CSSC Research and Creative Works Digest

The College of Social Sciences and Communication is strongly committed to supporting the research and creative activities of its faculty. This digest is published six times a year to offer resources to faculty to aid their scholarly work. Resources are divided into four categories: Funding Opportunities, Data and Technology, Conferences and CFPs, and Campus Events.

November 2015

Table of Contents

Funding Opportunities

Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University A Guide to Proposal Planning and Writing On The Art of Writing Proposals

All About Grants Tutorials Grants.gov

Grants Resource Center Website Data and Technology

The National Study of Postsecondary Faculty

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Healthdata.gov

The Parent and Family Involvement in Education (PFI) Survey Conferences and CFPs

Art exhibition: “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art” Campus Events

Arkansas Justice Forum

Funding Opportunities

Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University


Deadline: Dec 1, 2015 (international applicants) or Jan. 31, 2016 (American applicants)

A $65,000 fellowship over nine months for 24 journalists with at least five years of experience to pursue a course of study at Harvard University.

A Guide to Proposal Planning and Writing


From Oryx Press, a condensed version of a book, Proposal Planning and Writing, 2nd edition, written by Lynn E. Miner, Jeremy T. Miner and Jerry Griffiths. Despite references to parts of the book not available in this version, this is a very good overview of the grant-getting process,

including suggestions for preliminary groundwork before writing the proposal, as well as a discussion of the various parts of the proposal itself. The authors address applications both to government agencies and to foundations. Includes a sample submission letter.

On The Art of Writing Proposals

http://www.ssrc.org/workspace/images/crm/new_publication_3/%7B7a9cb4f4-815f-de11-bd8 0-001cc477ec70%7D.pdf

This article contains advice from the Social Science Research Council. Several granting agencies suggest that grant-seekers read this article.

All About Grants Tutorials


From the NIAID. These “All About Grants” tutorials help investigators, especially new ones, plan, write, and apply for the basic NIH research project grant, the R01.



Grants.gov is an E-Government initiative that provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities. The Grants.gov system houses information on over 1,000 grant programs and vets grant applications for 26 federal grant-making agencies.

Using the Grants.gov system makes it faster, easier and more cost effective for grant applicants to electronically interact with federal grant-making agencies.

Grants Resource Center Website


The Grants Resources Center (GRC) is available on-line. This site is a clearinghouse for funding opportunities, rules and regulations, comment requests, and meetings relevant to sponsored programs and research administration activities on member campuses. If you would like to

access the resources of the GRC website, please contact Sarah Beth Estes (sbestes@ualr.edu) for a username and password.

Data and Technology

The National Study of Postsecondary Faculty


The National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF) collected information on the backgrounds, responsibilities, salaries, attitudes and future plans of faculty across the United States. In addition, information was collected on turnover, recruitment, retention, and tenure policies.

There are four surveys available: NSOPF:88, NSOPF:93, NSOPF:99, and NSOPF:04. The 2004 survey included 35,000 faculty from 1,080 public and private degree granting institutions.

Although the 1988 survey only included faculty whose assignment included instruction, all other surveys included faculty who did not teach and non-faculty instructors as well. The contact person for this data at UALR is Dr. Jim Vander Putten at jvputten@ualr.edu.

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)


An international consortium of more than 700 academic institutions and research organizations, ICPSR provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community.

ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.



This site is dedicated to making high value health data more accessible to entrepreneurs, researchers, and policy makers in the hopes of better health outcomes for all. HHS has begun “liberating” health data through the Health Data Initiative — making more and more data from HHS’ vaults (from CMS, CDC, FDA and NIH, to name a few sources) easily available and accessible to the public and to innovators across the country. This information includes clinical care provider quality information, nationwide health service provider directories, databases of the latest medical and scientific knowledge, consumer product data, community health performance information, government spending data and much more.

The Parent and Family Involvement in Education (PFI) Survey


The Parent and Family Involvement in Education (PFI) Survey is part of the National Household Education Survey (NHES) program. It is a cross-sectional survey that collects data directly from households on a variety of educational issues. The 2012 survey directly collected data from 17,563 households of children age 20 and younger in kindergarten through 12th grade. The survey collected information on “school choice, parent and family involvement at school, school behavior, grade retention, involvement in schoolwork, involvement and activities outside of school, factors affecting family involvement, and parents’ satisfaction with the child’s school”. The data can be downloaded for free at the NCES website.

Conferences and CFPs

Art exhibition: “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art”


October 16, 2015 – January 17, 2016, Arkansas Arts Center

The exhibit explores how Hispanic artists shaped art since the mid-20th century, when Hispanic identity began its development and emergence into American culture. “Our America” represents virtually all artistic media and styles, including portraiture, landscape, performance art, abstract expressionism and more. Some artists explored the bicultural nature of their lives and interaction with American history and popular culture.

Campus Events

Arkansas Justice Forum

http://clintonschool.uasys.edu/events/arkansas-justice-forum/ Date: November 30, 2015, 12:00 pm, Clinton Presidential Center

The Coalition For Public Safety, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and the Arkansas Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force will hold the first Arkansas Justice Forum on Monday, November 30 at 12:00 p.m. A one-hour panel discussion, featuring state and national leaders from across the political spectrum, will highlight the need for criminal justice reform in Arkansas, put forward examples of successful reform enacted in other states, and detail efforts to make Arkansas’s system fairer, safer and more cost-effective. This event is part of the Coalition’s Fair Sentencing & Fair Chances National Tour, a coordinated effort among eight of the nation’s most prominent conservative and progressive organizations (Americans for Tax Reform, American Civil Liberties Union, Faith and Freedom Coalition, NAACP, Center for American Progress, FreedomWorks, Leadership Conference Education Fund, and Right on Crime) to reduce jail and prison populations, cut incarceration costs, reduce recidivism, and remove barriers for those re-entering society to lead productive lives.

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