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Academic Research Awards

Dr. Bernice Ledbetter and Rick Marrs

The Graziadio School provides a number of academic research funding awards to support outstanding faculty who conduct relevant, values-centered research in alignment with the school's mission.

Academic Research Funding Awards

Denney Academic Chair

Purpose

To support faculty doing research in alignment with the mission of Pepperdine University and the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. The research will focus on identifying students at risk and developing appropriate intervention plans via artificial intelligence. Dr. Hall stated, "We are entering a new era where artificial intelligence will play an ever-increasing role in the delivery of management education. This is a most exciting time and the Graziadio School is well positioned to utilize this new technology in developing students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership."

Academic Chair

Dr. Owen Hall, Jr.

Duration

Two Years

Level of Funding

This endowment, which is restricted to support tenured faculty only, will fund one faculty member.

The faculty recipient will teach a 16-credit load per year, be given an annual $5,000 stipend and have available an annual $20,000 research fund. Only tenured faculty members are eligible for the Denney Academic Chair, per the terms of the endowment agreement. Awards will be made by the Dean upon recommendation of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Department Chairs.

Dean's Stipulations

Faculty who are awarded this endowment will continue to receive their annual development funds. However, they will not be eligible to apply for the Funds for Excellence or other internal research awards. Faculty will be expected to report the results of their research to the faculty in a future Academic Forum or similar venue.

Other Requirements

Published articles resulting from work that is done supported by this funding should be acknowledged in the article. Example: "This research was supported by the Denney endowment."

Proposal Format

Please ensure that your proposal contains at least the following sections:

  • Research Purpose and Relevant Background
  • Alignment with University Mission and Graziadio Mission
  • Research Design/Approach/Methodology
  • Application Value/Contribution to Practice
  • Deliverables including targeted publication(s)
  • Research Schedule and Milestones
  • Research Budget providing allocation of funding (e.g. data \bases, transcription, etc.)

Applicants are asked to include a copy of their updated curriculum vitae with the proposal.

Julian Virtue Professorship

Purpose

To support faculty doing research in alignment with the mission of Pepperdine University and the Graziadio Business School

Duration

Two years

Level of Funding

This endowment will fund two faculty members. Each faculty recipient will be awarded a one course release (four credits) for each year, along with an annual research fund of $5,000. All tenure/tenure track faculty members are eligible for the Julian Virtue Professorship. Awards will be made by the Dean upon recommendation of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Department Chairs.

Dean's Stipulations

Faculty who are awarded this endowment will continue to receive their annual development funds. In addition, they may apply for the Funds for Excellence, however, their applications will receive secondary priority. They are still eligible to receive AQ release time. They will be expected to report the results of their research to their faculty colleagues at a future Academic Forum or similar venue.

Other Requirements

Published articles resulting from work that is done supported by this funding should be acknowledged in the article. Example: "This research was supported by the Julian Virtue Professorship endowment."

Proposal Format

Please ensure that your proposal contains at least the following sections:

  • Research Purpose and Relevant Background
  • Alignment with University Mission and Graziadio Mission
  • Research Design/Approach/Methodology
  • Application Value/Contribution to Practice
  • Deliverables including targeted publication(s)
  • Research Schedule and Milestones
  • Research Budget providing allocation of funding (e.g. databases, transcription, etc.)

Applicants are asked to include a copy of their updated curriculum vitae with the proposal.

Funds for Excellence

All full-time faculty may apply for Funds for Academic Excellence. Proposals need to clearly be aligned with our School mission. Proposals that include the production of manuscript(s) for publication in quality outlets are preferred. Any software, capital equipment, or other enduring assets that would be acquired through these funds will become property of the School as a whole. Purchase of these items must be coordinated through Academic Affairs, or risk non-reimbursement, per University policy.

Faculty will be expected to report the results of their research to their faculty colleagues in a future Academic Forum or similar venue. Please forward your proposals via e-mail to your Department Chair and CC the Director of the Center for Applied Research (nelson.granados@pepperdine.edu). All proposals will be considered and a funding decision rendered within 30 days of submission.

The following information is a template that should be used for FFE proposals.

Funds for Excellence Proposal Template

Name

Statement of proposed project

Within this statement, please indicate whether your work will lead to a written manuscript that will be submitted for publication.

Please describe how the proposed expenditure will benefit at least two areas below.

  • your teaching
  • your intellectual contributions
  • the Graziadio Business School
  • the University
  • contemporary business practice

Funding

How much are you requesting and how would funds be used? Please include estimated amounts for major categories, and provide documentation when appropriate. (Proposals that include estimates which appear inflated and/or are unsupported with documentation may be only partially funded or rejected altogether.)

Funds may be used for items such as travel, software, hard assets, labor (outside services such as surveying or transcription), and databases. Please note if your proposal will also encumber internal school resources, such as support staff. In addition, please note if you are expecting to receive any funds for this project from any other source.

Applicants are asked to include a copy of their updated curriculum vitae with the proposal.

Rothschild Applied Research Fellow

We are pleased to announce the Rothschild Applied Research Fellow awards to recognize outstanding scholars within our midst. Recipients will hold the title Rothschild Applied Research Fellow for one year and will be given a $2,500 award stipend in recognition of their accomplishments. We welcome faculty to nominate themselves or their colleagues to be considered for the award.

Eligibility and Criteria

  1. All participating faculty at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School are eligible. Administrators (Deans, Department Chairs, Directors) are not eligible.
  2. Nominations should be based on the faculty's publication record (in print or accepted for publication) over the past 24 months. Scholarly work will be evaluated for rigor, influence, prestige, relevancy, support for the Graziadio School mission, and national / international recognition.

Process for Evaluation

  1. Faculty can nominate themselves or their colleagues for the awards. Nominations should be sent directly to nelson.granados@pepperdine.edu, as the Director of the Center for Applied Research.
  2. Nominees may be contacted to provide material and information supporting their nomination.
  3. An aggregated list of nominees will be provided to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and to the Department Chairs.
  4. Two candidates for each award will be recommended to the Dean for approval.
  5. Awards will be presented at a faculty meeting in the following term.

Please contact Dr. Nelson Granados if you have questions about the requirements, processes, or criteria of these awards. We are pleased to have this opportunity to recognize outstanding scholarship.