Research Development Committee
The Research Development Committee (RDC), composed of two - three faculty members from each college, is responsible for distributing internal funds to support research. These funds are administered by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Administration (ORSPA) on behalf of the RDC. The RDC approves budgetary allocation of the funds available for the fiscal year, evaluates grant applications, and selects those to be supported.
RDC grants are intended to support and encourage research and scholarship which is broadly interpreted to include the sciences and non-sciences, including the humanities and the fine and performing arts. Grants are awarded during the fiscal year of July 1 through June 30. Any RDC allocated money must be spent within this time period. See the official policy in the faculty handbook.
RDC members are available for consultation to assist applicants in the preparation of the application form, budget, budget justification and proposal. Additionally, the ORSPA staff can answer questions that applicants may have and provide examples of recently funded proposals.
All recipients of RDC grants are to acknowledge RDC funding in any publications or presentations with the following statement:
This work was funded all or in part by a grant from the East Tennessee State University Research Development Committee Major/Small/Interdisciplinary Grants Program.
RDC Recipient Spotlight
TEMA STAUFFER: SOUTHERN FICTION
Tema Stauffer, an Associate Professor of Photography at East Tennessee State University, will have a solo exhibition of her ongoing series Southern Fiction presented at the Tracey Morgan Gallery November 5 - December 23, 2021. The production of Southern Fiction received support from ETSU’s Research Development Committee through a Small Grant Award in 2019 and a Major Grant Award in 2020. She is the recipient of a Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship award for fiscal year 2022 towards completing this project.
According to the Tracey Morgan Gallery, “Southern Fiction traces the literary landscape of the American South, investigating sites which were formative to canonical fiction writers of the region such as William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Harper Lee, Truman Capote, Alice Walker, and Flannery O’Connor, among others. An affinity for the works of these iconic writers has informed Stauffer’s photographic practice, and her road trips through rural Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia are pilgrimages of sorts. Her resulting images capture a fascination with the beauty, mystery, and layered complexity of the South.”