January 29, 2014


Dear Colleagues:


I am pleased to announce our annual Associate Professor Support Fund (APSF) program which offers research support for LSA faculty members in the associate professor rank.  The funds are intended to help the faculty as they prepare to advance to the professor rank.  The program was initiated as a result of a recommendation by a college faculty task force in 2009 and was developed in consultation with the Chairs and Directors of the College. 


The details of the program are in the attached guidelines but please be aware that the funds can be used for a wide variety of purposes.  Additionally, the guidelines permit postponement or acceleration of the two sabbaticals that are normally available to faculty during their time in the associate professor rank.   It is hoped that the strategic use of that time away from teaching, along with the additional research support available here, will facilitate progress on the post-tenure research agenda.


This year, we are moving to an electronic submission process. Please submit Humanities applications to APSFHumanities@umich.edu; Natural Sciences applications to APSFNatSci@umich.edu; Social Sciences applications to APSFSocSci@umich.edu.


These funds represent a very significant investment in our associate professor faculty. To raise these funds, we have designated a generous bequest from the Sokol Family to support outstanding research in the natural sciences, received significant cost-sharing from the Provost’s office, and reallocated significant funds from our own general fund budget.  We are very grateful to all the generous donors who over many years made these gifts to the College to support faculty work, to the Sokol Family, and to the Provost’s Office for the support of this investment.   This program is a permanent part of the research support environment for our faculty.  It is an example of the truth that, even in challenging times, we can do important things that match our highest priorities through reallocation, collaboration, and commitment.


The deadline for applications will be March 28, 2014.  The review panels and I look forward again this year to hearing about the many interesting research programs of our outstanding faculty at this rank.




Susan A. Gelman

Heinz Werner Distinguished University Professor

Professor of Psychology

Interim Dean


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