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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Philosophical, Financial, and Administrative Issues in Faculty Summer Grants

Robert M. Jarvis (Nova) & Phyllis Coleman (Nova), "Dog Days in the Law Library":  Philosophical, Financial, and Administrative Issues Raised by Faculty Summer Grant Programs, 37 Nova L. Rev. 309 (2013):

Our law school has a faculty summer grant program, as do most law schools. Our program's rules, set out in the appendix to this article, are simple in theory: interested professors submit applications in January, get funded in June, and are expected to have a completed manuscript sometime thereafter. In practice, however, the program has raised a host of knotty philosophical, financial, and administrative issues. Because these issues have also bedeviled other law schools, and as almost nothing has been written about summer grant programs for law professors, we examine the subject in greater detail below. 

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Comments

Do all schools give summer grants? I never get one at msu

Posted by: Thomas | Jan 11, 2014 8:57:48 AM

The system they describe certainly is administratively intense and rule-bound. Is all that work worth it? I've always thought summer grants should be backward rather than forward looking. Deans should give research grants to faculty who have published over the past review cycle, probably the last academic year. This rewards past performance but also encourages future performance because if you don't continue to publish you don't get future summer grants.

Posted by: Jason Yackee | Jan 11, 2014 10:23:32 AM