Faculty Support

The College of Arts & Sciences (A&S) at the University of Miami is a community of scholars and students who cultivate personal commitments to lifelong learning, intellectual growth, and the enduring values of the liberal arts.

With substantial research funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a number of other public and private sponsors, UM’s  College of Arts & Sciences is a leader in research and scholarship. Academic Analytics ranks the majority of our programs among the best in the country.


 “Research and teaching depend upon faculty leadership and creativity. We
are committed to attracting, developing and retaining the very best scholars.”
— Dean Leonidas G. Bachas

A&S is home to 440 full-time faculty representing the very top of their fields. The following information describes programs the College has developed to help A&S faculty achieve continuous success.


The College of Arts & Sciences recognizes the excellence of its teachers, scholars, and researchers. These awards recognize outstanding A&S faculty.

Cooper Fellowship
The fellowship is a three-year appointment including an annual research fund of $15,000. Three Cooper Fellows are chosen based on excellence in contributing to our core missions of scholarship, teaching and service.

Gabelli Senior Scholar
The Gabelli Senior Scholar Award recognizes a faculty member at the associate professor level for interdisciplinary scholarship, outstanding contributions to the College and the University, and exceptional promise of future success. This three-year appointment includes an annual research allocation of $5,000 upon availability of the endowment returns.


In addition to the College, the University provides funding for research through internal competition. Visit www.uresearch.miami.edu for more information.

Professor Spivey at the Faculty Senate


A&S fosters programs that help incubate research and develop scholarship across disciplines. We ensure that our faculty have adequate time to engage in their research, scholarship and creative endeavors, including professional development.

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Convergence Research Groups
Convergence groups test original research ideas that address some of the grand challenges facing humanity in this century. Funding is available for convergence projects up to $60,000 in direct costs per year. Read the full policy here: Request for Proposals - Convergence Research Groups

Start-up, Seed and Bridge Funding
Start-up funding
is available to support new faculty advance their research agenda at UM/in the College. Seed funding invigorates scholarly productivity with smaller grants to pursue new research or to complete ongoing projects that can lead to further funding. Bridge funding provides temporary support when grant funding has ceased and there is a reasonable expectation of future funding. Read the full policy here: Policy on Seed and Bridge Funding to Support Faculty Research

Funding for Travel to Meet with Program Officers
Up to $1,500 can be requested for travel to meet with program officers in federal funding agencies and foundations.

Funding for Travel to Attend Grant Writing Workshops
Up to $1,500 can be requested to attend grant writing workshops organized by federal agencies, such as NIH, NSF, NEH, etc.

Program to Support Faculty Career Progression Post-Tenure
Recently tenured professors are provided with guidance, resources and support at this juncture. Read the full policy here: Program to Support Faculty Career Progression Post-Tenure

Pre-Tenure Faculty Leave (formerly called Junior Faculty Leave)
All tenure-track A&S faculty are eligible to apply for a one-semester leave to support research efforts during their probationary period. Read the full policy here: Pre-Tenure Faculty Research Leave Policy

Leaves and Supplemental Salary for Fellowships and Scholarships
Support is given for faculty members whose main source of extramural funding comes from fellowships and scholarships, when those prestigious awards do not cover the entirety of the faculty member’s 9-month salary (top off). Read the full policy here: College Policy on Leaves and Supplemental Salary for Fellowships/Scholarships

Funding for Travel to international conferences to present their work
Up to $1,500 can be requested for travel to make presentation at international conferences, not including travel to Canada, the Caribbean, Mesoamerica, and Mexico. Read the full policy here: International Travel Award



The College recognizes that developing proposals and manuscripts for publication can be a complex process; thus, we have established programs to enlist external reviewers and provide support funding for faculty publishing needs.

External Reviewer Program
students studying the human skull with Professor McCabeAssists A&S Principal Investigators who are writing proposals of more than $50,000 for submission to a major agency (e.g., NIH, NSF, NEH, DOE, etc.), with an honorarium for senior scholars from other  universities who review their proposals to help strengthen the application. Read the full policy here: External Reviewer Policy

Proposal Editing Program
Covers editing services from qualifed service providers prior to submission of the proposal by pre-tenure faculty who are writing proposals of $50,000 or greater for submission to a major agency (e.g. NIH, NSF, NEH, DOE, etc.). Read the full policy here: Proposal Editing Policy

Review of Book-Length Manuscripts before Submission
Assists faculty in the final stages of manuscript preparation (before submission to a press) with funding to solicit an extensive reader’s report from an expert in the pertinent research area. Read the full policy here: Book Manuscript Review Policy

Publication Support Fund
Funding support to tenured and tenure-track faculty for costs associated with publication. These costs include, but are not limited to, publication subvention, page charges, and copyright fees. Read the full policy here: Faculty Publication Support Fund Policy‌ 

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Innovation in education is strongly supported throughout the College. Funding and support are available, and faculty members are encouraged to involve outside experts to enhance teaching and learning.

Funding Available for Pedagogy Workshops
Funding of $2,000 per department is available for workshops that explore new instructional strategies or techniques. Read the full policy here: Call for Pedagogy Workshop 2022-2023

Summer Writing Institute
The Summer Writing Institute provides full-time faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences with tools and strategies to further integrate writing instruction into content-based classes.‌ 


The College provides professional development and research support for lecturers and senior lecturers. Funding important opportunities for career enhancement brings new knowledge to the classroom and allows A&S lecturers to realize their scholarly and artistic ambitions.

Travel to ConferencesFaculty in English department in the college of Arts and Sciences in University of Miami
Up to $600 is availabe for lecturers to attend conferences or their equivalents (e.g., workshops, roundtables, panels) at which they will present and/or discuss their work. Read the full policy here: College Policy to Assist Lecturers

Travel for Professional Development 
The College will fund up to two travel expense awards of $1500. These awards are intended to support lecturers’ attendance at domestic conferences, meetings, training seminars, or workshops that will enhance their effectiveness in the classroom through exposure to new and/or enhanced pedagogical techniques. Read the full policy here: College Policy to Assist Lecturers

Summer Research Support
The College will fund up to five summer research awards of $2,000 each. Depending on the type of research, the lecturer may partner with a tenure-track faculty member. Read the full policy here: College Policy to Assist Lecturers