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November 7 Deadline for Faculty Development Council Grants

Spring 2019 Faculty Development Council FellowsThis academic year brings changes to the Faculty Development Council (FDC) programs. While the deadline has traditionally been January 21 (and last year, for the new Fellows program, shortly thereafter), we are changing the deadlines for both the Grant (Track 1) and the Fellows program (Track 2) to November 7.

Moving to a November review will:

  • allow the FDC Fellows program to be spread out over the course of the spring semester, rather than compressed into less than three months as it was in 2019;
  • allow for clearer distinctions for eligibility for ORED internal funding awards; and
  • distribute staff workload for managing internal funding review over two semesters rather having both of the largest programs submit in the spring.

Of note, for this cycle only, because of the change in deadline, current (FY2019) awardees who can demonstrate that their award is ready for closeout are eligible to apply to the Fellows program. 

Please share this information with your faculty to make sure that no one who might have been planning to apply is caught unawares. 

Application guidelines for the both programs can be found on the Internal Funding Opportunities website - these detailed guidelines will answer many questions about eligibility and applications. However, If there are additional questions, contact Angela Jordan at

Research Compliance Training: New Policy and 2019-20 Schedule

Thumbnail of 2019-20 RCR scheduleUSA is committed to building a strong foundation in the standards of responsible conduct of research (RCR). To affirm our commitment, USA has updated its RCR Training Policy to require that faculty engaged in research and other sponsored and unsponsored projects receive RCR instruction. Specifically, the training plan includes both online RCR instruction and face-to-face classroom instruction. These details are outlined in the policy, Section 4.6 “USA RCR Training Plan” accessible at: 

RCR instruction is intended to promote ongoing discussion and consideration of scientific approaches, academic and collegial relationships and collaborations, and the ethical sensitivities accompanying the research culture. Practicing research responsibly should be integrated into the culture of research.

A PDF of the 2019-2020 RCR Workshop Series Schedule can be downloaded for printing and distribution. The first workshop will be held Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at the Faculty Club from 2:30-3:30pm. 

Please make sure that you pre-register for all workshops. 

Registration Link:

If you have questions contact Angela Williams via email ( or phone (251) 460-6509.

David Furman Joins South as Director of Information Technology and Risk Compliance

David FurmanMr. David Furman has been appointed as the Director of Information Technology and Risk Compliance. The position reports jointly to Chris Cannon, Assistant Vice President and Director of Information Technology Services and Lynne Chronister, Vice President of Research and Economic Development. Mr. Furman assumed the role on September 3rd, 2019. He formerly served for over 20 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Most recently he served in the Mobile Office as a Special Agent and dealt with international issues including foreign influence, security and threat reduction. David received his undergraduate degree and law degree from the University of Alabama.

The position was created to respond to growing concerns and regulations and requirements by the federal government to regarding the undue influence of foreign governments and individuals on universities in the United States. Many federal agencies including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, U.S Department of Agriculture have new restrictions and reporting requirements. Mr. Furman will be the Point of Contact for issues and policies relating to foreign influence, Controlled Unclassified Information, security plans required by federal and state agencies and organizations and related issues.

Mr. Furman's office is in the Administration Building. He can be contacted at (251) 460-7994 or

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Twitter screen shot showing RCDL feed with posts on Fall Forums.If you're on Twitter, follow @usardl to get updates from Research Communications, Development and Learning. We usually make a few tweets each week, and stay on point with information about
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ResearchAdmin@South is a publication of the Department of Research Communications, Development and Learning (RCDL). It is your source for research administration news and updates pertinent to USA employees, and a tool for getting your news out to the people who need to hear it. 

ResearchAdmin@South is published monthly and archived online. Our final issue of the year will be distributed on November 21, 2019.

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