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Contract Faculty Research and Professional Development Fund

UWOFA’s Contract Faculty Research and Professional Development Fund was established in 2017. A call for applications goes out each fall.

The purpose of this funding is to support the participation of UWOFA Contract Faculty Members in professional development activities, academic conferences and research.

The total amount to be distributed is $10,000 for 2020. UWOFA provides $5,000 in funding each year, and Research Western are providing an additional $5,000 for this year. The distribution of monies is as follows: $5,000 is available for Limited-Term Members (which includes Members in a Limited-Term Appointment created under Clause 1.1 of the Article Transition Provisions of the 1998-2002 Collective Agreement and Members on a Limited-Term Appointment without a specified end date) and $5,000 is available for Part-Time Members (those holding a Limited-Duties Appointment or a Standing Appointment).

Only UWOFA Contract Faculty Members are eligible to apply for the funding. Each Member can submit only one application in any given year. A Member who receives funding in a year is not eligible in each of the next two years.

Funded activities or projects must either have been completed in the twelve months prior to the submission deadline – but due to the COVID situation extension of the deadline, we are permitting from May 1, 2019 onwards – or be completed within the twelve months following the submission deadline, although in exceptional circumstances in the latter situation an extension may be granted by the Committee for Contract Faculty. If the research project requires approval from Western Ethics Research Board or Animal Use Subcommittee, a copy of the approval documentation must be submitted with the application or forthwith once it is obtained.

The Adjudication Committee shall determine the recipients of the funding within one month of the submission deadline. An application may be funded in full or in part. Up to ten Limited-Term and up to ten Part-Time applicants may be funded in a given year.

The funding will normally be provided as reimbursement, after the funded Member submits receipts for expenses to UWOFA. In exceptional circumstances, a funded Member may request the funding in advance, in which case receipts must be submitted later. In all cases receipts must be submitted within one month of being selected for funding or completing the project or activity, whichever occurs later.

Acknowledgement and Reporting
Funded Members shall, in the project or activity, take reasonable steps to acknowledge UWOFA’s financial support. Funded Members shall, in a timely manner, provide UWOFA with a written report (not more than 500 words) on the completed project or activity.

List of funding recipients

Hida Behzadi (Faculty of Information & Media Studies)
Melanie Chambers (Arts & Humanities)
Monda Halpern (Social Science)
Les Kalman (Schulich Medicine & Dentistry)
Niki Sharan (Science)
Zachary Spicer (Social Science)
Olga Tararova (Arts & Humanities)
Jana Weerasinghe-Seijts (Ivey Business School)
Andrew Wenaus (Arts & Humanities)

Robert Barney (Health Sciences)
Pejman Habibie (Education)
Olga Kharytonava (Arts & Humanities) Read Olga’s Story
Khoa Nguyen (Science)
Karyn Olsen (Social Science)
Shannon Potter (Social Science)

Luke Arnott (Information and Media Studies)
Robert Cockcroft (Physics and Astronomy)  Read Robert’s Story
Jeremy Copeland (Information and Media Studies)
Isha DeCoito (Education)
Kane Faucher (Information and Media Studies)
Peter Krats (History)
Angela Pollak (Information and Media Studies)
Geoffrey Stewart (History)
Richard VandeWetering (Political Science)
Nina Zitani (Biology)

Andrea Allen (Women’s Studies and Feminist Research)
Laura Cayen (Women’s Studies and Feminist Research)
Andrew Iarocci (History)
Lori Kirkpatrick (Education)
Catherine E. Pratt (Classical Studies)
Bridget L. Ryan (Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry)
Jeffery Vacante (History)