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CRCA Events and Programs 2023-2024

Faculty and Student Support from the Center for Research and Creative Activities

The Center for Research and Creative Activities (CRCA, pronounced “circa”) supports the conduct and dissemination of the scholarly work of faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students. The following is an abbreviated list of some of our offerings this academic year. 

Internal Grants | deadlines in fall and spring 

Salem State’s University Research Advisory Committee (URAC) administers three types of internal grants twice a year to support the research and creative activities of tenure-track or tenured faculty. New faculty and faculty who haven’t been awarded an internal grant are especially encouraged to apply.

Scholarship Support Grant

  • Deadlines: October 15 and February 15
  • Offered twice-yearly, in fall and spring semesters
  • Up to $1000 to promote scholarship, research, publication & creative work

Seed Grant

  • Deadlines: October 15 and February 15
  • Offered twice-yearly, in fall and spring semesters
  • Up to $3000 to fund research and other activities undertaken in preparation for application to external funding body

Summer Research and Creative Activities Grant

  • Deadline: October 15
  • Offered in the fall, to be used the following summer
  • Up to $4000 to fund research or creative activities undertaken in summer & resulting in publication or presentation

For grant applications and more information, visit the Center for Research and Creative Activities page in Polaris or email

Funding Research and Creative Activities with Federal, State, and Municipal Grants | virtual info-sessions

  • Monday, October 2, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
  • Monday, December 4, 11:30 am-12:30 pm

CRCA works closely with Salem State’s Grants Office to support faculty and staff seeking external public funding via state or federal grants for special academic programs, professional development, curriculum development, research, creative activities, community projects, and outside collaboration.

Join us this fall for a virtual info-session, “Funding Research and Creative Activities with Federal, State, and Municipal Grants” that will provide insight and guidance on searching for funding, developing your ideas, crafting a proposal and budget, and more.

To RSVP and receive a Zoom invite, email Jessica Cook.


Faculty Research Seminar | Monthly Scholarship Support

Berry Library 209 (faculty reading room) and remotely via HyFlex Zoom

  • Wednesday, September 20, 12:15 pm-1:15 pm
  • Wednesday, October 11, 12:15 pm-1:15 pm
  • Wednesday, November 1, 12:15 pm-1:15 pm
  • Wednesday, November 22, 12:15 pm-1:15 pm
  • Wednesday, December 6, 12:15 pm-1:15 pm

Participate in a Hyflex research seminar with colleagues to share and receive feedback on your scholarship! This informal group will meet about once a month and people with scholarly projects at any stage (from project conception to manuscript submission) are welcome to join us.

Lunch provided for in-person attendees. The informal group will be moderated by Vanessa Ruget, Faculty Fellow for Research. To reserve your space in the Faculty Research Seminar, email Vanessa.


Faculty Writing Support | Finish It | bi-weekly workshop

CRCA partners with the Mary G. Walsh Writing Center to offer Finish It, a bi-annual workshop open to 8 faculty who plan to complete a scholarly writing project within 12 weeks. Faculty, who must apply to participate and provide a brief description of the project they hope to complete, will receive a modest stipend upon completion of the workshop.

  • Finish It This Academic Year begins October 4, meeting every two weeks for twelve weeks, on Wednesday, from 12-1 pm on Zoom during the fall and spring semesters
  • Finish It This Summer begins May 30, meeting every two weeks for twelve weeks, on Thursday, from 3-4 pm on Zoom

For applications and more information about Finish It, see Polaris or email the Center for Research and Creative Activities.

Just Write | Weekly Writing Support and Intersession Retreats

Tuesdays from 12-1 pm on Zoom, beginning Tuesday, September 26

Hosted by Al DeCiccio, director of the Mary G. Walsh Writing Center, Just Write is for faculty who want to have dedicated time to just write. Participants will check-in, briefly, by introducing themselves, their writing projects, and specific goals for the session. Then, they will just write and even have an option for peer response/editing.

During the January and May intersessions, Just Write extends to an in-person retreat, with breakfast and lunch booking a day of structured writing support. In person in Berry Library 209 or remote via HyFlex.

  • Winter Intersession Just Write Retreat-Wednesday, January 10 | 9 am-1 pm
  • Spring Intersession Just Write Retreat-Wednesday, May 22 | 9 am-1 pm

 To RSVP for Just Write, send an email to the Center for Research and Creative Activities. 

Early Career Faculty Friday | Connecting with Colleagues

Berry Library 209 (Faculty Reading Room)

  • Friday, September 22 | 9-10 am
  • Friday, October 6 | 9-10 am
  • Friday, November 3 | 9-10 am
  • Friday, December 1 | 9-10 am

The Center for Teaching Innovation (CTI) and CRCA are teaming up to co-host Early Career Faculty Friday, a monthly breakfast meet-up designed for tenure-track and full-time temporary faculty.

Come gather with colleagues across campus for community, conversation, coffee and pastries. Each month, a topic will be explored and discussed including teaching at SSU, making choices/creating balance, finding resources to support scholarship and creative activities, and more. No homework. No deliverables. Just community, conversation, and breakfast!

For more information, email CTI faculty fellow Cami Condie.


Research Day | Annual Celebration of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities

Friday, May 3, 2024 | 9 am-6 pm | Various locations on campus

Each spring, on Reading Day, CRCA hosts Research Day, a day-long event celebrating scholarly and creative activities of Salem State undergraduates, graduates, faculty and staff. This celebration of scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for students, staff, and faculty of all disciplines to showcase their academic accomplishments, engage in interactive panels sessions, connect with colleagues across campus, and discover the academic work of the entire Salem State community.

CRCA encourages faculty to keep Research Day in mind when planning academic and creative writing, research, presentation, and performance assignments this year. On Research Day, faculty, staff, and student presenters are welcome to share posters and creative displays, create or join panels, and perform new scholarship or work that has been presented elsewhere during the academic year.

For more information on Research Day, visit


Fulbright Scholars and Scholarships | year-round programming

CRCA regularly organizes events to help faculty apply for a Fulbright Scholarship. CRCA invites a Fulbright representative to campus to discuss opportunities and sponsors opportunities for interested faculty to meet with previous Fulbright recipients. In the spring and summer, CRCA also organizes writing groups for faculty interested in applying for a Fulbright. 

Contact CRCA faculty fellow Vanessa Ruget for information on Fulbright support.  


Editing Support | fall and spring semesters

CRCA offers tenured or tenure-track faculty a grant providing editing support for manuscripts intended for publication.

Faculty can request up to five hours of editing assistance from CRCA program assistant Jessica Cook by submitting a brief request detailing the project, type of editing needed, intended outcome, and a sample of the text to with "Editing Support Grant" in the subject line.

Support is available on a first-come, first-served basis for qualifying projects.


Statistical Support Grants | fall and spring semesters

CRCA offers grants of up to five hours of expert assistance to full-time, tenured, and tenure track faculty for research projects involving statistical challenges such as descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, and data visualization.

Interested faculty should submit a concise request outlining their project, statistical challenge, and intended outcome to with “Statistical Support Grant” in the subject line. Awards will be based on project strength and expert availability, allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Jessica Cook
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