division, one-fourth to the department or area, and one-fourth to the principal investigator to be used for purposes other than salary for the investigators. These funds provide general support to enhance research programs and activities in the divisions and departments. Each division sets policies for the use of these divisional and departmental funds. Admissible uses include purchase and maintenance of equipment, printing of pamphlets and brochures showing research capability and results, typing of manuscripts, and taking any other action which has the potential to improve or promote research programs and which is approved by the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Comptroller.
Academic divisions also receive ten percent of the indirect costs paid by contracts and grants for instruction and public service. One-half of this ten percent goes to the division, one-fourth to the department or area, and one-fourth for use by those responsible for obtaining the contract or grant. Each division sets policies for the use of these funds, subject to constraints similar to those for funds from indirect costs for research.
C. Support from the Office for Academic Affairs
The support services listed below are supplemented in various ways when financial resources are available. Recent support has included Research Stimulation Awards, Summer Research Grants, and awards to Research Fellows.
1. Sponsored Programs
This office offers assistance to faculty and staff members in pursuing external sponsorship for research, instruction, and service programs. Office personnel obtain and disseminate descriptions and guidelines of support programs; review, coordinate, and transmit proposals and applications; assist in the negotiation of contracts and grants; and provide support services to program directors during the performance of sponsored activities. This office also assists in scheduling meetings with appropriate representatives of funding agencies and provides limited travel assistance for such meetings.
2. Information Services
The Seebeck Computer Center provides computing, network and Internet services to faculty, staff, students and the University of Alabama campus. The Faculty Resource Center provides hardware, software, training, and consulting services to faculty working on multimedia presentations, web pages and classroom materials. For information on computing and network services and campus computing issues, contact the Seebeck Computer Center Helpdesk, A203 Gordon Palmer Hall; phone 348-5555; e-mail HelpDesk@ua.edu; web site http://helpdesk.ua.edu. The University is a member of Internet2, the high-speed research and instruction network, and the Alabama Research and Education Network (AREN) which provides access to supercomputer services and state network services.
D. Research Advisory Committee
The Office for Research supports and coordinates awards recommended by the Research Advisory Committee. This faculty committee recommends grants for specific research projects proposed by faculty members. Normally these projects emphasize worthwhile research for which little outside money exists or for which initial support may lead to outside funding. The grants support needed research components such as compensation for research workers and clerical assistance, expenses for research-related travel, operating expenses, equipment expenses, and summer stipends. The Research Advisory Committee announces an application deadline each fall semester. Information about deadlines and about procedures for filing applications can be obtained from the Office for Research.