The Marcus Transformative Research Award

The purpose of the Marcus Transformative Research Award is to enable a tenured faculty member to engage in transformational research and professional development that cannot be undertaken in the course of the person's full-time university responsibilities.

The Marcus Transformative Research Award provides a semester of course release so that such research can take place that will elevate the professional profile of the faculty member, and thereby the Department, College and University. With this award, there is a $3,000 research stipend that can be used to cover the costs associated with proposed project. This leave with pay award shall be granted for the purpose of research and/or scholarly and creative work.

To be eligible for a Marcus Transformative Research Award, the tenured faculty member must have successfully completed either a post-tenure review or been promoted to associate or full professor within the last five years. The award is granted for either fall or spring semester. A leave of absence without pay or service in an academic administrative appointment excluded from the bargaining unit shall not constitute a break in service for eligibility requirements.

Please note: This proposal requires an assessment of the proposal from an expert within a discipline related to the proposed project or creative endeavor and references from two additional experts. Obtaining expert assessments often takes time — please plan your preparation of the grant proposal accordingly.

Award applications will be reviewed by the LCA’s Professional Development Committee and Dean Ifeoma Nwankwo.

If you have any questions regarding the application elements including the post-tenure review requirement and acceptable substitutes and/or the assessment letter from an expert in the discipline, please contact Associate Dean Gitanjali Shahani at


George and Judy Marcus for Excellence in Liberal Arts