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Clemson CAREER Academy

The Office of Research Development (ORD) CAREER Development Academy provides a dedicated support structure for untenured junior faculty who are planning to submit National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) proposals.

NSF CAREER Awards

The NSF CAREER awards enable recipients to develop careers not only as outstanding researchers but also as educators demonstrating commitment to teaching, learning, and dissemination of knowledge. Successful Principal Investigators propose creative, effective research and education plans, developed within the context of the mission, goals, and resources of their organizations, while building a firm foundation for a lifetime of contributions to research, education, and their integration.

Academy Components

The Clemson CAREER Academy comprises workshops complemented by peer-support groups and peer-review activities.

Workshops

The workshops address the major sections of a CAREER proposal and cover CAREER proposal-writing strategies that faculty can apply to their projects. CAREER awardees, former NSF program officers, ORD personnel, and external consultants will lead the workshops.

Peer Groups

The Academy’s hands-on, peer-group activities are designed to coach and support faculty as they build their CAREER proposals piece by piece. Peer groups of 5–6 faculty will be formed based on the NSF divisions to which the PIs plan to submit their proposals. Faculty participants will be encouraged to share sections of their proposals with others in their peer groups for collective review and discussion. 

Peer-group participants will gain access to ORD staff support services such as assistance in deep editing, proofreading, and polishing the documents. Peer group members will have the opportunity to submit questions to external consultants via phone conferences. Post-NSF decision, ORD staff will offer support for faculty in deconstructing reviewer comments and will advise faculty on next steps.

Application Process

Participants in the Clemson CAREER Academy will be selected through a competitive application process. 

Faculty can participate in one of two tracks: (1) the workshop series alone or (2) the workshops and the peer-group sessions. Track 2 participants must commit to attendance at all workshops and peer group sessions. 

To participate in either track, faculty must meet all of the following eligibility criteria as specified by the CAREER solicitation: 

  • Be engaged in research and education areas supported by NSF CAREER award programs 
  • Be employed in a tenure-track (or tenure-track-equivalent) position as an assistant professor (or equivalent title) as of October 1, 2018 
  • Be untenured as of October 1, 2018 

Prospective participants in either track must submit applications by November 24, 2017. The application is available at https://goo.gl/forms/7Ws4373T6WMywDKr1. Accepted applicants will be notified by November 29, 2017.

Preliminary Schedule

Workshops and peer group meetings will occur according to the following schedule:

Date and Time

 Location

Topic

Presenters/Facilitators

November 10, 2017
3:00–4:00 P.M.

This event is open to all faculty. All others are open only to registered participants. 

Academic Success Center,  Room 118

Overview of the NSF CAREER program, determining the ideal time to submit a CAREER proposal

Chris Paredis, Sez Atamturktur, & Jane Jacobi

Video & Presentation

December 8, 2017
3:00–4:00 P.M.

Academic Success Center,  Room 118

Keys to success in writing a CAREER proposal: Fitting a CAREER proposal in your research portfolio and career arc 

Chris Paredis, Sez Atamturktur, Jane Jacobi, & successful CAREER PIs

December 15, 2017
3:00–4:00 P.M.

ASC, room TBD

Peer group meetings

ORD staff

January 19, 2018
3:00–4:00 P.M.

Academic Success Center,  Room 118

Keys to success in writing a CAREER proposal:

Project Summary, Part 1: Objectives, goals, research questions, and hypotheses

Chris Paredis, Sez Atamturktur, Jane Jacobi, & successful CAREER PIs

January 26, 2018
3:00–4:00 P.M.

ASC, room TBD

Peer group meetings

ORD staff & external consultants

February 16, 2018
3:00–4:00 P.M.

Academic Success Center,  Room 118

Keys to success in writing a CAREER proposal:

Project Summary, Part 2: Education theories and the education plan; integration between research and education

Chris Paredis, Sez Atamturktur, Jane Jacobi, & successful CAREER PIs

Panel of Key Contacts: Clemson faculty focused on education research

February 23, 2018
3:00–4:00 P.M.

ASC, room TBD

Peer group meetings

ORD staff & external consultants

March 9, 2018
3:00–4:00 P.M.

 

Academic Success Center,  Room 118

Keys to success in writing a CAREER proposal: Broader impacts and broadening participation; outreach/diversity resources

Chris Paredis, Sez Atamturktur, Jane Jacobi, & successful CAREER PIs

Panel of Key Contacts: Clemson contacts for addressing broadening participation: DNA Learning Center, PEER/WISE, Clemson Online, Creative Inquiry, etc.

March 16, 2018
3:00–4:00 P.M.

ASC, room TBD

Peer group meetings

ORD staff & external consultants

April 6, 2018
3:00–4:00 P.M.

Academic Success Center,  Room 118

Keys to success in writing a CAREER proposal: Assessment

Chris Paredis, Sez Atamturktur, & Jane Jacobi 

Panel of Key Contacts: Clemson faculty with expertise in evaluation

April 20, 2018
3:00–4:00 P.M.

ASC, room TBD

Peer group meetings

ORD staff & external consultants

May 4, 2018
3:00–4:00 P.M.

Academic Success Center,  Room 118

Keys to success in writing a CAREER proposal: Supplemental documents (the budget, data management plan, letters of collaboration, departmental support letter, etc.)

Chris Paredis, Sez Atamturktur, Jane Jacobi, & OSP staff

May 11, 2018
3:00–4:00 P.M.

ASC, room TBD

Peer group meetings

ORD staff & external consultants

June to July
Times by appointment

Strom Thurmond Institute, room TBD

Individual editing and review

ORD staff & external consultants

Late fall
Times by appointment

Strom Thurmond Institute, room TBD

Review of NSF comments

ORD staff

The Academy is coordinated by Dr. Chris Paredis, BMW Endowed Chair in Automotive Engineering; Jane Jacobi, ORD staff; and Dr. Sez Atamturktur, Assistant Vice President for Research Development. Please contact ORD at vprord@clemson.edu for further information.