Faculty Development

Pathways to Tenure Grant

Grant Name Update

The new Pathways to Tenure Grant is replacing the Probationary Faculty Support Program Grant! Just as before, this competitive peer-reviewed internal CSUN grant provides support to assist untenured faculty members in moving forward with their scholarship, research or creative activities. The proposed project must make a case on how it will aid in meeting the qualifications for retention, tenure, or promotion. The exciting new update about this grant is that now, faculty who are selected to earn one of these grants will now have the opportunity to pick one of the following award options:

Requests for Proposals & Deadline (new extended deadline, now Monday March 20, 2023)

We invite untenured faculty to apply for the Pathways to Tenure Grant opportunity. Review the application requirements, communicate with your chair and dean to collect signatures well before the due date of Monday, March 20, 2023 at 4 p.m. Learn more details about this grant below.

 Grant Information

What is the Pathways to Tenure Grant?

The Pathways to Tenure Grant is supported by the Division of Academic Affairs and administered by the Office of Faculty Development. It is designed to assist tenure-track faculty in their first through fifth years in meeting the qualifications for retention, tenure, or promotion. Each awardee will select one of two options:

  1. Funding for 3 units of reassigned time for either Fall 2023 or Spring 2024; or
  2. Tuition for the Faculty Success Program of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)

A total of 15-17 awards are available. If you have questions, you may contact Amanda Baugh and/or facdev@csun.edu

How should I choose between the two options for funding?

Funding for Reassigned Time: This option supports faculty members who have a clearly defined research plan and clear understanding of how to implement it. It helps tenure-track faculty meet the qualifications for retention, tenure, or promotion by providing dedicated time to carry out their proposed project.

 Tuition for the Faculty Success Program: This option supports faculty members who have a project at the stage where they can write every day, and are interested in changing their approach to time management. The Faculty Success Program (FSP) is a 12-week online program designed to help faculty develop “the skills necessary to increase research and writing productivity while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.” FSP participants attend weekly small-group meetings with a certified coach and complete learning modules and homework. They can expect to dedicate 4-5 hours per week in order to meet the program requirements. You can learn more about the program here.

Who is eligible to apply?

Tenure-track faculty in their first through fifth years are eligible to for this award. Those requesting reassigned time and in their third through fifth years are particularly encouraged to apply. Those in their first-third year can especially benefit from the FSP award option. 

Individuals in their first and second years and those who have received awards under this program may receive awards, but priority will be given to those in their third through fifth years and those who have not yet received a Pathways to Tenure Grant (or its predecessor, a Probationary Faculty Support Program Grant).

What is the review process?

Proposals will be evaluated by the Pathways to Tenure Grant Selection Committee, consisting of CSUN faculty from each college and former Faculty Success Program awardees. The committee recommends projects for funding to the Director of Faculty Development.

What types of projects are supported?

The proposed project must meet one of the following objectives:

  • To develop/complete research the applicant has already initiated; or
  • To initiate research and publication projects, including pedagogical research.
  • Use of reassigned time to develop pilot data and a proposal for a larger extramural grant is also eligible for support through this program.
  • NOTE: Because the FSP training helps faculty members cultivate a daily writing practice, proposed projects for applicants requesting FSP tuition must involve developing research the applicant has already initiated.

What are the evaluation criteria?

Significance and broader implications:

  • Does the proposal provide evidence that the project will make a significant contribution to the faculty member’s success (i.e. does the faculty member clearly demonstrate how this project with contribute to their RTP)?
  • Does the proposal provide evidence that the project will contribute to the applicant’s field of study and/or the field of pedagogy?
  • Does the proposal provide evidence on how this project can benefit CSUN students’ learning (directly or indirectly)?

Prospects for success:

Does the applicant’s submitted CV provide evidence of the applicant’s ability to conduct the project?

If applying for release time:

  • Are sufficient resources available to the applicant to effectively conduct the project?
  • Is the methodology and timeline appropriate to achieve the expected outcome(s)?
  • Does the project contain adequate dissemination plans?

If applying for the Faculty Success Program:

  • Is the project developed significantly enough to be able to commit to a daily writing practice related to the project?
  • Is the timeline realistic for substantial progress to be made on the project?
  • Does the project contain a plan for future publication, submission and/or peer review plans? 

If the applicant has received previous support from this program (or its predecessor, the Probationary Faculty Support Program), did they utilize the award effectively? Did they complete the requisite report(s)?



  • Is the problem the scholarship direction address clearly presented (e.g., strong rationale, significance of the problem)? Hint: strong proposals are easily understood by your colleagues outside your department/college/discipline.
  • Are the project’s outcomes clearly identified?
  • Are the format requirements met?
  • Is the application cover sheet complete, including requisite signatures?

What is required of me after I complete my project?

Recipients who receive reassigned time are required to complete a final report by June 17, 2024. Recipients who receive tuition for FSP are required to complete an evaluation within one month of the end of the training.

What about support programming?

Faculty development has several offerings aimed toward faculty grant winners on topics relevant to your work, including writing productivity, grant-writing workshops (for both CSUN and external grants), faculty writing communities, and one-on-one consulting on projects. While not required to attend, grant winners are encouraged to take advantage of the resources we have and will be given “first option” when we are signing up participants.

What is the timeline?

March 7, 2023

  • Application materials must be submitted by email to facdev@csun.edu by 4:00 PM.
  • Please send one email that contains two PDF documents:
    • One file containing a completed cover sheet with required signatures
    • One file containing your proposal narrative. This file should contain your Project Title but not your name or any other identifying information

Early-April 2023     

  • Awards announced

Fall 2023 OR Spring 2024         

  • Reassigned time used to carry out proposed project, or
  • Faculty member participates in FSP training in the Fall, Spring, or Summer session. Evaluations are due within one month of the end of the training.

June 17, 2024

Final report due final report due for awardees who chose reassigned time

Samples of successful proposals

Impact of a Reassigned Time Award (with the former Probationary Faculty Grant)

Impact of Reassigned Time for Past Awardees

Select the arrows to flip through the full report.


Impact of the Faculty Success Program (with the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity)

Coming Soon

Where is FacDev located?

Valera Hall 215 (formerly University Hall)
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8473


How can I contact FacDev?



Who are the people in FacDev?

FacDev Base Team
Faculty Affiliates
Faculty Peer Reviewers
New Faculty Foundations Committee
Pathways to Tenure Grant Review Committee
Active Learning Ambassadors
eLearning Ambassadors