Academic Recruitment

Academic Recruitment

A Guide to Faculty Recruitment and Retention

All questions should be directed to the Vice-Provost’s Office or the Human Resources Division.

Faculty Recruitment and Retention Program

Faculty Recruitment and Retention Program

(Formerly New Faculty Start-up Funding)

The purpose of this program is to provide start-up funds to all new tenured, tenure-track and continuing status faculty to help them establish their research program at the university. The program may also provide funds to existing faculty to assist them to re-active research programs or in situations where support is needed to retain a faculty member at risk of leaving the university.

Effective December 2013, the program was changed to provide faculty with:

  • a new computer;
  • a grant of up to $25,000 to match college or department support for any research expense for a new faculty member;
  • in special cases a grant of up to $25,000 to match college or department support for any research expense for an existing faculty member;
  • in special cases funds may be used by the provost or designate to award a small stipend to approved research enhancement chairs or to award a research grant to existing faculty.

Term of the Grant

The term of the award is 5 years from the date of the award; unspent funds cannot be transferred to faculty continuous research funds; unspent funds are to be returned to the sources of the funding on an appropriate basis. Extensions may be granted in special circumstances at the discretion and approval of the provost or designate. 

Use of Funds

Funds may be used to offset any research expense, including equipment, supplies, travel, student stipend, etc.

University of Saskatchewan Administration of Research Funds Policy will be used to administer these funds.  Please refer to http://www.usask.ca/university_secretary/policies/research/8_22.php?heading=menuPolicies for further details.

Over-expenditure of grants is not permitted. If an over-expenditure occurs, it becomes the personal liability of the recipients.  Eligible expenditures will follow the Tri-Agency guidelines posted on the NSERC website at http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Professors-Professeurs/FinancialAdminGuide-GuideAdminFinancier/FundsUse-UtilisationSubventions_eng.asp

Below is a list of eligible expenditures: 

Eligible operating expenditures include travel and subsistence costs, material and supplies, employment of research assistants and students, mailing costs, postage and telephone expenses, printing costs, translation costs, etc.

Eligible capital equipment expenditures include research equipment, computers, modems, other hardware and software required for the research.

Announcement of Awards

Applicants are advised of awards along with the Research Services Office. Funds will only be established once all certificate requirements are met (eg) Biosafety permits, animal care certification and/or human ethics.  The funds cannot be established until this information is provided to the Research Services Office.

Download the Application Form:

Funding Application

Funding Application 

New Faculty Recruitment Expenses

New Faculty Recruitment Expenses

View as: Adobe PDF Document

Effective May 1, faculty recruitment expenses will now be charged to the unit’s operating fund and then reimbursed from the central fund when appropriate documentation is provided including transaction or document numbers. Please fill out the following form and submit to Anna Okapiec at anna.okapiec@usask.ca to ensure reimbursement of the unit’s operating fund. There is no need to provide copies of receipts and reimbursement claims unless our office asks for them.

Each academic unit will be provided with up to $3,500 per tenure or tenure track faculty search to cover advertising costs and expenses associated with bringing candidates to campus. In special circumstances and proper justification additional support may be granted. Please follow the hospitality guidelines while incurring expenses.

Spousal/Partner Careers Program

Spousal/Partner Careers Program

The university supports faculty recruitment by providing a spousal/partner career program when you accept a continuing academic appointment at our university. This program, designed by the Human Resources Division, provides professional career transition support for spouses/partners who wish to find employment in Saskatoon, whether at the university or elsewhere in the community.  Please see the Human Resources Division website for more information.