The Probationary Faculty Support Program is supported by the Division of Academic Affairs and administered by the Office of Faculty Development. It provides funding for 3 units of reassigned time for either Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 to assist probationary, tenure-track faculty in meeting the qualifications for retention, tenure, or promotion. While tenure-track faculty members in their third through fifth years and those who have not previously received awards under this program will be given priority, all probationary, tenure-track faculty can apply. A total of 13-15 awards are available, depending on funding. If you have any questions, you may contact Ashley Samson at
The proposed project must meet one of the following objectives:
- to complete research the applicant has already initiated; or
- to initiate research and publication projects, including pedagogical research.
- Use of reassign time to develop pilot data and a proposal for a larger extramural grant is also eligible for support through this program.
Probationary, tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply. While tenure-track faculty members in their third through fifth years and those who have not previously received awards under this program will be given priority, all probationary, tenure-track faculty can apply.
The Probationary Faculty Support Program Selection Committee, consisting of CSUN faculty from each of the eight colleges and the Oviatt Library, recommends projects for funding to the Directors of Faculty Development.
a. Significance and broader implications:
i. Does the proposal provide evidence that the project will make a significant contribution to the faculty member’s success (i.e. does the faculty clearly demonstrate how this project with contribute to their RTP)?
ii. Does the proposal provide evidence that the project will contribute to the applicant’s field of study and/or the field of pedagogy?
iii. Does the proposal provide evidence on how this pro Hintject can benefit CSUN students’ learning (directly or indirectly)?
b. Prospects for success:
i. Are sufficient resources available to the applicant to effectively conduct the project?
ii. Is the methodology appropriate to achieve the expected outcome(s)?
iii. Is the timeline realistic?
iv. Does the project contain adequate dissemination plans?
v. Does the applicant’s submitted CV provide evidence of the applicant’s ability to conduct the project?
vi. If the applicant has received previous support from the Probationary Faculty Support Program, did s/he utilize the award effectively? Did s/he complete the requisite report(s)?
i. Is the problem clearly presented (e.g., strong rationale, significance of the problem)? Hint: strong proposals are easily understood by your colleagues outside your department/college/discipline.
ii. Are the project’s outcomes clearly identified?
iii. Are the format requirements met?
iv. Is the application cover sheet complete, including requisite signatures?
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.