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Announcement Sent to Junior Faculty in the Academic Council Professoriate on January 19, 2022

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Provost’s January 19, 2022 Announcement of Additional COVID-Related Support for Eligible Junior Academic Council Faculty

On January 19, 2022, the Provost announced a new program of COVID-related support for eligible junior faculty in the Academic Council Professoriate in recognition of continuing pandemic-related challenges.

The types of support being offered are described in the Provost’s letter:

  • For faculty with young children at home, the extra year on the tenure clock and the post pandemic leave quarter helped to mitigate the loss of research time due to closed schools and day care centers. However, some are struggling with the additional expenses related to childcare because of the pandemic.

    • For faculty who have incurred exceptional childcare costs that were directly related to the pandemic, a taxable salary grant (up to $30K) can be requested to defray expenses.

    • Other similar pandemic-induced personal expenses could be supported with such a grant.

  • For some faculty the losses and isolation of the pandemic have had unanticipated and long-lasting emotional impact, and it may simply take extra time to get back to the level of productivity and creativity that was natural before the pandemic.

    • For these faculty, it may be that the best support is extra time. This can come through an additional (non-tenure accruing) year on their appointment if requested, or an additional post-pandemic leave quarter.

  • For faculty in the middle of setting up research projects, in some cases financial obligations made before the pandemic were wasted to some degree when the pandemic made it impossible to get the research started.

    • For these faculty who were in the initial phase of their research career and had specific expenditures for work that was not getting done, some extra research funding (up to $100K) can be requested to offset pandemic-related funding shortfalls that are jeopardizing their current research progress.

  • For faculty whose book manuscript will be a key part of their tenure package, the pandemic may have reduced their exposure to senior individuals in their field who could have provided useful mentoring and advice on early chapters.

    • For these faculty, a small research grant (up to $10K) could support a virtual or in person book conference, or support travel to other institutions.

    • Other similar pandemic induced research needs could be supported with such a grant.

As the Provost summarizes in her letter, the types of support that may be requested in cases of need consist of:

  • Additional Time

    • Additional year on their appointment   -or-

    • Additional post pandemic leave quarter

  • Personal Financial Help for childcare or other personal expenses

    • A taxable salary grant up to $30,000

  • Research support

    • A small research grant up to $10,000 -or-

    • A large research grant up to $100,000

To request help, individual faculty should complete the form (see link below) and include a short justification that addresses the criteria outlined above for the particular type of support requested. If multiple types of support are being requested, they should be listed in priority order based on which would be most valuable. The request should go to your Dean, who will then make a recommendation to the Provost’s office. In the case of an additional post-pandemic leave quarter, there will be communication with the department chair. The evaluation of the other mitigations will be handled without involving the department chairs.  All requests must be received by March 28, 2022.  If you have any questions about this, please write to

Eligibility for this targeted support is limited to:

  • Pre-tenure faculty in the University Tenure Line whose tenure-conferring reappointment or promotion process has not yet begun and who are not currently on a terminal reappointment;
  • Assistant Professors in the Non-Tenure Line (Research) and Non-Tenure Line (Teaching) whose promotion process has not yet begun.
  • Center Fellows whose promotion process has not yet begun.

Form for Requesting Additional COVID-Related Support