Energize Your Research

Meg Gorzycki, Ed.D.


Research is a signficant aspect of the professor’s work. Each department has its own criteria for research relative to tenure and promotion, and the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development works with other offices on campus to support the development of grants, research, and publication.

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) offers courses on grant writing, manuscript development, and assists faculty with managing grants and research. It is also instrumental in hosting events in which faculty research and creative works are showcased. For more information see: http://research.sfsu.edu/.

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is also home to the office of Human and Animal Protections, which receives and processes all applications for permission from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to conduct research. For more information about the IRB see: http://research.sfsu.edu/protocol/.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) also provide grants and information about how to proceed with grant development; see: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/research_integrity/index.htm. Researchers may take a 3-4 hour course on protecting Human Subjects through the NIH and receive a certificate upon passing the course; see: http://phrp.nihtraining.com/index.php.  Applicants seeking IRB approval for research must offer evidence that they have received training regarding the protection of human and animal subjects; the NIH certificate is an acceptable form of evidence.

The CTFD supports research in the following ways:

  • Provides assistance with conceptualizing research and developing research questions and instrumentation
  • Provides assistance with developing reviews of literature
  • Helps identify potential appropriate journals for manuscripts
  • Assist with the development of the IRB proposal
  • Help researchers identify potential research partners
  • Host events dedicated to writing and editing manuscripts

For tutorials on finding articles and books, see:


Additional Resources

Engaging Undergraduates in Science Research (Eagan, et. al., 2010)

Magna: What faculty need to know about copyright and fair use

United States Copyright Office: Fair Use