Faculty Enrichment

From teaching to assessment and research, we partner with various academic units to support faculty members to maximize available resources on campus for teaching and scholarship. Faculty wishing to pursue teaching innovations, assessment strategies, and research collaboration can work with the following units to get information and assistance. These academic units offer a variety of services and professional development opportunities to help faculty members enhance their community-based learning, teaching, and scholarship.

OU Internal Funding

The availability of internal funding to support faculty research and scholarship is an important indication of institutional commitment to its faculty. At the University of Oklahoma, internal funding is available centrally (open to faculty regardless of disciplinary, college, and/or department) and within colleges. Below is a list of internal funding opportunities and the web links to current information about each program.

Unless stated otherwise, the following programs are available to Norman Campus faculty and faculty at OU-Tulsa within Norman Campus programs.


Source of Funding Program Name Eligibility Typical Deadline(s)
Research Council Faculty Investment Program All Regular Faculty are eligible Monthly deadlines, August–April
Research Council Junior Faculty Fellowship All tenure-track assistant professors who are in the first four years of their tenure-track position First week of January
Senior Vice President & Provost Presidential International Travel Fellowships All Regular Faculty are eligible Mid-March
Senior Vice President & Provost Big 12 Fellowships All Regular Faculty are eligible March 1, July 1, October 1
Vice President for Research Arts & Humanities Faculty Fellowship All Regular Faculty are eligible (proposals should be significantly related to the arts and humanities) Late February
Vice President for Research, Senior Vice President & Provost Research Publication Support Program (Subvention Funding) All Regular Faculty are eligible Requests accepted at any time
Vice President for Research, OU Libraries Open Access Publication Funding All Regular Faculty are eligible Requests accepted at any time
OU Libraries Alternative Textbook Initiative All Regular Faculty are eligible March 31, 2016 at 5:00pm
OU Libraries DATA Grants All OU-Norman Affiliated Faculty, Staff and Students are eligible October 1, March 1
College of Arts and Sciences Junior Faculty Research Program Any tenure-track or renewable term faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences is eligible March 1
College of Arts and Sciences Senior Faculty Summer Fellowships Any Associate or full Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences is eligible Mid-March
College of International Studies International Programs Faculty Support Grants All faculty that are jointly or fully appointed in the Department of International and Area Studies and are engaged full-time in teaching and/or research are eligible February 1
College of International Studies CIS Junior Faculty Summer Research Fellowships All junior faculty jointly or fully appointed in the Department of International and Area Studies and engaged full-time in teaching and/or research on nine month contracts are eligible March 1
Graduate Dean and Vice Provost for OU-Tulsa Faculty Travel Assistance Grants Program All Regular Resident faculty in Tulsa First come, first served
OU Humanities Forum Humanities Forum Grants All regular OU faculty members October 30
All Colleges Faculty Travel Assistance – all colleges receive funding from the Vice President for Research in support of faculty travel All Regular Faculty are eligible – Contact appropriate college for more information Contact appropriate college


Source of Funding Program Name Eligibility Typical Deadline(s)
College of Arts and Sciences Instructional Technology Grants All regular full-time faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences are eligible Submissions are accepted at anytime
Senior Vice President & Provost Presidential Dream Course All regular full-time faculty TBD
Center for Teaching Excellence Course Innovation Program Instructors with record of high enrollment (600 students or more) classes Letters of Intent: mid February; Proposals due April 1

Professional Development

Source of Funding Program Name Eligibility Typical Deadline(s)
Senior Vice President & Provost Faculty Dependent Care Travel Grant Program All full-time regular faculty October 1 or February 1
Faculty Senate Ed Cline Faculty Development Awards All faculty at the rank of assistant professor and above February 1


Effective teaching empowers students to become successful lifelong learners. To this end, the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) aims to maximize the University’s academic impact by advancing innovation in the classroom and sharing expertise on teaching and learning. CTE strives to inspire, enable, and facilitate the education of students and instructors to create a pedagogically engaging environment.

From faculty learning communities to workshops, seminars, and orientations, CTE offers a variety of programs which engage faculty in continuous improvement of teaching. CTE’s programs seek to:

  • model best practices in teaching and learning in the classroom
  • encourage faculty to explore new teaching methods to enhance their student learning
  • assist faculty in implementing innovative educational technologies
  • support faculty in professional development in teaching
  • partner with departments to design and transform high-impact courses

For more information, please visit the Center for Teaching Excellence website.

Effective teaching empowers students to become successful lifelong learners.

College of International Studies

See the World

The mission of the College of International Studies (CIS) is to expand the OU international experience and develop compassionate, open-minded citizens and leaders by enhancing global engagement and education opportunities. The focus of CIS is to generate curiosity and a lifelong love for learning.

Housed in Hester Hall, CIS was created in 2011 due to an increasing emphasis on international studies at OU. Through study abroad, students and faculty have the opportunity to learn more about the global community, enrich the value of education and experience personal development.

CIS coordinates several study abroad programs and provides assistance and information to all faculty who are approved to lead OU study abroad programs at OU’s study centers or other locations around the world.

OU Study Centers – Students travel to study centers and take classes taught by OU professors and partner universities while immersing themselves into the culture of their surroundings. Study centers are Arezzo, Italy; Puebla, Mexico; and Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Arrezo is OU’s oldest study center, while Puebla and Rio opened summer of 2015.

Faculty-in-Residence – Professors live abroad at an OU Study Center for an academic year where they and teach two classes each semester and have the opportunity to spend time outside of the classroom with students during field trips and other faculty-organized cultural events.

Journey Programs – These programs are taught by OU professors for three to four weeks during early summer. Current journeys travel to Tanzania, Africa; China; Italy; Latin America; and Turkey. Faculty are asked to teach upper division general education courses that will attract students from a variety of majors.

College Sponsored Programs – These programs are led by professors from different OU colleges and are often focused on teaching courses within a specific major in order to fit within the required curriculum. These programs are traditionally offered in the summer, but can also go during winter break, and can last from 10 days to 15 weeks. Liaisons within each college have been appointed to assist with program development, forms, registration and travel approval.

For more information, contact the Education Abroad office at (405) 325-1693.

Research at OU

(Think Big)
The University of Oklahoma is an institution on the move. Classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Very High Research institution, placing it in the highest tier of research universities in the nation, OU is a vibrant engine for research and creative activity and a foundation for economic growth. Our Research Mission is to utilize the intellectual, technological, and administrative resources of the University of Oklahoma for the generation and dissemination of new knowledge to understand and improve all aspects of life and living.

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) serves the University community to enable success in research, scholarship and creative activity. The Aspire 2020 Framework guides the development and implementation of many initiatives and resources in support of research.

Several organizations within the OVPR provide specialized services and the OVPR website provides a one-stop shop for research and research-related information and services (https://vpr-norman.ou.edu).

Office of Research Services (ORS) – Works with faculty to support efforts in securing funding for their research, including submission of grant proposals, negotiating new funded grants and awards, and supporting financial needs on funding grants and awards (http://ors.ou.edu)

Center for Research Program Development and Enrichment (CRPDE) – Assists OU faculty, research scientists, postdocs and graduate students in their efforts to build strong and competitive programs for research, scholarship and creative activities (http://crpde.ou.edu)

Center for Applied Research and Development (CARD) – Supports faculty efforts to pursue new R&D opportunities focused on applied research and development across all disciplines (http://card.ou.edu).

Office of Undergraduate Research – Provides services and information to OU faculty and students interested in supporting and engaging in undergraduate research (http://www.ou.edu/undergraduate-research).

Office of Defense, Security, and Intelligence (DSI) – Targets efforts to increase substantially basic research, applied development, and training on the OU Norman Campus (and Norman Campus programs at OU-Tulsa), and in collaboration with the Health Sciences Center Campus as appropriate, in areas related to national defense, security and intelligence – (https://vpr-norman.ou.edu/office-of-defense-security-and-intelligence-programs)

Research Statistics and Analysis (RSA) – Gathers, analyzes and disseminates quantitative and qualitative information to support the research and creative endeavors of Norman and Tulsa Campus faculty and staff – (https://vpr-norman.ou.edu/research-statistics)

Research Council – Charged with the promotion and development of research and creative activity throughout the University community by reviewing proposals to allocate internal funds in support of faculty research and creative activity efforts – (https://vpr-norman.ou.edu/research-council)

Assessment at OU: It’s importance for Faculty and Student Success

At the University of Oklahoma, assessment is defined as a systematic and a continuous process of collecting and analyzing information for the purpose of improving student learning. As such, the assessment process at OU plays a fundamental and critical role in continuous improvement of the quality of student educational experiences, which is at the heart of our institutional mission. Further, assessment of student learning is required for institutional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

What’s in it for Students?

A well-structured assessment process contributes to student learning by:

  • Offering information to students about the knowledge, skills and values they can expect to demonstrate upon a successful completion of academic programs.
  • Giving students opportunities to become more self-reflective learners.
  • Providing students with understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses.

What’s in it for Faculty?

As an instructor, you can use assessment to:

  • Provide a more learning-focused, student-responsive classroom environment.
  • Utilize a variety of assessment strategies to gauge the extent to which students are achieving knowledge and skills as they occur.
  • Adjust the teaching process to accommodate gaps in learning that can be related to curriculum structure and/or methods of instruction.

For more information please visit the OU Office of Academic Assessment website.

A sabbatical leave provides faculty with sustained time to do their research and creative activities, develop new courses or programs, acquire new qualifications and skills, and network with colleagues within and outside of the University. The Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Program is an example of a sabbatical leave for research purpose.

A sabbatical leave is not granted automatically. Each request for a sabbatical leave must include details such as the nature of the leave, location, scholarly work and activities. Please visit the following files for further information.

Sabbatical Application Memo

Sabbatical Application Form

Sabbatical Leave Report

Sabbatical Report Example

The Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts: Its Importance for Faculty and Student Success

The Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts, as part of the University of Oklahoma, recognizes the universal language of the arts, their ability to speak across cultures and time, and the integral role of the arts in the improvement of the human condition in a culturally diverse environment.

The College promotes the arts through community-based outreach programs across the state, nation and internationally. As the comprehensive center for the arts in the state of Oklahoma, the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts is dedicated to providing quality experiences in the arts to all and to bringing recognition to the state as a member of the national community.

We strive to advance learning, teaching, scholarly and creative activity, and service. Faculty and students actively promote and contribute to the teaching profession, discover knowledge and share the expression of the human experience as performers, artists, and researchers. They enhance the discipline of the arts through professional service at the national and international levels.

What’s in it for Students?

  • State-of-the-art venues and facilities to perform, create, conduct research and thrive in the arts community at OU.
  • Opportunities to showcase a wide range of artistic talents both locally and abroad through unique travel experiences.
  • Lectures and workshops by acclaimed guest artists.
  • A university environment that provides arts education, scholarship, and creative activities in which the highest professional standards are exemplified through its faculty.

What’s in it for Faculty?

  • A collaborative environment in which to work with distinguished colleagues.
  • Opportunities to showcase personal works in exceptional venues and facilities.
  • A chance to work with some of the most talented students and guest artists from across the U.S. and worldwide.

For more information please visit the OU College of Fine Arts website.