About Scholarship at CWU
CWU is committed to the creation, dissemination, and preservation of knowledge through research, scholarship, and creative expression. Engagement in scholarly and creative expression activities adds benefit for students, the university, and local, regional, and global communities. As a member of the faculty, you are expected to be a teacher-scholar working in the interests of your students, your discipline, and the region.
These pages provide a one-stop shop for scholarship and creative expression resources at Central Washington University. Scholarship Resources provide policy and professional development resources. Scholarship Support Systems gives information on the management systems and software used at CWU to support scholarship and creative expression. Scholarship Forms has links to forms related to scholarship and creative expression including sabbatical application, grant writing forms, and travel forms.
Scholarship Workload: A typical faculty workload will have around 13% (6 wlu) dedicated to scholarship and creative expression. The Collective Bargaining Agreement between the United Faculty of Central and CWU guarantees untenured tenure-track faculty six workload units of scholarship annually.
Reappointment, Tenure, Promotion, and Post-Tenure Review: Faculty are expected to produce scholarship and creative works according to the University, college, and department criteria. University and college criteria can be found on the Provost’s website under Faculty Resources.
Please contact the Associate Provost for Undergraduate and Faculty Affairs if something you need is missing so it can be added.
- Research and Sponsored Programs: The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs can assist you in identifying external funding opportunities based on your areas of interest and expertise. Their job is to support you from conception through post-award processes. They work closely with the Business and Financial Affairs Post Awards Manager on the financial side of grants and contracts. Here is a list of resources to get you started on locating a funding source for your project.
- University Advancement (Private Foundations and Corporate Grants): University Advancement supports faculty in funding through private foundation and corporate grants. Contact the Director or Foundation Relations and/or Director of Community and Corporate Relations.
- Internal Research and Creative Expression Grants: Several internal research grant programs are offered through the School of Graduate Studies and Research. Be sure to check with your college Dean’s office to see if there are any college specific internal grants or funding opportunities to support your scholarship.
- Internal Travel Grants: The School of Graduate Studies and Research offers a Faculty Travel Award. Be sure to check with your department and your college Dean’s office to see if there are any department/college specific internal sources of funding to support your work related travel. Don’t forget that Professional Development money provided through the Collective Bargaining Agreement can be used to support your travel.
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has created a Canvas module with On-Demand Training for Principal Investigators (PIs), Co-PIs, and other interested faculty and staff who are actively searching for funding or for those who currently have funding to carry out their research.
Required research training:
- Human Subjects Research Basic online CITI training for all researchers doing studies with human subjects.
- IACUC online CITI training for all researchers doing studies involving animals.
Recommended research training:
- Review CWU Conflict of Interest (COI) policy and CBA - Article 14 – Conflicts of Interest (Researchers submitting NSF proposals are required to sign a CWU COI form prior to submission).
- Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) online CITI training is required of students involved in research as part of an NSF or NIH grant. Review the RCR procedures.
- Researchers working in laboratory settings with chemicals should take relevant trainings housed on the Environmental Health and Safety website and review the Laboratory & Research Safety page. Some departments have department specific safety training so check with your department administrative staff for required and recommended training.
Sabbatical leaves are an important means of supporting faculty success. Faculty may apply for sabbatical leave during their sixth full year of employment or the sixth full year after their last sabbatical. The Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement – Article 19: Sabbatical contains eligibility and process information.
Useful Scholarship Links
Scholarship Support System Information
Documentation of Scholarship: Faculty 180 is the software used to enter and approve faculty workload plans and to document faculty work. The link to Faculty 180 is in your MyCWU Faculty Dashboard in the Applications box. See Faculty 180 Guidelines to determine the documentation required to demonstrate your scholarly success.
Survey Software: Qualtrics Online Survey Software is available to faculty for use on University projects.
Statistics Software: SPSS is available for faculty use on University projects.
- Scholarship Forms