PAY PROGRAM INITIATED
FOR SOUTHERN MISS EMPLOYEES
- The University of Southern Mississippi has initiated an incentive
program to reward its faculty and staff for securing and managing
contract and grant support.
In a time when
funding for higher education is declining in Mississippi, the incentive
policy - called Model for Incentive Dollars for Augmenting Salaries
(MIDAS) - could help attract quality recruits while rewarding and
retaining current researchers, said Dr. Angeline Dvorak, vice president
for research and economic development.
goal of MIDAS," Dvorak said, "is to create an incentive
base to grow and promote research activities and research enterprise
for Southern Miss."
the fall and spring terms, MIDAS is open to full-time faculty and
staff whose base salary is paid from the Education and General (E&G)
must go before the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of
Higher Learning for approval before it can be implemented internally.
Dr. Linda McFall,
vice president for business and finance, said that the arrangement
will not only benefit university employees, but the entire state
economy as well.
$369 million was brought into the state directly from external funds
this past year from all the universities in the IHL system,"
McFall said. "That does not include people eating at restaurants,
buying clothes, buying cars; that's extra money that goes directly
into the economy."
research supplement is 30 percent of the regular academic salary,
based on 100 percent released dollars. To qualify for the supplement,
the employee must recover at least 25 percent of his or her salary.
administration, from business and finance to research, has been
committed to growing the research enterprise during the last five
years, Dvorak said, but the "faculty and staff are the ones
making it happen."
are writing the proposals, and doing everything else - teaching
classes, directing dissertations, everything they've always done,
plus writing proposals that help support their work as well as their
students'," she said. "External research dollars not only
support research but they enhance classroom teaching for every Southern
Funds for the
incentive will be accessible from educational and general funds
recovered from released salary dollars obtained through the contract
for salary supplement must be approved in writing in advance by
the individual's chair and dean for compliance with contract or
grant and academic requirements for the college.
the research market is extremely competitive, yet Southern Miss
has had about a 60 percent success rate with proposals submitted
during the last five years. The administration's goal is $100 million
dollars by 2005, she said.
"The people are doing outstanding work, or they wouldn't be
getting funded. These are people who have gone out and sought competitive
money and secured it. MIDAS is a reward for that outstanding performance
because it is very, very competitive.
people from universities with much greater resources than ours vying
for these same dollars. Yet we've grown from $20 million to $60
million in less than five years. That speaks to the quality of the
faculty and staff."
PHOTOGRAPHER TO LEAD WORKSHOP, PRESENTATION MARCH 10
-- Award-winning wildlife photographer Tom Ulrich will lead
two photographic events at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory on
Wednesday, March 10.
He will present
a nature photography workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and then
a talk and slide show called "Wildlife Images 2003" at
7 p.m., both at The University of Southern Mississippi GCRL.
the evening event is free and will be held in the Caylor Auditorium
at GCRL. The veteran photographer will feature photos from his 2003
photographic safaris abroad and in North America. He will answer
questions and sign his books during the reception following his
fee for the all-day workshop is $50 per person, payable to GCRL.
Registration includes a continental breakfast, light lunch and snacks.
Participation is limited to 20. Though the workshop is geared toward
beginners, Ulrich tailors the experience to meet needs for all degrees
will definitely benefit from the workshop, but I always help the
more advanced get something out of it also," Ulrich said. "I
lead many photo trips and always find a wide range of levels."
participants do not need to bring their photographic equipment unless
they need an explanation about some aspect of their equipment.
a brief review of the principles of photography, relationships between
shutter and aperture settings, fundamental elements of composition,
use and timing of fill-in flash, digital versus film photography,
techniques of close-up photography, and a brief discussion of slide
etiquette, the photography business and marketing.
up in South Chicago, graduated with a degree in biology from Southern
Illinois University and taught for four years before launching his
career as a freelance photographer. He has supported himself with
nature photography for the past 29 years.
of more than 300,000 transparencies includes birds and mammals from
all over the world. His photographs have been featured in publications
such as National Wildlife, Audubon, National Geographic, Montana
Outdoors and Life.
He has published
six nature books, including Mammals of the Rockies, Birds of the
Northern Rockies, Once Upon a Frame and his 2002 release, Photo
Pantanal. Dr. William E. Hawkins, GCRL executive director, said
Ulrich brings the scientific and artistic worlds together.
his living photographing wildlife all over the world," Hawkins
sad. "He is an outstanding observer and a biologist. His approach
to photography is to capture his subjects exhibiting their natural
The GCRL is
home to the university's Department of Coastal Sciences, the Center
for Fisheries Research and Development, and the Gulf Coast Geospatial
Center. The J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium is also
a unit of the laboratory. The GCRL is part of the Southern Miss
College of Science and Technology. For more information, call the
laboratory at (228) 872-4200.